2013 Blog Resolutions

It’s New Years Eve! And you know what that means – time to make some resolutions. For 2013 and onwards I really want to improve my blog. I want to:

  1. Take better photos – With a little nudge from this post from A Beautiful Mess I’m going to be attempting a 365 photo project. I want to improve my digital photography skills and provide better photos for my blog.
  2. Create focus and quality – Sometimes I feel like I post a random smattering of things that I like, and well, it’s my blog and I should write what I like, but sometimes the things that interest me don’t interest my readers so I will focus more on the craft side of my life and less on the other things. I will still post whatever I want but more often about my knitting and DIYs and in better quality with conjunction with my photo challenge.
  3. Post more often and on time – I post in waves. There are weeks when I’m flooded with work and I have feel like I have no time to update my blog but in reality, I’m wasting it doing something unproductive (which is most likely crying fangirl tears on Tumblr, something I want to wean myself off of). There are things in my post idea notebook that I never got around to because by the time I think about writing a post, it’s not current and relevant anymore.

I think it’s better to have just a few resolutions than to try to cram your entire bucket list into one year. What are some of your New Years resolutions?

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Knitting Myself Some Duckies

I’m officially obsessed with knitting socks. They are not as complex as I thought and portable, quick, and fun! I’m currently knitting myself a pair of Duckies with the yarn I bought in East Village. I’m loving how this variegated yarn is knitting with this pattern. I can’t wait to show off these socks with a super cute pair of boots I just bought.

Pay no attention to my toes...

Pay no attention to my toes…

Love the pattern!

Love the pattern!

The colors...

The colors…

They're so pretty...

They’re so pretty…

It was also snowing over on the East Coast today! It seems like it’s snowing everywhere. Outside was so pretty but I haven’t gotten a chance to go outside yet. A new pair of socks is just what I need in preparation for more wintry weather.

Knitting Myself Through 2012

Knitting isn’t just reserved for the cold seasons! It’s an all-year activity for me so let’s take a look at some of my biggest knitting milestones and favorite projects from 2012.

January

Pocket Scarf

February

Valentine's Day Yarn Bomb on UD's Green

Valentine’s Day Yarn Bomb on UD’s Green

March

Graphic Design Scarf for my aunt

Graphic Design Scarf for my aunt

April

I was lacking creative juice in April... a quick bag I whipped up.

I was lacking creative juice in April… a quick bag I whipped up.

May

First Prototype of my Collar Necklaces

June – July

My First Collection: Bow Tie Affair... still available in from www.girlmeetsyarn.storenvy.com

My First Collection: Bow Tie Affair… still available from http://www.girlmeetsyarn.storenvy.com

August

My First Sweater

My First Sweater

September

Sheepish Yarn Bomb Day! Sadly, they’re both gone from the lamp posts at this point.

October

Cropped Boat Neck Sweater, my first sweater design, kind of

Cropped Boat Neck Sweater, my first sweater design, kind of

November

Simple Cable Cowl

Simple Cable Cowl

December

My first pair of socks, a Christmas gift

My first pair of socks, a Christmas gift

2012 was a great year for my knitting. I can honestly cross some things off my knitting bucket list, yarn bombing, sweaters, and socks for example. I had high hopes for my Etsy shop, but things kind of… flopped so I’m going to have to take some time off from it and do some more brainstorming. Here’s to 2013! I already have a new WIP, a pair of socks for myself from the yarn I bought from my trip to East Village. What kind of knitting boundaries have you crossed in the past year and what’s on your needles for 2013?

NYC Adventure!

I mentioned in my Christmas post that I took a little day trip to NYC this past Monday. It’s trips like these that makes me wish I lived in a big vibrant city sometimes!

It was the day before Christmas Eve, but we didn’t do the normal tourist stops like Times Square and the Rockefeller Center. Guided by my Manhattan-resident cousin, we explored New York City like a true New Yorker.

