Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Two's a Crowd

It's the second to last week of the semester! I've been trying to study hard, but in all actuality, this just means I've been knitting like a fiend. Ever since finishing my socks, I seem to have developed a urge to knit a lot of things in pairs. I finished my Mosey leg warmers, which came out rather nicely, if a little looser than I would have liked. It was my first time doing I-cords, and while I love the look of I-cords, I really just don't like knitting them. 

These leg warmers knit up very quickly, though, much quicker than I thought they would, so they were nice. It was just the fact that I had to do it twice that made me want to drag my feet. These have been in my queue  ever since I joined Ravelry, so it was very, very nice to finally get around to knitting them. I think it really shows how far I've come in knitting!

I also just finished my Longbourn Mitts--and with these, I think I am done knitting in pairs for a LONG while. Thanks to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries webseries, I've been getting into Jane Austen's works, and of course, that meant that the last time I went to the bookstore I picked up the Jane Austen Knits fall magazine. Everything in there is gorgeous and I want to make everything...but I don't have enough yarn! I fell in love with the ties on these mitts, so I had to make them. Doing these gloves wasn't my favorite project, but I think that was because by the time I had started on my second one, I was sick of doing things that required pairs.

 I'm going to go back to instant gratification projects for a while now--I'm working on a Orient Express shawl, and a Haruni for when I'm on the plane--because I'm headed to Taiwan in exactly a week! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Black Friday Haul

So, this is a really late post, but I wanted to wait until my Cyber Monday purchases came in so I'd have pictures to show you all. Black Friday is one of my favorite days of the year, mostly because I can spend a lot of money and feel only marginally guilty...because everything's on sale! My friends and I got up relatively late on Friday (around 8:30 AMish) and we first went to Kohl's, which is already pretty cheap.

I bought that dress there for 50% off its original price of about 42 dollars, which I was very happy about. I love dresses, but never really get around to buying them, so it was nice to mix it up and actually obtain a dress.

From there, we went to the mall. One of my friends' favorite stores is Express, which is a store I also love, but can never afford. However, Express was having a 50% off everything until noon sale, and my friend spotted this hi-low skirt and made me try it on.

It's absolutely gorgeous and I'm wearing it right now, actually. It's 72 degrees here in Williamsburg right now, and so I had to take advantage of the weather. It's also a bit windy, so the skirt billows out behind me and makes me feel like a model, haha. I'm so glad I tried the skirt on. It was literally a last-minute purchase...we were standing in line when my friend found it!

I also went to Sephora and bought this nice red-coralish lipstick (The Sephora brand in Jealous). I've been looking for a nice lipstick for practically forever, and I really, really, really adore this one. It wasn't on sale, but I think it was a good purchase regardless.

And lastly, I bought yarn! I absolutely could not resist Knitpicks Cyber Monday sale, and came away with five balls of yarn. I bought 3 balls of Stroll in Wonderland Heather, which is actually a slightly darker blue than I imagined, but a pleasant surprise, and a limited colorway by the name of Heirloom. I was going to use the Heirloom to make a Haruni shawl while I was overseas, but now I can't decide! The blue just reminds me of winter so much and it would be very fitting to work with, but the Heirloom is just so rich and deep and bold. I just can't decide!