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Windy Days and Afghans

Today is a beautiful day in Wisconsin.  84 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  The only thing that has put a damper on my day is the fact that it is windier outside than a Category 4 hurricane.  Okay, maybe not a Category 4, but at least a Category 2.  I have been picking up umbrellas, cushions, lawn furniture, you name it.  It seems like every time I go outside, there is another pillow or umbrella I have to chase across the lawn before it gets out into the road.  Thank god it’s not garbage day.

So, since it’s so windy out and I’m sick of bugs hitting me in the face, I have decided to hole up in my room for a bit until the tornado outside dies down.  I decided to start a new afghan for my dad’s birthday/Father’s Day.  His birthday is four days after Father’s Day, so I’m not sure yet for which occasion he’ll get it.

I decided to go with a mixture between brown and red because when I went to Michael’s to get more of the brick color, they were all out!  Then, I went to Joann Fabrics, and they didn’t have it either!  What kind of crafting store doesn’t have my color of yarn, especially because that’s where I got the color from in the first place?  So basically, I had to choose another color to continue the afghan, because I have no idea when they will get it in stock again.  Oh well.  Hopefully it doesn’t end up looking too weird.

My camera skills suck.

I hope you’re all having a great Thursday!

Holly, not Hollie

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Only One Exam and Paper To Go…

I think this is the longest I’ve gone without posting since I started this blog.  I remember when I first started blogging a few months ago, I had convinced myself that I would post every day, no matter what, about interesting and insightful topics.

Then life got in the way.

This week is my finals week.  Yesterday consisted of a four page paper, an exam, and two reviews and memos for other classmates.  Today will be finishing up my fifteen page paper for my Social Media class (I’m at six pages right now) and taking my final exam for another class.  Then I will officially be done with my junior year of college, which sounds really scary to me.

Last week was a lot of the same.  Trying to get things together for peer reviews, studying for Biology and Environmental Science, and catching up on all of the articles I skipped for my film class.  I was really going strong until spring break (which, mind you, was about two months ago).  After that, my motivation essentially became nonexistent, which is why I am now frantically trying to get my shit together before the semester ends.

My life at this point.

On a lighter note, during this crazy past week, I still managed to create a really beautiful afghan for my boyfriend’s mom for Mother’s Day.  Once again, I finished it at the eleventh hour, with literally an hour to spare.  And, once again, I didn’t have the time to take a decent picture of it, mostly because for each picture I put up on here, I take about fifteen others that I discard due to lighting, blurriness, etc.  I really just need a new camera.  Or maybe I need to learn to take better pictures.  Nah, let’s blame the camera.

Unfortunately, my relentless studying has also pushed my P90X workouts to the back burner.  I completed four workouts in the last week, which isn’t bad, but I definitely don’t have the results to show for it.  I have lost no weight, no inches, no nothing.  I’m pretty sure my vegging out while studying probably counteracted anything I burned during the workouts.  This week should be better, since my boyfriend will be participating more now that he’s done with school and has more free time.  He’s pretty much my main motivator when it comes to working out, so I’m really relying on him to continue this P90X journey with me.

I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day and weekend!

Holly, not Hollie

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Eight Balls of Yarn Later…

In the last four days I think I’ve knit more than I have in my entire life.  My hands are cramping, I’m losing motivation, and, quite simply, I’m sick of knitting the same pattern over and over and over.  And so far, I’m only about halfway done.

I laid the ruler on the pattern to give you guys an idea of how large it is.  It’s about 48″ wide and 30″ long, so far.  I have to finish by Saturday for my friend’s party, so hopefully I can keep trekking through.  I’m not going to lie though, for my next housewarming party, I’m going to need at least two weeks heads up in order to finish something like this again.

The only thing keeping me going is seeing how well it’s turning out.  I’ve made a few mistakes, but this is actually the first afghan I’ve ever knit, and I’m really surprised at how beautiful it looks.  It always amazes me some of the things you can create with your hands, and I’m really proud of myself because I’ve never been very creative.  It’s good to know that I’ve found my creative calling.

Now, I’m off to Michael’s to buy out their entire yarn department again.

Holly, not Hollie

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Day Two of Afghan Mania

Yesterday I told you guys about my friend L’s housewarming party, and that I was going to knit up an afghan for her in five days.  I thought I should show you the progress I’ve made so far.

This is after one day of knitting.  I think it’s a pretty decent start, considering I’m already about 15 inches in.  Only 40 inches to go!

Also, I bought out Michael’s supply of oatmeal-colored yarn yesterday, and it still won’t be enough for the afghan, so I decided to throw in a middle section of brown to give it some more color.

I think these two colors will go nicely together.

I’ll probably update again tomorrow.  I’m hoping to be at least halfway done by then, but that’s probably pretty ambitious.

Hope you guys are having a good Tuesday!

Holly, not Hollie

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Well, I’m Feeling Motivated

Nothing makes you feel like you’re behind in the game of life than having your best friend buy a house.  At age 20.

One of my best friends L just bought her own house.  She works and goes to school full-time, and somehow has saved up enough money to buy a beautiful house, while paying for school out of pocket.  My other friend M bought a house with her fiance a few months ago too.  And here I am, living with my mom and boyfriend, just trying to make it through school.  Oh, did I mention M is 20 too?  I feel like a slacker.

Anyways, L is having a housewarming party on Saturday, and M and I were trying to figure out some cute housewarming gifts for her.  That’s when I decided that I was going to knit her an afghan.  In five days.

The pattern is pretty simple, but the last time I tried to knit an afghan, I got annoyed about halfway through and decided to turn it into a blanket for my dog.  And that afghan took weeks, so I have no idea how I’m going to pull this off in only a few days.  But, now that I’ve told M I’m going to do it, I can’t back out.  This will be a challenge, but if I finish it in time, I will be absurdly pleased with myself.

Wish me luck!

Holly, not Hollie


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Oh, the Woes of Knitting

There is perhaps nothing more disheartening than a severely-tangled ball of yarn.

I’m not sure if the yarn that I bought was cheap or what, but it originally came in a center pull ball.  After each row, however, I would be forced to yank out the yarn and untangle it, because for some reason it kept getting tangled inside the ball.  So, after hours of meticulously untangling after each row, I finally said eff it and completely massacred the entire ball in hopes of finding an easier way to untangle it.  And hence, the picture above.

I only spent about $9 for the one pound ball, so it’s not like it was expensive, but I just can’t bring myself to toss it and start over with a new ball of yarn.  It just seems like such a waste.  But then again, I don’t have the time nor the patience to unravel the entire mess I have created.

Awhile ago, I said that I was feeling a little guilty because I am a self-proclaimed lover of crafting, and yet I have nothing to show for it.  I thought I should share this little setback with you guys in hopes of explaining my lack of crafting posts.  Also, here’s how far I got in my afghan before disaster struck.

I’d say this is a pretty admirable feat for someone who taught themselves how to knit from a couple Youtube videos and a lot of determination.

Any pointers on how to untangle this ball of yarn without ripping my hair out?

Holly, not Hollie

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