Unplugged Weekend

unplugged weekend

Do you ever feel like just “unplugging” completely? Basically having an unplugged weekend? Turning off your phone, email, Facebook, Instagram…..everything “electronically social”?  I’m feeling like maybe doing that this weekend would be a good thing for me. Just turning all the “noise” off.

Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. Facebook and Instagram are my go to sites and where I spend a great deal of my online time. Email is awesome for keeping in touch and getting things done. And texting or Facetiming are fantastic. I love them all.

But sometimes, just once in a great while, I feel like I need to pull away from all of that. I need to just focus on me, my thoughts, my creative endeavors. Maybe just read a book, a real book, in my hands. Or knit, without any noise in the background, so I can just let my mind wonder as I make the stitches. Or write in my journal, a real journal, with a pen and paper. That sounds absolutely delightful.

Not to mention focusing on my hubby. There are many times when he has to share me with my phone, iPad, or Mac. It’d be so nice to spend the whole weekend just focusing on him, especially since this weekend is Valentine’s Day. Actually looking at him, instead of splitting my time between him and a screen.  We could talk, play a board game, go for a walk, read a book together, put a puzzle together, or just enjoy spending time together without any outside distractions. It just sounds lovely.

The sad thing is that it’ll probably be difficult for me. I really don’t know if I could actually even go a full weekend without checking my phone, email, Facebook or Instagram. That’s crazy, isn’t it? But it’s the truth. I spend so much time plugged in that it would be weird to have an full unplugged weekend. Of course, that is exactly the reason why doing an unplugged weekend is such a good idea.

I need the break. I need the silence. I need to just refocus on myself and my hubby. It’ll be good for me. It’ll be good for my marriage. It’ll be good for my creativity. And it’ll be really good for my sanity!

I’m going to do it! I’ll be “unplugging” from everything at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon, which is when I get off work. And I will not be “plugging back in” until Monday morning at 8:00, which is when I go back to work. That is 65 hours!!! I can do this! You can too!! Who wants to join me!?!

 

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Epic Afghan Starts Right Now

I’m sure you’ve all seen the commercials with Payton Manning. I really love them! My current favorite, because I”m hoping they can beat the Patriots, is the one where he sings “epic comeback starts right now”. Well, I’ve been singing a variation of that all day long, lol! Yep……”Epic Afghan starts right now”!

As you know, I have a group on Facebook and Ravelry called Sock Yarn Swappers. We motivate each other to use our mini skeins, as well as having lots of various swaps. Every month I hold quite a few different swapless swaps with various indie dyers. I’d love for you to check us out! Anyhow, since I’m the one making all those minis then of course I need to have a spot in each and every one of the swapless swaps. Makes sense, right?!

Naturally, that means that I’m accumulating quite a few mini skeins. I already have two different mitered square blankets going, which I really need to get back to by the way. But today I decided to start another project, this time with crochet instead of knitting, that will use up some of my beautiful mini skeins.

I’m calling it the “Epic Afghan” because it is literally going to be e..p..i…c!!!! Nice and big and beautiful! I’m using the Granny Square for Beginners pattern from Bella Coco. She even has some really great video tutorials on You Tube to help you through every step. Then, after I’ve made a few squares I’ll also use her “Join As You Go” tutorial.

Since I’m using fingering weight yarn I’ve decided to use a size US E (3.5 mm) crochet hook. And I’m doing six rounds for each square. I’ve got to tell you, I’m really loving the way this first one turned out!

epic afghan

I decided to start with some of the minis from one of the Leading Men Fiber Arts swapless swaps because the colors are so beautiful! I think I have 20 of them so that’ll give me a great start. After that…who knows since I have so many great minis to choose from.  I’m thinking each month I’ll do an “update” post to show you how I’m progressing.

Are any of you working on a granny square afghan? Or any type of scrap project with minis? I’d love to hear about it! And, of course, be sure to check us out on Facebook and Ravelry if you’re looking for some more beautiful mini skeins.

Bye,
Lisa

 

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Introducing Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeable Knitting Needles

I really love knitting with good needles. They just make the whole process so much more enjoyable. That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about my newest set of interchangeable knitting needles, the Marblz Interchangeable Set from Knitter’s Pride.

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These needles are absolutely beautiful! The colors are so bright, which makes the needles fun to use. Plus, and really this is so much more important, they are very smooth and easy to knit with. The joins are nice and smooth too, which is always a concern I have with interchangeable needle sets.

The Knitter’s Pride Marblz knitting needles are acrylic so they are very light weight in your hands. The points are also just the right amount of “pointy”, in my opinion. This set gives you a wide ranch of sizes so you’ll get a lot of use out of it. The set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11, four cables in lengths of 24”, (2) – 32” & 40”, a needle gauge, and a set of cord connectors.

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I’m currently using the US size 7 tips, with the 24″ cables, to knit my Cozy Cowl. I am loving the way the alpaca yarn is gliding over the needles and the joins. Not to mention how pretty the green tips look! I really love these knitting needles and highly recommend them to you!

Bye,
Lisa

 

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