Two More Weeks Until the Test, or: MORE PICTURES!

Hi guys!  I hope you all had a good weekend.  It’s less than 2 weeks until my test, and I’ve been really stressing out about it.  But only two more weeks of studying and I will be freeeeeeeee.

Today I was feeling very grumpy, and like a small child, I was mollified with a treat (Starbucks) and toys (pretty fabric).

PICTURE TIME!

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I stopped by The Cloth Pocket today to pick up some fabric for my upcoming Grainline Studio Willow Tank class.  I’m so happy The Cloth Pocket is around, especially now that Stitch Lab has closed.  They are offering so many cool classes and honestly, the location is a lot easier for me to get to than Stitch Lab’s.  I was so excited that I signed up for the Fancy Tiger Sailor Top class next month.  Yay!!

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In project news, I’ve been going back and forth between the Scheepjes Hygge CAL and my Little Box of Crochet mug cozy project.  I really have been loving the CAL, but I’ve hit a bit of a snag.

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These bobbles are supposed to “pop”…but as you can see, my bobbles are not popping.  I’ve watched the video tutorials and followed the pattern but I can’t get my bobbles to pop! So frustrating!  I was feeling pretty bummed about it until I went on Instagram and discovered that apparently there’s an entire hashtag dedicated to #bobblegate for the poor souls experiencing the same bobble issues that I am.  The CAL Facebook group has a pattern hack to make the bobbles pop, so I’ll have to frog this and try that hack instead.  I’m way too tired to do that tonight, so instead I worked on this:

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This is the second mug cozy from Little Box of Crochet’s February box…I think this color palette is my favorite of the two!  Hopefully this will be a quick project.

Alrighty!  I’m going to watch John Oliver and wind down with some projects.  I hope you all have a great week!

Rapid Fire Picture Post Time

Hey guys! I hope all is well.  Things are good here, studying has taken over my life, etc etc.

PICTURE TIME.

So I’ve been able to work on my Little Box of Crochet March project…I have one mug cozy completed. I just have to block it, which I’ve been too lazy to do.  Blocking and gauge swatches – who has time for that? (I know, I know, these are important elements, just let me ask my rhetorical questions.)

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I’m now working on the second cozy, which has pretty flowers:

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I’ve also been working on my embroidery project from Studio MME:

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But most importantly, I can confirm that, yes, I did order the Scheepjes Hygge CAL kit in Jewel because it arrived today! Look, look, look:

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Squeeeeee!

Ok, I’m going to unwind by working on my projects!  I hope you had a great Monday. Let me know what you’ve been working on!

Pretty Things

Good morning friends!

I can hardly believe it is already Wednesday, which means my test is a little over three weeks away.

::hyperventilates into paper bag::

Apollo has been a dependable study buddy, but as you can see, he’s getting a little tired of it.

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As promised, here are some beautiful things I’ve been working on lately or that have been inspiring me.

I received my package from Hawthorn Handmade this week!  This packaging is so lovely!

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I bought this cute set of cacti and succulent journals this weekend at Book People:

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I’ve been working on this pretty floral theme from Studio MME’s Super Stitchers’ Club:

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And also on last month’s Little Box of Crochet…it was designed by Attic24, which means lots of beautiful colors!

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Those colors are so scrumptious!

Speaking of scrumptious, I may or may not have used pay day as an opportunity to purchase the Scheepjes CAL Hygge kit.

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ALLEGEDLY.  ALLEGEDLY I purchased this kit in the Jewel colorway because I’ve been eyeing it for months and I probably won’t finish it until December but. BUT.  All this studying has put me in treat myself mode.

Okay, I need to work! Have a great day!

Little Box of Crochet – Peacock Pincushion

Good morning everyone!  Hope you’re having a relaxing Saturday so far.  It’s a pretty cozy morning; I’ve got a cup of coffee next to me, my planner open, and Fiancé and Apollo are snoozing next to me on the couch.  I’m going to watch a little TV and work on a project before diving back into studying.

