December is here!

And it is SO very lovely outside! It’s been snowing all day and I have loved sitting and watching those flakes gently fall. Is there anything better than waking up to a white world? Methinks not.

How have you all been? I know it has been a terribly long time since I last wrote. To give you an idea why, here is what my life looked like for most of the last month:

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Yikes. Books. And more books. I don’t think that actually covers half the number of books I was checking out and lugging from library to dorm room to library. It was exhausting…hence the caffeine.

I did survive finals, however and have been happily nestled back at home with the fam. We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving and have since been gearing up for the holidays. Lately I’ve been knitting like a maniac. I’m trying to do an entirely homemade Christmas this year and it is going to be CHALLENGING. But I know I can do it, and it keeps me busy.

When not knitting — and plowing my way through tv shows — anything from Grey’s Anatomy to Battlestar Gallactica to BBC’s Wallander — I read, cook or run errands with the fam. Throw in the occasional movie and you have a perfectly lovely break. Last weekend we went to see Thor which, while overall poor did have Tom Hiddleston…who makes everything better. Speaking of which…gotta watch The Hollow Crown this break…

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Can anyone say no to Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, Jeremy Irons, John Hurt, and Tom Hiddleston?

No one can. Especially when they’re performing Shakespeare.

I’m also trying to keep up my goals. So far I’ve been able to practice yoga at least once-a-week, which feels good and I’m getting better about the gluten/sugar thing. I totally fell off the wagon for Thanksgiving. I mean…pie. It is a beautiful thing, and I couldn’t say no after I worked so hard to create these beauties…

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Nonetheless things go on. I just ordered Anna Karenina, which should be here soon, and I’m planning out my sweater. I might go patternless for it, so it’s taking some thinking before I start. Also Christmas knitting is definitely going to get in the way, but we’ll see how things go.

How are you all doing? Any new holiday goodness in your lives?

4 simple goals

Happy November everyone!

Lifestyle blogging duo Elsie and Emma just posted about a great little tradition they started where they create 4 simple, life-enriching goals to accomplish before the end of the year.

I think that this is such a clever idea.  I know I tend to fall into sloppy habits and, despite having good goals, struggle to accomplish things. New Year’s Resolutions are actually the worst thing ever…I’m terrible at them because I forget about them within the first month. This, on the other hand, is a great way of getting something accomplished since you have a reasonable time to do it (but not long enough to forget) and the goals can be simple little things that will (hopefully) improve the quality of you life. It also falls a great time for me. I’ll be doing half of the project here at school, and half back at home. Since being on vacation has historically turned me into an unproductive zombie, I’m excited to have some different projects that I have to work on over break.

Naturally, I did a brainstorm session and came up with about 10 potential goals. Narrowing down the list was tricky, but here’s what I’ve come up with:

  1. Knit a Sweater.
  2. Avoid gluten and processed sugar for 30 days (bonus if I can avoid fried food as well).
  3. Read Anna Karenina.
  4. Practice yoga (at least) once a week.

I can’t wait to get started with these! Just thinking about them makes me happy! Not to mention I have an excuse to buy a new book! I’ve been wanting to read Anna Karenina for AGES, but it’s a hard one to make time for since it’s so big. I always get to breaks and am tired and end up reading garbage. And there’s no time at school, so now I’m making time. And I can’t wait for the sweater either! Coziness here I come!

Do you guys have things you want to accomplish before the end of the year! Let me know if you end up doing this too! I’m excited to try it out. And be sure to go check out the original post on A Beautiful Mess to see their goals and rules for this exercise.

Wish me luck!

xo, mallory

Get your Parisian knit on! – La Droguerie

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big knitter. I love the process of creating cloth that will eventually become a garment, choosing the yarn, working up the stitch pattern, watching the piece grow after hours/days/weeks of labor. It’s immensely satisfying and theraputic for me. Luckily, I’ve always been surrounded by yarn shops, be it the small shop on the square of my college’s town or the shop where my Mom works. Mom is a knitwear designer, so we’re always on the lookout for LYS (local yarn shop) love. Now, whenever I visit a new city, I look up what yarn shops are in the area and make a point of visiting them. It’s always exciting to see different shops and look at any local wares. Moreover, there is something immensely and universally comforting about a shop full of wool and color. Continue reading