weekend reading

It's Friday morning. I am writing this from bed. I'm going to go get a manicure today. And read. And watch TV. That's right, I HAVE THE DAY OFF! And I have no qualms about bragging about it. I need this day. I have been go go go go go going for a few weeks now and I feel it, y'all. 

Here are some links to make you feel like you have Friday off too!

I'm notorious for putting myself on the hold list for 100 books at a time and then getting a new one every few days. I'm trying to space them out more so I can actually enjoy them. This week I have been reading Everything You Want Me to Be. It is so good! Very who done it and a page turner. 

A few weeks ago I was babysitting at a friend's house. This friend has HBO. I do not. So naturally I started watching The Young Pope. Y'all. It is fantastic. I highly recommend it. I recommend it so much that I added HBO to my cable package so I could finish watching it. Watch this scene and you'll be hooked. 

I've been seeing all sorts of cool weavings on Instagram and was interested in pieces with wrapped yarn. Kate over at The Weaving Loom did a tutorial about it and I can't wait to try it! 

One time I watched The Pioneer Woman and she made this incredible looking cinnamon toast. I love cinnamon toast and this one looked so cinnamon-y and crunchy. I finally tried it this week and...omg...it was amazing. It's super easy to boot!

Grab your tissues. This is a incredible read. This man has a huge heart and I hope to be more like him. 

Is it still important to teach children to sew? YES OBVIOUSLY. 

Craft as embodied satisfaction. Yes. This is probably 90% of the reason why I craft. 

I had a galentines day with one of my besties on Tuesday night. We thought we would stay in, order takeout, and watch a rom com. We went out, brought some food home, and watched The Light Between Oceans. It was a great movie, but it is NOT a rom com, y'all. It is a drama filled story laden with sadness. You will cry and possibly not smile at all. Be warned. It's good, but you're gonna cry. 

I love illustration and I love seeing behind the scenes peeks at artists working in their studios/offices. It always inspires me. This little article about Marta Abad Blay did just that! I wanna paint!

I love these sew together bags that Jeni made! I need to make one of these eventually. 

This floral artwork keeps popping up in my life and I love it every time. But alas, it is from Anthro and will cost me too many pretty pennies so I will keep dreaming about it. 

I'm off to enjoy my Friday! Ta ta! 

weekend reading

Happy Saturday! This week was a little cray, thus the late post. But don't you worry, this week wasn't too busy for me to find some great links to share! 

Remember my rad Norwegian mittens? They're awesome, but I have the nearly-universal holes near the thumb gusset. This is not a huge problem, most knitters deal with it when making thumb gussets, but it is annoying. I made sure to bookmark this video for the next time I do mittens so that I'm sure to have perfect thumbs! 

This post made me have an instantaneous crush on Brendon Urie and made me want to listen to Panic at the Disco immediately. 

Try a little tenderness

Binge listening? I'M READY. #podcastaddict

This company makes magazines out of your camera roll! So cool. But let's be real, some of mine would be REAL dumb or like screenshots of a recipe or something. 

LOVED this article about the Obamas and how they parented in the White House. 

Do you love scrambled eggs? You do? So do I. But they can be a little...boring. Not anymore, though! I tried this technique on Wednesday and it was really good!!

I think I need to make a sweatshirt out of this fabric

Relative deprivation. Sigh. This makes total sense, unfortunately. 

Happy reading and happy weekending! 

frog it real good

Ah frog it...ah frog it...frog it real good! 

This is new, uncharted territory for me. I frogged a project. I'm all about trying new things with knitting these days, including, apparently, ripping shit out. 

Ripping is the worst, right? You're undoing a lot of hard and long work. But you know what's worse than ripping? HATING YOUR FINISHED OBJECT (required caps). I ripped out like 70 rows of my never ending seed stitch wrap because I wasn't loving how one of the colors was looking. It sucked but I am so much happier with how it's looking. 

And so I knew what I had to do with my Doodler

I wanted to love it, I really did. The Hedgehog Fibres was BEGGING for a crazy pattern like The Doodler. I had exactly enough yarn. I had the assurance that it was a popular pattern that everyone on Ravelry likes (not that that ever matters to me). But it just never felt right to me. And then I messed it up! I was confused by the instructions and it wasn't turning out right, so I ripped back to the first couple of rows. It was going well once I figured out my mistake. 

Buuuuuut I just couldn't get on board with it. It just wasn't doing it for me, ya know? Thus commenced a 3 hour long spree on Ravelry to find a new pattern that would do my yarn justice. And surprise surprise, Stephen West had another pattern that I liked! It seemed only right that I would rip one West Knit out only to replace it with another. 

