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Florida Bound

Shane and I are headed to Florida tomorrow morning. I’m not super excited about Florida, but I am excited that sun shines warmth there, as opposed to in Chicago where it’s still STILL still a frozen godless tundra.

Shane has a lot of family living in Florida that I’ve never met, so we’ll be hanging with family, enjoying the sunshine, AND I’ll get to do something I’ve always wanted to do!

Spring Training!

Spring Training!

Before heading back to Chicago on Tuesday, we’re catching a Tigers spring training game! Pretty cool right? There might be tears? I’ll have Shane take pics. I’M SO EXCITED!

Also, you know, sun and warmth. But BASEBALL!

Have all this snow gone by the time I get back ok guys?!

A Little Stitching Progress!

I got a big project off my plate on Sunday, so I was able to make a little progress on my Pretty Little Chicago!

Pretty Little Chicago

Pretty Little Chicago

I shared progress a couple weeks ago, but had to leave it along while I worked on knitting (lame). I was able to stitch a little bit on it this weekend and I was so happy to pick it up again!

Pretty Little Barcelona

Pretty Little Barcelona

Pretty Little Italy

Pretty Little Italy

I’m already dreaming about my next project! Shane and I are talking about our next Europe trip and have our sights set on hitting Barcelona while we’re in Spain again and jetting over to Italy, too! HOW EXCITING that there are Pretty Littles for both of those locations!

Project Bag Embroidery Embellishment Tutorial

Project Bag Embroidery Embellishment Tutorial

I’m also working on a tutorial for embroidering on our project bags! I’ve been using a project bag that was unfit to sell – not even a First Pancake title would make this bag work. BUT I pulled out my embroidery floss and went to town. It turned out fantastically! Look for the tutorial next week.

Super Vague Cross Stitch and Embroidery WIPs

Between scrambling to knit a bunch of new designs I’m scrambling to stitch up a bunch of designs, too!

Beginner Embroidery - Cupcake University

Beginner Embroidery – Cupcake University

Not this, though. I’m teaching beginner embroidery tonight and here I’m prepping the fabric for my students. It’s cute and fun!

Messy Desk

Messy Desk

Even though Red Letter Day Stitches failed, I still love cross stitch and embroidery, and I want to design in both of these mediums. Also sweaters! Just a little sweater design math under that cross stitch WIP.

Out and About Cross Stitch

Out and About Cross Stitch

I’ve got a lot of challenging projects on the needles right now so I’ve been taking my cross stitch with me out, which is great! except that you really need to LOOK AT IT when you are working. With knitting you can generally knit a lot without really looking at your work, which is great for socializing. Cross stitch? Not so much. Sorry coffee companions. I really am listening to you!

Embroidery!

Embroidery!

And a little something you haven’t seen around too much lately – embroidery! I’m working up a little something something for an upcoming sub call.

The snow is coming down here in Chicago and the temperatures are hovering right around 0. It’s more like January than nearly March and I’m itching for some sun and warmth. Luckily I let Shane talk me into going to Florida next week so despite it being, you know, Florida, I’m excited to actually feel a little warmth from the sun. I’ve got a TON of projects to finish up before we leave next Friday so I’ll just be stitching my fingers to the bone from now until then. I can do it! Stay warm everyone!

Hyde Park Legwarmers Relaunch – Now with Boot Cuffs!

I gave my Hyde Park Legwarmers pattern a little upgrade! Originally released in 2010, this adorable legwarmers pattern now has a boot cuff modification and, you know, much better instructions.

Hyde Park Legwarmers

Hyde Park Legwarmers

Hyde Park Boot Cuffs!

Hyde Park Boot Cuffs!

Ravery Pattern Page ~ buy now

A bold but surprisingly simple stained glass stitch created by using fingering weight variegated yarn and garter stitch worsted weight rounds make these legwarmers and boot cuffs a super fun way to dress up your legs. Whether you stick half of them in your favorite pair of boots or throw them over your leggings for a little extra warmth, you’ll instantly add color and style to any outfit.

Finished Measurements Length: Legwarmers are 15″ and boot cuffs are 8”. Width: 12 (13 1/4, 14 1/2)” through the body. Both legwarmers and boot cuffs shown in size small.

Cute and Cozy!

Cute and Cozy!

MATERIALS

Yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (MC), 100% wool; 110yds/50g: 2 (2, 3) skeins for legwarmers shown in Hyacinth. 1 (2, 2) skein(s) for boot cuffs shown in Cobblestone Heather.

Knit Picks Hawthorn (CC), 80% wool, 20% nylon (polyamide); 357yds/100g: 1 (1, 1) skein for legwarmers shown in Montavilla. 1 (1, 1) skein for boot cuffs shown in Concordia.

Shorter Instructions for Adorable Boot Cuff Version!

Shorter Instructions for Adorable Boot Cuff Version!

Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16”circ and/or DPNs. For sizes S and M you’ll need a set of DPNs for the cuffs.  Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Stitch marker (M).

Gauge With MC, 28 sts x 26 rows = 4” in k1 p1 rib.

Notes While working the stained glass stitch, keep the yarn you aren’t knitting with attached so you have fewer ends to weave in. Make sure you bind off loosely so you won’t have problems slipping your legwarmer or boot cuff over your legs!

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WIP: Pretty Little Chicago

It as been pretty well documented that I love Satsuma Street (see Pretty Little Paris, Pretty Little Amsterdam, and my little ornaments!), so I was pretty over the moon when she released Pretty Little Chicago, my adopted hometown, a couple weeks ago!

Pretty Little Chicago!

Pretty Little Chicago!

At this moment it’s freaking 7 degrees and the city is ice and snow covered. I can’t wait until it looks like this again! I just LOVE those oranges, and the windy cloud elements! So cute.

Let's Do This!

Let’s Do This!

I already had 11 of the 25 or so colors Jody requires for the pattern so I was able to get started right away, before a trip to JoAnn for more floss.

I decided to make this my Sunday project, while I can. I’m busy knitting on a bunch of projects right now, but things are manageable so I wanted to have a project and some time all to myself, to rest my tendons do a hobby project.

Week 1 Progress!

Week 1 Progress!

I was so excited to get started last Sunday that I worked my butt off on Saturday so I could literally do NOTHING but work on this! I probably stitched for 14 hours. It was glorious!

Week 2 Progress!

Week 2 Progress!

I did the same for last Sunday. I wanted to take a picture while I was still light out, so I’ve got a little bit more progress than what is pictured here. I stitched for probably 12 hours on Sunday, too! I’m a little obsessed. It’s just so addicting! I have actual THINGS to do on Sunday (LAME) so I won’t have as much stitching time, but I’m still so looking forward to stitching more.

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