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Let’s Catch Up!

Things have been a little crazy over here for the past month! I’m sure you noticed since posts have been scarce. 2 trips and a Holla Knits collection launch and I’ve been MIA!

Unless you’re on instagram. I’ve been instagramming everything like crazy! Check it out.

High Seas Collection!

High Seas Collection!

Check out the new mini collection from Holla Knits – High Seas!

Wish We Were There Right Now!

Wish We Were There Right Now!

Blue Lagoon!

Blue Lagoon!

Shane and I went on a little vacation to Iceland about a month ago and it was glorious! Iceland is SO fun, it’s really no wonder everyone is going there now. We had the best time.

Wedding Fun

Wedding Fun

Wilmington Beach!

Wilmington Beach!

Two weeks later we were off to Wilmington North Carolina for a wedding and we made a really nice long weekend of it, made even longer by some issues traveling back, but we soaked up enough sun to make it worth it!

Umm Cold

Umm Cold

Lily + Scott

Lily + Scott

This past weekend Laura and I went up to Minneapolis for Lily’s wedding and it was NOT beach weather. Not at all. But we had a great time in Minneapolis of course! I love it there.

SO! All this travel and Holla Knits stuff has lead to some quiet times over here. I’m back now and have tons to share so stay tuned!

The Minneapolis Farmers Market

One of my favorite things about living in Minneapolis is a weekly trip to the Minneapolis Farmers Market. It’s less than a mile from our apartment, so every Sunday morning we stroll over to get breakfast and our fruit and vegetables for the week.

Minneapolis Farmers Market

My heaven will be this market! Iced coffee, mini donuts, regular donuts, fish tacos, breakfast burritos, cinnamon buns as big as your head, and all the fresh produce you could ever want. It’s rows and rows of vendors from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin, and everyone working and shopping wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.

Minneapolis Farmers Market Flowers

Rows of Produce Booths

Working on a Breakfast Burrito

Being so close to farmland while being in a city is a bonus I’m not used to. You have to drive for hours to get to farmland from downtown Chicago, making it hard to find affordable produce in the city. So Minneapolis? Strike one in the pro column.

Spain, Here We Come!

It’s not like I’ve been talking about it constantly for the past month or anything, but TODAY PT and I are off to SPAIN! SPAIN! hehehe

First up? A Megabus trip from Minneapolis to Chicago, where flights to Spain were much cheaper. We’ll be hanging out with Chicago friends for the evening then leaving for Spain from Ohare tomorrow afternoon. We’ll be spending two nights in Madrid before traveling north to spend next week with my friend Kirsten, who is spending the entire winter in Spain.

Next Friday we’re headed back to Chicago. And from there I’m headed to Michigan for a week with my family before heading back to Minneapolis on the 8th.

Got all that? Me either. All I know is that is a LOT of traveling! Like 50 hours of traveling over the course of 15 days means a ton of knitting time. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe it!

So I’ll be pretty MIA until March 9th. I’ve got blog posts scheduled, and I’ll be keeping up with the KAL instructions, and even blogging like mad over at Holla Knits! And you can be sure to be knocked in the face with pictures of Spain when I’m back.

Take care of yourselves, and I can’t wait to catch up with you in two weeks!

The Sweatshop in Minneapolis

I’ve been in Minneapolis for over a month now, and have gotten a few knitting and teaching gigs around town I wanted to share in case you, too, are in Minneapolis!

Digs Studio

I’m teaching quite a few project classes at Digs Studio just south of Uptown in Minneapolis. Projects like my Chunky Cabled Cowl, WORK+SHELTER Hand Warmers, and Cabled Change Purse. If you click over to their calendar you can see all the classes they offer at Digs, and anything that is my pattern I’m teaching.

I’ve also been going to Thursday night knit nights at 2nd Moon Coffee Cafe on Franklin and 22nd. I get there around 6pm, grab a coffee and chill for a couple hours. All are welcome to join!

See? I’m leaving the house sometimes! If you have any questions about these classes or knit night, you can always email me at, and contact Digs to sign up for a class by emailing

Twin Cities: Lets Knit!

I’ve slacked on scheduling a Minneapolis knitting meet up for too long! Let’s do this thing!

What: Grab your needles (or a hook!) and come knit with us.

When: Thursday July 28th from 7-9pm

Where: Avenue Eatery – 1101 West Broadway Ave in Minneapolis

Who: You! Your friends! Everyone!

There are so many amazing knitters I’ve only chatted with online that I had to schedule a knit night to put some faces to names!

Grab your needles and come join us for a night of knitting fun at Avenue Eatery. Bring your knitting questions, a new skill you want to master, a project you want to start, or just come to hang out with other super fun knitters! All skill levels (and even crocheters!) are welcome.

Avenue Eatery is staying open just for us and will have coffee and treats available to purchase, so bring your crafty friends and I can’t wait to see you there!

Email me at allyson[at]thesweatshopoflove[dot]com with questions or to let me know you’re coming! Or RSVP over on our facebook event page.