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What I’m Knitting Now: off the needles and on them

After nearly 8 months, my Shibui Knits Slope Tank is FINALLY finished! Shibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearls

I think the little lady is a better model than Mama is. :)  But this is my biggest project to date and this girl is SO excited!  It turned out much shorter than I had anticipated (perhapssssss I should have done a gauge swatch after all…) BUT I really adore it!  I love the drape, the shape, it fits perfectly, and the yarn is divine.  However, the next time I want to make my own tank top, I’m probably going to sew it. And lesson learned: Saturday night and Sunday morning, I gauge swatched for the Bracken sweater by Little Woolens for AG.  It’s going to be gorgeous, I think!

Bracken Sweater by Little Woolens | oysters and pearls

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To save this for myself, I researched my favorite knitting blog, Fringe Association, for gauge swatching tips and as always, I found exactly what I needed.  These are super helpful links if there’s anyone else out there in need of them!

How To Knit A Gauge Swatch

Swatching In The Round

How to Account for Gauge Differences

Sources and Yarns:

Tank Top:
Yarn: Shibui Knits Twig in Tar, via Fuzzy Goat
Pattern: Shibui Knits Slope Tank
Susan Gordon Pottery Necklace, via Maiden South

Swatch:
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Springvale Bulky in Canyon, via Fuzzy Goat
Gauge Ruler, via Maiden South
Y’all not Ya’ll Coffee Mug, via Maiden South
Pattern: Bracken by Little Woolens

And don’t forget, tonight is #maidenKnitNight at #onetwothree!  Join me for stitching and sipping! We’ll be there from 6 to 8. :) Hope to see you there!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

 

Weekend Update

It’s hard to believe that this weekend marked one month to go until our due date! It was almost the busiest week that ever was, and still was a pretty crazy week.

Monday night we had Knit Night at Maiden South, as we do the first Monday of every month. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, be sure to join us! Although the first Monday of May is TBD. ;)

 

Tuesday, as I’ve already written about, I went to see Liz Gilbert speak in Tallahassee, which was amazing.

Thursday night we had a hand lettering #CraftyClass at the shop, and class nights are always really fun! And I think the ladies who took Kristen’s class enjoyed it too. :)

I worked at the shop the rest of the weekend while my girl Gracie celebrated her birthday in Tennessee. It was maybe the most beautiful weekend imaginable in Bainbridge! Andddddd of course I have a couple of 35 week bump date pictures to share.



Crazy town, I tell ya. I’m really lucky to still feel really great even though the weeks and days until we meet this little babe are dwindling! I think staying active and busy has really helped with that. That, and good genes. (Thanks, Mama!)

Saturday after I closed up shop, we met a big group of friends in Tallahassee for the Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires concert at Cascades Park. It was SUCH a good show! Not to mention the most gorgeous afternoon for an outdoor concert.

  

And because it’s my favorite, I “filmed” the entirety of Jason and Amanda singing/playing Cover Me Up.  Enjoy.

In my downtime this weekend, I also wrapped up some baby knitting projects, but maybe I’ll save those for a separate post since there’s a few. The best part about baby knits is that they are such quick projects! I finished three this weekend – including one I started on Friday afternoon!  I even managed to sneak in a little knitting at the shop.

 
Sunday was Masters Sunday, and we celebrated by relaxing as much as possible. We were pretty bummed that we had tickets for Friday but just couldn’t swing it (being super pregnant + hours on my feet walking on hills = no bueno, plus aforementioned busy week). We slept in and I never left our house, which was so much needed after such a crazy week. A couple friends had dropped off a surprise package of [non-alcoholic] beer and some Masters koozies for me earlier in the week (they went in our stead last year when Wheat broke his neck and got these for me then), and I enjoyed a “beer” and a la Croix on the patio with my vintage Masters visor on while Wheat smoked a brisket on the Big Green Egg. It was pretty amazing.

 

Things should slow down a wee bit the next 3 weeks or so (relatively) before this babe arrives, and for that I’m grateful. But not too much – there’s still so much to still look forward to! I have a baby luncheon (I’m told the guys in the office didn’t like calling it a shower!) at work this week that I’m really excited about, and a baby shower thrown by a couple of my best friends from high school and their sweet Mom in a couple weekends that is going to be amazing and wonderful.  Such exciting times and such a grateful heart over here!

 

Weekend Vibes

I thought I’d revive my random mish mash of iPhone picture posts for what I’ve been up to, mostly over the weekend.  I recently finished and blocked this Ceridwen scarf to give my mom.  She spends SO much of her time knitting for her new and soon-to-be grand babies that she didn’t have a hand knit scarf of her own!  I had just under 2 skeins of gray Shepherd’s Wool leftover from my Ceridwen Shawl, so I kept the party going and knitting her the scarf version.  If you want to learn cables, this is a great way to do it.  It’s a simple, repetitive pattern that you’ll quickly memorize, which makes it a good to-go project.   Plus, it’s so pretty all finished!  Especially in my Julie Guyot yarn bowl from Fuzzy Goat.

Finished Ceridwen Scarf Ready for Gifting | oysters and pearls

Another view of the cables while I was blocking it.

Cables in Ceridwen Shawl | oysters and pearls

I was fortunate enough to meet the sweet Leigh Ann Hurst at the shop Thursday morning – we are thrilled to have her gorgeous  handmade Cross necklaces at Maiden South now!

Leigh Ann Hurst Jewelry at Maiden South | oysters and pearls

Her crosses are so fun and funky – they’re perfection!

I also finally used a sample of this Smashbox Photo Finish Primer this week for some pictures for our office website.  It’s amazing and now I want a full-size.  It makes your skin feel like silk and your makeup goes on so smoothly.  I need it!

Foundation Primer Find | oysters and pearls

Friday night we met my dad, sister, brother-in-law, and niece at the The Whip at Lake Talquin for supper.  Elah just keeps getting cuter and cuter!  I love her so.

Elah at The Whip | oysters and pearls

She’s obsessed with looking at fans and lights right now.

Nat Nat and Elah at The Whip | oysters and pearlsNat Nat and Elah at The Whip | oysters and pearlsNat Nat and Elah at The Whip | oysters and pearls

We spent the weekend in Bristol with my dad, and I wasn’t feeling up to going with the men folk hunting, so I spent some quality time working on my Rivoletto Cowl in Maisie Daze Fleecery alpaca yarn.

Knitting Rivoletto Cowl at Lake Mystic | oysters and pearls

I finished it Saturday night and blocked it Sunday!  It’s SO pretty and such a quick lace knit.

Finished Rivoletto Cowl Being Blocked | oysters and pearls

We got home around lunch time on Sunday and I spent the afternoon hanging some things in the nursery, cleaning up around the house, and getting a pedicure. :) Overall, it was a restful, relaxing weekend!  I hope your weekend treated you well, too!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls