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.

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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.

Yarn Truck

This Saturday morning, I ventured down Fairbanks to the Black Sheep’s new location. Every third Saturday, Four Purls of Winter Haven brings a little slice of their shop via a truck to the 32789. The truck offered a friendly, fabulous selection of yarns I have been longing to see and touch in person. They carry they good stuff- Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo, Knit Collage, and much more. A visit to their brick and mortar store is definitely in my future, but a quick fix to the truck was just what I needed in this yarn-starved WP.

I left with a skein of Knit Collage Gypsy Garden and a Malabrigo that will both end up as hats, I’m betting… I celebrated with a Matcha Milk from Krungthep, naturally.