The Quarter Stitch & Other Fun

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Two things I wanted to share from my vacation. First, the awesome project bag my girlfriend sewed for me and second is the yarn shop I visited in New Orleans.
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When Salina saw my Field Bag in the spring she told me that she could sew up the same thing for me but with any modifications I wanted and in patterns. I like my Field Bag and use it a lot but don’t love the side handle or the drawstring. So I asked her for handles and a snap closure instead. It has interior pockets too and it’s a a great size to tote my projects around in. It’s really good to have crafty friends, am I right? She said she had another version she was working on before she left but just ran out of time and I can’t wait to see what she came up with. I love having options because I’m not a monogamous knitter but I feel like this will be the bag I use the most for my knitting on the go.
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And while we were in New Orleans I wanted to go back to a yarn shop I visited for the first time 4 years ago. I was still fairly new to knitting when I visited the Quarter Stitch in the French Quarter. It was down the street at the time from the hotel we were staying in and my husband had just shown me a cable knit scarf he’d like for Christmas. So when he and my Dad left to explore the city I ran down the street to check out the yarn shop and see if I could find good yarn for a scarf and I did. It’s a small and cozy little shop and the staffers are always super friendly (I ended up friending one on Ravelry after we shared our love of rainbows) and this time I walked out with 2 awesome skeins.
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For the next hat I intend on knitting myself I picked up a skein of Malabrigo worsted in Apple Green because I want a vividly bright hat to keep me warm. And I was sucked into this awesome tie dye looking yarn, Manos Alegria in Candombe.
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I know I’m not a sock knitter but I picked up this awesome sneakers with cutouts and all I could think is that I needed awesome socks to wear with them in the fall. That’s it for my NOLA bits. This weekend I’ve got tickets with the family to see the National Museum of African American History and Culture. I’m super excited. What do you have on tap for the weekend?

A Little Knitting & Lots of Vacationing

Sorry for the silence this week, I went on vacation!
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Thursday we met up with our friends who we seem to vacation with every year now in New Orleans. It was their first time and our bajillionth time and we had a blast. I was talking to my Mom about the trip last night and she said, “when have we ever had a bad time in New Orleans?” And she’s right, it’s just a great city. The food is fantastic, the city is full of life and color and they have beignets.
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Even with intermittent rain it was a great trip and a perfect break that we needed. We also tried something we haven’t had in all our trips to New Orleans a Hansen’s Sno-bliz. It’s a snoball taken to another level.
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I had their special of the day, a snoball with lemon cream syrup, a dollop of lemon curd and roasted marshmallow on top. They won me over with one spoonful. We walked all over the city and we needed to in order to burn off everything we ate! I didn’t take a lot of pictures and that’s really a sign of how much I was just enjoying myself being with friends. And whenever I see my girlfriend Salina we exchange crafty gifts. She sews like I knit so I knit her a hat (more on that later) and she made collars for the dogs!
Hand sewn collars from Salina
The flowers and boys are detachable as well. Um…now I have to knit them sweaters to coordinate with their collars! Can’t you just seem them in hot pink sweaters?!
Hand sewn collars from Salina
I feel like Jellybean is giving you that look. She’s made to model. And this collar deserves a neon coral sweater for fall.
Hand sewn collars from Salina
I told Salina we’d have an awesome Etsy shop offering collars and coordinating sweaters. If only we could afford to quit our day jobs and craft all the time! I knit a little bit more on my Flaum cardigan while I was away but really just a row or two here and there. That fisherman’s rib is tedious so this sweater might take me some time but I’m making great progress. And I’ll be back to the knitting talk on Friday.

Stitching Status: Looking Forward to Fall

Despite it being 93 degrees on Wednesday, it’s getting cooler in the evenings when I take the dogs out for their last walk of the day. I know fall is just around the corner and because I knit sweaters I look forward to it more now. I’m currently working on the Flaum cardigan for myself.

Flaum cardigan via Ravelry
Flaum cardigan via Ravelry

I’ve had the Cascade 220 Superwash in Doeskin Heather for entirely too long in my stash and I’m finally putting it to good use. I need a cardigan I can throw on as a neutral with any and everything and I’m hoping this is that cardigan. When I scrolled through the project pages I realized everyone else felt the same way about this cardigan because there are so many neutral colors!
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I wear a lot of color and I’ve got some plans for great two color cardigans and sweaters to add to my wardrobe but sometimes you just need a staple that you can wear with anything. It’s all done in a ribbing pattern so I feel like it’s smaller than it should be but I have to keep reminding myself that it will stretch out once I block it. I have to stop worrying and just trust my knitting.
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I’m also itching to knit myself a few new hats this year. I took a break from hat knitting last year but need to pick it back up at least for myself. This is the beginnings of a hat for a girlfriend I’m going to see this weekend. I had a gorgeous skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted that I used to make her a super soft and slouchy hat. I can’t wait to give it to her. Plus I finally got my Hillary Clinton patches in the mail and I fully intend on knitting myself a hat and putting on an H patch to show my support! I’m ready for fall, I’m ready for the cool down. Bring it Mother Nature!