I took one last picture of my Doodler, then I ripped. It's a sad kind of incredible to realize how weeks and weeks worth of work can be ripped out in just a few minutes. I immediately cast on for Daybreak and immediately felt a sense of excitement that I hadn't felt with The Doodler. I'm going to use all 3 colors that I was going to use for my Doodler. I'm super excited about the stripes! 

Here is the last-ever photo of my Doodler. 

And the first-ever photo of my Daybreak! 

busy baby boy sweater: a finished object

You read that right. The words "sweater" and "finished object". IT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED!

Remember a few months ago when I suddenly had the itch to knit a sweater? And I thought it would be best to start with a baby sweater? Well, I committed to it and did it. 

One of my sweet friends had a precious baby boy last year and his first birthday was January 22. I knew this would be the perfect deadline for my first sweater. So I did TONS of ravelry research (the best kind of research) and hemmed and hawed for months about what sweater to do. I wanted something with raglan sleeves because it would be easiest. I wanted something in separate pieces since I am more confident sewing sleeves on than picking up stitches. I wanted worsted weight so it would be quick...basically, I had lots of preferences. But then I thought to myself...why let picking up stitches stop me? It's a necessary part of knitting and while I don't have a ton of experience with it, the only way I can improve is to just do it. And my mittens turned out really well and they involved picking up stitches. 

I found the Busy Baby Boy Sweater pattern on Ravelry and was obsessed with how cute the shawl collar looked. I knew it was the sweater. I picked out some yarn (Berocco Vintage) and got to work. I was pretty terrified of messing it up or the size being wrong, so I reassured myself a lot through the process. It was going really well and quickly. I did my first ever 3-needle bind off! 

January 9

January 9 again- finished with the ribbing

January 12

January 13

January 15

January 16

January 17

January 19

Look at that 3 needle bind off!!!! Also note the perfectly matching nails. 

And then it was time to pick up stitches. I was terrified. YouTube to the rescue! ***An aside- can we please talk about this youtube video real quick. I died laughing when I saw the opening sequence. It is incredible.*** The video was super helpful and I was now confident that I could do this whole picking up stitches around the armhole thing. AND I DID! It looked great!! I picked up more stitches for the second sleeve and for the collar. I took many, many breaks to squeal in delight and to have cute aggression moments. 

January 19- cute tiny sleeve!!!

THOSE PICKED UP STITCHES THO

January 20- a sleeve!

Commence the dramatic fake crying.

At this point I just fell over and died. 

January 21- Am I me if I don't post a pic of my knitting with tea??? Collar stitches have been picked up.

Continue the dramatic fake crying. 

I gifted it to the sweetest bebe boy and it fit him perfectly!! He looks SO CUTE in it and now I wanna make allllll the sweaters. Between this project and my Norwegian mittens last year, I am gaining all sorts of knitting confidence that I haven't had before and that's super exciting. Who knows what I'll knit next!

January 22- Inside out view of the back. 

Inside out view of the front. 

THAT'S IT, I'M DED

So there you have it, my very first sweater. It was seriously easy (even the picking up of stitches) and I feel inspired to try anything!! I am totally obsessed with the way it turned out! 

Specs: I used about a skein and a half of Berocco Vintage yarn. I used size 6 needles on everything. Instead of the motif, I used plain old stockinette stitch (which means I just knit and knit and knit in the round!). I wanted some texture in the the shawl collar, so I did seed stitch instead of 1x1 rib. This sweater took me 11 days start to finish and that's including a couple of days that I didn't work on it :) It came together super quickly and I am so proud!! Rav link

weekend reading

Another week, another weekend. How's life going for you? I'm continuously debating the merits of being informed and of avoiding news altogether. I want to do things but I also want to become a hermit. It makes decision making difficult. So for now, let's just look at some things on the internet. Alright? 

2017 is the year of the hand knit hat. OBVIOUSLY. I still haven't made myself a pussyhat, but it's still clearly needed, so maybe I'll get on that this weekend. 

Warm molasses milk. The words themselves soothe the soul. And it's a Joy the Baker recipe, so you know that it's impossible for it to lead us astray. 

Embroidered clothing. It is on my list these days. I really want to deck out a chambray button down with some rad embroidery and I want to do a cute pocket tee as well. Luckily this post is here to help us with the pocket tee

So y'all know my new thing about clothing, yeah? The whole conscious consumerism and trying not to just throw stuff in a pile to give to Goodwill because nobody wants our used clothing anyway. That whole thing. This website has a handy little chart to help you decide if you should buy something and I definitely will be consulting it in the future. 