I’m all finished with the Little Box of Crochet Peacock Pincushion and fob!  This is the July 2016 box but when I received it, I was very intimidated by the project.  I’m glad I finally decided to do it, as it’s a pretty approachable project for beginners.

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With this box you get lovely pins, a stitch marker, stickers for labeling your boxes should you decide to reuse them, and 5 balls of Scheepje Catona yarns.  I have already squee’d in a previous post over this yarn, and I am continuing to squee here.  It is such a treat to be able to work with Scheepje yarn since I can’t find that brand here in the States.  This yarn was so yummy and was a breeze to work with.  Amanda Bloom notes in her booklet that she couldn’t bear to break down the balls so she blew the month’s budget by keeping all the balls intact -Amanda, I’m so glad you did!  You should have extra yarn when you finish this project; I haven’t decided what to do with mine yet!

The pincushion and fob worked up pretty quickly and I actually didn’t lose any stitches while working in the round.  I had the most difficulty with the peacock feathers – and even those weren’t “hard,” I just was unsure of what to do with one step in the pattern.  This is probably more of my inexperience than any issue with the pattern.  Other than those minor issues, the pattern was pretty easy to follow and there are lots of pictures to guide you.

What do you think?

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I’m quite pleased with how this project has turned out. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

 

 

This Post is Brought to You By Caffeine and Lots of Pictures

Today’s post is brought to you by the copious amounts of caffeine I will be consuming to get through today.  My body just could not get to sleep before midnight, but at 5:30 this morning it was like, “I FEEL ALIVE. LET’S GET UP!”

I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation lately and goal-setting.  I’ve set some ambitious goals for myself lately, whereas a couple of years ago I may not have had the motivation (nor courage) to set them.  It’s one thing to dream big – it is another to have the persistence and discipline to achieve your dreams.  And having persistence and discipline is the toughest part of the journey, I think. We all like the reward of doing something big and bold – but the persistence and discipline portion is often tedious, tiresome work.

What I’m saying is, I wish I could be lazy and pass my test without studying for it, but alas, I was not blessed with a photographic memory for material I learned over a decade ago.  For the next five weeks my posts are probably going to be picture-heavy as I enter into crunch mode for my test.  I just need to think positive happy thoughts like, “YOU’RE SO SMART JENNY! BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF YOUR DREAMS!” and not, “You’re gonna fail,” which I currently have on a loop in my mind.  (Said in the voice of Kristen Wiig from Walk Hard, of course.)

YAY PICTURE TIME!

First off, I received my Wool and the Gang package in the mail yesterday.  Wow, that was fast.

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I said in the last post that I was geeking out over using Scheepjes yarn…I do that too with Wool and the Gang.  I really want to try their Crazy Sexy Wool but that’s probably going to be too warm to work with for the next ten months.

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It is so squishy!!!!!

I’ve also been making progress with my Little Box of Crochet project…but not as much, since I’m studying in the evenings and don’t start my crafting until the Daily Show.  I promise not to be posting incremental pictures of the same project for the next five weeks.

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More pictures, you say? SURE!

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I am really loving the way this is working up! And the colors are just gorgeous.

Finally, I received my ipsy bag in the mail yesterday…I really am loving the color palette from this month’s bag.IMG_0303.JPG

The earrings didn’t come with the bag…I just thought they would be a pretty addition to this soft spring palette! I wish I could make a dress out of this print:

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And of course, this is such a cute little card.

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Now that we’re full of positive and happy vibes, I’ve got to go wake Fiancé up.  My car decided to overheat yesterday so he’s got to drive me to work. Have a great day, everyone!

Weekend Makes – Mollie Makes Scandi Floral Hoop Kit

Happy Monday!  U.S. readers, are you adjusting to Daylight Savings Time?  I tried to keep a normal schedule yesterday, so I was able to wake up this morning without hating my life.

This weekend was great! It was a very cozy, rainy weekend that allowed me to get caught up on household chores but most importantly, making! I worked on the Scandi Floral Hoop Kit from Mollie Makes issue 76.

