Fall, Hats, and Yarn!

knitting, lifestyle, Uncategorized

Hey guys!

It has been so long since I have blogged, its been such a busy time. Since July I’ve been working at the hat shop, knitting up a whole lot of things and making patterns, my sister in law got married, and Zach and I celebrated 4 years of marriage. It’s been busy but so many blessings and good memories have been made.

I’m pumped to share that I’m planning to open up an online shop for my knits and more. I have many plans it’s just finding time. After my day job I’ve been working hard on creating patterns and hats for my shop! I am also hoping to get my hands on a spinning wheel by the end of the year so I can start creating my own yarns and even yarn made from my rabbit…

Whaaat a rabbit?! Oh yeah I adopted a rabbit from Judge’s Park in PA. Her name is Frankie and she is a french angora rabbit; angora rabbits have wool rather than fur so that means I can use her wool and create yarn!! Woohoo!

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So that’s my quick update. I’ll be posting again soon when I have a more definite date of opening shop. Also I am going to the Autumn Fiber Fest tomorrow in Ashland and I’ll definitely document my time there. ❤ You can keep up with my on instagram.com/rinknits

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❤ ❤ ❤

Rin

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Life Post: Weddings and Cherry Picking

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Hey guys!

I just got back from a mini vacation tonight. My husband and I went up to Traverse City, Michigan for a destination wedding that I photographed and made a vacation out of it. We stayed at a Travelodge that was surprisingly very nice; Fremont had a Travelodge that was super sketchy so thats all I knew about Travelodge.

Our first night there Zach had food poisoning from one of two places we ate at that day, so that was a huge bummer but luckily he recovered fairly quick so we were still able to enjoy our time.

Sunday while Zach rested at the hotel I went to the mall and found an amazing grilled cheese place in the mall and they have fresh squeezed lemonade…that they literally make after you order it. ❤ Then once Zach started feeling better we went on a beautiful drive to Mission Point Lighthouse. We passed so many beautiful Cherry farms and wineries.

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Sunday evening there was a chance to see the aurora borealis so we went on a hunt to find a dark place to view them. We discovered a beach in Glen Harbor that was pitch black. When we got out of our car we looked up and saw more stars than we have ever seen in our lives; it was definitely one of my most memorable experiences. Unfortunately  we didn’t see the northern lights but I did read that they were very faint and most likely only visible through a long exposure photograph. We did get to see the milky way clearer than ever. It was an amazing experience.

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Monday was the day of the wedding and it was short and sweet. The ceremony took place in Beulah on a beautiful lake and then we went to Frankfort to take photographs on the beach. It was AMAZING, and they were adventurous and we managed to get some amazing photographs like the one above that required them to climb down a ladder to these rocks, GASP. I was so nervous that it would end in disaster but it didn’t so YAY! 🙂

Tuesday was our adventure day. We started the day off with breakfast at Flap Jack Shack and I ate some delicious pancakes topped with cherries. Then we went to downtown Traverse City to visit Knit North. I bought some local yarn that came in a cowl kit for the Simple Cowl pattern on Ravelry. After that I found another yarn shop called Lost Art Yarn and Needle Point where I bought some yummy feeling baby alpaca yarn.

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Later on we went cherry picking! We adventured through a forest of cherry trees and picked the best ones, the minimum was 5lbs and we managed to get exactly 5. I might be biased because I picked them but they are the most yummy cherries ever.

That evening I took Zach to the grilled cheese restaurant at the mall called Cheese and Company then we decided to go putt putt. Vacation wouldn’t be vacation if we didn’t find a place to putt putt. I scored 3 hole in ones and beat Zach by 6, if it weren’t for my hole in ones it would have been a much closer game.

Over all vacation was wonderful and I enjoyed every second spent with my husband getting to do so many things I love.

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Now I am home and feeling recharged and ready to create. On our getaway I had a lot of down time to think about the future. I feel like I’m finally discovering the things I’m passionate about and I’m ready to really dig in. ❤

Thanks for tagging along on my life’s journey.

 

❤ Corrine

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Hello! 

It’s Sunday night which means tomorrow is Monday; the weekend always goes by so quickly. This weekend my husband only had Saturday off which is bummer but we made the most of the time we had and it was a lot of fun. 

