Soft Baby Blanket from Appalachian Baby

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I bought this kit from Appalachian Baby Design at Four Purls over a year ago and finally cast this on. I found that when I did the K4B, I was adding stitches and couldn’t figure out why. I started over and found this alternative technique to the K4B stitch which has worked out much better for me. I also added stitch markers in every 10 stitches to help me quickly keep track that my stitch count is correct. LOVE this yarn!

New General

New General, Winter Park FL

Last week, I thought I saw a picture on Instagram of this place but forgot what it was called and where it was. I drove up and down Park Ave looking for it and couldn’t find it. I tried googling it but was searching “General Store” and came up with nothing. I gave up and thought maybe I imagined it or something but then my cousin texted me about it and told me where it actually was. It’s right down from Luma next to Colonial Drugs. I can’t remember what the building used to be. It’s so cool, it’s almost too cool for Winter Park, but is Winter Park becoming dare-I-say ‘that’ cool? It has everything  we love right now; cacti, neutral colors, ridiculously high priced leather goods, canvas, clogs, and tiny wooden bowls. Oh and coffee. The cold brew was delicious, very strong. I only tasted it since I’m off coffee right now and my cold brew heart belongs to Gratitude Coffee.

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Visiting Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven, FL

I visited for the first time Central Florida’s biggest yarn shop, Four Purls this week in Winter Haven. It was quite a drive from Winter Park (ughhh I4) but it didn’t disappoint. Winter Haven looks like something out of a movie with its un-touched vintage McDonald’s, but I digress.

They carried an ample amount of the trendy stuff; Knit Collage, Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo, Cascade and even Loopy Mango. I left with a kit to make the sweetest, softest organic cotton baby blanket. I’m not sure if the truck still comes to Winter Park, but they do ship for free. It was a long drive that I’m not sure I could make again, but the experience was a delight.

Gratitude Coffee Truck

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My coffee situation drastically changed this week, hopefully permanently. After the whole caffeine overdose scare, I went off coffee cold turkey then eventually promised I would have just 1 (one!) just one “cup” per day. This ended up being an iced Americano from Starbucks every morning before work that got boring real quick.

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Decided to finally try the Gratitude Coffee truck that parks at a flower shop on the corner of Formosa and Par from 7am to 3:30pm during the week. I’ve only ever had the cold brew with cream, sugar, and a tad of vanilla and it. is. magical. I dream of it before I go to bed and the whole experience gives my whole day a positive vibe. It’s the smoothest, more flavorful coffee I’ve ever had. It’s really quite different than others and I’m so thankful that it’s so close to my work.

Knit Collage Fun Kid’s Hat

Took a break from the very useful, yet very boring-to-knit cotton dishtowels and cranked out this adorable kid’s hat in like, an hour. It’s the Knit Collage Gypsy Garden yarn I got at the Four Purls yarn truck a few weeks back using Purl Bee’s Fun Kid’s Hat pattern. The only modification I made was knitting it on size 15 circular needles rather than the instructed size 17 dpns. It worked out fine, with a very small ball of yarn leftover. I still need to add a pom pom, still contemplating the color.