Conquering Christmas Knitting Part 2

Howdy, knitters and crocheters! Are you ready to get serious about finishing those Christmas gifts in time to actually give them to their recipients instead of a card with a sad IOU in it? If you answered yes, this post is for you. Today, I’m going to talk about the importance of making time for “selfish” knitting instead of spending the next 100 days focused on everyone, who isn’t you.

If you answered with a terrified enghh sound and are freaking out that there are exactly 100 days left until Christmas and 88 until the first day of Hanukkah, I need you…

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Conquering Christmas Knitting Part 1

I’m not embarrassed to admit that since Starbucks let me have access to Pumpkin Spice Lattes again on September first, I’ve had four. My husband would be horrified if he found out. But I’m not sorry. Every time I sip one, I think about Thanksgiving with my Grandma when I was little and her trying not to laugh as I gave short lectures on the right whipped cream to pumpkin pie ratio.

The answer is equal parts, of course. Don’t be ignorant.

I love the fall. I love sweaters and thick socks, changing leaves, and apple picking. I got married in…

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Solar Eclipse of My Heart

Good afternoon! How are you? I AM FREAKING AWESOME.

This morning I woke up to discover that my cat had peed on my throw pillows and I don’t even care. Normally, I’d be like, “OMG, Wesley! Why do you hate me so much? I know you have a UTI, but do you really need to pee on everything I love? Weren’t my favorite boots enough?” Today, I grinned at him while I cleaned up the mess. Nothing can get me down. I am obsessed with the solar eclipse.

I’ve been singing this song for weeks, and it’s driving my husband insane….

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L&L Book Club: Austenland

I’ve been having trouble writing this post this week. It seems selfish to lose myself in a fun silly book, when terrible things are happening here and abroad. I live a sheltered life. It’s pretty much just me, my yarn, and Mabel the Merciless all day. I watch more Sesame Street than CNN. I get on Facebook, but not all day long, usually just once or twice, and some days I don’t go on it at all. I’m out of touch with the outside world most days. The outside world is basically a dumpster fire right…

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SOCK Club: Kaylee’s Box

The Powers-That-Be at L&L have decided that it’s been long enough since the first installment of the Society of Caffeinated Knitters (SOCK Club) to show off what was inside. This being the first box, we felt like it would only be appropriate to do Firefly! It gets guessed multiple times a year on the Geek-A-Long spoiler thread no matter the theme, and since the Geek-A-Long is the original Lattes & Llamas Knit-A-Long, we wanted to show it it’s due. (And we’ve been fans since the series premiere

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The Summer of Crochet: King Astro Star

Summer is 100 percent here. I learned this hard truth the other day when PECO, the power company in Philly, had to turn off the power to my apartment building to deal with yet another squirrel nest that started a small fire. You’d think they’d make their home in one of the many beautiful, shady trees that tower over the apartments, but no. They like to get into street lights and chew on wires.

Side Note: Yes, apparently I’m an old lady now, who has developed strong feelings about squirrels.

Anyway, PECO…

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Prize Winners and the Pebble Skipping Hat

As I type this, Megan-Anne and I are in a hotel in Pittsburgh. It’s the night before our trunk show at Knit One. There are trays of half eaten take out scattered over our beds along with a healthy dose of WIPs. Megan-Anne is working on another pair of Shining Sequence Mittens in different colorways to show you what they’d look like with duplicate stitch instead of beads and I’m racing to finish my latest amigurumi creation for the Summer of Crochet so I can work on Jessica Gore’s new…

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L&L Book Club: Matched

I know it’s only Wednesday, but man does it feel like this week has disappeared on me. Yesterday morning I was thinking about a project that I need to do before a baby shower on July 9th. And I thought, meh, I have tons of time. It’ll be quick, I have all of this and next week. Tonight, I’m all:

Holy cast on, Batman! I need this next weekend to knit, and I haven’t even wound the yarn yet!

It’s that big pile of turquoise on the right. Sure, Megan-Anne, you’ve got pleeeeeeeenty of time. ;)

So it’s good that I went…

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Book Club: The Handmaid’s Tale Pt. 2

I had mentioned last week that I’d do Matched for this week’s book club. But now that I’ve finished The Handmaid’s Tale (both book and show), it turns out there is just a lot more to discuss. So I’ll do Matched next week. I’ve started it and the jury is still out on it, but it’s got potential. So more on that next week.

The Book

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Book Club: The Handmaid’s Tale

Welcome to the second installment of Book Club! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check out the introduction post here.

The Book

This week I failed the city and didn’t finish my book club book. I’ll finish it before I start next week’s book, but this is not an easy listen. I got obsessed with watching the Hulu series of The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s amazing. Obviously this review is based on not yet finishing either one, but I think the show handles material from…

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