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This beautiful kit was designed by Zeena Shah, who makes beautiful Scandinavian-inspired designs. I have to say, I was very pleased with how this kit turned out.  Lately when I’ve worked on embroidering a piece, I feel the need to color in every part of a design with a stitch.  But it’s totally okay to leave some open spaces here and there, and with this piece, I think that approach worked out much better.  It really adds a whimsical feel.

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’m also really happy with how the French knots turned out!

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I also started getting caught up on Little Box of Crochet projects.  This one I’m working on is a beautiful peacock feather pincushion. I’ve only worked up a couple of the feathers so far (and haven’t weaved in the ends yet), but am loving the vibrant colors of this project.

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This project uses Scheepjes Catona yarn.  I have to say, I’m geeking out a bit over the yarn selection because Scheepjes isn’t sold in the states. I’ve read about this yarn so much in my imported craft magazines and I’m really excited to be able to work with it.

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Look at these colors!

I hope you had a great weekend! Please share what you made with me!

 

I Bless the Rain

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*This originally was supposed to be a painting of raindrops, but somewhere in the middle of this creation, I realized that perfect raindrops are hard to paint with my limited skills.  Time to go ABSTRACT.

Part of my job involves environmental field sampling.  It is not something that I do too often, which is to my liking.  I don’t particularly enjoy field work.  I don’t mind the being outside part very much. But I was never very good at it and I usually stress out about it weeks in advance of a trip.  I work at primarily one site now, and in the five years that I’ve been working on that site, we went from a network of twenty wells to now nearly sixty.  For perspective, that’s going from roughly four days of sampling to nine or ten.

Since my site is in the middle of nowhere, it gets very muddy anytime it rains.  I watch the weather very closely prior to my departure for a field trip.  My rain dance varies depending on the work we are doing.  When I am groundwater sampling (which you can do in the rain, but have to lug your equipment everyday), I hope for clear and sunny skies.  When I’m doing soil sampling, which is the work I’m scoped to be completing tomorrow, I fervently hope for rain because the drilling rigs can get stuck in mud.  “RAIN!” I yell at the radar that I check incessantly before a trip.

This morning I woke up to the sweet, sweet sight of green and yellow all over the radar.  Toto’s “Africa” popped into my head, and I mentally changed the lyric “I bless the rains down in Africa,” to the town I was traveling to instead.  Rain, I thought joyfully, as I read my project manager’s email saying that the trip might be called off later today.

And now I wait. And wait for the cancellation email to come through.  Mentally, I had already prepared for this trip being called off, given how foreboding the weather forecast is for this week.  But if I actually have to go, I will mourn.  I really dislike mobilizing for field work on a Sunday.  When my father was in the Navy, his sea duty took him away from our family up to six months at a time. So while I’m aware of how whiny I sound about giving up part of my weekend to travel somewhere for work, the fact that it could be much worse doesn’t make me feel much better about it.

I really hope my trip is cancelled, because I have plenty of projects to work on at home.

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I finally finished knitting my Knitcrate Newbies Month 1 project.  As you can see, it was completed in very uneven seed stitch and there are holes everywhere.  I am hoping that by blocking it, the holes will magically disappear, but that is probably too optimistic.

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I am working on What Delilah Did’s Cindermice Stitch-Along.  And if you’re like, “But wait Jenny, I thought that Stitch-Along happened last year?” then I’d say, “YES, I COMPLETELY PROCRASTINATED AND THE VIDEOS ARE ONLY GOING TO BE UP UNTIL SEPTEMBER AND I STILL HAVE THREE MICE TO MAKE, OH GOD.”

This is the Fairy Godmouse that I am working on right now.

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Little Box of Crochet  is probably my favorite subscription box ever – the projects are so beautiful and the owner, Amanda Bloom, is really the most incredible person (if you follow her instagram, you’ll see why).  I am working on the May box still.  It is a Floating Blossom washcloth done in tapestry crochet.  It’s definitely taking me out of my comfort zone, but it’s such an beautiful project and I am learning so much from it.

All I need is that email saying that the trip is off, and I can indulge in these projects.  Otherwise, it’s down to the rental car place and sadly packing up my equipment.

RAIN!

edit:  It’s been officially canceled, thank you universe!