Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oops, I Did It Again....

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Ahhh so sorry everyone! I really am a tease-her-and-leave-her sort of girl. Good news is, finals are now OVER! Bad news is, I'm swimming four hours a day >.<. Basically all I've had time for is getting progressively addicted to Pretty Little Liars and making these. And knitting. Anyway, sorry for going AWOL. Pictures of my big DIY up soon!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

stuff about spring and summer that makes me happy :)

Hey guys! I wasn't planning to post until later this week (I have a DIY coming I'm pretty happy about) but two things drove me to blogger today.
1) My friend Carly pestered me
2) I went to the farmers market and ate a peach and IT WAS RIPE. Do you know what this means?? Peach season has begun! Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, maybe because I have an unspoken rule that they can only be eaten from late spring to early fall. There's nothing sadder than a winter peach in my book. Peaches are summer and there's nothing better than a ripe and tasty peach to remind me that summer is on its way!

Wow, so you guys are probably wondering what I do with my life, but I have a lot of feelings about peaches. I can't help it. Anyway, I was inspired to do a list of my favorite things about spring and early summer. Pretty pictures included. I know there hasn't been a lot of crafty content lately, but like I said I have something big planned for later this week. So, to the list! :)

1. Anything citrus! I love citrus colors and citrus print and even citrus-scented things--it's all very happy and refreshing, helpful when it's 11 pm and you're studying for finals.
photo from Pinterest--I'm obsessed
2. The Southwest. Obviously this doesn't just exist during the summer. And if you're one of those lucky people who gets to live there year-round: I ENVY YOU. But spring makes me think of road trips, which always lead me to wide-open places like Arizona and New Mexico. I also love all the beautiful Southwestern/Native American designs that abound there.
3. Tea parties! Not the stuffy ones for little girls full of princesses and teddy bears. I'm talking serious tea parties here, people. My friend hosted one and it was awesome. For me though, tea party here is defined as: more than two people, pretty teacups, pretty tablecloth, and unusual flavors of tea. Also cakes.
4. The beach! This one is part of my summer the way peaches are. I love the beach. Someday I want to live near the beach. I would marry the beach, but it's illegal. Also I wouldn't want to hog it. Anyway, moving on: beaches are fun. Sun, sand, ocean, maybe even a pier if you're lucky. What more could you want?
me and friend, demonstrating an early love for the beach despite the cold. we are hearty soldiers
5. Travel. I am on mission to travel the world. As much as I like the going and the doing, though, it is almost as nice to lie around dreaming of the places I could go.... :)

That's all for now, folks! What are your favorite things about summer?
<3 Maggie

P.S. New blog design....thoughts?
P.P.S. Updated link for Ariella's blog (she changed URLs)....go check her out!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top Five Things To Do When You Are Bored

Hey guys! My brain is fresh out of blogging topics, and all of my knitting looks the same as it did last week, only....longer. So, I have devised a top ten list to keep your interest high. But first up, announcements:
  1. My awesome friend Ariella has started her own movie blog, and is slowly educating me in the ways of Fine Film. She is a veritable professor of cinema (and funny too), so all you cinephiles out there, I highly recommend giving it a read!
2. Today I tried to write in my stereotypical composition notebook and all I managed was the word "Pain" written loudly and dramatically across the page. I think I need more chocolate in my life.
3. "Pain" is officially the shortest poem I've ever written. What eloquence.
4. Yeah I don't have any more announcements, but I like making lists. So. Onto blog topic du jour!

Top Five Things To Do When You Are Bored
 1. Announce loudly to an adult in charge that you would like to be a platypus when you grow up.
 2. Greet an inanimate object. Hug it as if it is your old friend. Do this in public.
3. Start rapping about the Bible. (In the beginning there was Adam and Eve/they were naked but for their fig leaves/Adam ate an apple God had warned him about/So God got mad and kicked them both out) BAM.
4. Walk into a Starbucks and announce that you would like to purchase all of their straws.
5. Try to buy something from Saks Fifth Avenue and attempt to pay with your Wetzel's Pretzels Frequent Customer card. (I credit my friend for this one).

I'm fresh out of witty things to say now. This is your captain signing off.
<3 Maggie

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Hey guys! Yesterday I went to my school's choral concert with lovely friends Gina and Ariella. Gina has an awesome fashion blog (and totally amazing style to match), and she featured me on it! I feel so famous now. Go check her out, you won't regret it! (Click her name for link).
Incidentally, both Gina and Ariella knit. I taught Ariella; Gina already knew. The yarn influence is spreading :)
Finals are bearing down on me with their sharp saber teeth, so apologies if I become more erratic than usual...if that's possible. The knitting is trudging on, I've been really busy and haven't had time to focus on the more complicated things like the lace scarf. I did, however, start a new sock:
pattern: Spring Forward from Knitty, yarn: loops n' threads luxury sock in color Ocean
 And another scarf:
pattern: Stepping Stitches, yarn: gift from Ireland
I think I'm using knitting as a coping mechanism for stress.
<3 Maggie

Saturday, April 21, 2012

what's in the knitting basket?

hello, friends. I realize that I haven't posted about knitting lately, so I'm here to fix that now. Since school started up again I've mostly been knitting small, simple things that I can work on during class and cram in my backpack. (If you're a student knitter like me--some of my teachers don't let me knit in class, but most are fine with it as long as I'm paying attention). So, I finished a pair of socks for myself! They have fancy stripes and stuff so people think I'm smart, even if I tell them it's just the yarn.

pattern: basic socks, yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease
 I really like them, the colors are lovely and they fit perfectly. The yarn is a little bit scratchy but I think it will soften once I wash them. The company advertises that it's "finished with aloe vera" but it just feels like normal yarn to me. All in all, good price for a decent yarn.
 Next up, a sweater:
yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed color 158, pattern: Bettie's Pullover from the Winter issue of Interweave knits.
 So far? Loving this pattern. It's gorgeous, wearable, and a quick knit. The yarn is beautiful and soft, however it breaks really really easily :/. It's a bit expensive for such a fragile yarn. It's been pretty hot these past few days and it is taking a lot of self control to knit a wool sweater. I should probably work on it more, though, if I want to finish it before August.....

