FO: Small Things

It feels like when I went on vacation the seasons decided to shift and it has been fall since I returned. It has been insanely dreary and grey outside and my office is freezing! It’s time to pull my cardigans out of storage in the basement (I pack them away in bins with lavender scented cedar wood blocks – smells heavenly when you open up the bin). And I need to get back into high gear and finish off my Flaum cardigan that I put on the back burner for just a short bit. I did realize that I had lots of little things to share that I’ve finished lately.
Salina's hat
I mentioned I made my girlfriend Salina a hat and brought it with me to New Orleans. I whipped up the Dreiecke hat in a stashed skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Spectrum. She loves blues, purples and greens and I thought this was the perfect single skein to make a slouchy hat for her. The yarn is super dreamy, it’s a blend of wool, cashmere and silk so it’s light but still has warmth. I love this hat pattern and intend on making it in a solid color for myself so you can actually see the triangle pattern on it.
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I also whipped up some custom hoodies for the dogs. Over the summer I bought a Silhouette Cameo 2 (the link is to the 3 – the new wireless bluetooth version), a DIY cutting machine that does a lot. I’ve also had an old school t shirt press for at least 10 years. So when the plain hoodies arrived I decided they needed a little embellishment and in about 20 minutes my idea was a reality. My husband of course thinks I’m silly and over the top but I like to give each dog their own signature color. It makes it easier to identify what belongs to which dog and my husband won’t attempt to put an XS on Cher when it’s meant for Jelly’s tiny butt.
Jaxon in his sweater
And an even cuter tiny thing to share – my girlfriend sent me a picture of her son Jaxon in the Cowboys themed sweater I knit him. When you’re knitting something for a baby before it has been born you marvel at how small it is and question if it could really fit someone and then it does! My favorite thing about giving a knit away is getting back a picture of someone wearing it. Fills me up with such joy.

Friday is my GRE day so cross your fingers for me and wish me luck, please! It’s step one in my quest to be a PhD student!!

So Black, So Proud, So American

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I was fortunate to get a chance to go to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sunday. It was beautiful and moving and sad all at once.

I say sad because it reminds me how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. I am an American and I realize that there are many people that don’t see me as that. They see me as just a black person and that puts me in a different category. I’ve been struggling a lot with this thought and so many others lately. I am genuinely fearful that my husband will be shot by a police officer. He is a college educated engineer who works for the federal government – a professional. But could someone look at him and think he looks like a “bad dude” and shoot him too?

Even in the midst of a celebration like this museum there is sadness. I watched the dedication ceremony open with the singing of the National Anthem and the closing of the Negro National Anthem and I thought of all the athletes taking a knee and the people angry at their right as Americans to protest. I just don’t understand how we seem to be moving to a world where if we don’t all conform to the same thing we aren’t true Americans. Isn’t that what being an American is all about? Having a choice? Being able to choose who we love? If we want to protest?

All I know is I’m black, I’m proud and I’m an American.

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?