Thursday, February 26, 2015
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!
Posted by VeganCraftastic at 2:38 PM
Friday, January 16, 2015
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:
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?
Posted by VeganCraftastic at 1:48 PM
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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?
Posted by VeganCraftastic at 12:59 PM
Thursday, November 27, 2014
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 :)
Posted by VeganCraftastic at 12:35 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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:
So what have you been knitting lately?
Posted by VeganCraftastic at 12:44 PM
Friday, September 26, 2014
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:
Posted by VeganCraftastic at 2:29 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In "Kala finally embraces fancy phone news" - I finally got a smart phone! As my friends like to tease me, my old phone was as dumb as it gets. And since I have a class that actually requires us to use mobile devices, I thought I'd better get with the program. So far, what I like best is being able to look stuff up on the go (hours, schedules, etc.). I'm also enjoying using Instagram quite a bit (I'm Kalahotak over there) - the little sips of communication are nice for taking breaks from school work. Plus, cat pictures!
But gulps are important too, so I've been making it a point to spend time with friends. I've also made a point of visiting the farmers market almost every weekend, yay! It's possible that I have a problem with buying more produce than I can handle:
Possibly. But jalapeños are so good!
So what have you guys been up to this month?
Posted by VeganCraftastic at 2:36 PM