It’s truly amazing how fast time flies when you are busy busy busy. I can’t believe my last blog post was nearly an entire month ago… Oops haha. This will probably be a long post since I have so much to catch you all up on 🙂
This didn’t happen in the last month, but in early March I had the opportunity to attend Vogue Knitting Live Chicago downtown. I have never been to VKL before until now. My Fibreshare partner and I decided to meet up at VKL and explore together. Oh my goodness it was so much fun! I didn’t buy much, but I love all the purchases I did buy. The first thing I bought was a beautiful handmade basket, I was surprised how inexpensive it was for how well made it was. The next purchases I made were skeins of alpaca blends from an alpaca farm. I decided on three skeins of a cream fingering/sport weight for a hat. I also bought four skeins of a DK weight chocolate brown alpaca blend for a shawl. I was hoping to find a cardigan or sweater pattern for the chocolate brown DK yarn, but I was unable to find anything I liked, so I decided to buy it anyways and figure out a pattern later. After shopping and exploring, my Fibreshare partner and I went out to lunch and oh my goodness was it delicious! She also generously gifted me a beautiful skein of Leading Men Fiber Arts as a thank you for sending her such a wonderful Fibreshare package.
I had many devastating life events which happened in March and April, so I was glad to have a test knit to distract me. I began a test knit for the Growing Lillies shawl by Jennifer Peck of Webster Street Knittery. It is a fingering weight yarn held together with a mohair and silk laceweight yarn throughout the shawl. I decided to knit the large size of the shawl and I used approximately 643 yards of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and 631 yards of Rowan Kidsilk Haze. The shawl has a beautiful lace pattern which is easy for beginner lace knitters. The lace pattern was easy to memorize and easy to read if mistakes happened. I had never knit with mohair before this test knit, and oh my goodness I am so glad I tried it! Mohair blends with the fibers in the other yarn and creates a squishy and soft fabric!
In Mid-April, I needed a distraction, so my sister suggested I come to New York City for the weekend to visit. We were able to relax most of the weekend and ate delicious foods. We also went to a Rent The Runway sample sale where my sister found two gorgeous evening gowns at a discounted rate. We went to Eataly for a “snack” of cannoli and cream puffs. Later in the weekend we ate at a small italian restaurant, where I had the most delicious chicken and asparagus with a potato puree (aka. mashed potatoes). I am so grateful to my sister for helping me with the distraction of getting away for the weekend.
The next weekend, my parents came down to visit to bring Midnight back since they watched her while I was in New York. On Saturday night, I was so bored that not even knitting or reading could entertain me. The week before I found a recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls so my Dad walked with me to Target to get supplies. My Dad, cut and I made the dough on Saturday night then allowed it to rest. Sunday morning we made the filling and filled the dough, cut the rolls, allowed the cinnamon rolls to rest once more before baking and icing. Overall the cinnamon rolls were so yummy and very, very rich. The recipe is definitely a keeper.
On Sunday, I suggested we go to Eataly in Chicago since everything at the Eataly in New York looked so delicious. My Mom and I had the most mouth watering pasta and my Dad had a delicious pizza. Then we got gelato and cannolis for dessert.
Finally, because of circumstances out of my control, I will not be graduating in July like I originally planned. I need to complete another year with another internship to be able to graduate with my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Because of these changes, I ended my internship on Wednesday instead of the end of June like I originally planned. I will begin a summer class the second week of May and work to find an internship for the upcoming school year.
During the last month, I have done a lot of knitting. Along with my test knit, I have been knitting on my Zweig and Sunset Highway sweaters by Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks. I also am joining on on the Legacy Fiber Artz Fancy Feet KAL and knitting Times Square Socks by Mina Phillips out of Legacy Fiber Artz Jumpin Jellyfish colorway on their cozy toes base. I have primarily been knitting the sock during my commute, and I am proud to say that I finished the heel on the first sock two days ago. The pattern is an easy cabled design where the knitter doesn’t even need a cable needle! Super fun and super quick!
I also have a dear friend from college who has twin girls due in July. I knit a baby blanket for her first child, so only seemed right to knit baby blankets for her twins. The mom asked for one purple and one pink baby blanket. I will be using the Wild Iris Baby Blanket pattern from Ravelry.
I have decided to revisit my #MakeNine2018 projects because it has been a few months since the start of 2018. My new 2018 Make Nine projects are below 😊
1. Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli
2. Nor’Easter by Thea Coleman
3. Sizzle Pop by Lesley Anne Robinson
4. Watershed by Bristol Ivy
5. Quadri by Michelle Wang
6. Birkin by Caitlin Hunter
7. Wild Cherries by Janina Kallio
8. Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
9. Love Ewe Baby by Susanne Sommers
My brioche KAL is still going strong over in my Ravelry group. I just pulled the April giveaway prize for the KAL. So many people are knitting beautiful brioche projects. The KAL ends at the end of May, when I will be drawing names for Finished Object prizes. We have so many beautiful prizes from wonderful indie businesses. It isn’t too late to join if brioche is one of your knitting goals for 2018!