I just wanted to pop in and share one of my new ventures with you! Like most idealistic people I put together a considerable list of goals for the new year. One of my main goals (aside from getting in the best shape of my life, ha!) is organizing every inch of my apartment. Blame it on too many episodes of The Home Edit but I'm ready to get things completely sorted!
In order to push myself to actually get the stuff done I've started a home decor Instagram page called ashweather_at_home. I'll be sharing before and after pics, light upgrades (we're apartment dwellers so I can't get too carried away) and lots of process shots.
So far I've shared pics of my cute dining room garden area;
My tv stand reorganization project;
And a Before pic of the hallway I'm about to update for Spring!
I'm hoping to keep up this momentum and have everything totally organized by next year, it's gonna happen, right?!
On my long list of goals is;
*laying down removable counter covers
*reorganizing the home office (taking down shelves and pegboards we're not using/making it a calmer, more open space)
*getting the porch garden set up for Spring
*streamlining the laundry situation (this one's a long shot)
*donating and tossing as much stuff as we can
*re-painting the living room accent wall
Etc. It's a long list. Feel free to follow along, I'm as curious as you are to see how much I can get done! Please let me know if you'd like to see updates about my interior accomplishments here on the blog as well!
On a side note, I wanted to share my finished projects from last months knitting post. I was able to finish Emily's hat and mitten set;
The hat pattern is Cedarwood Beanie designed by me, the mittens are Cabled Mittens for All by Alena Byers. Yarn is KnitPicks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky. I used a snap on pom pom for the hat for easier washing. I made the mittens in the largest size and added 2 extra stitches to the thumbholes to make them a more comfortable width.
I finished Cindy's shawl;
Pattern is Perfect Pocket Shawl by Sonja Hood, yarn is Lion's Brand Basic Stitch in the colorway Charcoal Heather. The pattern calls for a Worsted weight yarn and Basic Stitch is listed as a Worsted but crochets up like a DK, if you try this pattern in BS make sure to cast on 20-30 extra stitches. I'd also suggest about 19 fringe sections, I did my usual 17 on this guy and I think it ended up looking a little sparse.
I didn't finish the fingering weight hat for my Dad but I did end up making him this grey beanie in KnitPicks Sequence (discontinued) using Lavanya Patracella's Water is Life hat pattern.
I've (almost) finished a perfect pocket shawl for the Etsy and I'm nearing the finish line on another one!
I also just finished whipping up a beautiful fishermans rib beanie in Cascade Yarns Luminosa for a craft trade;
I based this design on Tina Fischers Family Favorite Ribbed Beanie pattern. That is the pattern I wanted to use but I quickly realized my yarn was too small for my chosen pattern. I ended up creating my own pattern that followed the same basic idea but with a 11/3 rib instead of a 4/2. I will likely be working this design into a pattern, let me know if you would like to give it a try!
I'm still working on Cathy's pink scarf and a myriad of other bits and bobs I'll share with you at another time.
In the meantime, feel free to follow along with my decor journeys on ashweather_at_home, and if you're not already, follow along with my up to the minute knitting adventures on ashweather_fa on Instagram.
Like I said in last months post, I have a great blog entry coming up for you soon, it's a subject that holds particular personal interest to me and I think you're really going to enjoy it!
Talk to you soon!
AFA was launched in 2015 as a craft and lifestyle blog. It has since morphed into a full time knitting blog! Here you'll find pattern and yarn reviews as well as a smattering of recipes and original patterns.