Thursday, March 29, 2012

March Obsessions

January Obsessions
I've been really lazy all week about blogging.  I'd like to blame allergies for this, I've been nothing but a sneezing, eye-watering, snot-filled mess lately.  And it's only the beginning of Spring!  Unless it's prescribed, I rarely take medications for anything and usually opt for the natural way of healing myself.  In the case of allergies though, I'm definitely dipping my toes in ...but wow!  Oral antihistamines are strong!  The first day I took a pill I spent the entire day feeling totally like a balloon head!  I don't know if I even blinked at all that day.

Anyhoo, I just realized yesterday that there's only a few more days of March left!  Yikes!  Am I the only one lost in their own little world and discovering that time is going by way too fast??  I guess I should start planning out my spring cleaning...the house has gotten a little out of control in the sense that stuff has been piling up (even though nothing new - other than yarn - has been coming into the house).  I think another purging needs to happen.  In the meantime, here's a few things that I've been obsessed with all March long:

1. The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

I'm sure you're not surprised by this one, as I'm probably not the only one who has had The Hunger Games on the brain a lot this month.  I swear, the whole month was spent impatiently waiting and anticipating the release of the movie into theatres.  Like most people, I even re-read the book before I saw the movie.  I managed to get my hands on a few of The Hunger Games inspired nail polishes by China Glaze and wore Riveting to opening night.  I blew off knit night so that I could go.  I didn't care if I had to go by myself, I was going to go opening night!  Luckily for me, my friends Hayley and Andi were on the same wave length and the three of us played hooky from knit night (although Andi managed to knit during the movie!).  Now the gruelling wait for the second movie to be in the theatres...too bad they haven't even started filming it yet! 

2. Photography

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Again, not at all surprising.  I'm going to have to go through all my photos and start weeding them out and making room on the computer for another month of photos.  Would you believe that I've taken over 5000 photos so far this month!?  Just a little obsessed.  And I'm not even sure if my photography skills have gotten even a smidge better yet.

3. Finishing those WIPs and dreaming of new projects

Left over yarn balls

I've been really adamant about trying to get at least half of my WIPs off the needles and been resisting the urge to cast on something new.  Even though I was dying to join the Canadian Living Jane Richmond's Classic Raglan Pullover KAL.  I had the yarn picked out and had even knitted a gauge swatch!  But the fact that I had over a handful of WIPs kept me from casting on.  So I told myself that if I finished Nuvem I could join.  Well, Nuvem took way more time than anticipated to finish and now the KAL is too far ahead for me to join without panicking about how far behind I am.  Oh well.  It's not like I can't knit the pullover at a later date, and really it's an awesome feeling to get some of these UFOs back on the go and even a few completed.  

And I'm not going to lie, I've had my eye on another pattern that I wanted to knit up first.  Audrey.  Also by Jane Richmond.  I've been wanting to knit this ever since the pattern was released, but other knitting got in the way.  Now I'm making it my mission this spring to knit it up.  The only thing holding me back?  What colour to make it?  I love Jane's yellow version but fear that shade of yellow would make me look like I had jaundice or something.  After perusing the stash I've narrowed it down to either Raspberry or Riptide - both SweetGeorgia Yarns colourways, in Tough Love Sock.  What do you think?

4. Nail polish


Currently my makeup case consists of nothing but lipgloss and nail polish.  I've thrown out a lot of my old polishes and have been replacing them with "3 free" polishes (that means no DBP, toluene, or formaldehyde).  I'm sure those bottles had to be tossed anyways cause I really can't remember when I had bought them, and the colours were a little on the ugmo side.  I've been pretty keen on painting my nails a new colour once a week, and have been experimenting with nail designs (although, nothing remotely worth blogging about!).  I've also learned a few things.  Like to not use 3 coats of glitter polish.  Just don't do it.  Seriously.  It's a total pain in the ass to get off!  The cotton pads that I use to remove polish were ripped to shreds in a matter of seconds and gross clumps of cotton would just get stuck on your nails.  I spent a good 15 minutes and about half a sleeve of cotton pads trying to get the (utterly gorgeous) glitter off my nails.  Remember how I mentioned that glitter was the herpes of the crafting world?  This applies to the nail polish world too!

PS: Since I'll get a message about it, I'm wearing "Electrify" from the Capitol Colors line by China Glaze.  It screams Katniss pre-Games, don't you think?

5. Moisturizing!

Rose Bud Salve

I don't know about you, but during the winter and early spring months my skin is at its most driest.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I've got really dry skin in general, but right now it's insanely dry.  At least it doesn't feel tight though, ever since I made the switch to castille soap my skin feels...normal?  Lately I've been slathering on the lotions cause the dryness is quite evident while knitting.  It's horrifying to see a ply within your yarn pull out cause your hands are like sandpaper.  Eeee...brutal!

I've also been overloading on the lip balm too.  The dry air makes me keep licking my lips and since I don't wear lipgloss at home, my lips have been looking a bit on the parched side.  It's a wonder that Brett still kisses me!  I'm a creature of habit and have been using the same brand of lip balms for almost 10 years now.  The ultimate favourites: Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 and Smith's Rosebud Salve.  The latter is great if you tend to eat your lip balm.  Not so great if you actually like the taste of roses.  

Well, that's it for March!  Time for April showers.  Hmmm...does that mean I'll be knitting a lot more next month?


  1. If you get stuck with glitter polish, you should try the foil method for getting it off ( because it saves so much time! Although I haven't worn nail polish in years so I just live vicariously through others ;)

    1. Thanks Lois for the link! I'll definitely give that a try!! :)

      Although, with that said, I'm not sure when I'll be wearing glitter polish again! Oh, who am I kidding? Give me a few weeks...I'll be drawn to the shiny! ;)

  2. Hmm I've never heard of the foil trick for glitter polish before.... but cheap old craft felt is what we nail techs rely on. Just cut it into usable squares and use like you would the cotton pads;) glitter polish does do a number on your nails huh.

    Now i've gotta hunt out those hunger games colors, thanks!!

    1. So interesting...thanks for the tip Aja! This just might save me on having to buy so many packages of those cotton pads! Does this mean you can just throw those felt pieces into the washer too? Either way, I'm definitely going to give this a try! I think I might have a small stash of craft felt lying around too... :)

  3. I just toss the felt out after I use it to remove the layers o' glitter;)

    Funny how you and your hubby refer to glitter, we call it the lice of the craft room, lol!! Love it!!

    1. Makes sense....last thing I need is to find glitter stuck on all of our clothes after a wash! ;)

      Hahaha....lice sounds much better than herpes.

  4. I love the Hunger Games! I need to see the movie but I have been horrible sick all week. Hopefully this weekend we will get there. I think your photography skills are amazing. I wish my skills were as good as yours. I think I need to pull my new camera out and start practicing a bit more. I am not used to the Nikon yet since making the switch from the Olympus.

    1. I cannot express just how much I love The Hunger Games!!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my photography! I think just using the camera in all sorts of settings and lighting and has really helped me out and build my skills. I think once you get your camera out, you'll be up there too. You have a great eye, so I hope when you feel better you'll post some photos too!

  5. Join the Urban Yarns KAL for Jane Richmond - starting in mid April! Then you should come over with Jane in May for the little party they will throw! Or do a remote Skype in!

    Check out the UY blog in the next couple of weeks.

    1. Thanks for the heads up!! I'll check that out. The blog wasn't working for me yesterday...but I'll keep trying. :D


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