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playing catch-up after the best weekend ever

Words can’t really describe how utterly amazing this past weekend has been…


That’s right! I spent last weekend with none other than Tasha of By Gum, By Golly! Tasha and I have been online friends for a year or so now, I can’t remember when the initial “click” was, but we’ve been thick as thieves ever since. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t talk/text and after Tasha mentioned she was going to be in the DC area for her mom’s birthday, I knew I had to fly down to see her. Having a super best friend that you’ve never actually met before sounds really weird, but there was nothing awkward about this weekend. The online to real life friendship bond was so instant and so seamless that I still kinda can’t believe it… I could write for days about the hours of conversation we shared, the endless cups of tea that we drank, and the fun that we had but I’m going to save that for another post (two posts actually).

Whatever state of “blah” I had been drifting through before has been completely whisked away. That weekend was exactly what I needed. Being able to share ideas and talk out loud to someone who understands my passions is something I don’t get to experience as often as I’d like. I don’t live near too many sewers. Tasha and I talked about our grand plans for certain sewing projects, future sew-alongs (Sew For Victory 2.0 kicks off soon!), blogging, photography, and life in general. *sigh* …I wish every weekend could be like this last one.


A little retail therapy never hurts either and I suppose it goes without saying that when you’re staying in a house of avid knitters, there’s going to be some yarn buying involved!!

For Tasha’s Mom’s birthday we met up at Fibre Space which is a super awesome yarn shop in Alexandria, VA. If you live in the area and haven’t stopped in yet, you need to! They carry the most beautiful yarns and the shop aesthetic is just too cool. I walked out with some more of my favorite yarn, some Kitty Snips mini scissors (SO CUTE!!) and a skein of some local kettle dyed fingering weight yarn by Neighborhood Fiber Co. Tasha decided I needed a big cowl that could double as a hood, and I must say I quite agree, so that’s currently what I have on the needles. Of course I should probably finish my Rosie Beret one of these days too… it’s about half way finished now that Tasha helped me fix my cables (Tasha helped me with my knitting. IS THIS REAL LIFE?!?!).

Before the trip I made a pair of pants which I am currently obsessed with and I have been shamelessly living in for days and days. You’ll definitely see more of them soon when Tasha and I share our blog photos that we took of each other! …did I mention how amazing that was? Taking blog photos with your BFF who is also a sewing blogger? It’s THE BEST. I really wish we had taken more photos actually but we were just having so much fun hanging out that it kind of just slipped our minds. It wasn’t until the day before we flew home that we realized, Oh yeah… we CAN’T go home without blog photos! Don’t worry, we got enough for an outfit post and some more from the absolutely gorgeous National Parks Seminary, but it’s the little details I’ll remember to capture next time. The tea cups, the knitting, the talking at the table, the walking to the park, the yarn shop, the food …oh my god the food.

I’m telling you right now, if you don’t have a bloggy/sewy best friend (or three!) you need to start making some. Your soul will thank you for it.

Stay tuned for more photos and giddy ramblings!

(p.s. Erin why do you live so far away?!?!? and Tasha when can we hang out again? Now??)

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  • This DOES look like the best weekend ever!!! I follow both of your blogs, and I can imagine how much fun it would be to meet with another blogger in real life! I haven’t had the chance to yet, but it would certainly be amazing!

  • This sounds like the best weekend ever!! Thank you for sharing a bit of it with us!

  • That looks like it was a fun weekend! I look forward to seeing what both of you do for Sew for Victory.

  • NOW!!! Oh wait, drat. Well, I know I can’t wait to do it again! So so much fun, I can’t even stand it when I think back, it was so fantastic. I know we will *always* have a blast whenever we visit. But we will also always have this ridiculous-filled, silly, cold yarny, sewy, setting up craft booth display, eating quickly snatched fried fish, fixing cables, “hot pockets in the parking garage”, having photos of us taking photos of each other, fun-filled first meetup! <3 <3

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  • There is NOTHING weird about having a bestie you’ve never met in real life! The internet has a knack for bringing together people who should be friends irl, but are too far away to do so. My best friend (other than my local one) & I have hung out… probably 5 times in real life. Does that discredit our bond in any way shape or form? No, she is my vintage soulmate & partner in crime, even though we are on opposite coasts. So happy you gals got to have a visit, looked like so much fun!!

    xo Sara

  • Hello. I just recently found your blog and follow you on feedly. You are stunning! I love your style. I enjoying sewing and knitting also and look forward to seeing what you sew next.

  • What a brilliant pick-me-up! If your photos are anything to go by it looks like you really did have the best weekend! I’m always amazed when I come away from meet-ups like this how easy it all is and how much there is to talk about!

  • Oh that is super fun!! I hope to one day meet some of the lovely people I’ve met via blogging, I can only hope it was as fun as yours and Tasha’s meeting!
    Can’t wait to see your other posts about it.

  • Lovely happy post!

  • Oh my Gosh! So exciting that you met in person! I’m so glad for you gals 🙂

    Miss Beta xx

  • I’m elated for you both! It truly is awesome that you were not only able to meet up, but that this special weekend helped deliver some much needed joy your way, sweet Rochelle. I hope you two are able to share many, many more such get togethers in the future.

    ♥ Jessica

  • This is so very lovely- what a rad weekend you guys must have had!
    Here is to awesome sewing friends 😀

  • Now that looks like fun! I’m glad you had a lovely weekend and the new pants look great. Looking forward to seeing all the details!

  • Sarah

    I want/need a sewing friend!! Glad you guys had so much fun.

  • It sounds like you were having a lot of fun 🙂 Maybe Tasha and Mel can be convinced to become East Coast dwellers and you can see her more often 😉
    As to the places in NoVA- sounds like I need to make a note for when I get there next!

    • (Maybe you can bribe her back this way for the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival 😉 )

  • When ever you can share a good time doing things you love with a friend is a soul healer. Some of the most healing moments in my life are the days I’ve taken time to just enjoy some non-serious exploratory moments with the people I love. I hope you keep that feeling rolling.

  • This is such a sweet post — I look forward to hearing more! I recently moved to the area, so it’s always nice to hear about what folks do when they visit. 🙂

  • stgilbert

    How wonderful!!!! So much happiness in this post!

  • I saw you two together and I’m so happy that it got you out of your sewing funk. Those are no fun. I can’t agree more than meeting online friends sound weird, but isn’t. If there is an common connection like sewing, you immediately get along.

  • Looks like you had a great time! That green yarn looks so pretty, I want to smoosh it!

  • So excited you got to fall in love in real life. I had a similar experience iwth Sallie Oh in the fall. We met at 5pm and were sharing a double futon in my friends NY apartment at midnight. It could have gone so wrong but we really had the most magical time ever. I think because our blogs are generally so personal it’s easy to find people you connect with…. when you take that relationship outside the comment zone, shit can get real, real fast.

  • Nadine

    Oh Rochelle, this really warmed my heart 🙂 Almost all my friends live far away and every time I see them it is like we just saw each other two days ago…. A really good friend sent me that quote – after another painful goodbye and I think that says it all:
    “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”
    I am so very happy for the both of you and I can’t wait with what you’ll come up next 🙂

  • Juliana @ Urban Simplicity

    Love the pants! And the green sweater looks like one of Tasha’s creations. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures–online friends are great, and meeting up in real life even better!

  • Your weekend sounds wonderful! I look forward to hearing all about it! I LOVE Neighborhood Fiber Co. color varieties! I knit a hat from “Rock Creek Park” last year, and I’m currently finishing a sweater I knit from “Georgetown”. Karida is WAY talented.Can’t wait to see what you do with yours!