Stitching Status: Las Vegas Edition

As you’re reading this post I’m on a flight trying to make my way back home before the big snow storm hits DC. I’ve been in Las Vegas for a week for work and all I want is to kiss my husband, snuggle my dog and sleep in my own bed. I won’t be upset if Monday is a snow day, I need the extra day of rest.
Knitting bags
One of the things I do to relax while traveling is knit. So this week while I’ve been away I’ve been working on the Cupid cardigan for my adorable little Maddie. Her first a birthday and party happened while I was away and I wanted to make her something special. I have almost an entire skein left of the Miss Babs Yowza I used on the body of my Wile One sweater and I didn’t know what to do with it…so I decided why not make a toddler a cardigan out of insanely nice yarn? Besides, it’s a gift! Hopefully over the weekend I can finish this small cardigan because I have only been able to put in a few rows each night before I’m ready to pass out at 9pm. Also, how cute is this knit stitch tote bag? I found it at Banana Republic on clearance, couldn’t resist.
Towards the end of this convention I was hurting all over. I’ve walked so many miles each day, my FitBit has been buzzing away. Luckily the shops at Caesar’s had a Lush Cosmetics so I could buy myself a bath bomb to use in my gigantic tub in the hotel. I needed to relax and this baby did the trick.
It wasn’t a bubbly bath bomb, instead this is part of the Luxury Bath Melt series and man it was luxurious. It released essential oils into my bath and gave me a fragrant softening soak. If only everyone wouldn’t keep texting me while I was trying to have a brief moment of silence and relaxation…I tried. And the other thing that made me miss home?
Checking in on my fur baby at the Pet Resort in her room on their webcam. Cher is a spoiled senior with a past we really don’t know about so finding a place that accommodates her needs and my over the top dog parenting was essential. The folks at Olde Towne Pet Resort really love animals and it shows and if for some reason my husband and I both get stuck on our west coast work trips, we’re not worried because we know she will be taken care of in our absence.

So here’s to getting home before the storm hits and snuggling with my family on the couch knitting while the snow falls. Stay warm and safe out there!


FO: A Classic Raglan

Sometimes, you have to go with simple.
I know I pick a lot of colors, I like to make bold statements and pick unusual patterns and color combos but sometimes simplicity really is the key. My cousin is absolutely adorable and has a very petite frame. I love knitting her sweaters because she loves to be bundled up and can be pretty much all year in Chicago. I told her boss that I knit her sweaters so she doesn’t quit and just hibernate all winter. For her holiday box of gifts, I decided to knit her the Ladies Classic Raglan sweater. Another gem of a pattern from Jane Richmond (speaking of, did you see her feature on Huffington Post Canada?).
I even used the Patons Classic Wool suggested for the pattern because 100% wool is so warm. I grabbed it during the black Friday sales. I was drawn to this soft pink/lavender shade and knew it would be lovely with her complexion. I was so right. Despite the balls of yarn all being in the same dye lot, you can see where I joined a new ball in the middle…I’m not too pleased about that but then only knitters will notice that change in color. And what can I really do once it’s finished? No matter what it fit her nicely, I just wish the sleeve was slightly longer but it’s a bracelet length on her which is great because I gave her a great bracelet for Christmas too.
Safia's simple sweater selfie
I do love how easily you can adapt this pattern. I could remove the waste shaping and make a men’s version for my husband (but we’ve already determined his closet is jam packed and he needs nothing else) or make it in a boyfriend version for myself. I have a lovely bright pink in Lion Brand Heartland that I think I’m going to use to make this for myself. And although I’m on the west coast for work right now, I see back home we’re preparing for a huge amount of snow the day I’m supposed to get home. As exhausted and tired as I am I’d love a snow day to knit and curl up with Cher! Plus I can wrap up in some of my knitting!

Anyone else have some classic patterns they just love? Do tell!

FO: Fidra for a Funny Lady

Selfie with EJ
On Christmas day I whipped up a hat for one of my girlfriends that was coming over the next day. I’ve known Erin since college, she was first a sports writer and then my copy editor when I was Editor-in-Chief of the Bison Yearbook back at Howard. She’s been a long time friend and one of the few people who I am willing to knit for because she gets it and appreciates it. Erin is also a comedian! I think she’s my friend who I laugh with the most, not because she’s telling me jokes but because she has the craziest sh*t happen in life. And those moments eventually do become a part of her act. She moved to NY a while ago and travels a lot doing shows and I miss seeing her on a regular basis. So when she said she’d be driving back to NY and going my way I knew I needed to whip up something for her.
Enter, Fidra, a bulky weight quick knit with just enough lace to make it interesting. As with a lot of my hat projects, I did not do a gauge swatch. I know I should but I’m usually trying to not waste that 1 ball of yarn I have left to make a hat with. I know. I know. So I went with the size 9 and 10 needles per the pattern and I’ve been holding onto the Ella Rae Chunky in my stash specifically for something for her in hot pink because I love Erin in pink. She wears a ton of black and grey and I think pink always POPS on her.
EJ wearing Fidra
Since I didn’t do a gauge swatch I think it came out slightly looser than it would have but I actually liked the little bit of slouchiness to it. Erin didn’t want a pom pom added on top and when she was wearing it in my kitchen she said she was starting to get a little warm – so we know it will be nice and toasty for those on again off again wintery days we’re having on the east coast. Next I think I need to whip one up for myself on the weekend in black and white for a new coat I bought before Christmas. I mean, I initially learned to knit just to make hats so clearly I need to knit myself one!

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