Happy 2017 everyone! Sorry for the delay, but we all know that sometimes a break is necessary. Between getting sick just before Christmas and taking some time to spend with family, I decided to put things on hold during the holidays. However, let me assure you it was worth the wait!
Big things (literally) are here for you to enjoy as you cozy up at home this January!
For some time now I've been seeing "giant knitting" and loving the look! However, I was afraid to purchase, based on the fact that I thought they would fall apart and be too delicate for actual use. I am happy to report that is not the case! I came across the online shop of Boston maker, Morgan Metz - Loose Knits, and loved the work she was doing and had to find out more!
Clearly this was fate, right? Giant Knits AND Boston?! <3 #dbsobsessed
This throw is the perfect addition to any room! It comes in a great bag (see below), should you want to store it -- who would hide this -- and my favorite thing about Morgan's knits, as opposed to others I have seen, has to be the unique herringbone knitting pattern she uses. I am so in love. As you can see, I sometimes keep it on the back of the fold-out I have (which is otherwise hideous), and at other times I keep it on the couch, so it is ready for some serious snuggling. This chunky knit blanket packs a big punch in the warmth deparment, and is incredibly soft!
And yes, I ACTUALLY use it, so I have been able to see that while there is some initial shedding, it really is not nearly as delicate as I initially expected. Toward the bottom of this post, you will see that there are some close-ups of a blue blanket. These are from a blanket of Morgan's that she has been regularly using for over a year. As you can see, it is in great shape!
Because I love that she lived in Boston (aka I am totally jealous), I asked Morgan to tell me not only about her knits, but also about her connection to that amazing city, as well as to tell us about some of her favorite spots:
"I'm actually from Florida originally, and moved up to Boston for college and fell in love with the city instantly. Freshman year is when I really started getting into knitting. It started just as a way to relax, and it slowly turned into a full blown addiction. Now when I'm not knitting, I work full time in clinical oncology research, and knitting is still the best thing to destress and decompress. I just naturally gravitated to the bulky yarns even from the beginning. So as the years went by I just kept searching for thicker and softer yarns. I quickly realized that mass produced yarns only went so chunky, and most unfortunately were acrylic (which is a petroleum based product). That's when I decided to reach out to local farms in the area, and I discovered roving and thats how the idea for Loose Knits came to be.
As for favorite places to eat in Boston...
-Tatte Bakery- Has amazing pastries (the raspberry fruit box is my personal favorite), drinks, and sandwiches. Perfect for a knitting break snack!
-Tremont 647- Best brunch place in Boston hands down. Homemade poptarts and ridiculously good coffee. Always has a great throw back playlist playing and all the waiters wear their pajamas.
-SOWA Open Market- This isn't necessarily a restaurant. Its an artisan market/farmers market/food truck gathering that is open only Summer Sundays. Between all the delicious freshly made goodies from the farmers market and some amazing food truck, what more could a girl ask for! They also opened a beer and wine garden there this past season. Loose Knits will have a market booth at SOWA in 2017!
-Tasting Counter- Technically in Somerville, but this place is heaven for any serious foodie! Its a 9 course completely chef curated dining experience. The chefs cook right in front of you. It is definitely for special occasions."
I can certainly vouch for Tremont 647 as well. Many a brunch, many a bottle of bubbles, many gossipy mornings.... MEMORIES.
drew bailey scott
My raison d'etre: Seeking and experiencing that which improves my life in all areas. The purpose of this blog: to share those incredible discoveries with others, hopefully making their lives even better!