Planning January – Updates

It’s the middle of January, so it’s time for a small update to make sure I am staying on track!

Books TBR

  • 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (went on the list because I finished it Jan 2)
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (Read, just haven’t reviewed yet)
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Broken by Susanne Valenti (ARC) (Currently Reading)
  • Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (ARC)
  • Cranky Ladies of History – Short story compilation (Currently Reading)

Projects to Work On

Okay, I haven’t really finished any of these yet. But I have been working on the presents for Grey! 

  • 85 lines of my 4th Doctor scarf (I’ve done the math, and it’s 1004 lines total. I should have it done and ready for next year)
  • Presents for Grey
  • Hats for a friend’s daughter

Monthly Goals

  • Fix/Redo my Bucket List – it’s a bit old and outdated
  • Get out and do a 2nd hike (weather permitting — won’t be fun to do all the 52 hikes from May-August now!) It’s been too cold and I’ve been fighting a crappy cold. But hopefully I’ll find a day this month.
  • Write 9,000 words
  • Get back into yoga Currently working on – I am doing DailyBurn’s yoga program. 

Other Things

I decided on my yearly reading challenges! I am doing Bustle’s Reading Challenge, which encourages reading books by women and writes of color. I need to sit down and assign a book to a spot, but I’m excited. I am also doing Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge, which is 12 books in 12 different categories. As I finish books in either challenge, I’ll be sure to denote it on my reviews.

I also cleaned up my 30 Days Challenges and made a list of hiking places to check out near the city. I still need to make a list of things to check out in NYC.

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Captain America Hat

I decided to be super lazy today. My work plans fell through, and it was really such a gorgeous day. Plus, I am super behind on my promised crochet stuff. And, since I made a fall hat for myself, the least I could do was finish one that I had started for someone else.

My co-worker/friend named his daughter after his favorite superhero, Captain America. Around the time Avengers: Age of Ultron, I promised him that I’d make a hat for her. But hats are fun to make in the summer really (or at least I don’t find it fun). But I did secure a pattern back then. While I’m starting to build my own, for things like this, totally need to find someone who has tested out their patterns. 

I purchased my pattern from Level Up Nerd Apparel on Etsy. I have a couple of her patterns that’ll pop up over the next few months. One after Christmas; it’s a gift my baby brother. I love geek-chic/cosplay patterns. When my own life settles down, I’d love to build my own patterns.

Anywho, this was my favorite thing to make to date, and also one of the hardest things. I officially have two separate stars outside the hat, and the blue portion of the hat took me 4 tries before it looked good.

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After getting the blue to look right and have the right number of stitches, the hat became super normal. It’s a double yarn crochet, so it was thicker and a little harder to adjust to at first, as well as switching colors, but it led to a simple and calm afternoon. I’ve been trying to get through my ever-growing watch list on Netflix (I’m trying to not re-watch anything!) I settled into Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothingand Season 2 of Blacklist. Here’s my final product! It’s not actually bumpy, just had some issues with it on the foam head. 

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Fall Slouchy Beanie

Yesterday I worked around my apartment with my windows open. This doesn’t happen often, and while they’re open at the moment, the good ol’ Georgia heat could be back at any moment. Even Charlie is enjoying it!

But the weather inspired me to make a new hat for the upcoming fall and winter.

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I bought some yarn super on sale a few weeks ago for said new hat. Seriously, it was under $1. I scooped up two skeins with a hat in mind. I didn’t follow any pattern in particular — I love hats for this reason. Pick a stitch and go for a simple one (which is all I wanted last night.

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This is at about halfway through the project. It’s done with double crochets all the way through. It spiraled well! The whole hat took about three hours, though a good portion of that was me sorting out yarn. It knots frequently.

Since I wasn’t going with an actual pattern, the brim is a bit odd. It’s also not as tight fitting as I wanted it, but that’s okay. I may work on it a little more today to fix that.

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Anyways, welcome fall! I wait to embrace you with a fun new hat.

Crochet Project: Knot Headband

I wish I had taken more pictures of this project! And it felt good to finally complete one after so long. I’ve got way too many unfinished projects sitting around. Anyways, this is a a knotted headband I made for an amazing friend of mine. It was made with Caron Simply Soft Party yarn. Caron Simply Soft yarn is pretty much my favorite right now. It was a simple pattern, and I can’t wait to make more of them. I should have gotten a picture of her wearing it — hindsight. Anyway, this is a quick post — I’ll get better pictures of my projects from now on.

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