A couple of weeks ago, I finally finished my Anna Vest. It was a super rewarding project, as it introduced a few new skills in pattern-reading, and also increased my confidence in my finishing skills (lots of seaming and that long button band).
For more notes, or if you're a knitter and want all the details, you can find them on my Ravelry (although you may need a Ravelry account to view it). Also of note, I knit this as part of a Knit-A-Long (KAL), where a group of knitters decides to knit the same pattern, each with her own rendition. Everyone knits the pattern at the same time, formally, or informally. For me, I love the idea of a KAL for the camaraderie (check), and the accountability (check). If you're curious, there are other knitters' Anna vests at #annavest.
And I love it. Naturally, I'll be more excited to wear it once the weather is cool and crisp. And there are so many layering possibilities! I'm looking forward to several vest + dress or vest + tunic + pants + boots combos, come fall.
P.S.—Thank you once again, Molly, for your photography skills!
P.P.S.—I just returned from a wonderful trip to my hometown, in Minnesota. More on that in a post soon!
I love baking. I truly do. The difference between a bad afternoon and a good one can be as simple as a baked good. I love the slow process, the premonition of preheating the oven, sometimes playing around with different flavors. My favorites are your typical "home bakes," nothing couture. Cakes, cookies, brownies, etc., are all my go-to baked goods to make in my own kitchen.
Some projects come along at just the right moment, and this shawl is one of them. After several rather hectic months, I wanted to get back into the rhythm of knitting, but wanted a fun, low-pressure, but still creatively inspiring project. I love knitting socks, but I wanted to knit something with more colorplay and this shawl was just the thing.
It's that time of the year when typically, as a born-and-raised Northerner, I'd be yearning for spring. That yearning isn't quite so pronounced here in Austin, but nonetheless, February is a month of almosts. Winter is almost over, spring is almost here, etc. And so it has been timely for me to indulge in a few self-care practices (and treats) while we're living in the almosts.