New Projects on the horizon…

Ravelry always causes problems for me. Whenever I am creatively stuck I go to the patterns section to gain some inspiration. 30 minutes of perusing and I now have too many projects for one girl to make! Here are some of my favorites so far.

Admiral’s Knot Tank– Perfect for hot summer days (outside of San Francisco haha)

Eyelet Yoke Sweater– I am super petite so the fact that the front is shorter than the back hooked me. Since I work with kids, I am constantly bending down and therefore need to have long tops. Yet, when the top is long in the front too I tend to look a little stumpy.

Bottom of my Heart Baby Bloomers – Made with cotton instead of wool would makes these a great gift for a summer baby.

There are about 2 other projects in my queue that will have to take a back burner. The weather man is predicting it will be a rainy weekend. I better hit up my LYS and get to work!

Baby Hats

This weekend was all about the baby hat. I am still looking for my next big project *sigh*. Baby hats are a great in between project as they are small and generally quick to make. I made two cute hats with the Horseshoe Pattern and then another beanie for a little boy. The beanie is a wool/acrylic mix that I found buried in my stash.

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New stitch!

Barbara Walker continues to rock my world. Whenever I am between major projects, I know I can take her book out and find something great. Here is the latest I am trying. The yarn is some leftover Babe by Knitting Fever Color 204 ( nylon/acrylic mix)

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This is the Horseshoe Pattern from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I think this pattern so dainty and cute. I also love the wavy edge.

I decided I would like to try to make a top down sweater. I have never made one so I will be searching for a good pattern. Any suggestions?

Weekending in LA

This weekend, I was in Los Angeles for the long holiday weekend.  On Valentine’s Day we went to a cute little restaurant (Little Fork in Hollywood) for dinner. Gosh was the food amazing! We wrapped up our evening at the famous Laugh Factory. I love stand up comedy and the comedians that performed did not disappoint! At one point I was laughing so hard I cried :).

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Saturday we biked from Venice Beach to the Pacific Palisades (12 miles in all!). It was hazy out, but still a pretty view out to the ocean. As you can see I am wearing pants and a long sleeve top. The Northeastern gal in me can’t quite get on board with a bikini and cut off shorts in February.  February is winter! Not time to sunbathe and playing beach volleyball.  Maybe one day I will become a true “California girl”…

Sunday we headed over to the Huntington Library and Art Gallery. I was thrilled about the Rose Garden and Tea Room. However, when we finally got there I was greatly disappointed. There were no roses! I am assuming rose season is later in the year? Also the tea room was horrible looking. Nothing cute or girly about it. It was this crowded room with a cheapy looking buffet in the center. Ugh. I made the boyfriend turn around seconds after we went in.

Other than this, the rest of the grounds were wonderful. There are several different types of gardens to explore (Japanese, Chinese, Desert, Australian) and cute little ponds to sit by.  Mr. Huntington’s residence has been turned into an art museum. The house itself was pretty stellar. The owners have preserved the architecture and decor nicely.  The portrait gallery was amazing. The detail that painters used back then is out of this world!

I also liked this park because it was family friendly. Along the way there were several craft stations related to the garden you were in. For instance, Origami in the Japanese Garden. That was a great touch to keep kids occupied and promote the arts of the region. Overall, this was a great change of pace from the bustling city life.

FO: Cabbage Patch Kid Hat

This hat came out way cuter than I thought it would. I have to admit I don’t crochet much… Well to be honest not at all. However, the commission looked good and I was up for the challenge. Once I put the ponies and bows on I was proud of myself. It always feels good to complete a project from start to end without pause. The materials are just commercial yarn (Lion’s brand wool-ease) and some cute ribbon I found at Target. I am just hoping it fits the recipient ok. Fingers crossed !

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