Happiness in simple things 


So I’m torn between naming this new girl:

  1. Kenzie
  2. Hadley
  3. Prisma

She’s so delicate looking. I’m not sure any of these names will fit, because when I look at her, these names don’t come to mind (except Prisma, for some reason… But it’s such a oddball name, and also the name of a villain in Sailor Moon). I guess I’ll think some more (way open to suggestions!!… help…).

I’m in a weird funk right now, I think because big changes are coming my way and fast. I know that a lot of my negativity stems from my anxiety, but I can’t turn it off or shake it off. I try to take a day by day approach to life, and do the best I can today so that I might be better prepared tomorrow, but sometimes my “best” doesn’t seem good enough. Even as we speak, despite being thrilled to have this beautiful new Blythe in my collection, I’m worried about safely transporting her with me during my move. Yeah… I’m feeling weird.

Also one more thing! I finally got around to knitting with the hand dyed yarn I purchased off of etsy, and it’s so beautiful~~~~


I’m completely in love with this color way. It’s well on its way to becoming a shawl ^^.

WiPs

I currently have 2 works in progress – one crocheting project and one knitting project. I started my knitting project first – I wanted to try different colors for the heel and toe for my next pair of socks and so I learned how to change yarn by watching YouTube videos.


I’m not as happy with how this sock came out compared to my last pair, but the neon heel and toe are fun! I did a ribbed cuff, and a stockinette the heel. It’s been a week since I finished this sock… And I kind of don’t want to start the second sock. Ughh do not want. (is this Second Sock Syndrome??)

My second project is the Movie Night Cacoon Cardi


So far I’ve used up 3 skeins of Bernat sport yarn (pattern calls for 6), and I need to crochet about 10 more inches on each side before I get to the next step. It’s basically a giant granny square shrug. It’s pretty satisfying with how quickly it’s crocheting up. Also, I’ve had this navy blue sport yarn for a really long time and I’m glad to find a good use for it.

I wish it was fall! Then I can wear all my wooly creations.

Shopaholic 

I went on a bit of a clothing shopping spree for my girls, partially because I kept running into a “you guys have nothing to wear!” situation, and I tend to make small feel-good purchases when I’m having off-days. I’m still waiting for one more order I made on etsy, but I did get two packages in this week.

Yep. Another Plastic Fashion dress. This one is in an adorable unicorn print with hearts and gingham. I really covet my Plastic Fashion dresses, as they look great both on a doll, or even just stacked together. 

I also bought 2 second hand dresses from Facebook, and the seller was super nice and included some adorable extras ^^. I purchased the two brown and blue checkered dresses (both I recognized as by the etsy seller Sleepforever), and the smock type top, the floral skirt, and the tiny rubber chicken were delightful surprises :3. I couldn’t wait to get my new clothes on my girls, and I thought it would be cute if Marina and Reese matched, since their hair color is very similar.

Reese needs some kind of accessory, but I’ll figure it out later. Marina looks fly XD.

As for knitting, I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my sock! 

I’m actually a little further along with the sock since I took this photo. I’ve learned that for next time… It would probably be a good idea if I kept track of the number of rows I make, that way I can make an identical second sock (oops!).

Happy Friday everyone!!

Balls of yarn

I did a not so good thing – I bought a skein of yarn from Michaels last weekend, even though I’m on a yarn no-buy and I’m trying to decrease my yarn stash. I’ve been in a bit of a knitting frenzy (knitting is so hard!), and the skeins I had weren’t inspiring me! I’ve been using the same balls of yarn for crocheting or knitting little doll items, and particularly for knitting, using the same colors just made me sad. 

The new yarn I purchased is the white skein on the far right (not sure the name of this brand). Look at how much I’ve used my other skeins! That blue one is close to being used up even! I noticed that with knitting, if I make a mistake, I completely rage quit the project. I immediately frog the entire thing, because I find fixing mistakes strangely difficult (maybe it’s because the yarn is so fine?). I’m definitely better at knitting this time around, compared to when I knitted as a child and again in college, so there’s that.

I also really dig this yarn. This one is Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour yarn.

I also have a few rolls of crochet thread, some skeins of Cotton Fair yarn, and Patons Kroy sock yarn. I’ve made a huge dent in my stash in the past year, and I think I’ll continue at it before I purchase anything new.

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I tried a new pattern by Kimberly Kwon, sans the sleeves (sleeves are discouraging… I don’t even like crocheting in a round that small, so I doubt I’ll enjoy knitting it). I think the shape is quite cute! And I don’t have to sew snaps in the back. I’m taking Reese out with me this weekend, and I’m thinking I’ll put her in the blue top, with a dark grey tutu.

I’m definitely really slow at knitting, and when something is less than perfect, I’m apt to frogging the whole thing. But when I successfully complete a piece, I feel kind of proud that I made it to the end of the pattern and have added to my girls’ wardrobe.