The start of a new year (2015!) should welcome new resolutions right? I for one was never big on setting goals for myself because I know I’ll never get around to them (no matter how motivated I start out) and this invites failure and disappointment. But for me, failure and disappointment usually don’t reach me because I’ll just keep setting the same goals until I stop caring about them. In some way, I’m procrastinating or delaying results, but I know I’m only cheating myself. That is, if I allow myself to think I’m cheating myself out of being productive, which I can safely say is not the case.

Needless to say, I’ve stop making New Year’s resolutions for quite some time now. Don’t worry, I still set goals for myself, but they usually don’t coincide at the beginning of the calendar year (mostly because I’m too busy gorging myself on food) and they’re usually small, last-minute sort of deals.

Then yesterday happened (like it always does). One of my sister’s friends gave her a Craft-A-Day calendar, which was some perfect timing on her part because 2015 had yet to start. DSC_0355

Flipping through it, there are some really fun-looking projects in there that make me want to run to the nearest crafts store. Now I’m definitely NOT doing a craft a day because that would be laughable on my part, but I’m aiming to do my—technically our (my sister included)—favorite of the week. Each week is themed and this week’s is all things snowflakes!

To make my sort-of resolution less official (because let’s face it, if I’m still crafting by December, a miracle has happened), I’m including some disclaimers such as:

  • The goal is one project per week, but it’s not the end of the world if we don’t get around to it because we’re not well stocked on supplies.
  • I would like to make a post each week centering on said project to track my progress, but I might not have time especially when school starts up again.
  • This goes with the one above. I feel like making a post each week is a little trivial because I don’t want to bore anyone with simple, but cute crafts (you can surely find better ones on Pinterest), so I’ll keep my sharing to a minimal.
  • I can stop anytime I want to. I’ll most likely forget rather than stopping voluntarily, but hey, at least I can say I tried.

On that note, good luck fulfilling your resolutions if you made any! If not, I hope you still have a great year!


Making a Comeback with Pom-Poms


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It started with a hat. It always starts with a hat … or a chair. Anyone catch my reference there? No? That’s completely fine. Anyway, in my case it started with a hat, one preferably full of cables like the ones shown in the picture. But these aren’t just any cables; they’re a different kind of cable at least for me. I found a pretty decent site for cables. It doesn’t have a lot in the glossary, but some of the cables look nice and doable. If anyone knows a good site for cables, don’t be afraid to link me up! I love a good cable.

So the cable was something new, but wait, it doesn’t stop there! I knitted the hat with sock weight yarn, which was a first for me. I know it’s not that big of a deal, but I usually don’t venture too far out as far as yarn goes, and yarn really goes a long way. This meant my whole gauge for hats was thrown off, which is a given, and like my “cooking” I don’t measure things well or at all. I know one of the key things knitters stress is to check the gauge because it would save a lot of time, but I’ve never got around to learning how to check my gauge. For the most part, I’ve been fine. Really, knitting for me is almost like throwing confetti to the wind and seeing where they land, except for the whole being environmentally conscious part. Don’t worry, I would never litter like that!

I did however seriously ran with my project. And I would like to say it didn’t turn out shabby at all, although it’s a little awkward to look at when being worn because it’s slouchy, but not too slouchy and not slightly slouchy either. It’s an awkward kind of slouch. Now I know a lot of people can pull off hats like this, but I’ve always wondered how they do it. I guess they just have great wearing-hats-heads, but for me, the hat was too awkward for my taste if I didn’t adjust it after throwing it on. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have cables on hats, the cables made the hat somewhat stiff, so it doesn’t fall naturally on my head. (Come on, what do I know about hats falling naturally on my head? All of this could be in my head, which it probably is.)

I couldn’t just leave it like that, and I didn’t want to rip the piece and knit it so it was form-fitting. (I have a thing against ripping away a part of the hat and reknitting it once I’m down to my last few stitches, aside from making eye-blistering mistakes of course. The next best solution for me? Cry.

Just kidding. Because pom-poms aren’t sad things. They’re actually fun because they’re like accessories for your hats or scarves or whatever. So I watched a few YouTube videos because I have seriously never made a pom-pom in my life. Quick! Someone, take my needles away! I made my first pom-pom the easy way though (hint: not the technique with the cardboard), but by using a gift card. Well, it turned out to be the size of a golf ball and looked ridiculous on the hat due to its size, so I laughed and made a second one! The one you see here.DSC_0397 (2)

Now I’m still a little worried about having a pom-pom on a hat (even though the hats looks ten times better) because I like to wash and dry my knitwear by machine. I’m quite lazy, but the kind of yarn I have been working with usually allowed it. This sock weight yarn however says to lay it flat to dry, but I’m not even sure I trust having a pom-pom in the washing machine in the first place. It’s part of the reason I stayed clear from attaching pom-poms onto my hats because if it falls apart in the cycle, it would create a huge mess right? Not if you made it the right way. Yeah, well…

I really don’t know. There’s another thing I almost forgot to mention. I read that blocking your knitwear and reshaping it the way you want really helps clean it up—as in no awkward slouch, but I don’t know the first thing about blocking. I heard there were several ways to approach it, and it probably depends on the type of yarn, but I’m really at a lost. Which brings me to my question of the blog:

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