Melanie's Musings
September 29, 2014

Knitting Like It Is 1743

Despite having no intention of reading the books, I’m immensely fond of the Outlander show.

Outlander on Starz

The drama. The political intrigue. The romances!

I’m pretty much fascinated.

The outfits (more than just the kilts) are a favorite of mine, and I particularly like all of the knitted accessories Claire tropes about the Scottish Highlands in, such as this:

Claire from Outlander
Just a bit ago, I found an Outlander inspired cowl design on Ravelry and decided to give it a shot. I just finished it up and think it turned out pretty well.

My favorite part about the cowl is that the yarn is so stretchy, I can wear it as a hood or a capelet as well. I like wearing it hood-style,as it feels fun and mysterious.

I may make another for myself in a brighter color, perhaps royal blue, since dyed yarn is just a bit more convenient to come by these days than in 1700s Scotland.

So, what d’ya think? Have you watched/read Outlander?

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September 21, 2014

Bloggiesta Success

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The most helpful thing I accomplished this Bloggiesta was making a detailed to-do list. This may seem a bit counterintuitive, since Bloggiesta is supposed to be about crossing things off a list, but actually having all the tasks in one document, rather than scattered on the backs of random receipts and in my smartphone will be super useful.

Visiting other participants and adding some blogs to a list of ones I want to visit again, particularly Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity and On a Book Bender, was a blast. Bloggiesta bloggers are a pretty rockin’ group.

And my tag system… it’s a bit better. Not perfect, but I’ll keep working on it.

A good bit of my weekend was spent looking at these:

I’d never seen hot air balloons in person before, so that was awesome. The downside is, it did keep me from crossing a few things off my original list.

Still, I’m now in a better position to get things done, so I count this Bloggiesta as a definite success!

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September 19, 2014

One Weekend to A Better Blog

I’ve got my comfy pants on and a cup of warm liquid by my side. It’s time for Bloggiesta*!

Bloggiesta
I have four main goals for this weekend.

1. Interviews: I’ve got a couple of people in mind that I’d love to interview on MM, so I’ll be crafting my emails to them this weekend.

Conversely, if you’d like to interview me, send me a message through the contact form above. Let’s have some fun!

2. Comment: One of my favorite parts of blogging events is meeting other bloggers. There are over 50 people signed up for this Bloggiesta, and I’d like to visit them all.

3. Clean tags: My baby blogging self thought it would be a genius idea to tag posts with every word I could think of. I now have a completely unmanageable system that is driving. me. nuts.

4. Write a review policy: My old one is quite out of date, so I’ve decided to come up with something absolutely fresh.

Bonus: If I get all of the above done, I might spend some time tweaking my about page and sidebar. Those can never be spruced up too often.

What are your goals for the weekend? Leave me a link to your post, and I’ll be sure to come visit.

*Not familiar with Bloggiesta? It’s a weekend long event set aside with the goal to improve your blog. Click here to learn more.

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