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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Knitted Infinity Scarf

A few years ago I thought that crocheting and knitting was just for "older women". I was at college though one day and I saw one of my classmates crocheting in our department office. I was so surprised and couldn't believe she knew how to crochet. After I saw her that day I thought about how cool the idea of picking up some yarn and making something that I could actually wear was. It might be a stretch for some, but I LOVE making things and I am a creative soul. 

One day I got the urge to go to AC Moore and pick up some yarn, needles, and hooks because I wasn't sure what I wanted to make first. I guess I looked like a lost puppy looking at all of the different things I could get because a woman shopping asked if I need any advice on what to pick up. This woman was really sweet and helped me pick out some things and then proceeded to tell me she crochets 200 blankets a year for an animal shelter. TWO HUNDRED. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little intimidated as I went to the register to pay for my things. Well, fast forward a few years and here I am! 

Knitting and crocheting might look a little intimidating at first but there are some really great tutorials out there. I am a visual learner and there were so many great youtube videos that helped me when I got started. 
I knitted this infinity scarf with size US 35 needles. Those are big mamma needles so if anything the only "hard part" would be getting used to handling these large needles. These large needles make a super chunky knit which I absolutely love. For this project instead of getting bulky yarn I decided to try something a bit different and used two different colored worsted weight yarns together. I casted on 18 stitches and just did the simplest stitch you can do, the "knit stitch".

Here are some videos that can help you get started!

If you have been afraid to try knitting give it a shot! It such a great relaxing hobby to have. Once you get comfortable with knitting you can relax on the couch and watch your favorite TV show and knit a scarf for a friend!
Happy Knitting!

   Sarah  >

Friday, December 5, 2014

Future Plans!

^Isn't my puppy cute?! His name is Jake
and he is a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

I just thought I would make a little post about what I am planning to do on this blog. For starters I know I want to write about my favorite places and possibly do a series on all of the different parks and reserves on Long Island.  

I would also love to share any advice that I have found useful in my own life as well. I am someone that people often come to for advice or help. 
This may come off as cheesy, but my biggest goal in life to to help as many people as I can. I want to support others, build confidence, and make others lives a little brighter. I am so incredibly grateful for the incredible support I have had (and still do) from teachers, and friends over the past 6 years because I had a lot of things happening in my life. All I wish is that I will be able to be as strong as they are and be a force to help others as well. 

Finally I am thinking I would like to share different things I like such as DIY projects, crocheting (yeah I'm 23 and I love crocheting), makeup because I'm a lady, and things like that. I figure I'll see how it goes. But with every post I want to touch on an inspirational quote or share life advice that is currently impacting me in a positive way.

Just thought I'd share my intentions and also say, HEY! You could Follow my blog with Bloglovin if you so desired :)


Now Is The Time (Fresh Air)

Being outside and submerging myself in nature is one the things that makes me happiest.

Even right now when it is a bit chilly in fall, I love to walk around and let the sun shine on my back and breathe in the crisp cold air. I'm not sure why I find cold air so calming. I am sure most people find it annoying, and are already wishing it was summer again! I could actually do without the hot humidity of Summer as I much prefer Autumn and Spring.

If anyone lives on Long Island you might recognize where I took these pictures. 
If you don't, I had a little stroll through Bayard Cutting Arboretum  in Great River. 
It was absolutely freezing that day (36 degrees F) but it was SO nice because there were hardly any people there. I walked around for a good hour and a half and didn't see a soul because the grounds are massive. That is about as much as I could take though. My fingers started to turn numb by the end of my walk because I was taking so many pictures!

So I've been wanting to write a blog for a while now but was too afraid to try. I love to write but I've never been confident enough to give it a try. I love photography but I've never really tried as hard as I could and didn't think anything would come of it. I've always wanted to ___  and didn't because (bad excuse) :you get my point? Sure all of these things I just stated could be a bit daunting or scary for anyone. But hey. Why not try, huh?

Hence: Now Is The Time

Wow great segue don't you think? Sometimes by brain works well enough and I have a good idea or two ;)
All jokes aside though, the truth of the matter is you can do anything you want to if you try your hardest and believe in yourself. Sometimes that can be a very easy task, and other times not so much. I have always been a stubborn and anxious person. So as you might guess that deters me sometimes from trying new things.

    BUT here I am trying to write a blog and doing some of the things I've been afraid of trying for years. If nobody reads this or people do and they think it is total crap, at least I tried right? 

If anyone reads this and enjoyed anything I had to say let me know! Let me encourage you to get off your butt and try to do something today that you've been putting off or was discouraged to do. Heck. If I can do it I'm sure you can too. I've been trying to make it "now is the time" all of the time. I believe I've been a happier person because of this.

  Sarah  >