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Friday Creative Happenings

Friday Creative, Noodlehead: Snoflinga Hat

Happy Friday everyone! It seems crazy that we’re already into February. For me that means that March is just around the corner and Spring won’t be too far off of that! To be honest I’ve been having a case of ‘want to make everything but can’t commit’ lately. Luckily I’ve had this feeling in the past and I know it doesn’t last too terribly long. It’s a bit of a bummer though, I want to make everything! I’ve been blogging for almost 7 years. It seems like I can finally take a look at my creative ebbs and flows and hopefully realize that just as soon as I start to feel frustrated about something, that things change. They always do.

Friday Creative, Noodlehead

For today, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of what I’m finding interesting these days. I’ve really enjoyed the idea of continuing to learn and push myself creatively. I’m always scouring our online library catalog or making trips to the library. It surprising what you find interesting when you don’t necessarily look for it. I’ve picked up these books:
Friday Creative, Noodlehead: Books

Playing with Surface Design by Courtney Cerruti (spotted Leslie with this book and knew it had to be good) || Rising Strong by Brené Brown

I’ve also finally cast on a Snöflinga Hat (pattern by Jenny Gordy of Wiksten). I cast on several times before realizing that I either had the wrong needle size and then finally realized I didn’t have a 16″ circular needle. I did have some dpns, so I cast on a final time and have gotten a few rows in. It feels good, especially since I really need a new winter hat. I’ve been toying around with lining a hat with microfleece, if anyone has done that, I’d love to hear a bit of the process. Or maybe I’m making it seem too complicated than it really is. Either way, I need a lined cozy hat! I also managed to shrink my favorite store-bought knit mittens in the dryer. While those will be used by my girls now, I definitely need another pair. I’m thinking of these Great Up North Mittens by Drea Renee Knits.

Friday Creative, Noodlehead: Snoflinga Hat

Lastly, I’m trying to narrow down my choices for a bit of a long-term project. I’ve always wanted to make an Ocean Waves quilt (Denyse Schmit: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration), but I also have a bunch of patterns I’ve been meaning to start, too. What long-term project are you working on? Or do you like making things that only take a short amount of time to finish? I’m normally in the quick projects boat, but have realized that a longer project is really satisfying to work on bit by bit.

Friday Creative, Noodlehead: quilt patterns

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Plucky Boxy Cowl

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My first knit finish of the season! I may have cheated a bit and started it over the summer and left just a tiny bit left for me to finish up just in time for fall. Okay, I did, you caught me. This cowl is the Boxy Cowl by Michelle Krause which I started knitting when we took our family trip to Alaska in June. I cast on during the first flight and kept losing count, or lost track after finding snacks or bathroom breaks. So it took me a few tries to get the right number of stitches on and going.

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I spent some of our car ride from Anchorage to Valdez getting going and almost finished it up on our travels home. We had a great adventure! First a ferry ride from Valdez to Whittier, followed by a train ride from there to Anchorage, and then of course hopping on a flight (or three) back home. The ferry was perfect for knitting. I sat in my comfy chair and we watched the beautiful scenery out the front of the ship.cowl2

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The cowl was a super easy knit. I even got to use a provisional cast on for the first time. This gorgeous Plucky Knitter yarn was a gift from my friend Holly. I love to squish every ounce of it.

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Pattern: Boxy Cowl by Michelle Krause
Yarn: Plucky Primo Aran


Boxy Cowl hand knit by Anna Graham

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Knitting Season

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Well, it’s safe to say that it’s knitting season now that school is back in session. I love feeling the change in the air and the desire to finally get back into the kitchen and make tasty soups and cookies! Seriously, don’t even go look at my Eat board on my Pinterest page, I can’t look at it without drooling. I’ve made this Easy Lo Mein from Damn Delicious about a million times now. It’s seriously amazing. I double the sauce and add broccoli, but other than that, yummm. Okay, got distracted there for a minute, back to knitting.yarn

I’ve been acquiring knitting books lately and I love it. It’s so great to see so many knitting designers self publishing their books, so inspiring. Over the last few months I’ve picked up these: Home & Away by Hannah Fettig, Anthology 1 & 2 by Carrie Bostick Hoge, Weekend by Jen Geigley, and Knitting Without Needles by Anne Weil (which was gifted to me by Anne, thanks Anne!). Although Knitting Without Needles isn’t self published, I really love the bright beautiful photos and simple projects. I’m excited to start one with my girls, they loved looking through the book and I knew that we’d be able to pick a project out that we could all enjoy working on. Love that.

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Weekend by Jen Geigley is newly released, I picked up the copy after listening to Jen on the Elise Gets Crafty podcast, great interview. Jen combines bold graphic designs which look really effortless to make. I’m especially intrigued by the sweater and hope I get to courage to knit it!

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Anthology 1 & 2 by Carrie of Madder are simply gorgeous. Even if I didn’t know how to knit I’d love to just keep these on my coffee table. The pictures are amazing and each project looks so wearable. Seriously, I need some kind of push to just get started already!

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Lastly, Home & Away by Hannah Fettig (Knitbot) is another one for my coffee table. Gorgeous pictures and clean sophisticated designs make me want to jump right in. Again, I need to pick a project and commit to it. This moto jacket (below) was definitely the design that grabbed my attention, isn’t it awesome?

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I love supporting fellow creatives, I know how much each designer puts into creating these beautiful books and patterns and could not be more excited for all the possibilities!

Speaking of books, the winners of my book giveaway are:

Allie, Patti, and Sarah – Petit Biscuit! Congrats ladies, I’ve just emailed you.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! It was great to read about where and how you keep up with your favorite creative peeps! I do have a very limited number of books in my shop, so if you’re interested in a signed copy, pop over and pick one up. It’s only available to US addresses, but shipping is included and I’ll be signing it!

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[A few skeins of yarn – no plans yet. Shelter I purchased from Fancy Tiger, also Moonrover, and Nomadic Yarns, purchased from their shops.]