Nanowrimo 2015!

I can’t believe I haven’t written in my blog now for over a month. I was on such a roll, too! I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I want to write about in this space, and I need to do a better job taking the time to write posts. I’ll get back into the swing of things sometime!

NaNoWriMo 2015 participant badge!

November’s one of my favorite months of the year, mainly due to Nanowrimo! I’ve attempted to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days for the past 13 (what?) years now, and while I’ve only succeeded four times, I’ve still enjoyed the process.

So, here I go again! I’m hoping I finish this year!

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.