A tiny cross stitch update.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I kind of dropped off the face of the earth last week. I blame it on the holiday and on things going on in my personal life that I don’t really want to get into here. I haven’t been doing much crafting, so I haven’t been writing or taking pictures of what I’ve been working on.

That changes right now.

Look, it's my man Neville, and a little bit of Moaning Myrtle!
Look, it’s my man Neville, and a little bit of Moaning Myrtle!

I started the cross-stitch I received in my swap package a few weeks ago and it is so much FUN. I’ve been on a huge Harry Potter kick recently, so this sampler’s been super up my alley. However, I forgot how slow going working on a cross stitch project can be, especially a cross-stitch project with a ton of colors. I also haven’t worked on a cross-stitch project for about 8-9 years, so I’m needing to get back into the groove. I’m working on it.

I am hoping to get more of this done now that the weather’s getting cooler. It’s been rainy and in the 60s the past couple days too, so I’ve wanted to craft all the things. The apartment is comfortable enough to knit and spin again, so I’m very happy.

Finished project – Aila Grace shawl

Hey look, I finished a shawl! Well, I finished knitting it last year, but I finally got around to blocking it last week, so technically I just finished it.

Aila Grace shawl

Pattern: Aila Grace shawl by Jennifer Lassonde
Yarn: Araucania Huasco in the ‘3’ colorway (such an original colorway name)
Needle: US 5 – 3.75mm

Aila Grace shawl

This shawl was so much fun to knit. I love all the different textures – garter ridges, eyelets, slipped stitch patterning – it kept me excited to move to the next section.

Close up of Aila Grace shawl

The yarn was perfect for the pattern, too! I got it from a dear friend of mine at our knit night’s Christmas party a few years ago. She knows me and my color palette well. I love all these colors together and since I wear a lot of pink and blue, this goes with a lot of my clothes. It also goes well with my hair!

Modeling the Aila Grace shawl

I’m also happy it’s getting cool enough here to wear shawls again! I have a couple more shawls I knit earlier in the year that I still need to block, so hopefully I’ll be posting about those here soon too. I love shawls.

Friday Five – hair!

This is a timely set of questions, as I just cut my hair on Tuesday. I’ve done so many things with my hair over the years, so I always like talking about it (and sharing pictures, of course).

1. What’s the longest your hair has ever been? The longest my hair has ever been was probably down to my elbows… when I was 9. I grew it out again in 2013 for the wedding and kept it long until I wanted short hair again at the beginning of 2014. It’s strange seeing pictures of me with long hair.

The longest my hair has been as an adult.

2. What’s the longest amount of hair you’ve cut off at once? I’ve gone from long to short a million times, so I’m not sure what the longest at once has been! I cut my hair really short in June of 2009 after it had been a little on the long side, so this might have been a considerable jump in length.

The shortest my hair has ever been.
The shortest my hair has ever been.

3. What length is your hair now? Right now, it’s really short in the back and about chin-length in the front. I love it. I love having short hair again.

Loving my new hair cut and color!
Loving my new hair cut and color!

4. What length of hair do you prefer most on yourself? Short. Definitely. My favorite cut was short in back, long in front, that I got in July 2008. I keep on trying to get this cut again, but it never looks exactly how it did. The cut I just got is pretty close, though. Maybe one day…

My all time favorite haircut.

5. What length of hair do you prefer most on your partner/potential partners? I’m a big fan of longish hair on guys, as long as it’s not to their shoulders. Ted actually has awesome hair, but I also love 1965-1966 era Beatle hair on guys. People have always laughed at my hair preferences, but I know what I like!