Thursday, January 27, 2011

still in champaign.....illinois

after being here nearly three weeks, charlie and i are getting ready to pack up and say goodbye to champaign. we have really enjoyed some of the local spots in town, we love eating at local joints when we travel. if you ever find yourself in central illinios please be sure to visit the following: papa del's (who are rumored to ship frozen pizzas to hugh hefner), seven saints (famous for a delicious assortment of sliders), and carmon's (an authentic french cafe with painfully awkward staff). there was a total of something between 8-10 inches of snow throughout our stay here, which made it obvious why jimmy johns has made such a hit as a delivery service. who wants to scrape their car and shovel their drive way when all they have to do is order over the phone (or even online) and have a freshly made sandwich delivered to their house in just minutes? tonight i sat in a jimmy johns and watched one staff stand at the door with a sandwich and nearly throw it out the door to the driver as he arrived from his last delivery. they really do have "freakishly fast" service. get ready waco!

everyone keeps asking me "what do you do all day?" its a little embarrassing to say "i knit", but im getting over it. these three weeks have allowed me to slow down, learn a new skill, and just breath. i know its not totally fair since charlie is off working hard 10+ hour days, but i mean, i just turned 30, isnt about time i got a sabbatical? im not confident my knitting business will sky rocket immediately (since it is forecasted to reach 70+ degrees in waco next week). but i do see myself working on building an inventory and being ready for next fall. here are some more previews of projects.

i made this cowl with 100% organic cotton
this is a cabled cowl made from baby alpaca wool

my first "mobius" cowl-a single sided circle with an infinite half twist

i do need to work on my photography skills. capturing self portraits and really showing the true character of each project isnt my strong suit. later this week - hats! hope to post pics of the first two i have finished soon. love you all.


  1. The knitting is looking great. You should definitely go on etsy. Not to be cliche or anything,'s 5 degrees somewhere.... Good luck with both of the new business ventures!

  2. Anderson, loved the "5 degrees somewhere comment". nice. Penny, I'm very impressed with your skills.I liek the 1/2 twist one alot. and the reddish color one. basically i like the all. Did you find a good yard store in IL?