Category Archives: Books

Finished the Matching Dress and Sweater

I finally finished the dress and sweater for baby girl.  I’ve been trying to get better at sewing and this was a great project to get me started again.  It was relatively simple and I took my time (and had to redo about 10 seams  haha).  I knit the matching sweater in about 3 days.  The pattern is called Knit Bolero and it’s from the book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger.  I LOVE the book and am already planning on making a few other things from it as soon as I finish sewing my diaper bag!

Free Time!

I have had a really busy month, basically ever since the end of November it was crunch time for finals and then right after that it was the holidays.  I ended up not going to see my family for Christmas day so instead I went up there for the week of New Years.  I had a great time and it was wonderful seeing my family, especially my niece Amelia!

One great thing about having a break from school is having the time to relax and do some fun things that I haven’t had a chance to do for a while.  Today, for the first time in a while, I’m making a fun dinner (enchiladas with green sauce) complete with dessert! (pineapple upside down cake).  I figure I should make the best of the time off now because once the baby comes it won’t be the same.  I figure I’ll still have time to cook, just not so uninterrupted…hehe.

On Monday, we went to the Huntington Library and Gardens and had a great time!  I’ve been twice before but it was still wonderful and relaxing to get out and see the gardens.  It was like escaping for the day.  At one point, we looked around and couldn’t see a single building!  Cameron and I took lots of great pictures that day.

As for knitting, I’ve got lots of projects in my queue.  I’m almost done knitting the first thing for my baby girl: Monster Pants!  I know she won’t be able to wear them for a little while, but I couldn’t resist.  Basically everything I’m currently working on is stuff for baby girl (including some awesome baby uggs) or cousin Amelia.  There’s just something really fun about knitting stuff for babies!  I’m still determined to make myself a hat out of the Glimmer yarn that I bought over Thanksgiving break, however, after two foiled attempts at scalloped lace, I might just try another pattern.  I have two more weeks off of school and I’m definitely going to make the most of it!  I finished reading Babyface by Jeanne McDermott and I hope to get a few more fun books read before the wave of school reading for Clinical Methods and Neurology take over.

New Apartment

I’m pretty excited because I am moving into my new place today and I’m stoked about decorating it.  My wonderful brother Kenneth is coming down from Northern California tomorrow morning to help me move and it is definitely going to be a full day!  I’ve been hitting some vintage shops and looking for some fun lamps and accessories to dress the place up a bit.  It’s going to be my first time living by myself so I get to decorate it all by myself!  I did a bit of shopping today in Venice and on 4th street in Long Beach.  I found an adorable store called Harmony’s Cottage which had lots of fun dolls, stationary and buttons.  Not having a place for this past few days has really thrown me off but as soon as I’m settled I’m sure things will get back to normal quickly.  I’ve made a few dishtowels and coasters from the Interweave Knitted Gifts book that I got for Christmas but otherwise I’ve just been working on Sarah’s Elephant, called Eddie the Elephant from the book Knitted Toy Tales by Laura Long.  I’ve made just about the whole thing, only with green sparkly yarn of course, but I think I messed up the gauge because you can see some of the stuffing through it so I guess I’ll have to frog it and start over…. 😦  I really like the shape of it though.  The book Knitted Toy Tales has by far the best stuffed animal patterns that I’ve found and I definitely would recommend it to anyone interested in knitting stuffed animals.  I bought the book for the Three Hungry Bears pattern but the other animals are pretty cool too!

I’ve visited a few yarn stores and after reading The Friday Night Knitting Club, a guilty pleasure, I was inspired to make knitting more of a social event.  I’m going to try and go to a group or knitting workshop.  I’ve had this itch to knit continental style lately so I think I might do a class.  I went to Knitculture in LA which I thought was pretty awesome.  The store was arranged by color and the salespeople were super helpful!  I bought some easy care merino which I’m going to use for baby booties and caps for my soon-to-be niece or nephew.  Also, I finally took the plunge and went to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, which is the closest yarn store to me.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to take a class or workshop with them.  I bought some rose colored tweed yarn which I don’t have a project in mind for yet but I’ll loved it too much to pass on it 🙂