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February, 2015

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!



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!


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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WIP Teaser Pics

I sent out a bunch of submission ideas to a bunch of calls for submissions around the internet when the year started, and ALL of them were accepted. Which is awesome! But that also means I’m buried in top secret WIPs.





I’m also slowing working on a modified Cafe au Lait for the Holla Knits Knit Along.

Cafe au Lait back!

Cafe au Lait back!

I’m using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Dove Heather for a super airy, light summer cardigan. I’m making it MUCH shorter than the original knee length cardigan, so it’s knitting up pretty quickly for the tiny amount of time I’ve spent on it. Instead of 12 pattern repeats for the body of the back, I’m doing 7. Right now it looks like a tiny shriveled child’s sweater so we’ll see!

Once I get those mystery WIPs off the needles I’ve got two more lined up behind them. Knitting! Whew!


Project Bags Now Available!

A couple weeks ago I held a vote for your favorite project bag. We screen printed the top 4 vote getters and today we’ve got them for you to snag!

We’ve got two different categories for the bags – perfect print, which is exactly what it sounds like! These are screen printed bags that turned out perfectly! These bags are $18. Also available are the First Pancake prints. They’re not perfect but they’re still pancakes so they’re still pretty great! These bags are $14. And remember! $4 of each bag sale goes back to WORK+SHELTER. Shipping is $5 and added at checkout.


Sweater Unraveling - Perfect Print!

Sweater Unraveling in black – Perfect Print!

Yarn Print - Black, Perfect Print!

Yarn Print – Black, Perfect Print!

Yarn Print - Green! - Perfect Print!

Yarn Print – Green! – Perfect Print!

Yarn Print - Teal - Perfect Print!

Yarn Print – Teal – Perfect Print!

Yarn Cloud - Teal! Perfect Print

Yarn Cloud – Teal! Perfect Print

Yarn Cloud - Black - Perfect Print!

Yarn Cloud – Black – Perfect Print!

Yarn Ball Print - Black - Perfect Print!

Yarn Ball Print – Black – Perfect Print!

Yarn Ball Print - Teal! Perfect Print

Yarn Ball Print – Teal! Perfect Print


Yarn Print - Teal! First Pancake

Yarn Print – Teal! First Pancake

Sweater Unraveling - First Pancake!

Sweater Unraveling – First Pancake!

Yarn Cloud - Teal - First Pancake

Yarn Cloud – Teal – First Pancake

Yarn Cloud! First Pancake

Yarn Cloud! First Pancake

Yarn Ball - Teal - First Pancake

Yarn Ball – Teal – First Pancake

Yarn Ball Print - Black  - First Pancake

Yarn Ball Print – Black – First Pancake

Take a look at all the bag options here.

Each bag is made by hand so exact measurements vary bag to bag, but are about 15″ deep and 16″ wide, with 10″ handles and with a reenforced 4″ bottom panel.

Each bag was screen printed by hand, so each bag is a little different! These Perfect Print bags are all clearly printed with no wonky ink areas and are placed perfectly on the bag, though your bag might not look exactly like the bag pictured.

Shipping is $5 and added at checkout. If you’re not in the United States shoot me an email at and I’ll invoice you the difference once your bag ships.

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