Best of Summer 2018 in Winter and College Park

My Summer Break has officially come to a close (I’m a teacher.) I didn’t go anywhere new or cool, but I did accomplish my goal of knitting and crocheting like crazy. I binged on Netflix’s Jessica Jones (it’s sooooo gooood!) I finally finished the Appalachian Baby Blanket that took me an entire year. Other cool activities included:

-The opening of Gratitude Coffee Shop in College Park! Still the best cold brew and so reasonably priced. I actually had a dream some big company bought her out and was charging $7 for a cold brew but everyone still gladly paid it.

-The opening of The Heavy in the old Lombardi’s spot. While the aesthetic is supreme, it’s mostly overpriced plants and pots. I’ll stick to my trusty Florida Cactus Inc. in Apopka. While it’s a bit of a drive and there’s no coffee bar, it’s a whole experience that can’t be duplicated.

-32789 lunches that include Black Bean Deli, Mediterranean Deli, and my new favorite, Soho Juice that whips up heavenly smoothie bowls that stay on your mind.

-and of course… more crystals because I’m officially obsessed.

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My Obsession with Spring Break/Knitting Update

 

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I just love when my desk looks like this. No styling was done to achieve this look.

As teachers, we have Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break. Thanksgiving and Winter Break are usually hectic and not very relaxing with family functions, cooking and baking, gift buying, gift returning, etc. But Spring Break… oh Spring Break is the sweet one, especially in Winter Park. It’s the time of the Winter Park Art Festival, the Rifle Paper Co. Sidewalk Sale, St. Patrick’s Day… and just barely beach weather. It’s been particularly cold this Spring Break with a random storm on Tuesday (hello hail!)

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Soccer Knitting
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Baby Blanket

I’m still working on the Appalachian Baby Blanket, I’m about done with 2 balls of yarn now. My goal is to finish it by July, which will be a year since I started it. Yikes.

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!

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.

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.