Episode 4 - Knitting Monogamously

Thanks so much to all of you who've gotten in touch or joined the Ravelry group -- we're now at just over 100 members and my mind is blown! When we get to 150 or 200 members in the group (I haven't decided yet...), I will host a giveaway. :)

on and off the needles
I finished my striped vanilla socks and am really happy with the results. The stripes line up almost perfectly. The Paton's Kroy is a yarn that definitely gets softer after washing. I'm primarily working on my Pomme de Pin cardigan. I have fully memorized the lace pattern and it's a really enjoyable knit. I'm about 12" into the body and need to hit 17" before I divide for the sleeves. I've decided to set a goal of finishing this cardigan in time for MDSW. The other WIP I've focused on is my Mitzutama shawl. The Madtosh is a joy to knit and the pattern is a breeze.

I'll be attending the Homespun Yarn Party on March 23 in Savage, Maryland from 12-5pm. Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is on May 3 and 4 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. I'll be there on Saturday and would love to see you there.

on the town
Boyfriend and I celebrated his birthday at Et Voila!, a Belgian French restaurant in DC's Palisades neighborhood. The food was phenomenal and the atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Get the duck. You won't regret it.

on the stovetop
The beer themed birthday party menu was basically a success! Our guests loved the beer cheese dip I made and my guy's beer braised carnitas were simply incredible. The chocolate stout cake was also delicious and I would totally bake this one again. Smitten Kitchen, you never fail me! I was inspired by an article from The Kitchn to make lentil salads for work lunches this week, which leads me to ask you -- what are your favorite healthy packed lunch ideas? 

You can find me on Twitter, Ravelry & Instagram as rachellynnec. Join us in the Ravelry group for great conversation. In the next episode, I will remember to answer some of your questions from the Ravelry thread and I have some KAL/CAL ideas marinating! Feel free to say hello; I always enjoy hearing from you. Until next time, stay hungry!