Saturday started off by getting pampered while Zach slept, he’s on night shift. I went to my favorite aesthetician for my monthly eyebrow wax and facial, which is essential to my life. Facials are so good for your skin and I have problem skin thanks to PCOS so my facials really help me manage my face. Also I’m going to have this face forever so I need to take care of it. After my facial I picked up some new skincare product and I’m already obsessed.
 
I’ve been using the vitamin b cream moisturizer for awhile and it definitely helps keep my skin soft and I haven’t had any crazy breakouts. I just started using the Active Cleanser and Eucalyptus Toner, and I’m in LOVE. There’s some tingling with both products but I love that because I feel it working, also these products are made right here in Ohio and are made with amazing and natural ingredients.  http://www.mukhaspa.com/

After my facial I went to Vibe Salon and Hot Yoga to get a full set of eyelash extensions! This is definitely not necessary but is an amazing luxury and makes me feel great. The process start with taping my bottom lashes down and then I kept my eyes closed the entire processs. My stylist had to apply individual extensions to my individual lashes and the entire application took about 2.5 hours. My eyes were very tired and pretty red from being touched but over all it wasn’t painful, the worst part was getting my bottom lashes taped and that only lasted like a minute. Seeing them for the first time I thought they were kind long but still look surprisingly natural and blend right in with my other lashes. The longer I wear them the more and more I love them. 


These lashes are definitely high maintenance, you have to go back every 4-5 weeks for fills because these lashes grow out with your natural lashes. There are some rules to taking care of them: no make up remover with oil, waterproof eyeliner isn’t a great idea because you can’t scrub your eyes, no sleeping on them because they could come off. So far I find them worth all the maintenance because I wake up feeling beautiful with out makeup. That might seem silly but it’s great feeling like I don’t need make up….I’m still going to use it though because makeup is super fun and I don’t want live with out it. 😂💁🏼

Okay moving on to Zach waking up and enjoying the rest of the day.


First we went to ChickFila and had dinner  which was deliscous as always. Then we went to Startbucks for iced coffee and drove Oak Openings Metropark in  Swanton. We went for a lovely walk around a pond and it was beautiful, I really enjoyed all the weird green stuff on the pond. 😂 After he went adventuring around the pond and seeing a sweet playground we ended up going into town and met up with some friends. Once we met with our friends we went to the park in Swan and there was a movie in the park where we watched sing on a big white screen on the back of a baseball fence. It was just like being at a drive-in movie theater, it was a great time. At about midnight we headed home. 

Now it’s Sunday and Zach’s at work so I’m just sitting here writing this blog on my new iPad which makes it pretty easy to blog. My next blog will probably be all about sewing and knitting. I just did a giveaway on my Instagram so I have to take some pictures and share with you what I’m giving away to the lucky winners. I’m pretty excited because I’m doing custom boxes with some fun items customized to their liking. Anyways that’s all for now I should be posting another blog later this week so see you then. 
💕 Rin

YAY! It’s WWKIPD!

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Hello again! It’s been about a month since my last post, yikes! Some day I will get more consistent with blogging and it will be great, so I’ll be working on that. Last month was filled with lots of prep for my 80’s/Unicorn themed birthday and it was a blast! I’ll share some images from the party at the end of this post.

Anyways its World Wide Knit in Public day….YAAAAAY!

It’s almost 11am so I’ll be heading out soon to visit my favorite yarn shop, Yarn Cravin’ and then I’m going to get some coffee and try and finish knitting a sock. I am working on a pair of socks, well the first one anyways, from a pattern created by the amazing Dana Gervais who specializes in sock knitting. She created a 5 day email challenge that hundreds of people participated in. My favorite part was the Facebook group she created for all of us noobs to share our progress and ask questions.  The challenge was called #sockvirgin and so far this is the best sock that I’ve ever made and I finally understand turning the heal and gussets. You can view her patterns and challenges here –> https://linkinprofile.com/knitalot924

I’m not sure what the rest of the day will hold but my husband works tonight so I might just have a date day with myself and get sushi then a movie – I’ve been dying to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I can’t be the only one who does that kind of stuff alone right?

That’s all for now just wanted to update the blog and let you know I’m still alive and knittin 😉 Thanks for reading and enjoy the images from my 25th birthday party!