In an effort to buy less clothing, I want to make more of my own clothing. I'm thinking this fabric would make a great mini dress. I bought some of this fabric to make another Marthe blouse

When I was in college, or maybe even as late as grad school, I discovered the amazingness that is Annie's white cheddar shells and cheese. I was raised on Kraft mac and cheese and while delicious, something about that color just screams artificial. Annie's tasted, and looked, like real food. One day I decided to up the healthiness just a bit and threw in some frozen broccoli. Y'all, it was a revelation. I rarely eat Annie's without broccoli now. Then I learned that this is like, a thing. People doctor up Annie's white cheddar shells and cheese all the time. And so, when I came across this recipe, I knew it would be right up my alley. I'll probably cheat and use the Annie's for the pasta bit!

Another winning recipe from the food blogger I nanny for! These granola bars are SO good and every time I'm babysitting at her house I eat at least 2 of them. Can't get enough!!

I achieved a big crafting goal so be on the lookout for a post about that on Monday! 

beading dreams

It started how it usually does. I was scrolling through instagram, probably the explore tab, and I saw something that caught my eye. Bright and colorful and cheerful. I've been seeing various colorful necklaces around lately and have been wanting to make some, but painting beads seemed so tedious. But behold, this wasn't painted beads, it was clay beads! 

I fell into the vortex that is instagram and couldn't stop looking at Ena & Albert's page. So cheerful! So colorful! So fun and easy! I got on YouTube and watched lots of polymer clay videos. I had a few things planned for the morning but I secretly couldn't wait until I could make it to the craft store to get polymer clay. Such is my life, thinking about crafting when I am somewhere else. 

After the morning plans were over, I headed to the craft store and picked up several Sculpey III polymer clays. I came home and for literally HOURS, I just sat and mixed colors and rolled and poked. Next thing I knew, I had tons of beads! I put them in the oven to bake and marveled at my handiwork. 

Here's what it all looked like. 

I started off pretty boring and then got more adventurous. 

Ready for the oven. 

I made 80 beads!!! 

This more accurately portrays the colors. 

A favorite combo! 

I haven't worn any of the beads yet, but I will soon! I also want to incorporate them into weaving! I really enjoyed making them A LOT and it's definitely something everyone can do, regardless of skill level. I'll be watching more YouTube videos for sure and hopefully having more fun with clay soon! 

weekend reading

I'm writing this post at a late (for me) hour thanks to some mild insomnia. It was one of those things where I was tired and ready to go to sleep but then I laid down and...nothing. So here I am, doing what all the sleep experts tell you not to do, staring into a screen while cozy in bed. I must say it's not bad!

Also not bad are these links!

I planned an Ikea trip with my bestie for tomorrow and now I have even more reason to go thanks to Alicia's super luscious quilt comforter. I'm totally going to get this one and make my own quilt comforter. I'm pretty sure it's going to be the best thing ever and that I will never want to make a regular quilt again. 

This heart quilt top gives me heart-eyes emojis. And it would be pretty great as a quilt comforter! #ideas

I finally did it, y'all. I knit my first sweater!! It was tiny and baby sized but oh so satisfying and I definitely want to knit more of them. I've been perusing tons of patterns on Rav and favoriting patterns left and right and this one is definitely a contender. 

So I have this thing for raglan-sleeved peplum tops so it's no surprise that I've fallen in love with this pattern

This Buzzfeed post was definitely written by a crafter! They nailed it 100%. 

Important political things: 
Deadly DIY Abortions 
Boob pendants whose proceeds go to Planned Parenthood

Aaaaand utter and complete hilarity and ridiculousness

 

weekend reading

I cannot even with today, so I'm going to enjoy real life and try my hardest to stay off the internet for the day. I'll knit and read and celebrate a friend's birthday. I'll hide in the solace of friends! Here are some links for the internet weary. 

This guy is #goals. He knits a sweater of a place, then goes to that place and takes a photo of himself with the landmark, while wearing the sweater! So meta! 

These hand painted wallets are oh so pretty. They remind me a lot of Naomi Ito's gorgeous fabrics.

This rad lady wore men's clothes for a month and learned a lot of things. Like the utility of pockets! I really resonated with this line: "Looking formal, for a woman, generally involves showing more flesh, wearing tighter and more figure-hugging clothing, higher shoes, tights, Spanx, jewellery and complicated hairdos. It’s a list of things that make me feel physically uncomfortable and self-conscious. Any time I have left the house to do anything vaguely important, I’ve been uncomfortable, and the more important the thing, the more uncomfortable I’ve been." TOO TRUE. 

