Thursday, March 6, 2014
I know, I know, there's a weird trend going on here, considering the fact that there's no bun in my oven.
I can't help myself! Baby things are so cute and fun to make and soft and I don't think I'm going to be stopping with the tiny crochet projects any time soon!
This little number is for a baby girl who's on her way to two of my sweet friends from college! (I know, the only thing that makes baby things cuter is college sweethearts)!
I started with this pattern, but quickly undid my work and used the newborn to 6 mo. pattern instead. It was written a bit more clearly and didn't have the errors that I found in the version for older babies (and I was lured in by the cute booties). However, I did end up going with the older baby pattern instructions for short sleeves. The happy family lives in a warmer climate, so there's not a big need for long sleeves! I then went back to the smaller pattern for the edging, because the Picot Edge was too precious to skip!
Finally, I didn't want to put a button on the neck (because I don't want to be responsible for any harm coming to a baby) and I thought a ribbon would be a little too sweet and kind of out of place. As an alternative to both patterns, I made a long chain, single crocheted my way across it, and knotted the ends to form the bow tie. I think it gave everything a nice finish!
You can find my notes (more detailed than usual) here!
(Also...if you're getting totally annoyed by my crochet posts, please tell me! I can definitely keep these things to myself! I just realized that I've gone from zero to CRAFT BLOG OMG in like, 2 seconds flat.)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
So much cool stuff is coming up for The Photo Hunt that I can barely stand it! We just had our most recent event in London this past weekend and we're already looking forward to the next one! Plus, we're expanding, so watch this space because The Photo Hunt is probably coming to a creative community near you pretty soon! I'll (try to) get a full post on it up this week, there's lots of good stuff to share!
The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller. I...like it. I should love it, but I'm not in the head space for it right now, I don't think. I might not end up doing a Bookish on it, but I'd say that it's definitely worth a read, I just should have picked up a non-fiction title after my latest stint of books, I would have enjoyed this one more had I given myself a bit of a break from fiction!
Spending Way Too Much Time on...
Crochet! Oh my gosh, I'm drowning under a pile of yarn at the moment and I kind of love it. I've been crocheting for about 10 years now, but I've never knocked out projects as quickly as I have been lately! If you'll notice, I added a tab for Made posts in the sidebar, that way you can keep up with the latest! (Like the super adorable baby cardigan that I just completed for a girlfriend from college. I die at how cute it is!)
Ready to Blog has gotten SO fun lately! I've been adding a few services and expanding my offerings and it's all just really fulfilling and wonderful. I try not to pimp RTB out too much in this space, so I do apologize, but when you love your job you want to shout it from the rooftops, you know? ;)
Okay, that's what's been going on with me! What's been going on with you?
Thanks to Danielle for providing the inspiration for these posts!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Tonight, I'm hosting my very first book club!
I figure, Lulu, Ché, and myself are bringing creatives together (all over the world, soon) with The Photo Hunt, so why not bring together book lovers all over...Bristol? Right?
So, I know that I did a mini-review on this book back in August, but I wanted to expand on it a bit! For this first meeting of our club, I've asked all of the attendees to come armed with their gorgeous faces and a few thoughts on the favorite book that they read in 2013!
My favorite book of 2013?
The Book of Lost Things!
I had a hard time choosing. After all, I loved Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and The Night Circus (oh my god, did I love The Night Circus). But when I finally forced myself to make a decision (this is dramatic, but it really felt like Sophie's Choice), I chose The Book of Lost Things because of how thoroughly charmed I was by it. (I'm realizing right now that I don't have reviews for any of these books that I loved so much. I think part of my hesitance to write about them is due to the fact that I just don't think that I can do them justice. Every single one of them was perfect, to me.) (I'm also realizing that I use too many parenthetical statements when I write.)
Anyway, the book. The story follows the story of David, a little boy who has lost is mother and copes by getting lost in his books. The story takes your favorite fairy tales and turns them on theirs heads as it follows the violent collision of David's fantasies and his reality and forces him to confront his fears and ultimately uncover his strengths.
It's so good. I cannot stress this enough. It's funny, it's tragic, I definitely cried, and definitely laughed. I've bought this book for a few people since reading it and lent out my precious copy, that goes to show how strongly I feel about everyone reading this book.
Usually, when I love a book, I'm sad that it's over. I try to slow down my reading to make it last a bit longer. With The Book of Lost Things, I just felt so happy that I head read it. I raced to the finish, knowing that it didn't matter when I finished because I'll definitely be reading it again. It just felt good, like I had just gotten to be a part of something amazing. Something fantastic.
I can't wait to share this book with the girls tonight, and if I didn't feel that it was cheating a bit, I'd assign it as our next books!
I hope you pick it up, and let me know what you think if you do!
I'd also like to extend this book club prompt to my little blog world – what was your favorite book of 2013? Let me know in the comments!
Friday, February 28, 2014
It's that time of the week!
This and That will be a bit truncated today as...well, I didn't have the opportunity to look out for cool things for you to read as much as I would like.
But! Quality over quantity...right?
Here's Where We Talk About Me:
+ I did a Q+A over on Sarah's blog today!
+ March 2014 calendars are in the house! Grab 'em, use 'em, love 'em.
+ My lovely friend and sorority sister, Megan, recently made the escape herself (see above)! I did a number on her blog to help her usher in a new era. Check it out! I'm so proud of her (and I think the design came out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself)!
Links About and By People Cooler than We Are:
+ Pharell. Dude. Love you. Mean it.
+ I love Lulu for so many reasons, but one of the main ones is that she's dead right about so many things.
+ YO. (See Also: this convo.) LOVE YOU, IDRIS!
+ What four months on Mars taught me about boredom. (h/t - Sister.)
+ In the original version of this post, I'm 98% sure that Busta Rhymes had requested...condoms. 98%. Looks like it's been redacted, but...regardless...I'd still want to party with Mariah Carey. (Click through, things get weird.)
The Random (But GREAT):
+ Yes, yes, yes. Make.
+ I love quick and easy crochet projects like this!
+ Not ashamed. I pre-ordered.
+ What's really in your supplements?
+ This makes me smile.
+ Guys. I can't. How...what? I can't. Great for him for apologizing...I guess?
+ "Atreyu and Artax are best friends." If that means nothing to you, you might not be old enough to read this blog.
Short and sweet!
Here's my favorite Instagram of the week , via @thiswildidea!
And, throwback jam, H/T again to my sister and in honor of me writing this at 9PM on a Friday Night (and also because I always thought the lyrics were We belong to the night and not We belong to the LIGHT...so...I'll see myself out):
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