Thursday, May 07, 2015

Summer Adventure List!



It seems that no matter how old I get, my sense of time is still ruled by school.  It's much harder for me to remember how old I was when I did a thing than it is for me to remember what grade I was in.  And for me, summer starts the second that the last assignment has been turned in for the year.  And so, summer started this past weekend!

Last summer I was inspired by another blogger (The Militant Baker I believe?) to create a summer adventure list.  Sort of like "goals" for the summer but without the icky connotation that the word can carry with it.  Basically, a list of awesome things I want to do before fall semester starts.  So here we go, the start of my summer adventure list:

1.  Babes in Bikeland - my lady gals and I are going to hurl ourselves into this biking event, resplendent in our streamer-decorated bikes.  I can't wait!

2.  Read many books that have nothing to do with school.

3.  Ride in the St. Paul Classic.  Technically, this one happens in the fall, but I'm still counting it here.  For reasons!

4.  Land an awesome internship where I learn ALL THE THINGS.  Or at least some of the things.

5.  Road trip to Chicago!

This is just a start - I'm sure more awesomeness will be added as the summer progresses.

What are your super awesome plans for the summer?

-kala

Thursday, February 26, 2015

White Whale



Lately, I've been in quite the knitting rut - as anyone who knits with me in "real life" can tell you!  I haven't been picking the most interesting or the most challenging projects.  This is mostly because school and volunteering takes a lot of the brain space that used to be dedicated to knitting.  But also, it's easy for me to get into a stale routine with crafting.  And that's no fun!

So with the help of some ever so gentle prodding from my lady pal, Chelsea, I'm going to tackle a big knitting challenge this year: The Evenstar Shawl.  Dun dun dun.  This is my "white whale" project because for years, I've wanted to knit something that incorporates beads.  But I haven't done it.  Haven't even tried.  Until now!

And since Miss Chelsea has knit it before, she can expect to see me outside her window (which will be impressive since she doesn't live on the ground floor) demanding knitting help.  Seems reasonable, right?

How about you - how you are challenging yourself this year?

Oh, and the picture at the top of the post - totally unrelated but it reminds me that one day winter will be over and it will be GLORIOUS!

-kala

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year, New Opportunities!

Hi guys!  Happy 2015 - can you believe it's 2015?  Last year went by like lightning, at least for me.  I'm looking forward to some new opportunities and new roles that I'll be filling this year.

The first thing I'm looking forward to is working with Such Gwenderful Stuff on their social media presence - mainly Facebook for right now.  Such Gwenderful Stuff is a stitch marker and sundries shop that my friend Gwen runs.  I've been using her awesome stitch markers for quite a while now (both ones I've been gifted and ones I've purchased) so it will be fun to help her with Facebook posts for her business.  Here's the page if you want to check it out:

https://www.facebook.com/SuchGwenderfulStuff?fref=nf

Here's a pic from Gwen's shop, so pretty!



I'm also excited that I can see the light at the end of the college tunnel.  If all goes well, I should be graduating after the next fall semester, yayyyyy!  I'm very much looking forward to moving on and starting a new chapter, as dorky as that sounds.

I have another project that I'm starting this year, but I'll save that for another post.

What are you excited about in 2015?

-kala

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Eggplant Mitts

 This week, now that classes are OVER, I got a lot of knitting done, yay!  I don't have a ton of people on my gift-giving list, so my holiday knitting is never too stressful.  Since my mom no longer lives in a place where it gets very cold, I made her some light fingerless gloves.  One friend said they look like eggplants, so now that's all I can think of when I see them.  Cute eggplants though, so it's ok:



I used the Voodoo pattern from Knitty - super simple ribbed mitts with a buttonhole thumb.  The yarn is Cascade Ultra Pima, which I had leftover from a set of baby hats I made for a friend.  I still have a good amount of the yarn left, so I need to think of another small project to use it up.  

How is your gift knitting/crafting going?  

-kala

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow, can you believe November is almost over?  This year has zipped by disturbingly fast, but one of the nice things about the holidays is that you get to look back and think about the great (and not so great) things that the year has brought.

So what are you thankful for this year?  I'm thankful for my family, including my amazing husband, I'm thankful for my wonderful, supportive, goofy, crazy friends, and I'm thankful for all of the school and volunteer opportunities I get to take part in.  And of course, I'm thankful for this little fuzzy man:


And I'm thankful to you guys, and I appreciate that you still take the time to read my blog even though I can't post as often as I used to.  

I hope everyone enjoys their day, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not :) 

-Kala 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Equation Cowl - Finished Knit

You guys, I finished knitting something!  And I took pictures and everything!  I had good motivation - my good friend Chelsea just had a beautiful cowl pattern published in Knit.Purl magazine, so of course I had to knit one.  Seeeeeee:






 
This really was a fast knit too - I started it on a Monday and finished it on Wednesday of that week.  I'm thinking this would be a perfect knit for gifts. 

Here's a link to the pattern on Ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/equation-cowl

So what have you been knitting lately?

-kala




Friday, September 26, 2014

Touches of Autumn



If you've hung around with me for a while - and thank you if you have - you might remember that fall is my absolute favorite season.  The weather is a tough thing to deal with in Minnesota, but one thing that the state usually does really well is fall.  Crisp weather, beautiful changing leaves, and lots of yummies like apple cider.  

And going for walks is made even more awesome by all the pretty thing to see:


Also, Halloween!  Check out this Halloween pasta I found:


Do you know how hard it is to find black pasta that isn't colored with squid ink?  Hard!  I was so excited when I found this at Cost Plus.  

What are some of your favorite things about autumn? 

-kala


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