Has it really been a year?

Wow!  It’s hard to imagine that it’s been almost a year since my last post!  And especially incredible to think about everything that I’ve done over the last year!  The cliff notes version is that I moved so that my 45 minute commute to work became a 5 minute commute, broke up with Justin, had an epic summer which included seeing a Beyonce concert (yes, I totally fan-girled the whole show, I LOVE Beyonce!) and a trip to the motherland, and even survived my first semester of graduate school.  Phew.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

I’ve always tried to set goals for myself about content and how often I’m posting.  While helpful in past years, I find that I was getting a little overwhelmed when I was thinking about the blog in the past months.  I feel guilty not writing more (partly because I love writing and it’s helpful to remember how it feels writing for pleasure and not for work or school), but for those of you who are on instagram and curious about my crafty adventures, be sure to check out my profile there, I’m @fsujoha.  Working on my Master’s in Social Work I come across a lot of journals and articles I find interesting, which I think I am going to start to share here more often, so that we can have a dialogue about social justice issues and what we as citizens can do about it.

But for now, here are some photos of my favorite knitting projects lately.  Between work and school I don’t have much time to play with yarn these days, but I suppose that means whatever I’m making I really really love.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

Knitting with friends makes everything better

So it’s no secret that I love to knit.  Love may actually be a bit of an understatement.  Knitting is central to my being, and I absolutely identify as being a knitter..  I enjoy knitting everywhere, and always keep a project in my purse, so no moment to knit a few stitches go wasted. 

My knitting bag travels with me everywhere -- even to the office.

My knitting bag travels with me everywhere — even to the office.

One of the things I love about knitting is the community that I’ve found through social media such as Instagram and Ravelry. The camaraderie is really fantastic, there is always someone who can help make sense of a question or assist with troubleshooting, and one of my favorites, there is always someone to knit with! the knit-a-longs have been really inspiring, and it all started with the Instagram-Along-Ers group on ravelry. Through that group I came to ‘meet’ Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch who hosts knit-a-longs a few times throughout the year. When I saw that the latest project would be Martina Behm’s Miss Winkle I knew I had the perfect yarn in my stash! Candy Skein’s February colorway, Broken Heart tart. The variegated pink & black is a great compliment to the pattern, and I can’t wait to get this finished so I can wear it!

My yarn for the knit-a-long, Broken Heart Tart

My yarn for the knit-a-long, Broken Heart Tart

The knit-a-long started on March 15, and I was eager to go. As of this afternoon I’m up to 28 loops, and hope to finish some time this week! Thanks for stopping by as I get back into this, and happy knitting!

Progress on day 1

Progress on day 1

28 loops and some toasty toes in my favorite socks.

28 loops and some toasty toes in my favorite socks.

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A long-overdue WIP Wednesday Update

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Hi everyone! It’s amazing how quickly life becomes so busy once the new year hits! There have been some very exciting developments at work, which combined with a few big grants to write and lots of math homework have left me with little time to blog the last month.

The weather has been pretty crazy here, this was the view from my window yesterday! The exciting thing about the snow was that school was canceled (woo-hoo!) and my work was closed! (Unfortunately I didn’t know that part until the afternoon so I was still working away on that grant I mentioned earlier) But, once I read that work was closed I got right to knitting.

Lots of snow in Downtown Hampton!

Lots of snow in Downtown Hampton!

The lovely Jennifer of Knitwise, Purlwise recently designed the super awesome Colorblock Shawl and is offering it for free on Ravelry! Sweet, right? To celebrate the publishing of her first pattern she’s hosting a knit-a-long on her blog and through the Instagram-along-ers group on Ravelry. Needless to say I fell in love with the pattern right away, especially since it’s such a great stash-buster! Taking advantage of yesterday’s snow day (and the power going out which gave me a few uninterrupted hours of knitting) here is my progress so far.

My colorblock shawl

My colorblock shawl

Happy Wednesday, and be sure to check out Jennifer’s blog for other colorblock shawls, of if you’re on Instagram check out #colorblockkal for other updates. And as always, click on the WIP Wednesday logo at the top to check out other projects on Tami’s Amis!
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Love and the Next Step Sock Knitalong

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Hello everyone! And a very Happy Valentines Day to all of you! I never have been one to really get into the Valentines Day spirit, but I think the older I get I really enjoy the idea of celebrating those around me. Valentines day to me isn’t all about having a man love me and buying a card, it’s a chance to step back and say to friends and family just how special they are to me. Not to mention I love all of the kitschy decorations I get to put everywhere around the house and office.

So my socks have really been coming along the last few weeks. That is until Blizzard Nemo (since when do we name blizzards and winter storms? I still don’t think I can get used to that) left me house-bound for a few days and I for some reason felt motivated to make progress on my Fiddlehead Mittens instead of working on the socks. I’ve so far finished the left sock for both me and Justin, and gotten started on the right sock for Justin. He’s not too happy that I was distracted from finishing his socks (but when the mood strikes, you just have to knit what’s calling to you, am I right?), but this weekend will be my chance to get the second one done. Here’s the progress so far.

Sock progress so far

Sock progress so far

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I know these sheep are :)

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

On my needles & hook this week…

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Hi Everyone! Sorry for missing WIP Wednesday AND FO Friday last week… things got a little hectic and my week got away from me really quickly! Especially with the blizzard that hit us over the weekend in New England, which gave me lots of good time to knit :) We ended up getting about 2 feet of new snow in about 24 hours, and all of the snow made me feel like I was a kid in Michigan again. Growing up near Lake Michigan we used to get tons of lake effect snow all the time. Here’s a little glimpse at my weekend.

The 'calm' before the storm

The ‘calm’ before the storm

That's my poor car buried under all of that snow.

That’s my poor car buried under all of that snow.

Needless to say, all of that snow gave me a great chance to get some knitting done. If you remember my Fiddlehead Mittens from the last WIP Wednesday, you’ll know that I only had one completed. Not the case any more! I was able to get the entire second mitten finished and even get started on the lining. I know it’s hard to tell in the picture, but all of this alpaca is so amazingly soft! I have a feeling these mittens will feel like I’m wearing a cloud!
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As part of one of my favorite facebook groups full of knitters and crocheters, I’ve recently joined a ‘littles’ swap. 12 people all across the US and UK have signed up to make knit or crochet motifs no larger than 1.5 inches to send to each other. Mine have started coming in and they are so cool! I’m thinking about putting them in a pretty bowl on my desk at work so I have something pretty when I need to fidget. I finally have gotten around to making mine in hopes of getting them in the mail on Friday — I’ve decided to go with a theme of upcoming holidays making shamrocks from Sarahndipities, and easter eggs from Fiber Flux. If you’re looking for cute little crochet projects be sure to check out both blogs, I’m thinking I’m going to make extra for me and make bunting, since anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of country kitch decor. Here’s what I’ve got so far on my littles, 5 down, 17 to go!

My collection of littles so far

My collection of littles so far


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Thanks for checking by to see what’s on my needles & hook this week. Be sure to click on the WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along links the top to see what others are knitting and crocheting this week. Happy Knitting!
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