Not much has been happening in the world of craft, but I did managed to finish a few projects.  The first one I am super excited about is the Central Park Hoodie.  I have been wanting to knit this pattern since I first saw it on Ravelry a few years ago, but I never had the right yarn (or enough of it).  And so the pattern, like so so many others, stayed in my queue and taunted me everytime I thought about what to cast on.

Then I found I finally had the magic trifecta: time, yarn, and pattern.  Voila. In 3 weeks I had all my hoodie bits and a week later they were sewn up.  Magic.

I love it, but I have to say, if I were to do it all over again, I would have made it a 36.  I did some investigating on Ravelry and it seems like everyone mentioned that this pattern ran a bit small.  However, I think I like my jumpers a bit tighter, and while this hoodie is cozy, it’s not quite form flattering.  Also, I have a feeling that this yarn (New Lanark) might grow a bit with wear, meaning I’m about to end up with closer to 4 inches of ease. Oh well.

But enough about knitting, what else has been happening?  Oh, just insane wedding planning!

Because I’m a masochist, I decided that I could HAND SEW everyone a goodie bag, and that I could then fill the goodie bags with Scottish related stuff.  Like a wee bottle of whiskey, some short bread cookies, and some other crap.  But this means finding a good pattern and have atting it.   Yesterday I tried out a sample one to see what it would look like:

In my wedding colours! Burgundy/merlot  with black interior and embellished with a cream ribbon in the same colour as my wedding invites (what what for making them all from scratch, bitchez!)

Not gonna lie- it took me forever to make this one.  Mostly because of the small things, like cutting the squares on my ironing board because I don’t have a table. Or changing the thread to match the ribbon before changing it again to match the bag.  So the new plan is to spend a day just cutting. Then just sewing the ribbon on. Then finally I can piece all the bloody pieces together into a bag. Because that? That only takes like 10 minutes.

1 down, 59 more to go!

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For those of you might have just gotten back from being trapped in an alternate dimension, or who only use your computer to read my blog (because let’s face it, it’s pretty awesome), you might not know that a little earthquake paid Haiti a visit. And by little, I mean it basically demolished their country, left thousands upon thousands dead, and devastated all habitable structures.  It’s bad.

But what’s good?  Knitters. Because knitters (and all right, crocheters too), as you know, are the chosen ones.  Who make differences, save lives, and will rightly rule the earth.  One way this is happening is through the tremendous donations accrued by designers who have graciously given up large percentages of their pattern sales to help the Haitians.

So, if you haven’t already, GO TO RAVELRY NOW!  Find that pattern that you KNOW you’ve had queued for ages, and instead of waiting to buy the pattern when you finally decided to cast on, buy it now so that a portion of the proceeds goes to Doctors sans Borders.   And there are a lot of great designers donating out there- some of my personal favs, like Ysolda and  Laura Chau, are donating 50-80%!!!

Also, remember that these patterns also make GREAT GIFTS!!

So what are you waiting for?  Indulge in pattern goodness and feel great knowing that your contribution to your own knitting happiness is also contributing to saving lives.