Last but not least, a lace scarf:
yarn: Debbie Bliss Angel color 07, pattern: Branching Out scarf,
I'm knitting this for my mom, and so far I'm really happy with how it's turning out. I haven't done much lace before (unless you count feather and fan) and mohair yarn (which this is) is really difficult to rip back if I make a mistake. These elements combined mean it demands my full attention, which is why not much of it has been knit. I still enjoy it, though.

So, that's mostly what's in my knitting basket for now. I am making a cowl, but.....
(the dots signify that I am about to sound like an idiot)
.....the zipper on my bag broke, and the cowl is stuck inside it. So I can't get at it until I fix the zipper. I suppose that's motivation, but it still irritates me.
Anyway, now I need a new project for school. I'm thinking socks again. (I am addicted to socks. I can't help it). Thoughts?
<3 Maggie

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Through the River and Over the Hills

Hey guys. Look, I'm posting again! Do I get a gold star?

Last time I said I'd tell you about an awesome road trip. But now I sort of wonder if you're getting bored of looking at all my vacation photos. Perhaps you're thinking angrily, "Look at this girl OUT IN THE WILDERNESS WHAT THE HECK SHE'S SUPPOSED TO BE BLOGGING" so I will try to make this as entertaining as possible. See? The whole time, I was just collecting blog fodder.
So, some highlights?

This is an adorable baby cow we saw at a farm full of adorable baby animals

This is the stupidest squirrel I have ever met and also his photo refuses to rotate. He decided that under our car in the path of the wheels would be an excellent place to hide. I tried to tempt him out with a cookie bar, but he wasn't having any of it. Eventually I just had to make a scary noise. We did get some neat pictures first, though.

This is the alarm-clock turkey. It enjoyed waking us up by gobbling outside our window.

We saw some very nice deer.

We defiled an already defiled bench. We felt badly about it because we were writing weird messages and everyone else had written something profound like "Bob + Martha 4eva"

This is the pretty scenery. It was extremely windy. It almost blew Ana and me off the cliff. I mocked her for having long hair.

 A word of warning about state beaches: Park rangers are sadistic. The charming one mile hike to a beach through beautiful scenery turned out to involve wading through a freezing river that almost came up to my waist. I maintain that there is no bridge not because they couldn't build one, but because park rangers like to hide in the surrounding trees and point and laugh at us as we make up new swearwords and shriek.
There are also some pretty derpy photos of us, but you don't get to see those. My mother has a talent for pressing the button when we are making disgusting faces. Not even in a funny way...more of a vaguely confused/angry/about to sneeze way. Also a lot more stuff happened but we didn't take pictures of it. It was very fun, and I found a new yarn shop. Sadly didn't buy anything there, something I regret to the utmost. Next time, I am yours, nice yarn ladies.
I did however buy a very beautiful ball of recycled silk at a hippie gift shop/boutique thing. It is My Precious. I am thinking of making a vest.
(Also, more on the knitting later. Lots on the go)

<3 Maggie

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I'm Back

Hey guys, it's been a while. I have no idea where March went, but I'm harboring a suspicion that it was the same black hole that sucks up your keys and homework assignments. Sorry for the hiatus, but I'm back. (Until the finals, at least). My New Year's resolution is to post more and take more pictures of my knitting.

So what's been happening? Well, a ton. First, I finished that sweater:

pattern: Must Have Cardigan from Patons, yarn: pilfered from a sweater
Crappy photos as usual. Didn't you miss them? Sigh, I have got to get better at convincing people to take pictures of my clothing. These really don't do it justice...it's tweedy....subtle....warm....in short, I am in love.

Big thing the second? I got a haircut. Just a little trim:

I love it. I also love the part where you don't have to wrestle your hair into submission every morning. It also makes me feel just a little bit chic, which is useful because usually I just look like the weird girl with yarn stuck to her pants.

Thing the third:
Yesterday this happened.

No, wait, I can explain. You see, Easter is tomorrow. (Happy Easter, guys!). So my friend Helen came over and we derped around and dyed easter eggs and there were Sharpies and what did I tell you about us and Sharpies.....and....

I made a knitting egg. Isn't it cute? (No, I don't need professional help)

My egg version of the Addams family. (Yes, the one in the back does have a girlstache). 

My friend Helen made The Hunger Games eggs. We have both seen the movie. Everyone I have talked to--me included--are still having feelings about it. What did you think of it? (And yes, the angry one is Katniss)

This is my friend Helen. I told you guys, I warned you about the Sharpies. 

And the fourth? I went on an awesome road trip. Details tomorrow....I have to leave something to blog about, after all.
How was your spring break?
<3 Maggie

P.S. I'm contemplating a daring blog background change.