Monday, February 24, 2014

On a highway back to Olympia


Technically we were on the freeway, but that's neither here nor there. Last weekend my friend Heidi and I decided to take an overnight girls trip to Olympia, the state capital. It was really fun to get out of town a little and see some new sites. In true Washington fashion it rained the entire time. We did a little shopping before we went and visited the capitol building. We wanted to go to Bigelow House but unfortunately it was closed for the season. 

All the benches in the downtown area were all painted. These were a couple of my favorites. 

A couple of state buildings downtown.
It might make me a bad Washingtonian but I haven't been to the capitol building before. It was really beautiful. Everything was so ornate and detailed. Every time I looked there was something else to see. I knew it was a big building but I didn't realize how massive it actually was.
There was marble from floor to ceiling. It wasn't busy so Heidi and I snuck off and explored on our own, secretly hoping to be able to get in some where we shouldn't be. But we were foiled at every turn. 
Rumor has it that if you rub George Washington's nose then it will bring good luck. Let's hope it works.
Gallery. We were surprised how messy most of the desks were. I guess these guys know what their doing (in theory I guess).
After the capitol we headed back to the hotel to relax before getting some dinner. Then we just hung out and chatted that eventually lead to the usual dance party. With all the stresses that come along with school it was a nice weekend to forget, at least a little bit, about all that and have some fun. 
Jess









Friday, February 7, 2014

A cozy cowl


A while back some friends and I went to a new yarn shop that opened up. I knew that I wanted to crochet a big chunky scarf and found this pattern. I haven't really made anything for myself and never bought fancy yarn. I decided that I wanted to make something really nice for me, so this beautiful Malabrigo yarn was it. The second I saw and touched it I knew it had to be mine. It's so soft and plush!
The pattern itself was a little weird. It wasn't coming out as big as I wanted. So, I improvised a little so I could wrap it around a couple times. It was super easy to make, just alternating single and double crochets. It crocheted up really fast, I think it took me just an evening of my boyfriend playing video games to finish it. The nice thing was that the yarn is so bulky and variegated that if I made a mistake the yarn hid it and I didn't have to tear a bunch of stitches out. I'm a lazy crocheter like that. 
I really love how it turned out. I haven't worked with a variegated yarn before so I was a little nervous, but was really happy with the way it turned out. The colors are my favorite part, the blues and purples are so pretty.
It's been really cold here that last few days so I've been wearing it all the time. It was a nice little project that had a big payoff in the end. I hope to get to make more with this lovely yarn. 

Are you working on any cold weather projects?
Jess