Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date {#41}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

It’s a lovely day here in Kansas so if we were having coffee, we would undoubtedly be sitting outside enjoying the last semi-warm days before the Arctic blast hits us later this week 🙁 I don’t know if I’m quite ready for this.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that Baby J is quickly turning into a regular little walker, as well as a communicator! These days he’d rather walk than crawl, and does a good job getting himself around (though he also knows that carrying is still his faster route from point A to point B). He’s also learned to shake and nod his head for “no” and “yes,” which makes life soooooo much easier! He can say “tank oo” and “aa done” as well as the basic Mama, Dada and Baba (his grandma). Adding these to the basic point-and-grunt seems to greatly reduce his frustration level. I recall J being very frustrated about this age because he wasn’t a great communicator and couldn’t tell us what he wanted.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m really enjoying participating in the Bimble & Pimble Sewvember Instagram challenge. It’s fun seeing everyone’s behind-the-scenes. If you want a daily glimpse inside my head, my Instagram handle is @kglee01.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that J’s best friend is having his fifth birthday party this weekend, so naturally we are going. Actually J and I showed up suuuuuuper early to the party — like 24 hours early! Yep, I goofed on the date and took him yesterday to a party scheduled for today. Oh well, at least I was a day early rather than a day late 🙂

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I finished knitting my first sweater the other day! It only took me about 3 months, which is actually less than I expected. Now I just have to block it, add the buttons and stabilize the bands with petersham ribbons. I should be able to wear it when the Arctic blast hits!

I’d also tell you that I started on my next knitting project and never until that moment did I understand what knitters mean when they talk about a particular yarn being really fun to knit. I bought one of the Stitch Block Cowl kits from Purl Soho (yes Julie, I’m totally copying you), and it’s knit with Purl Soho Worsted Twist. This yarn is ah-freaking-mazing! It’s not the cheapest stuff I’ve seen, but at $19.50/hank, it’s certainly not the priciest either.

I’ve undergone a bit of a shift in how I look at my materials lately, particularly for knitting. Knitting projects take me a long time, so I’ve decided that I will invest in high-quality materials for those investment projects. That means a major destash of my yarn since I bought loads from KnitPicks sales last year. Their yarn is ok, but when I finish around 4-5 projects per year, I want great yarn, not just ok yarn. My new knitting motto: Life is too short to knit with cheap wool.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that N has recently starting chewing her nails and I’m not sure why. I’d ask if any of you have any advice on what to do with a nail-biter.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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  1. Can’t wait to see your new sweater. So what makes some wool better than others? I really want to knit a cardigan but of course I don’t really know what to look for in yarn.

    1. It’s drying as I type!

      Sadly, when ordering online, I don’t know much to distinguish the cheap from the luscious other than price. I knit my sweater with a 100% wool yarn that I got for about $3/ball at Knit Picks and it feels sooooo much different than the Purl Soho yarn I’m using now (which is $19.50/hank). The Knit Picks yarn feels much more rough and I know I can’t wear my sweater right against my skin or I’ll be scratchy all day while the Purl Soho is amazingly soft and springy. The cheaper yarn was also more difficult to knit — the strands didn’t stay together all that well and were really difficult to catch at increases and decreases. The more expensive yarn just glides over my needles.

      I guess it’s kind of like wine — I wouldn’t drink a $3 cabernet and I will no longer buy $3 yarn!

      I’m certain there’s more to it than that, but unless I can feel and examine the yarn myself (like I did for the yarn for my next sweater — it’s so yummy. And I paid about $20/ball), I’ll just go by price and recommendations.

  2. I used to chew my nails as a child until I started keeping my nails trimmed really short. Even now as an adult I don’t like the feeling of longer nails, I keep them trimmed so that there is just a tiny sliver of white at the end of the nail.

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