Thursday, April 19, 2018

40 Week Recap

The beginning of the month marked the end of the 40 Week Photography challenge, though I ended up spreading it out more because I skipped a couple weeks. When I originally started writing this post in my head there was more than I wanted to say about doing the challenge, which it was some weeks, but now I don't remember what it was that I was going to say, which was going to be a lot more than this, but that's beside the point. Since I can't remember what else I was going to say here is a list of all 40 weeks.

taken by me in Jamestown, RI
Week 1 - 10:36
Week 2 - Books
Week 3 - Black and White
Week 4 - Favorite Color
Week 5 - Street
Week 6 - Feet
Week 7 - Forks
Week 8 - Green
Week 9 - Key
Week 12 - Shoes
Week 13 - Smile
Week 14 -Something Up Close
Week 15 - Something in Your Fridge
Week 16 - Something Old
Week 17 - Something New
Week 18 - Something Tiny
Week 19 - Something Tall
Week 20 - Something You Love
Week 21 - Fall
Week 22 - Bright Colors
Week 23 - Writing
Week 24 - From a High Angle
Week 25 - From a Low Angle
Week 26 - Candle Light
Week 27 - Purple
Week 28 - A Mess
Week 29 - Something Orange
Week 30 - Grey
Week 31 - Trees
Week 32 - Sunrise
Week 33 - The World
Week 34 - Something Tall
Week 35 - Flags
Week 36 - Brick
Week 37 - Black and White
Week 38 - From a Distance
Week 39 - Where I Work
Week 40 - Favorite Place

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Decorative Pillows

This is one of the easiest projects that I have done, but it is also one of the longest that I have taken to finish.

This project started out as a blanket for my sister to take with her to college, but I didn’t finish it before she left (one of the squares still isn’t finished yet). Since I still wanted to use the four squares that I had already made my other sister suggested that I turn them into pillows. It took me a little while to get around to it, but I finally sewed the four completed squares together and made two small pillows for my sister and her fiancee to use in their home once they are married. I am planning on using the last two squares, one of which is still unfinished, to make either one more small pillow, with each square being a different color, or making two super small pillows out of each square, I still haven't decided yet but I will get to that eventually.

They were pretty easy to make since each square used an entire skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Denim and Grey Marble and I used a size 11 needle. I created my own pattern and just did a simple knit 4, purl 4, rib stitch, though I don't remember how many stitches I cast on when I started making the squares, which ended up looking more like rectangles. When I first had the idea of making pillows to give to my sister as a present, I was originally going to get two pillows from with Joann Fabrics or Michael's, but then I held two squares against a pillow that we had that was about the size that I wanted to get and no one liked the way that it really looked. Then I remembered that I had a bag of stuffing sitting in the basement that I hadn't used for anything yet, so I used all of it to stuff both pillows and I like the way that they turned out. And my sister and her fiancee both liked them.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday

Stabat Mater

1. At the cross her station keeping, 
stood the mournful mother weeping, 
close to Jesus to the last 

2. Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, 
all his bitter anguish bearing, 
now at length the sword had passed. 

3. Oh how sad and sore distressed 
was that mother highly blessed, 
of the sole-begotten One! 

4. Christ above in torment hangs; 
she beneath beholds the pangs 
of her dying glorious Son. 

5. Is there one who would not weep, 
whelmed in miseries so deep 
Christ's dear Mother to behold? 

6. Can the human heart refrain 
from partaking in her pain, 
in that Mother's pain untold? 

7. For the sins of His own nation 
saw Him hang in desolation, 
all with bloody scourges rent. 

8. Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, 
she beheld her tender child, 
till His Spirit forth he sent. 

9. O, thou Mother, fount of love, 
touch my spirit from above, 
make my heart with thine accord.

10. Make me feel as thou has felt; 
make my soul to glow and melt 
with the love of Christ our Lord. 

11. Holy Mother, pierce me through; 
in my heart each wound renew 
of my Saviour crucified. 

12. Let met share with thee his pain, 
who for all my sins was slain, 
who for me in torments died. 

13. Let me mingle tears with thee, 
mourning Him Who mourned for me, 
all the days that I may live. 

14. By the cross with thee to stay, 
there with thee to weep and pray, 
this I ask of thee to give. 

15. Virgin, of all virgins blest, 
O refuse not my request: 
let me in thy weeping share 

16. Let me, to my latest breath, 
in my body bear the death 
of that dying Son of thine. 

17. Wounded with his every wound, 
steep my soul till it hath swooned 
in His very blood away. 

18. Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, 
lest in flames I burn and die, 
in that awful judgment day. 

19. Christ, when thou shalt call me hence, 
be Thy mother my defense, 
be Thy cross my victory. 

20. While my body here decays, 
may my soul Thy goodness praise, 
safe in Paradise with Thee. Amen. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Garter Rib Baby Blanket

Since it's been a couple months since I last shared a knitting project, now is a good time for me to share one of the projects that I have been working on for a while. Anyhow back in November, we found out that one of my other cousin's was expecting their first, so I decided to make a blanket for the baby. When I started making the blanket I didn't know if they were going to wait to find out the gender or if they were going to find out right away so I pulled out the three skeins of pastel variegated yarn that I had and started working on the blanket.

The pattern that I used is called Garter Rib Baby blanket, which I found on Ravelry, and it is very easy to work with, though there were a few times where I accidentally started messing up the pattern but caught myself in time to fix it. The yarn that I used is called 'Playground'  and the brand is Mary Maxim Baby Kashmere, and it took me all six skeins of yarn to complete it. And this is the first blanket that I have made to be given away that I have finished with nothing leftover.

After this project, I think I finally learned my lesson in the area of planning out how much yarn I'll need, or think I'll need before I start knitting any more projects. But that is another story that I will be sharing within the next few months.

With this project, I had received the first three skeins of yarn for free and thought that it would be enough to make a baby blanket with, there were three other skeins of the same yarn available for the taking but I didn't think to grab them off the table, silly me. But three ended up turning into six, which is probably a good thing since the skeins are on the slightly smaller side than what I normally use for projects, but I enjoyed working with it. Though next time I use this brand of yarn or any brand, in particular, I plan on having all of the yarn that I need before I started the project instead of getting it while I am working on it. Especially if I have to order it online.

So that is all I have to say on this project and I hope that you enjoy reading about the different knitting projects that I do and stick around for more projects that I share in the future as well as for the other posts that I write and share here.

The finished product!!