Knitting Time

It's knitting time, isn't it? The days are noticeably shorter, and the nights a bit cooler (although we seem to be getting our share of late-summer humidity here in NH - holding out for those crisp, idyllic autumn days!). In spite of the less-than-ideal temperatures and air pressure, I still got out my knitting needles and have been trying to make time for a few different projects. Here's what I'm working on: 

Image copyright Brooklyn Tweed

Image copyright Brooklyn Tweed

Lolo by Jared Flood. Ever heard of Brooklyn Tweed? If you haven't, and you're a knitter/crocheter, you gotta get over there FAST. They've got some gorgeous yarns, and some REALLY gorgeous patterns. I love their stuff so much I used caps lock THREE times in one paragraph for this blog post. I'm knitting this hat just as it's written, using Shelter in Woolly Socks. Could there be a cozier yarn name?

Image copyright Melissa Schaschwary

Image copyright Melissa Schaschwary

Timber Bay by Melissa Schaschwary. This hat reminds me of those trendy hats I saw all last year - all of them with a little leather patch on the folded brim, and lots of texture in the body of the hat. I'm knitting this up in an alpaca/merino blend that I got on clearance from a yarn shop that closed in town a few years ago. I may even stitch a tiny, stamped leather tag to the brim, just to fit in, y'know.

Image copyright Fringe Supply Co.

Image copyright Fringe Supply Co.

Speaking of knitting and things yarn-related, I'm currently drooling over Fringe Supply Co. Karen Templer, the owner, recently visited Harrisville Designs (I didn't know who she was, but everyone here sure did! How much I have to learn!), and the company started selling some of her products. You can see her beautiful things for makers on her website here: Fringe Supply Co. A few of my favorites? The little Handmade Hand Loom Kit, the Yarn Pyramid Print, and of course, their amazing Field Bag

Sufficiently inspired for the fall? Me too. Once it starts to get a little chillier around here, I'll be posting some of my favorite fall traditions to do around the area. Have a great rest of the week!

CHICAGO

A few months ago, my friend Tori from my time in Arkansas asked if I'd like to meet her out in Chicago for a long weekend. I leaped at the chance - my second fiber art commission for Nando's is on display there! Plus, Chicago seemed like a really interesting city to visit, full of Art Deco charm and beautiful architecture. We planned the trip and I booked my very first Airbnb.

We went to see my lamps the very first night! It was surreal seeing 53 lampshades I knit myself, hanging in a public restaurant for all to see. The cashier was surprised when she realized a person had created all of those shades by hand. I got to snap a few photos and gawk at them for as long as I wanted. :) To create these lampshades, I designed a pattern for the shade from a big lightbulb and concept photo they sent me. Then I simply made 52 more shades from the same pattern. It was really fascinating to figure out the size, number of stitches, etc.

We did touristy things the rest of the time, including visiting Millennium Park where the Cloud Gate (the famous 'Bean') is and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. We also stopped by the Art Institute of Chicago, which was amazing!

After the art museum, we took a river cruise to see the architecture of Chicago. Apparently the city was pretty much a playground for up-and-coming architects back in the day - each building more modern and innovative than the last! 

Later, we visited Chicago 360 and enjoyed some amazing views of the city. 

Walking around the city at night had its charms, too. The city is crisscrossed with train tracks and bridges, and many of the buildings were lit up purposefully for night viewing.

The remainder of the trip is a blur - we visited the Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, took another cruise on the lake to see the skyline, walked around Navy Pier, and more. I can't imagine living in a city full-time, but I love visiting! The hustle and bustle is compelling.

Thanks for taking this little tour with me! I'm so glad I was able to visit this city. I think my favorite part was seeing my handiwork on display, but I would visit again for Chicago itself.