Friday, June 29, 2012

June Obsessions

Spring - Summer Obsessions
This month, and especially this week, has been quite the parental roller coaster ride for me.  It's definitely been a very trying time.  The "terrible threes" doesn't even begin to describe it.  But coming to terms that a developmental disorder may be the root of it all is helping me to understand the behaviour being displayed.  Either way I am mentally and emotionally zapped.  It's definitely starting to take its toll, so much so that yesterday I didn't even knit a stitch.  You know you're way too exhausted when...

Anyhoo, despite the turbulence I managed to get 2 big projects off the needles and a pair of plain vanilla socks well under way.  I have grand ideas for some future projects, but that's just it...they're ideas.  It astounds me how other Moms can get so much done, what's their secret?  I really need to find that hidden stash of energy that I just know I've squirrelled away somewhere and in the words of my friend Natalie, "Ass, I order you to get into gear!".  While I'm trying to get my hind parts to get a move on, here are the 5 things I couldn't get enough of and was obsessed with this month:

1. Cables

Hooray Cardigan - Cables 3

Even though I've spent the entire month knitting plain ol' stockinette, I was actually dreaming of cables.  I've been going through my queue and pouring over stitch dictionaries just drooling over the possibilities...and the cable yumminess.  I'm seriously having a major cable craving!  I definitely think a project containing some cable goodness is in order!

2. Lace

Ishbel Blocking 5

Along with cables I've also been daydreaming about lace.  Hmm...maybe these are all signs that I need to stop having nothing but mindless knits on the needles?  As with the aforementioned cables, I've been thinking about lace patterns and doodling out designs (I found some rough sketches that I had made over a year ago...quite interesting!).  I don't know if any of the doodles will materialize into anything tangible but for now I'm thinking I need to take the edge off and cast on something that involves a little lace!

3. Mason Jars

Mason Jar Obsession

I don't know what it is, but to me nothing screams out summer more than drinking ice cold beverages from Mason jars...even though the weather here in Victoria has been less than summery.  My kitchen cupboard has more mugs than glasses, and the glasses that I do have are either pint glasses or canning jars of all sizes.  The Munchkin's favourite cup to drink water from is actually a small jam jar.  I make my morning nutrient booster shake in a jar that I bought spaghetti sauce in.  At the beginning of the month I decided to take my Mason jar obsession even further and bought a Cuppow so that I could turn my favourite wide mouth Mason jar into a travel mug.  Best.invention.ever.  Pure amazeballs.  Another awesome sauce of an invention?  reCAP Mason Jars.  

Mason Jar Tops

As of a few days ago, my newest obsession is to fill as many large jars as I can (that'll fit in the fridge, that is) with water and adding lemon slices.  I just filled one with bits of strawberries and crushed mint leaves...I so can't wait to give that one a try!  As boring as this may sound, but if I'm not guzzling down straight up black coffee or yummy Americanos, than I'm consuming copious amounts of my other favourite beverage: water.  Which is good, considering caffeine depletes your system of water.  Both mine and Brett's family think it's weird that I used to keep my Brita in the fridge and that I love ice cold water.  Why is that weird?  I no longer can keep the Brita in the fridge due to lack of room, but after seeing the idea of making your own naturally flavoured water on Pinterest (I can't stand the artificial stuff...too chemical-y tasting for my liking!), I knew I had to give it a go.  And yup...I'm going to have to start buying lemons in bulk...and maybe oranges...and possibly another mint plant.

The best part about using a Mason jar as a travel mug/water jug/regular drinking glass?  It's super easy to clean, can withstand high heat (which means you can sanitize the crapola out of it), it's recyclable, and if it breaks it's easy to replace!

PS: You can purchase a Cuppow or the reCAP through each company's website.  I bought both of mine online via a Canadian website here (they have awesome customer service and shipping isn't bad considering they are shipping from Alberta!).  If you are local, you can get a Cuppow here.  

4. No-bake Vegan Brownies

Vegan Brownies

I seriously cannot get enough of these brownies!  I'm completely addicted to them!  My friend Kristine whipped them up too and promptly messaged me a few adding some peppermint extract to the topping (dangerous, but oh so yummy!) or even some homemade vanilla extract made with rum and vanilla beans.  Heck, why stop there?  How about adding a little instant coffee for that extra kick?  Ooohhh...I think I have to go make another know, just to try it out...

In case you missed it, you can find the recipe here for the No-bake Vegan Brownies!

5. Instagram
Via Instagram

I am obsessed with Instagram.  I kid you not.  I just can't get enough of this iPhone app!  I love taking photos and it's so much more fun when you can add filters and effects at the touch of a button.  I love how you can share these photos on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media outlet there is.  I also love how Instagram is kinda its own mini social network too.  The best part?  All the photos don't have to be stored on your phone or computer, so you can take as many photos as your heart desires!  I've taken almost 200 photos and can't wait to get some of them printed!  I've seen so many projects and tutorials on what you can do with your Instagram photos, and have a few ideas of my own brewing up in my head.  As with so many other things in my life, I just need to find the time to do it all!  But as per usual, by the time I get around to doing it, someone else will have already done it. Le sigh.

For those of you not on Instagram, you can follow me via Webstagram!  I'm @misocraftyknits on both.  Easy peasy.  I don't share every photo I take on social networks, so being on Instagram is almost like being in a secret society.  Shhhh!!  Are you on Instagram?


  1. You should give water and cucumber slices a try too...also very refreshing.
    Although I am in Vancouver, and so this weather is more indusive to tea and latte drinking...sigh....

    1. Oohh...after posting this I read something about the cucumber slices and definitely want to try that too!

      I agree, us West Coasters seem to be stuck in a tea and lattee drinking state at the moment. :(

    2. Yah! Summer is FINALLY here on the west coast! :)

  2. I love a good cable! I have a little hat planned for Squishy with some cables. Those brownies look delicious.

    1. So cute! I love seeing wee ones wearing cables!! I can't wait to see the FO when you get around to knitting it up! :)


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