Impromptu Stitch & Bitch Session

Last week when we were knee deep in snow and just before we experienced record low temperatures, our college friends got together to watch football, eat delicious chili and snacks, and catch up at Jeremy and Jill’s place.

Jill suggested crafting while we were there, so I picked a hat pattern online for beginners and started crocheting.

I’ve been crocheting on and off for about five years, after Jill taught me. You can say Jill channels my creative, crafty side, but, unfortunately for her, it usually means a lot of her guidance. I have to say, she’s an excellent teacher! Always patient, that’s for sure. (Remember our jewelry-making class?)

I’ve made basic scarves and infinity scarves, but never a hat! I’m left-handed and often have a hard time understanding the crochet directions, but Jill coached me through while she worked on intricate stockings she’s making for her and her husband. Meanwhile, our friends Jess and Gina experimented with new crochet techniques for their scarves. They were very encouraging with my hat, too!

After one crochet hiccup, the main part of the hat was complete! We added ear flaps, long crocheted strings to secure the hat with a tie, and added a Pom Pom to the top.

I’m pretty proud of this hat, and it was so fun to gossip with the girls while we crafted. We used to have “stitch-and-bitch” nights years ago. I think it’s time for a comeback!

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My Second City Gal Resolutions for 2014

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

It’s hard to believe a year ago I was picking out a name for this blog, and now it’s what I spend a lot of free time thinking about. This blog is definitely a labor of love, but I’m so grateful for all those who come with me on my adventures, those who give me ideas of places to go and things to do, and those who read the blog! It’s because of you that I want to continue to explore this great city, even when I want to sit on the sofa with my boys and watch TV.

Let’s recap some of my favorite moments from 2013, shall we?

I can genuinely say I enjoyed all of my experiences, which I didn’t think would be the case (I swear!). If I hate something, I won’t hesitate to let you know, haha.

So what can you expect to see in 2014? More journeys throughout Chicago, that’s for sure, but I want to kick it up a notch and give you more variety. Step further outside of my comfort zone, both mentally and physically. I think it’ll be good for both of us, haha.

I also want to work on my health and fitness. Going to these new restaurants really does a number on your waistline…so this year I’ll definitely be incorporating more health-conscious adventures into the mix. My sister-in-law gave me a yoga mat, strap, and water bottle for Christmas, so no excuses!

Be sure to check out the updated to do list for some ideas.

Lastly, how about some photos from last night?!? Cheers to a happy and exciting 2014!

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