If you want to keep up with me visit my Instagram. I post almost daily!

–>  www.instagram.com/rinknits

 

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Happy Things for Rainy Days.

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Crocheters this blog is for you!

Today has been super gloomy and depressing so instead of focusing on that I’m going to focus on finding some adorable patterns to share and that might inspire you to get creative. Also I have my birthday party coming up and the three patterns I’m going to share are perfect for party decor and if you don’t have a party coming up they are great for your home as well. So lets get to it!

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First on my list are these adorable dining room table decorations. I am thinking about doing these in pink, purple, blue, and white and should be a great fit for my birthday party dessert table. I’m ordering unicorn everything; cake, cupcakes, macaroons. I’ll also be making some of my own things. I’ll be sure to take pictures and share all the details. 🙂

Go get this pattern for yourself here.

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Next is this insanely cute mason jar cozy. I mean look at that cute face, this would be great for party favors, kids, and so much more. I am thinking about using this pattern but instead of making it a bear I’ll turn it into a unicorn, then I could use it to put some desserts in like chocolate covered pretzel sticks…mmmm.

To get this cute pattern click here.

Lastly are two great wall hangings. I couldn’t choose which wall hanging to share so I’m sharing both. This girl has a lot in her ravelry pattern store and they are all amazing, I can’t wait to purchase a pattern from her the trouble is going to be deciding which to buy. Side note: isn’t crochet amazing?! There are so many different things you can do with it like create home decor and clothing. I am so happy I taught myself this amazing craft.

Find the first pattern here and the second pattern here.

Hope you enjoy these patterns! If you decide to make anything using any of these patterns tag me on Instagram @rinknits ! I want to see your beautiful work.

Thank you to all of you wonderful pattern designers out there, I wouldn’t know what to do or make if it weren’t for you talented makers.

Keep on creating.

Corrine

I’m back and Ready to Party!

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Hey there! 

It’s been so long since I’ve written and that’s because life has been on over drive. How can it possibly be May in just a couple days. Anyways I’ll give you an update at what I’ve been up to. 

1. I finished my shawl and it did not turn out how I like and is much smaller, but I’m super impatient so I may have done something wrong or just didn’t make it long enough. 

2. I went on vacation in March and it was so nice. We saw Andy Hull and Dustin Kensrue in Louisville then drove down to Cherokee, NC. We stayed with friends in their cabin and explored some beautiful sites. 


3. I got a job!!! I wasn’t really looking for one but came across a really unique job listing for a local leather hat shop in Fremont called The Blonde Swan. I am now training to be a leather artesian. I love it. You can find their hats on Etsy! 

4.  My BIRTHDAY is coming and I’m planning an awesome party. The theme Corrine’s Quarter Life Crisis with Unicorn decor and 80s music and attire. There going to be so much dessert. My crafty projects right now have been all about Unicorns like my unicorn bunting below. 


5. For the past 2 weeks we have been renovating our floor in the living room and dining room. I also painted the bathroom. I love our house even more and hopefully this is the last weekend renovating and we can get back to normal life. 

So there’s an update on what’s been up with me! I want to know what you’ve been doing. Leave me a comment below! 
💕 Corrine 

Knit Post: Hats, Hats, Hats

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Sup my crafty friends!? 

It has been a week since I last posted, I was hoping to share yesterday but it was so gloomy and I was so tired it didn’t happen. So I’ll update you with what I’ve done in the past week and the patterns I have used. 

Where to begin…February 21st I started an Instagram specifically for knitting and my blog and it’s quite small but I have high hopes that it will grow and I’ll make connections with others in the fiber art community. I was looking for ways to meet other knitters and makers and I discovered test knitting. It’s where you knit a test pattern to check for errors and also to get photographs of other examples of the end result. It’s a genius thing because who has time to knit a hat 10 times to make sure there aren’t any errors in the pattern. 

So I found Gretha on Instagram who is from Germany and looking for people to test a second version of a hat she designed. I commented that I was interested and she gave me the opportunity to be a test knitter for the first time. 

