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Chance of Flurries Hat

by tatiana on June 2, 2013

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern | tatianajimenez.com

It’s been a while since I’ve knit a hat, so after a quick search on Ravelry for a pattern that looked like it would be fun to make, I went with the Chance of Flurries Hat pattern. It’s very similar to another pattern I purchased a while ago (A Most Bespeckcled Hat by Alexandra Tinsley), but soon after I’d purchased it I realized that I didn’t have circular needles in the size that the pattern called for, so this free Lion Brand pattern worked with the supplies and tools I already had. (I plan to knit the other one soon as well, and am excited to compare the two. It’ll be a pattern show down!)

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern | tatianajimenez.com

I know what you must be thinking — summer is approaching! Why are you knitting a beanie at this time of year? Well, dollies, 1.) it’s cold here year-round, and 2.) you can never have enough beanies, especially beanies with pom-poms on top.

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern | tatianajimenez.com

I’m happy with the way this beanie came out, the pattern is super cute, but unfortunately after I blocked it and tried it on I realized it doesn’t fit my head comfortably. The top is a little too tight. Luckily I have an adorable (and hip!) little cousin who this should fit perfectly, and I’ll be sending it to her this week.  I’m hoping that the Bespeckled pattern will fit a little better so it can keep me warm at all of the Film Nights in the Park I plan to attend.

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern | tatianajimenez.com

A happy San Francisco Summer, from me to you. ;)

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Cmd + N: What Knitting Has Really Taught Me

by tatiana on September 19, 2012

What I've Learned From Knitting

Above: My latest work in progress

Last Saturday, I had a nice chat over tea and brunch with a good friend that really got me thinking about the discipline of knitting and its relation to lots of other areas of my life.

Let’s start with the basics: when you’re first learning to knit, the first thing your instructor will tell you is that when starting any project, you have to go in knowing that you might have to take it apart at some point and start again. It is this fact (it’s not even advice, it’s just something you need to accept – no room for questions or complaints!) that I think has helped me become not only a more patient person, but a better designer, and ultimately more prepared to take on whatever life has to throw at me.

For the last 6 years I’ve been working towards becoming more confident with developing websites on the back-end. It’s been a lot of fun, but it is still a challenge every time! I’m not sure if it’s this way for everyone, but I think the challenge is part of what makes me hungry for more projects. I crave that mad scientist moment when the perfect piece of code can make a website function exactly the way you’d envisioned. I’ve never given birth, but I imagine the feelings of ecstasy are comparable. ( Or maybe not, whatever!)

With any discipline, there are always times when you need to start over, or spend hours weeding through forums to figure out why that pesky border of flowers in your footer is floating left when it’s supposed to be centered (<– real life example), but ultimately, when you figure it out, it becomes one more thing you know how to do. And that feels pretty good.

Anyway, what’s the point of this entry? Maybe it’s to say that yarn crafts are a lot more important than they seem in the grand scheme of things. Maybe it’s to show that everything is a lot more interrelated than we thought. And maybe it’s just because I had too much espresso today and I feel like blogging what’s on my mind. Who cares. What matters is that you keep doing what you love, and acknowledge that there will be times when things get bumpy. You will have to start over sometimes, but it’ll only lead to you being able to do even cooler things in the future.

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Somewhat Lazy Saturday

by tatiana on November 7, 2010

Happy Daylight Savings! The clock just struck 2am on my clock and 1am on my computer. I am super tired, but really excited about the new/old music I have acquired thanks to the mister and am revisiting the album Give Up by The Postal Service. Ahhh, freshman year at UC Irvine. Livin’ in Prado. How I miss it, but not too much.

Today was somewhat of a “couch potato” day. I haven’t watched that much TV in a really long time. I think I started with the LA Ink marathon, Millionaire Matchmaker, then 16 and Pregnant, onto some movies – Welcome to the Dollhouse and California Suite. After that it starts to get blurry. Although I sat on the couch all day (except for that part of the day I spent traveling to and from the Post Office and seeking out cupcakes), I was knitting up a storm. Yes, knitting. I’ve been crocheting like a madwoman (if madwomen crochet) for a few weeks and decided to switch it up for a day. It was nice until I realized how much longer it takes to knit an item vs. crocheting it. Hot damn. But, in the end, knitting worked out better for this project (seen above). It should be launching in the shop in the next week or so. Keep an eye out! I’m really excited about it.

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