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A portrait of a woman in a cafe
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She stared into her mug of coffee, watching the reflected lights of the cafe dancing on its surface. The mug was warm and smooth in her hands. She drank slowly, transfixed between sips by the patterns the cream made as it coagulated on the top.

It wasn’t quiet in the cafe, but no one was calling her name. People’s voices blended and mumbled around her. Someone was banging utensils in the kitchen. A dinging bell alerted a waitress that someone’s meal was ready. A man asked for a box to go. It wasn’t exactly peaceful, but rest comes when you can steal it.

She held onto the mug of just okay coffee like a family heirloom. The weight and shape of the mug were comforting in the way a paper cup never is. She lingered. To drink it all and set the mug down would sever her moment of rest.

She closed her eyes with each sip. It wasn’t hot anymore but she didn’t care. Cold coffee was nothing new. Each time a cup was set before her lately, it was this same ritual. Drink it slow. Hold it close. Hope the time and space will stretch out around her until she’s regained composure. Drink it even when it gets cold.

She’s not unique. Just a woman in a cafe hoping the check will never come. Imagining what it would be like to curl up under the table for a nap, lulled to slumber by the white noise of the cafe.

She can be found in any cafe, in any country in the world. She’s you, she’s me. She’s tired but she’s brave. She doesn’t really want a tropical vacation or a visit to the spa. She just wants to sit in silence and drink this cup of coffee. Just for a moment.

Everything needs a sweater.
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Now that our office and print shop have been united in our new studio, I've been making a pot of french press coffee every morning when I get in. Since I drink coffee super slow, the pot tends to get cold. (There's a microwave down the hall, but one gets tired of going back and forth.) The solution to this age old problem? A french press sweater.

I'm especially excited about this project, because I made my own pattern! I took the basic shape from this tutorial by Design*Sponge and mixed it with this cable knit hat pattern. I've been knitting for a long time (very basic things like scarves), but I've only recently begun tackling projects with purling and patterns. It's been a really fun challenge. It's like I know another language now! K2, P2!

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There's something undeniably soothing about knitting. It keeps my hands busy, but allows my mind to rest. We're swamped at work right now, finishing up client projects and getting things ready for our grand opening and the Urban Craft Uprising winter show. But when I'm knitting, I'm cozy - snuggled up with yarn in my hands. It's a nice feeling.

We've got a great studio for knitting. After lunch, the afternoon sun comes around a building and in through our big window. Last weekend, we picked up a chair for the studio - which (as it turns out) is the perfect cozy chair for knitting. I see many afternoon knitting breaks in my future. Because, you know, everything needs a sweater. (Even this dog, Carmelita. Her "mom" is our studio neighbor, and Carmelita likes to come visit.)

For my fellow knitters, here's the pattern I created. I used size 6, 4.0 mm needles, with Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in "Fisherman."

Cast on 66 stitches K2, P2 rib for 6 rows

Start pattern, repeat 4 times: Rows 1-4) P2, K6, P2, K1 (repeat to end of row) Row 5) P2, slip 3 to cable needle, K3 from cable needle, P2, K1 (repeat to end of row) Rows 6-8) same as Rows 1-4

K2, P2 rib for 6 rows Bind off. Use yarn tails to make top & bottom button loops, attach 3rd button loop in the middle with extra yarn. Attach 3 buttons in coordinating spots on the opposite side.

Photos by Jenny Linquist. Visit her internship blog and her photography facebook for more!