Stitching Status: Weekend Update

Happy Monday! Sometimes I sit down to write and realize I don’t take as many pictures as I probably should for someone who blogs. I try my best a lot of times to just be present and enjoy what’s happening and that means not pulling out my phone or a camera. For example, I met a frequent commenter and now friend, Claudia from Proper Tension on Friday! She was in DC for a conference so we met on Friday after I got off of work for burgers in Capitol Hill. It’s always great to meet up with someone you feel like you know because of their online presence and it’s even better when they’re just as great as you had hoped. And since I don’t have a picture with Claudia, here’s one of Jellybean…
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and the ball of yarn I worked with this weekend. I pulled out a lovely ball of Pumpkin colored Caron Smiply Soft to work up a little cardigan for my friend Larry and his wife who are having a baby very soon! I whipped up this hat for Larry a few years ago as a thank you and I thought his son might look good in orange too.
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And at the last minute last night I said, why not whip up a pair of socks to match? Clearly we’re not getting a serious winter here so I made the sweater short sleeved for spring and instead of a hat decided on the Little Squirrel socks by TinCan Knits. I figured he may get more wear out of the sock in the spring than a hat. And one little sock only took me an hour and a half to whip up (they’re worsted weight and newborn size). I can finish the second sock tonight, wash and dry them with the sweater and then put on buttons. It’s the sweetest gift and I know he and his wife will love it.
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Also the sweetest, my girlfriend has taken up sewing and made my dogs bandannas! Cher is serious about her modeling. LOL
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I immediately put them on after I opened the mail and the only way to make the girls stay still is to put them on a high table. And of course, Jellybean almost attempted to jump off. Sigh…she believes she’s part flying squirrel. I swear.
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And my last fun tidbit from the weekend, I wore my pair of knit print leggings I picked up from Sweet Legs! I know people rave about Lula Roe leggings and I bought one pair but I hate the process and didn’t love them that much. So when I saw someone on Instagram wearing these leggings I went to the site and decided to give them a try. They’re great quality, decent price and they shipped to me super quick! They’re a winner in my book. I may order more prints for my weekend wear. So that’s what sums up my weekend, how was yours?

Stitching Status: Surviving the First 100

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Despite living in Maryland I did not attend the Women’s March the other weekend. And surprisingly to many, I did not knit a single pink hat (although my Mom asked me to knit her one after the march and I intend to do that). In all honesty, living and working this close to the White House (when I step outside my office I have a bird’s eye view of the White House) is exhausting and this last week has been a doozy to say the least. So when I can’t handle it all I retreat and when I retreat I knit.
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I’ve honestly felt like Jellybean here, wanting to bury my head in knitting. Wanting to turn off the news for a bit and just forget about everything that’s scaring me right now. It’s overwhelming and it’s only been a week! It’s probably why I’m on my 4th sweater of the month.
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I’m knitting instead of marching. I’m checking in on friends affected by the latest executive orders. I’m donating to all the causes I believe in because if I don’t protest the least I can do is donate. I’m doing what I can without losing my  mind. I’m trying not to be overwhelmed. So I hope you are doing the same too.

I’ll still be here, sharing in this space, trying to hold on to the good parts of life even when it feels like there’s a lot of bad taking over.

Stitching Status: Never Enough Time

I’ve had a hectic few days and instead I thought I’d have a long week of knitting solitude to get my mom’s sweater finished. Ugh. Instead I’ve been back and forth to the vet with little Jellybean trying to figure out why she is constantly dragging her butt. It’s always hard to figure out the problem when you’ve only had a dog for a few months and don’t know their normal behavior as well. I went through the same thing after we got Cher and cleared it all up but it just takes time. Add to the fact that my husband was on travel for a week so I had to scramble to get to vet visits, get work finished, walk the dogs and then feed them and myself! By the time I did get to sit down I was simply too tired to knit. Fortunately, I’m just a few rows from finishing the front and back pieces of this sweater. Next is the sleeves and then the hard part – joining with the contrasting color yarn. I’m nervous and excited at the same time to finish it. I really think my Mom is going to love it. My goal is to have it all wrapped up by Sunday/Monday. Keep your fingers crossed please.
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I also haven’t taken photos of most of my little knits I just finished. I’m slacking all around. But here’s a picture of Cher in a NY Giants hat for the polar vortex coming our way. This is a small and it fits her perfectly…Jelly’s hat is just a little on the big side but will do because when the wind blows it blows her and she needs an extra layer of protection. Things I thought I’d never discuss with my husband: needing to buy a chihuahua a snow suit. That also happened this weekend.

So I haven’t been as productive as I had hoped. Have you been? Or is the holiday crunch getting to you to?