We spent the Summer Solstice binging on Gilmore Girls.  
My sweet Libby had her wisdom teeth taken out.  It's a pretty easy surgery, but definitely requires some work afterwards.  Ice on for 20 minutes.  Ice off for 20 minutes.  On.  Off.  On.  Off.  I decided to help her out so she didn't have to hold the ice.  
I had her wrapped up tight in one of my scarves in order to hold the ice packs in place.  A friend of hers did this.  Genius.  And if she was working on a knitting project, she would be able to be hands free to do so!  (She didn't knit a stitch.)
Libby did use a Chalk Lots to tell me things and ask me questions so she wouldn't use her mouth too much.
It was the perfect, longest day.

Happy Summer!

june knitcrate

So, the last day of school came and went.  (A week ago.) And I didn't get Andrew to jump.  So sad.
However, I do have both college kids home for the summer and I couldn't be happier.  I need to make them all jump again.  Definitely. 
Also making me happy?  June's Knitcrate.  Just the box alone was enough to make me giddy.  Colored corrugated.  Oh ya.
But then the box was opened and all of this yumminess was inside!
The yarn ::  Manos Del Uruguay, Serena.  60% Baby Alpaca; 40% Pima cotton.  What a wonderful blend.
The pattern ::  A cowl.  One for beginners and one for Intermediate/advanced.  Such a great option.
The Extras ::  This adorable silver plated keyring.  It just happened to immediately join my keys.
And this Alpaca Needle Gauge.  Come on.  Can this be any cuter!
Also included in the Knitcrate are coupon codes for discounts on all of these items.  Bonus!

Remember to use code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first crate.

Happy Weekend Friends!

crazy feelings sweater

An oversized cotton sweater that feels more like a sweatshirt than a sweater.  
The sleeves are full.  And long.  When I cast on for them (two at at time), my initial instinct was to modify them.  Make them into a more "fitted" sleeve.  I resisted the urge, and am so happy I did so.    I feel as if it's a more updated look and just matches the look of the sweater.  I love the little "notches".  This sweater can be worn with the "notches" in the front or the back.  Fully reversible.
Dropped shoulders make it easy to fit many body types.  So does the fuller fit of the sweater.
It truly is like an oversized sweatshirt.  As Libby was taking these photos, she asked me if she could have this or I could make her one.  That pretty much seals the deal for a cool sweater in my book.  I told her we could share over the summer.  And she could keep it in her closet.  :)

I am truly a huge Wool and the Gang lover.  Receiving everything in one personalized box just makes me giddy.  And makes the entire project that much easier.  Yarn, pattern, needles... even the darning needle, all in one box.  I just love that.


Oh my goodness! I don't know where the end of May went and can't believe we are already about a week into June!  CRAZY!
I've been doing a little traveling and just have to mention how I fell in love with AMSTERDAM!
Pure and utter L O V E.
My sister and I took Andrew to Amsterdam for his 16th Birthday present.  (Andrew is 17.5 😊... better late than never.)
From the beautiful and interesting architecture, to the art, to the amount of bikes, to the kind people.  Amsterdam just had this incredible vibe that made me want to stay.  Or at least make sure I travel back!
We searched for a yarn shop, of course.  We finally found it, bought some yarn and a tote.  When I posted the pic on Instagram, Lee Ann mentioned it was owned by Stephen West.  I had no idea.  Well, actually it was yarntripping Jennifer who mentioned it.  But, Lee Ann made a trip there as well!  Put it on your list for places to go when visiting Amsterdam!   
Toast travels well just about anywhere.  Never leave home without them.  (Either in the knitting form or the knitted form!)

Just finished making a batch of Snickerdoodle brownies.  Perfect for a cool, June day.  I'm off to seam together Crazy Feeling Sweater.  Can't wait to try it on!

this was today


This was exactly the day I had been craving.

I'll be back to tell you about the city I fell in L O V E with.  xx

happy mother's day!

I thought it would make total sense to have a little Mother's Day Sale on sweet Barbie Lou.  Since, in fact, it is my mother's pattern, and it is for a baby, and babies make women Mom's! 😍

Enter code : mybarbielou at checkout to receive 50% off of the pattern.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!

to go

I'm leaving tomorrow for a special, quick trip with my Andrew and my sister.  I had two projects packed that required a little bit of counting.  My sister reminded me that the 100x simple cowl is a complete no brainer.  Great for sight seeing or drinking wine.  All aboard!  (Ha! We aren't taking a boat!)