April is the first month this year that didn't feel like it passed by in a blur, even though it definitely was a busy month. I spent most of the month being a solo parent, as the Mister was out of town for more than half of April. The Munchkin and I made the most of it and had a grand ol' time together. It's actually quite nice to feel like time has slowed down a bit as I always feel like everything is being so rushed these days, and especially when you've got a growing kiddo. Just last night we noticed how much taller the Munchkin has gotten (which means we need to buy him more clothes...again!) and all month I've seen just how much he's grown, matured, and developed since the beginning of the year. If you ever need a good measurement of time, have a child, I swear, the fact that they change by the second will make you realize just how fast time flies by!!
Anyhoo, before I get all emotional and start going full-blown down memory lane about my baby, let's dive into the 5 things that I couldn't get enough of this month:
1. Vogue Knitting Live
Seriously, this happened at the very beginning of the month and I'm still yapping away about it!! And I probably will until the next big knitterly event happens. Just to forewarn you. I've been thinking about all the things I learned at VK Live on a daily basis, especially during those days where I am nothing but a Negative Nellie and wonder how in the world I plan on making a living through my craft (Miso Crafty Knits is my only form of income) when it seems that everyone and their dog is determined to make sure I don't succeed (I've been having one too many of those days lately). I think about all the advice that was dished out and try to apply it to my own situation, and then keep plugging away hoping to make some sort of impression on the knitting world.
Attending VK Live has definitely amped up my excitement for Victoria's Fibrations in August and then Knit City in Vancouver in October. At first I was a little bummed that it was going to be months before the next knitterly event, but then I realized that I'm going to need those months to save up my cashola to do some yarn-y damage! I know it's not for another 4-6 months, but who's planning on going to Fibrations and/or Knit City?
2. Addi Turbo© Sock Rockets
I'm pretty sure socks and sock knitting have made the Obsessions list before, but after casting on and binding off the first pair of the year I'm hooked again! I've forgotten how easy socks are to transport around, to whip out and start knitting whenever you get the chance, and to knit up (if you're knitting plain vanilla socks, that is). Even though I have a mighty big list of sock patterns that I want to knit up, I think I'll be knitting up more plain vanilla ones too, cause face it, I have a fair amount of stripeys and highly variegated colourways in my stash. Since spring is in full swing here and summer is just around the corner, what better to knit during those hot months than socks?
Exactly! So bring on the sock yarn, this mama has a sock drawer to fill up!
4. Ball Heritage Collection Blue Jars
Holy smokes. I've always dreamed of finding vintage Ball mason jars in blue, but knew that being located in Canada that my chances were pretty slim. That and I never have any luck when it comes to finding vintage stuff. I think it's because I really don't have the patience. So imagine my utter surprise and absolute delight when I found out that Ball was re-releasing the blue jars again to celebrate their 100 anniversary!
Unfortunately I've only found one Canadian dealer who carries these beautiful jars, and they seriously sell out the second they get their stock in! I'm determined to get my hands on a case though. Those baby blues will be mine!
5. Toasted Almond Baked Apples
Omg. I seriously cannot get enough of this deliciousness!! Who would have ever thought that baked apples, greek yogurt, honey, almonds, and chocolate would go so well together?? Ok, so chocolate goes with everything. But still. Yum-O! I'm a huge fan of pies and fruit crumbles but they're not something you can (or should) eat every day. I know I definitely don't have the time to bake a pie on a regular basis! Not to mention that not everyone in my family has a sweet tooth, or at least they don't have one as big as mine, so even if I did have the time to make all these desserts I would most be the only one eating them. Yeah...not so great for my waistline, that's for sure! So when I spotted this recipe over at the Family Feedbag blog (link here) I knew I just had to make it. The best thing about this recipe: all the ingredients are foods that I always have in my cupboards. And my favourite part: you don't have to make a huge dish, you can make as much as you want! Yay for no leftovers that tempt you to eat more!! Another favourite thing: it's the easiest dessert to make! And sooo much healthier for you than say a slice of apple pie with a scoop of ice cream!
An honorable mention to this month's Obsessions list: 90s British Pop Bands.
During my teen years I was HUGE into Brit pop and wanted nothing more than to move to England. Obviously, the moving to England part never happened, but I still love my Brit pop and all things British (you bet I went to the Spice Girls Reunion concert!!). Within the past 2 weeks I discovered a new British TV show called The Big Reunion that was making a few of my favourite 90s pop bands reunite for a supposedly one time reunion concert (and I say 'supposedly' because I guess it was such a success that some bands are now embarking on a reunion tour - sadly, only in the UK). I stayed up way too late one night to watch the entire season and was ecstatic to see that 2 of my fave pop groups reunite and perform again. I used to blast Atomic Kitten whenever I was pulling an all-nighter during fashion school, and have fond memories of singing along to their songs with my friend Kat (who now lives in London) during our many road trips to Seattle and Calgary. Even though I love that 5ive are together again (they're my fave boy band of all time!), I'm sadly disappointed that my fave member decided not to return to the group (in case you're wondering, I was a HUGE "J" fan...I loved those bad boys!). Oh well. It's fun to listen to all those bands that I used to love so much, and now I've got them in my playlist so I can dance along while doing housework!
I've got my fingers crossed that May will be another month that passes by a little on the slower side. Mainly because I've got a lot of work cut out for me in the next few months. I'm also hoping the Brett won't have to travel and be away so much next month, it sucks when you have to jam in family time into one day. What's everyone's plans for May? I foresee myself doing a lot of sewing and knitting. Surprised? I didn't think so.
♥ Happy May!! ♥