Stitching Status: Cheers to the Weekend

April always seems to be such a chaotic month. My semester will be over soon and as much as I love teaching I’m always exhausted by the end of a semester. Balancing my full time job and teaching a college course is time consuming to say the least but I think I gave my students a good semester. And once school is over I can look forward to a late spring vacation. HOORAY! I’m already thinking about what I want to make myself and I’m itching to get some spring/summer knitting done for myself but want to finish a few projects for others in the meantime. So what have I been up to lately?
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I was able to finish not one but two hats for Travis before he left for NY. We had a goodbye sit down family dinner last night and I made him his favorite, oatmeal raisin cookies with golden raisins. Such a specific request but it made him so happy when I told him what I was about to pop in the oven. I’m going to miss him but he reminded me that NY is just a bus ride away. I’m actually hoping to knit two more of this hat (1 for myself and 1 for another guest lecturer before he heads to London on vacation) and I’ll do a full post hopefully on all the hats next week.
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In shopping news…I love a good pair of clogs and finally got to wear my insanely bright neon pink Sven clogs this week. This has made me more happy than any shoe probably has in a long time. If you like clogs and you like neon colors you may want to check out their closeout section for some awesome deals. They also have some non-neon options on closeout at great prices too but I’m always interested in the insanely colorful things in life. This is my second pair of Sven clogs, the others are a metallic silver pair I still love and have had for about 5 years.
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And I got a haircut! I have a love hate relationship with my hair sometimes and when I’m in a rut I end up with a boring layered bob. I didn’t want boring hair anymore so I gave my stylists a few notes on what I wanted in a hairstyle (short, low maintenance and fun) and just let her do her thing. She’s been our family stylist for almost 20 years so she knows my hair and what to do and I think when I give her creative freedom over my hair she does her best work. I think it’s fun and a great update and goes well with the new funky glasses. Also yes, this is the second time this week I’ve worn my Little Women cardigan and I have a feeling I’ll have it on for Easter dinner on Sunday with the family too. It’s just so soft, I love this thing.
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And to round out this week here’s a little video of Cher and Jellybean on our after work walk. I love how Jellybean hops like a little bunny and Cher always seems to serious on walks. These two make every day awesome in my book. Have a great weekend and happy Easter if you’re celebrating the holiday!

When a Hat Isn’t Just a Hat

I never blogged about this hat last year. I counted it in my 2016 round-up and mentioned it in my March 2016 FO Monthly Round-up.
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I didn’t think of it as a major FO but it was made for my ‘little brother’ Travis because he has repeatedly been a guest lecturer for my class. Ten years ago Travis was my graduate assistant when I worked at American University. I left higher ed for a new job in the association world a few months into him working for me but he told me that I was going to be his big sister and I couldn’t get rid of him. Many Thanksgivings together, dinners, happy hours and guest lectures later Travis has solidified himself as a member of my family. He’s the little brother I never knew I needed but love so dearly. So the thing about the hat…he kind of loves it.
Travis and his hat
Every time I see him on Instagram he’s wearing the hat and you guys know whenever someone wears something you make it makes your heart feel good. When I asked him what kind of hat he’d like he sent me a picture of a slouchy ribbed beanie and asked for in a deep red/burgundy shade. I chose the Graham hat pattern (it’s a free one) and used the Mighty Stitch Worsted in Pomegranate so he could wash and dry it without any issue. In January I got a text ‘Can I get this same hat but in black and in gray?‘ Seeing as how he’s my little brother and I ask so much of him and he asks so little of me I said sure, ordered 2 more balls of yarn but just never got the chance to put them on my needles. And then last month he told me he’s moving to NYC for his dream job.
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I quickly picked up the yarn and said I’ve got to get moving. I’m halfway through his gray one. I’m cooking him one last meal on Thursday and I hope to finish it and maybe even a black version too. And every time I pick this hat up I get a wave of sadness at the thought of not meeting him for dinner on a random Tuesday because it’s gorgeous out and we were in his neighborhood. I realize more and more how much knitting is a labor of love for me. I put myself in each stitch. I try to make things with purpose, that I’ve thought of all the details to make sure this knit thing will fit into someone’s life and when they wear it they will think of me. So even though I won’t see Travis as often, I know I’ll still see a little bit of me in his Instagram feed whenever it’s a bit chilly and he needs a hat. It’s kind of like his big sister will always be there to protect him because isn’t that what big sisters are for?

So a hat isn’t always a hat. Sometimes it’s a lot of love. Have a great weekend.

Best Nine of 2016, Part II

Okay, I shared my bottom three. Here’s what made it to the middle.
Jess in her Agnes sweater
6. Agnes for Jess
Jess is my best friend and former college roomate. We jokingly call each other sisterwives because we’re just that close. She’s also one of the few people I willingly knit sweaters for (even though she knows how to crochet) and she typically likes to make requests…and sometimes demands. LOL I decided for her birthday this year to make her a cotton sweater and my love of the Agnes pullover began. A quick knit with cute pockets – how can I not love this? And the possibilities for color combs are endless. Don’t worry, you may see more of these in 2017.
Rosie and Edie
5. Baby & Dog Sweater Set
I knew this sweater set was cut when I made it but I didn’t know how cute it would be until I saw it on the baby and dog. Cuteness overload and a happy Mom. I don’t know if I could ask for more in a project.
Super fan
4. Giants Hat
So this is special because when my husband asks me to make him something he is very specific. And when we were in the store and he told me to take a picture of the hat so I could remember and recreate it I couldn’t stop laughing. I was super proud of myself because I duplicated it to perfection and my husband was delighted. He’s going to the Giants v. Redskins game on New Year’s Day and this hat will be on his head the entire time. Winning!

Okay, my top three projects of the year I’ll share on Friday. What do you think is my absolute favorite project from this year?