To test knit a hat I needed to get yarn specifically for this pattern because who doesn’t need an excuse to go buy more yarn. 😉 I had plans to meet up with a friend last week who I hadn’t seen a long time, so I came up with the idea of driving to Grand Rapids, OH to check out their shops and explore the short trail along the Maumee River, and the town just so happens to have a yarn shop.

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After picking up Autumn and driving 50 minutes to Grand Rapids our first stop was inside the beautiful and rustic Natural Fiber & Yarn Company. All of their yarn and roving is from their own sheep and alpaca that are raised locally. I asked for some help for finding some yarn and she pointed me towards the worsted merino wool and it decided on a beautiful deep purple for $18.

After purchasing my yarn we went for a walk around the main street to some different shops and then ate at Fernando’s. After eating we went for a stroll long the canal trail and enjoyed the unusual 70 degree weather…in FEBRUARY.

Not postitive that I wanted to use purple yarn to make my hat since it is a dark color and I wanted to easily see my stitches I decided to take Autumn to my favorite yarn shop 25 minutes away in Perrysburg, OH – Yarn Cravin’.  

Yarn Cravin’ carries tons of different brands and an assortment of needles and hooks. My favorite thing to purchase from Yarn Cravin’ is  Manos Del Uruguay Yarns in their style Maxima – the softest, most yummy yarn. ❤  The staff  at Yarn Cravin’ is friendly and always there to help me find what I need or giveProcessed with VSCO with 6 preset me ideas for my next project. I showed them the pattern for the hat and they pointed me to the Shepherds Wool and Cascade Yarn section. They highly recommended the Shepherd Wool and for just $14 I went for it and a beautiful shade of gray. 

I also picked up a pair of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz knitting needles and they are fabulous. I’ve never had such a nice pair of wooden needles, the yarn slides right off. Quite pleased with my yarn purchases we called it a day and went back home to Fremont.

 

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When I got home I already had a project going on my 4mm needles so decided to make a baby hat with some yarn I needed to destash and use my new knitting needles. I found this fun ombre pattern on Ravelry.

Side note – I can see why the needles are called Dreamz because they knit like one. It was so quick and easy. Also this was the first time I really interchanged colors like this and it’s not as scary as you would think. 

Find the pattern here:
 www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quick-ombre-hat

Before I get back to talking about test knitting Gretha’s hat pattern I wanted to show you another stash busting hat I made using some Lion Brand Bulky yarn and size 11 circular needles. I did have to change up the pattern a bit because I think this yarn must have been bulkier than the yarn in the pattern or it was knit for a giant. So instead of casting on 64 I casted on 48 and I didn’t knit 5 rounds of rows 1-6 I did about 3, I probably could have done closer to 4 though. I loved the colors I used and might use this pattern for the left over red and white yarn I have. I’ll add a link to the pattern at the end of the blog.

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Now enough with stash busting patterns. In my preview post you saw that I was working on a shawl and while haven’t finished it yet but I figured I would show you a photograph of my progress. I think it will be a beautiful piece when I get around to finishing it but I needed the needles so I’m taking a little break.

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Now back to the hat I’m working on. I have finished the brim and now I’m working on the body of the hat. Also I wasn’t sure what the woman at Yarn Cravin’ meant by “that yarn knits like butter” but I do now. It is awesome! I haven’t had an issue with the fibers separating and it’s helped me knit a lot quicker than normal while looking very professional.  I think in a couple days I’ll have this finished and ready to photograph. ❤

Here’s a photograph of my husband sitting at Starbucks over this past weekend. I love our little coffee dates. Anyways…

Hope this post wasn’t too scatter brained for ya. Stick around I will definitely be sharing the results soon but for now you can stay up to date by following me on Instagram and please go check out the links below from all the patterns I’ve been using and the shops I’ve visted!

Follow me! –> http://www.instagram.com/rinknitsandstuff 

Links to the people and shops I wrote about:
Gretha on Ravelry –> http://www.ravelry.com/people/Oceaan
Natural Fiber and Yarn Co. –> https://www.facebook.com/Naturalfiberandyarncompany/
Yarn Cravin’ –> http://www.yarncravin.com/
Ombre Hat Pattern –> www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quick-ombre-hat
Cable Knit Hat –> http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/darn-knit-cable-hat
Shawl Pattern –>  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/taina-2

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a comment below! 

Much love,

Rin