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And That's A Wrap...

Good Morning Everyone!

We survived January!!! No small feat, it's one of the dreariest months, I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen the sun. That said, it wasn't exactly brutally cold and blustery, just gray and rather blah which made knitting my Pressed Flowers Cardigan extra fun. I love watching the flowers take shape and change color, as many of you know, I was able to experience a big chunk of it twice! Last week I was sweating bullets after receiving Andra's text warning me about the shaping of the front and knitting in the wilderness trying to match up the flower grid. I can say with confidence that I successfully divided the fronts from the back (LOVE THOSE PURL STRINGS), finished the right front without incident and am cruising up the back. Andra is simply crushing me, as of yesterday she was seaming the shoulders, it's probably finished now. It's hardly a competition, especially if I'm not winning....

There was a nice turnout this past Saturday for KAL, my birthday celebration continued with flowers and a balloon from Leslie, THANK-YOU!! I'm really excited that there are seven of us starting the Drawing Sweater. Robin had hers cast on already and was making progress, the rest of us were working on other projects. I was hoping to cast it on, but it uses a tubular cast on which is Greek to me, requiring too much focus and as you all know, I like to talk. I did spend some time trying to find a good video that would hold my hand and help me through the process. For those of you still trying to figure out the cast on, Andrea Mowry has an awesome one. It is exactly the same technique that the pattern shows pictured but she talks you through it and has a cute little saying you can repeat. I did get into the rhythm of it, but I'm going to practice it a bit more because, practice makes perfect, right??? It's not too late to join the KAL if you're interested, the more the merrier!

Can we talk about the Sophie Scarf for a hot minute? HOLY COW, I cannot believe how popular this project is!! I posted the video last week and I'm excited to say that there's as much interest in that scarf as the Odila Pullover I was wearing, YAY! Some of the simplest designs seem to deliver the biggest punch, both of these projects fall into this category. I couldn't get over just how cute the Sophie Scarf looked with the Odila. I'm usually not one for wearing an onslaught of knitted things together. I err on the side of caution not wanting to look like one of those women who decide to wear everything they've ever knit all at once, but both pieces are so understated that they compliment each other perfectly. With the Arctic Blast heading our way, you may feel the need to get these onto your needles so you'll be ready. The Sophie Scarf takes no time at all and the Odila can be done in a matter of days if you're diligent.

I finally received my shipment of Pom Poms from Life's Little Things along with Pom Pom makers. I found the perfect Pom Pom for my Pressed Flowers Hat, and I mean perfect. I wasn't even sure I wanted one for the top, but when I saw it, KISMET...I did see that Savory Knitting is releasing a Pressed Flowers Cowl. This is another project that hasn't lost momentum since she published the shawl pattern a few years ago. I have yarn stashed to knit the shawl, I bought it at Fiber Space in Alexandria, VA while touring colleges with Addie in DC. If you haven't tried mosaic knitting, or even if you have, it's such a fun pattern to knit and easy to memorize. I don't need to look at the chart and thankfully figured out that the stitch markers were a nuisance. Before I forget, Peggy dropped off a brand new SPRING/SUMMER shop sample called Culet, it's knit with Berroco's Spree and is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! It will be going to Vero Beach with me in March along with a few of my other most favorite summer tops. The thought of Florida excites me, 41 days until my toes hit the sand. I haven't been on a warm beach vacation since Spring Break 1987, I'm long overdue....

We will be meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, from 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!


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