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There once was a girl who fell in love with Chi-City

I recently took a trip to a little place called Chicago. I didn’t really know what to expect from the city but I was pleasantly surprised by all the art, architecture, history, music and the food. Oh the food, did I mention the food?! I think this is what blew me away the most, the food was so amazing. Yes, I of course had to try an authentic deep dish Chicago style pizza and no it did not disappoint. Do not underestimate the power of the deep dish, how they get all that cheese in there is beyond me. I had one piece and had to tap out which never happens when I go out for pie. The other delightful surprise worth giving a shout out to is a restaurant called Ramen-san, they know how to do a bowl of ramen! One of the best I have ever had, hands down. The city not only houses some of the best eats around it is also filled with green space and beautiful buildings so rich in history. The buildings stand tall and surround the bridges, 52 to be exact, and the Chicago river. I thought my heart was left in Portland but a piece was also left here, and I hope to go back to very soon. FullSizeRender (59)

This wasn’t the only reason for visiting Chi-Town, I also wanted to find the creative side. I was on the hunt for yarn stores and the artisan shops. This is how I travel, I eat, I find nature, I shop local and I find yarn!! Is there any other way to travel?! I came across a cute little shop in the South Loop, appropriately named Loopy Yarns

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The store had rows upon rows of yarn, yup that’s right aka a heaven for hookers. They also had some beautifully hand crafted yarn bowls, if I wasn’t so afraid of it breaking on the flight home I would have scooped one up. I did however find some cute crochet books that have me filled with new ideas and inspiration.

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These are the gifts that keep on giving, with each page I turn my mind races with new ideas and I get the shakes from wanting to try them all. Not only did I find my heaven but I also got to visit an artisan district called Wicker Park. It has so many unique shops and when you are in need of a break from all the shopping you can stop in at Stan’s Donuts…..all I have to say is coconut cream, mmmmm. Sorry I got sidetracked again by the food. Wicker Park boasts local shops which means you will for sure walk away with some local one of a kind treasures. It also has some character to it;

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Jealous? Yes, of course!! Who wouldn’t want to ride a unicorn wearing rainbow coloured leg warmers?! Exactly. The city has so much art and creativity. If you ever get the chance to visit and you enjoy the quirky and unique make sure you stop in. I highly recommend seeking out those hidden gems, they can be found in every city. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking part in all the touristy things but I also like to take time to find something unique that is off the tourist map. You never know what you are going to find and what inspiration you will gain. I walked into Chicago not knowing what to expect and I left yearning for more…..

*For more pictures of our trip check out Dave’s Chicago album*

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Basket Case: Part 2

I apologize as I have been a little tardy as of late due to being under the weather. In spite of my head feeling as though it may explode I was still able to ease the pain by keeping my hands busy. I managed to keep with the basket craze and make these beauties;

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I am so in love with them! I am huge on keeping things organized and these small baskets are the perfect way to do just that. I used one in my office to store some extra yarn that could no longer fit with my other stash and the other is on my partner’s desk to help him keep things in order. The pattern I used can be found here  The best part is that it only takes a couple of hours to put together one of these bad boys. If you are wanting to tackle this project I highly recommend the pattern and tips used on the blog in the link above. There are step by step instructions along with pictures so even beginners can give this one a try.

If hooking isn’t your thing but you would love to have one of your very own then I have some good news for you, this basket will be coming soon to a BBCraftlandia store near you!! Stay tuned for my next post on May 17 as I will be showcases my Spring/Summer line. Happy Hooking 🙂