I’m crafty

A few months ago, I took up knitting. This came about as a result of wanting to join knitting club, but lacking the ability to knit. I also met a couple of wonderful women through my bible study who craft like crazy (and have made an adorable home from it).

Just one crafted thing in their lovely home.

So far I’ve made two bookmarks (the starter projects the book recommended I do) and half of a scarf. It’s still in progress and it’s taken me a while to get the hang of knitting and actually liking it.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream. Any time I’m at a bookstore with the boyfriend, I look at the knitting books. Some have the most adorable projects in them. And then there are the ones like what I found tonight.

Chair cover!

Knitted napkin rings

Who knew you could knit something so large like that gorgeous chair cover? And I never thought wire could be knit. I’m sure I just sound like an amateur knitter. Apparently these sort of things are common knowledge. I just feel like that chair cover is calling my name. The description of the pattern said it fit over Ikea chairs. And the picture has Audrey Hepburn on the wall. If that doesn’t make this project meant for me, I don’t know what does.

I really appreciate adorable, handmade things, like my friend’s house and everything on etsy.com. And I want to contribute to the general craftiness of the world. I want people to come into my future home and say, “That chair cover and these napkin rings are adorable. Where ever did you get them?” And then I can say, “I made them, homie!” I know. I dream big.

So, once again, I’m thinking about my future. But I also have to deal with the present, which involves one last final, Astronomy. More on that in the future. And because of that, my day looks a little like this:


What’s that?

Valerie’s blogging?

Oh, yes. She is.

I’m currently in the middle of finals. So, with fourteen hours until my next test, I figured there was no better time to start a blog!

When these tests are finished, I’ll have completed my freshman year of college. Weird to think that it’s almost over, but I still have three more years here. And, the wonderful thing about going to Texas A&M is that I’ll always be an Aggie, even after graduation. So I won’t be getting nostalgic yet. Although thinking about the future is a kind of nostalgia. And I’ve been doing that a lot lately. It’s the only thing that can get me through weeks like finals week. I need to remember that I’m doing this for a reason, and that’s a better future.

And in my near future, beyond finals, I’ll be moving out of my dorm and to New Braunfels with my sister. She is lovely enough to let me stay with her and her fiance this summer while I work as a lifeguard at Schlitterbahn. If you don’t know what Schlitterbahn is, look it up. It’s America’s number one water park, for crying out loud. But I’m mostly looking forward to this time I get to spend with my sister. We haven’t lived together in seven years. And although I feel like we’re really close, I feel like this will be a chance to get to know her even more.

As I mentioned, she’s engaged and will be getting married on March 31, 2012. Due to the also aforementioned loveliness, she asked me to be her maid of honor. So this summer will be a wonderful time to really get close to my sister. Maid-of-honor close. And I need to get to know the guy better. I’m hoping this summer will lead to a wonderful anecdote I can share in the wedding toast, because so far the best I have is “So, I’ve known Cassie for a while…” and that just won’t cut it. We currently share clothes, books, and movies, but I’d like to share so much more. She and I have the same background and so many similar interests, so I know we could be the closest of friends, something like Elizabeth and Jane Bennett.

I don’t know what my future holds for me, hopefully pretty things, but I plan to track them in this blog.