Yarn Along: 2016 Knitting Recap

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

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In this new year I wanted to reflect on the knitting projects I completed in 2016. I'm kind of surprised that I only finished 10 knits but I think I did a bit more spinning than I have in the past. And I also started dyeing yarn so it's not like I haven't been getting my fill of fiber.  :)

Favorite Knit Gift: Autumn Leaves Cardigan

I knit this little cardigan for my cousin's baby. I got a special treat when we received their Christmas card in the mail and Moriah was wearing the cardigan in their family photo! Oftentimes I knit baby gifts and then never get to see the little one wearing them.

Hardest Knit: Christmas Stocking for Christian

My husband's mom's side of the family is from Norway so I wanted to knit Christian a stocking that reflected his ancestry and love of nature. I modified/redesigned some elements of the Henrik chart from the book Scandinavian Christmas Stockings. I charted my design out in Illustrator to make it easier to follow. Getting the name to turn out was the hardest part and I had to design/knit that section twice before I liked it.

Most Worn Knit: Heartwood Cape

Terrible photo of me but I really love this knit. In fact, if you look back at my other "most worn knits" they are all ponchos/capes. Must be those cold Wisconsin winters! Honestly, wearing this is like being wrapped up in a cozy blanket but you don't have to worry about it falling off your shoulders. The only problem is that it doesn't really fit under a coat so you either have to take it off or bunch it up around your neck so you can get your arm in the sleeve of your coat.

What did you knit in 2016 that you are most proud of? I would love to hear!


Books of 2016

I love tracking what books I read throughout the year. I tend to get through more audiobooks than paper books due to my long commute. (I spend about 2 hours a day in the car.) According to Goodreads I got through 55 books in 2016. That's 5 less books than last year but a number I'm still proud of. I wanted to mention my favorites in case you're looking for some recommendations. Here are the books I rated 4 out of 5 stars. (In no particular order.)
My favorite audiobooks of 2016: 
The Lost Island: A Gideon Crew Novel by Douglas Preston
Rainwater by Sandra Brown
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Water Diviner by Andrew Anastasios
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

My favorite print books of 2016:

A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher Castellani
My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl 
The Firebird (Slains #2) by Susanna Kearsley
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock 
Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
Vintage by Susan Gloss
The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller
Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

Do you have any must-reads that I should add to my list for 2017? 

PS - My username on Goodreads is Kelly JR if you wish to follow me.



Yarn Along: Pussyhat Project

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting FO: Pussyhat
In case you haven't heard, Women's Rights Marches are happening all over the country on January 21, 2017. I know one lady who is going to the D.C. march and another is keeping it a little more local and going to Madison, WI. I'm knitting them Pussyhats to show my support.

The Pussyhat Project aims to:
  1. Provide the people of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.
  2. Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights.
To read more about the Pussyhat Project, click HERE. Such a cool idea!

Pattern: Pussyhat Project (free on Rav)
Yarn: Yarn Love Anne Shirley in colorway Sweet Tangerine and Plymouth Encore Worsted in colorway 453 Rust Roadster

In trying to use up my stash, I realized I wasn't going to have enough of the Anne Shirley yarn to get the job done so that's how I ended up with a striped hat. I think it turned out well!

One hat down, at least one more to knit! Will you join me?



Yarn Along: Striped Apolonia

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting FO: Striped Shawl
I just finished this striped shawl. The ombre yarn that changes from peach to pink to lavender is one that I dyed myself. I've been wanting to see how my ombre yarns knit up so this is a sample. 

Kind of a fun pattern in that you start with one skein (in my case the charcoal color) and knit with only that color for awhile. Then you add in another yarn and switch off every 6 rows. When you run out of the first color, you continue on with the 2nd until your run out of that one too. And then your shawl is done!

I like to wear a shawl more like a cowl and this one looks pretty cool when it's all bunched up. Super cozy!
Pattern: Striped Scarf by Hiromi Sakurai (free on Rav) 
Mods: Switched from Sport weight to Worsted
Yarn: Cascade 220 Worsted in colorway Charcoal Gray and my own hand-dyed ombre yarn.

Reading: Apolonia by Jamie McGuire
This book has gotten very mixed reviews on Goodreads. People either love it or hate it. Halfway through the book, I'm in the "love it" category. It reads like a young adult book but I don't think it technically is. A little science fiction, mystery and romance to keep things interesting. 

Rory is a college student whose family was recently murdered. She was supposed to die but she didn't. (Part of the mystery) She spends her free time working for Dr. Z as a research assistant recording data on a strange specimen. (The science fiction element) Another student, Cy, is hired on to help and she finds herself drawn to him. But fellow classmate, Benji, keeps trying to woo Rory even though they have nothing in common. (And the romance)

What are you knitting/reading this week?


Cyber Monday Sale in My Etsy Shop

Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase from my Etsy shop, kejeara. Use coupon code SHOPKEJEARA at checkout. Code expires at 11:59pm CST on Tuesday, November 29th.

I have a lot of cool vintage tins for sale right now. Use them as gift boxes for your holiday gifts or keep them for yourself for storing your trinkets or crafting supplies. Are you a baker? Use one of my vintage tins as a pretty package for your holiday cookies or fruitcake. Or disguise a gift card by placing it inside a pretty tin. Many of these items are one-of-a-kind so get them before they're gone!

This is just a sampling of the items in my shop. Click HERE to view them all.