First was the hour long train ride on the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station.

We passed by 1D World! Confession: I’m a One Direction fan. Not a huge one but who can dislike their catchy tunes?

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After a bit of struggling (NY subways don’t like to be on time) we made our way to East Village. Our (my) goal was to visit a yarn shop. I’m not sure that my cousins and brother enjoyed it as much as I did. We all also wanted to go a little thrift shopping and to grab some of the best eats in New York according to my cousin.

This song is becoming more and more the theme to my life.

There’s a thrift shop on just about every corner of East Village so there was no trouble finding one. We stopped in the first one we saw. Great finds while thrift shopping is really based luck and I just didn’t find anything I really liked, especially now that I’m trying to build a capsule wardrobe. One of my cousins found some things so after his purchased we walked a few more blocks to Downtown Yarns.

Downtown Yarns is a tiny but cute and cozy yarn shop on Avenue A. I’m not sure what heaven looks like but I imagine it’s a little something like this.

IMG_1436 IMG_1438The employees were very knowledgeable and helpful. They also wore crazy and quirky outfits that featured things they knitted which was pretty awesome! I’ve knitted a lot and for a long time but there’s no way that I’m an expert. Walking into a store like this was a bit overwhelming, considering I didn’t have any project in mind. I decided on knitting a pair of socks for myself and the employees did a great job with helping me choose the right yarn and needle size. I haven’t started on the socks yet but I’m deciding between two patterns I found on Ravelry. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

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Next was the food portion of our trip. According to my cousin, we had to get the best ice cream New York had to offer. I was expecting a hard serve place with about a million flavors but instead I found us walking through the door of a soft serve shop called Big Gay Ice Cream.

IMG_1439Their specialty is in adding unique and interesting flavor combinations to plain old soft serve – and it is literally the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I cannot stress this enough. If you ever get the chance, go there and if you can’t decide on what to order, just ask your server. He’ll probably suggest the Salty Pimp, their best selling cone. If that yarn store was what heaven looked and felt like, the Salty Pimp might be what heaven tastes like.

IMG_1441 IMG_1443Alright, I next was the best fry place in New York. How can you tell when a restaurant is the best at what they do? If they get bogged down by lines just for serving one type of food. Pomme Frites just serves Belgian style fries. They also offer over a dozen dipping sauce flavors. The shop is tiny, something a lot of NYC stores have in common so there’s barely any room to sit or stand. We took our order to go and had to chow on the street so I didn’t have the hands to take any pictures.

Then we went on to Buffalo Exchange. I wouldn’t call it a thrift shop, but this chain store sells fashionable second hands at a fraction of the cost of retail stores. The clothes they sell come directly from people in the community and they seem to have some higher standard than regular thrift shops because most of the clothes they sell are trendy and in style. I picked up an oxford button down, a batwing sweater, a polkadot skirt, and these awesome harem-style trousers all for $45.

Then, we took a quick walk through the Union Square Holiday Market since it was really crowded. We finished off our day by seeing The Hobbit in 3D. So I have to admit that I haven’t seen all of the Lord of the Rings movies, among other trilogies. However, I have read The Hobbit twice. I can’t say I enjoyed it both times, but I think now that I’m older I’d probably appreciate it more. The movie though was very good except for the slow start. It was very visually appealing and the soundtrack is amazing. Now I have part 2 to look forward to plus the actor who plays Bilbo, Martin Freeman plays Dr. Watson in Sherlock, which I figured out right at the end of the movie. Is it weird that I think he’s adorable despite being 41?

We took a cab, which was a bit of a crazy ride by my standards to Penn Station right on time to catch the train back to Long Island. This trip will probably be the most fun I’ll have this Winter break and it’s something I wouldn’t mind doing more often. The next time I visit family in Long Island, we’re going to have to do this again, but that might not be until another year if I end up going to Hong Kong this summer. By the way, I submitted my application to study abroad today so wish me luck!