Catching up!

My mother called me the other day and asked if I've updated my blog in a while. Yikes, I told her, I had not. Not to mention every time I would think about posting I would cringe. The idea of putting words together to make coherent sentences seemed daunting. And HAH! to try to be even a hint of entertaining – ya gotta be crazy! So I let it go, and go, and go… 

Well, friends, this is me once again dusting my shoulders off and trying to get back into a groove. This parenting business is no joke and while I am loving every minute of it I am trying to learn how to manage my free time and sleep as best I can.

Getting that whining out of the way, let's talk KNITTING!

I was thrilled to see my cowl featured on the front page of Ravelry!! The Luxe Cowl was one of the first patterns I published on the blog. I'm so happy that it's still so popular! Hurray cowls!

I'm also getting a post together to finally show you my Kendi sweater! The "for me so that I can blog about it" sweater! With some help from Thea of Baby Cocktails with the photos and a quick send off for the pattern to be reviewed it's "put a fork in it" done. 

I have a few other sweaters that have been collecting dust around the house that I'm finally getting around to publishing. One is from 2010! Remember this gem? To think I knit that in 5 DAYS… and it's nearly taking me 5 years to get it published. I'd say it's "just in time for spring" but seriously with this snow!? 

Thank as always, for sticking around!! 

xo,
M

What I’ve been up to (the bullet point version)

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I know it's pretty obvious as to what has kept me from the blog as of late. It is about 15 and a half pounds, likes to eat, sleep and poo and has a heart melting smile. And while I do love him dearly I truly miss my knitting life. For those of you who have stuck around, thank you!  

Let's just jump right in, shall we? In no particular order this is what has been going on in my mind as of late.

– I have been dreaming of renovating my rental all because of Young House Love and the Apartment Therapy cure!

– I am working on publishing a few patterns for the fall. All self-published. I think I can. I think I can.

– I read a few good books including Gone Girl, The Night Circus and The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater.

– I'm obsessed with watching True Blood and now that it's over it's time to finish up Orange is the New Black on Netflix.

– I am hoping to get back to the barre really soon. It kinda helps that a Bar Method is opening in my town!

– I have been using my How to Cook Everything cookbook to make from scratch brownies. 

– I am knitting a new shawl called pendulum.

– I have been connecting with other new mothers at this fabulous place called Isis Parenting. Their class called Great Beginnings is like therapy for new moms. #youredoingitright

Now that we're up to speed what have you guys been up to? 

I also sadly lost ALL my blogs when Google Reader died. I completely missed the window of backing up the feeds and adding them to Feedly. SO please feel free to leave your blog here so I can reconnect it!

With love from San Francisco

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I came home to a beautiful package from my San Francisco knitters the other day. I am so touched they thought of me to make Baby H such a beautiful blanket. I miss SF everday (doubly so on those crazy snowy days when I can't leave my house) and know that the time I spent there was truly magical. 

The blanket also came with an amazing smelling little bar of soap and a super cute "key" so that I can tell Baby H which one of his SF aunties made which square!

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I love the color and the beautiful crocheted edging. 

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We're still counting down the days waiting for him to arrive. It's truly a surreal time which I like to call Knocking on the door of Mommyhood. 

You can check out more pics of this gorgeous blanket on it's Ravelry page: Huffnugget Blanket.  Thank you again my wonderful friends you have truly touched my heart! I cannot wait to wrap Baby H in this blanket!! 

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WIP Wednesday: Texture

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I've been playing around with a lot of textured swatches working on designs for Fall 2013. I hope to have a lot to show for it come then! For now it's knit knit knit!

Will be posting the winner of the What to Knit When You're Expecting book tomorrow! 🙂

FO: Big Tile Pullover

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I was dreaming of this sweater when I first knew I was pregnant. I loved the thought of a cozy oversized sweater that can be worn with comfy maternity leggings. (Thank you Gap!). I was also lucky to have a whole bunch of Juniper Moon Yearling in the stash which made it all the more easier to cast this on!

I started this before Christmas and it's been sitting in my WIPs pile for a while and well with only a few more weeks to go I figured it was time to finish it! 

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I made a few modifications to the original pattern. I decided to remove the waist shaping and make one size larger than I normally would. I also added length to the turtle neck to make it more full and slouchy. If you decide to do so I would add one more ball to your order to make sure you have enough.

Pattern Details
Big Tile Pullover by Me!
Origially published in Interweave Knits, Fall 2012 but now available online as a single pattern purchase
Yarn: Juniper Moon Yearling, MC Cloudy, CC1 Snowball, CC2 Firetruck
Needles: US 10.5 
Queue it up! 

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It defnitley will be a sweater I can wear post bump, too. The merino/cotton blend makes it perfect for cool summer nights and the fall.

What are you knitting these days?