Tuesday, December 26, 2017

K3, P3 Hand Warmers

This knitting project came about when Aaliyah said that she had a hard time getting warm. Since we always pick a sibling to get a present(s) for Christmas, instead of getting presents for 8 people, I got Aaliyah as my person and I decided to make her a pair of hand warmers.

I created my own pattern using ideas from other patterns, that I found on Ravelry.
Cast on 36 stitches using the long tail method*.
Row 1: knit all the way across 
Row 2: K3, P3 all the way across
Repeat these two rows until you reach your desired length then bind off. I made them 7 1/2 inches long.
Repeat pattern to make a second one.
I made these using straight needles and used the tails that I left at both ends to sew up the edges. But it is super easy to make these on double pointed needles if that is what you prefer. And I used a size 8 needle, unfortunately, I don't remember the brand name of the yarn that I was using.

*If you don't know how to do the long tail cast on method, which I hadn't ever done until this year, here is a link to an instructional video that helped me.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

$4,279.26 and Counting

Just from going to the library on a regular basis I have saved $4,279.26. Living right across the street from the local library helps with that because in the two years since we have lived by the library I have gone there more than when we lived several minutes away and didn't go as often. Anyhow, I didn't come to bore you all with talking about books and what I've read recently. This is more of a random talk about what's been going on in my life sort of post.

Originally I was going to write this post last week but the words weren't wanting to come out the way that I wanted them too, so I am trying again. And since I haven't written a general, sometimes rambling, post on what has been happening lately I thought that I would include it all in one post.

Last week was finals week and it was also the last week of my second to last semester of college, which feels like I have been doing forever. This semester I ended up taking four classes instead of three like I had been doing. This is because the class I was supposed to take over the summer was canceled because not enough people had signed up for it, so I had to take it in the fall. I also had to start over with a Gen Ed science class since I had to drop the science class that I was taking last year during the fall. Even with taking four classes, two of which were 8 weeks each, I finished the semester with an A, two B's and a C, which is pretty good.

For the past month or so I have been working on two different blankets that I will be giving away as presents, and I will do my best to write posts on both of them once they are given away. In the meantime, I will keep working on them so that they will be finished in time.

This past Sunday we put up all of our Christmas decorations and this year we have two trees because our grandparents gave us theirs. So our tree is in the front window with all of the ornaments on it and the other tree is in the back room and has a rustic theme to it. By rustic I mean white lights red ribbon wrapped loosely around it and a big bow on top. It looks very nice and is different from what we have done before and everyone likes it. And on Friday is the third annual caroling event that my family has organized, even though it will be a bit chilly.

Anyhow that is what has been happening lately. And if anyone is wondering, even though it's almost a month late, I didn't finish NaNoWriMo last month. I ended up stopping about halfway through because I was losing steam and had run out of ideas, though I had a plot this year for my story. Maybe next year it will go better. But we shall have to wait and see about that.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Today starts the season of Advent, and the lighting of the Advent wreath.

During the Advent season, advent calendars are a popular site in stores and in homes. When my siblings and I were younger we used to get one of the chocolate filled calendars from the store. 

As we got older we did a homemade calendar, usually in the shape of a tree and each day we would add a purple circle or a pink one for Gaudete Sunday. We would start at the bottom and go up the tree when we reached the top of the tree we added a star. Two years ago I did a photography Advent calendar (though I don't remember where I found it)This year I am doing another photography Advent calendar, which I created using ideas from Advent calendars that I found.

As a family, we also light a candle on the wreath each night. We also sing a verse of the song "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" each night as well. 

On my blog, I have shared the O Antiphons and their corresponding verse from" O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" as well as Bible verses that are related to the day as well. I have also shared a meditation at the beginning of the week as well that reflects on different themes.