This has been a busy week!
First of all, I had a Birthday on Monday. Not my favorite event but I had a weekend gathering with friends to soften the blow.
Alex got me some wonderful Disney movies for my Bday and some of my girlfriends came over on Sunday to watch them with us.
The girls brought me some cute gifts and Hannah brought her crocheting so we could get some crafting in while we watched our stories.
We served delicious crab legs, mashed red potatoes and fresh corn!
I also baked the most magical cake ever! You can find the recipe here. It was seriously SO GOOD!
I put the girls in charge of making the frosting for the cake and frosting it. They were troopers! They did an awesome job.
Alex made some super citrus-y Virgin Lime Margaritas. Yum!
It was a very nice way to celebrate. I sent both the ladies home with lots of extra cake!
In other news, I've been busting my butt on some new projects. I'm almost completely finished with my Aquatic Mugs!
Whooo! So bright and colorful! I have the Mermaid mug almost done and the Octopus mug is nearing the finish line too! I'll be baking them and giving them their 3 coats of Mod Podge Ceramic Sealant over the weekend. Totally pumped to get these guys in the mail.
I finished a cute hat for my friend Kari. It's a simple slouchy beanie in a cotton blend that I absolutely love. It's KnitPicks Shine. It's 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal. It is the softest cotton ever.
I've also been working on a project for myself! Yoga socks!
The pattern is Yoga Teacher's Yoga Socks by emawale emawale on Ravelry. It's surprisingly quick and easy. They're flying off my needles!
I'm actually past the heel now! The yarn I'm using is Felici by KnitPicks in the colorway Ever After. Felici yarn is like, a really big deal (at least it is on Instagram!)
Knitpicks only releases a certain amount of Felici yarn every year and most years they don't repeat the colors. It's very first come, first serve. I'm so tempted to get more because it's knitting up so beautifully, but I already spent my yarn budget for the month after discovering Drops yarns online. Whoops!
I also tried out the most fantastic new recipe yesterday, which I think is worth mentioning. One Pot Italian Chicken & Orzo by Carlsbad Cravings. It is just magical!
We altered the recipe a bit to make it Vegetarian. We used Veggie Broth and Beyond Meat Soy Chicken. If you plan to try this the veggie way, make sure to add your soy chicken at the very end otherwise it'll get super overcooked. I sauteed my soy chicken in pesto then gave it a rough chop before tossing it in the finished dish.
So yummy! We will definitely be making this again soon. (This pic is before the orzo sucked up all the liquid, it's not a soupy dish.)
Try it! You'll like it!
Thanks for reading about my super epic Birthday week. Yarn+good food+good friends+cats=Happy Ashley.
Bonus pic of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince being a dork with his scratchy post.
Have a great weekend, guys!
That's right, I did it! I finished my magical Greystone Cardigan!
It's wonderfully soft since it's made from magical Alpaca yarn.
The pattern was super easy to follow. I'm a little frustrated that the sleeves turned out so darn large. They're really wide in circumference, (which will be awesome when I'm wearing tons of layers in the Fall) but I was hoping for something a little more streamlined.
The sleeves turned out 2" too long, which i went back and reduced, only to find out after blocking they could actually do with another 2" reduction. This most likely isn't the patterns' fault, I'm just a tiny person.
The body of the sweater also turned out a lot longer than I had hoped but, again, I'm super short. I'm sure the extra length will keep me toasty once it starts getting cold.
I am happy with how it turned out. I didn't realize it was going to be such an open front Cardigan, I will be adding a belt and some belt loops so that it says closed in the front.
I realized after making this sweater that I didn't fully take into consideration my body type before choosing the pattern. This is definitely not the most flattering style on me so I will mostly be wearing it as a housecoat. I'll also be wearing it for my evening walks in the Fall.
If you'd like to see progress pictures of my epic sweater knitting adventure you can find them, here, here and here.
I hope you've enjoyed following my magical journey in sweater knitting! I'll be starting another one soon! Stay tuned!
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