I'm always really impressed by people who can just whip up a meal without a recipe. I'll never forget the one time I was nannying and the mom was sick. She roused herself from her sickbed and MADE TOMATO SOUP FROM SCRATCH WITH CHEDDAR WAFFLES. WHAT. I don't do that even when I'm feeling 100%! I was soooo impressed and real inspired because it took her no time at all. This article gives me hope that I too could just make soup from thin air one day! 

Y'all know I can't resist Earl Grey Latte anything and this version just went to the top of my "to try" list. 

Here is your warning: politics ahead. I know I said I cannot with this day, but I can with this. This will be me when I'm 79. 

Ta ta for now! 

christmas quilt 2.0: a finished object

Last winter I started a second Christmas quilt. I was super enthusiastic about it because I managed to score some Cherry Christmas from Aneela Hoey herself. I had to have stalker-like behaviors to do so (you can read more about that and some specs on this quilt here), but it was totally worth it. I knew that it would be so great in a Christmas quilt and the top came together in no time at all. I bought the fabric for the backing and then...I pressed pause. I thought to myself, 'this is going to be super fast and easy, I have plenty of time.'

Y'all. It was December. Everyone knows that there is no such thing as 'plenty of time' in December. 

Christmas came and went and lo, I was stuck with one Christmas quilt from 2014 (or was it 2015?) (#firstworldprobs). 

And then a craft retreat happened! It was the perfect occasion for finishing my quilt! I was all excited and I packed my car with all the essentials- fabric, sewing box, sewing machine, IRONING BOARD (fun fact, an ironing board does in fact fit in a small car), and all the rest. I was thrilled to have a weekend in the country with friends, at a lakehouse, without wifi (ok, I resented the no wifi fact), and with all the crafts I could handle. 

We got there on a Friday evening. I had been at an eating disorders conference for 7 hours, went home to change clothes, packed some last-minute essentials, drove 3 hours to the house, and was ready to chill for the night. So I did. But bright and early the next morning, I busted out the Christmas quilt stuff...and realized I didn't have everything!!! In my haste, or optimism, I'm not sure which, I had left about half of the backing fabric at home. 

^I literally did that when I realized my mistake. 

^I literally did that when I realized my mistake. 

So I did what any good crafter does- I went to some itty bitty tiny country quilt shop. I will give it credit that there was A LOT of fabric, buuuuut modern fabric? Not so much. I couldn't find anything to fit my demands. I was resigned to working only on knitting and embroidery for the rest of the weekend. It was disappointing, but it also meant I could be lazier and sit in a recliner all weekend rather than at the kitchen table! Luckily my dear friend Katie made use of all my sewing equipment (and fell in love with my Janome, because hello, who doesn't?!), so it was not all for naught. 

So here we are, early December of this year. I would remember the quilt and how all the pieces were cut and ready to go...and then wouldn't work on it. Then I was scrolling through Insta one day and came across this post from artist extraordinaire Pam Garrison. It wasn't much but it was what I needed to get myself into gear and just finish the quilt. What good is a quilt if it's half finished, sitting in a gallon-size ziplock bag labeled "christmas quilt" with literally everything you need to finish it ready to go??? 

NO GOOD AT ALL. 

I proceeded to turn on Netflix, queue up Call the Midwife, and improv piece the back in like an hour. I, in a rare good decision of actual planning, had bought batting and pre-cut my binding when I first started the quilt, so I had NO EXCUSE to not finish it that weekend. AND I DID! 

So here she is, in all her glory. Some of these pics are bad, but you know what? The quilt is done, being used and loved (even now, a few weeks after Christmas), so this is a success story, people. 

December 16, 2016- laying out the pieces for the back. 

One hour-ish later, a finished back! I always forget how much I love improv piecing. I need to do more of it! 

December 18- y'all know I just HAD to take a ridiculous artsy photo with my turntable in the frame. 

Wearing a thimble bc poking the eye of the needle through your fingertip is a lot more painful than poking the point through your fingertip. 

Christmas night, Christmas quilt, and Christmas special of Call the Midwife! I think I watched ALL of season 5 while working on this quilt.

Top!

Back! Yeah, it was windy.

~aRtFuLlY thrown on the bed~

I only bought ONE FAT QUARTER of that Dear Stella Christmas bikes print and I'm so glad I could use it for the back! 

You may have noticed by now that I am obsessed with the Cotton and Steel Sprinkles prints. I've used them in several colors in quilts now. 

Lookin' cute on my bed, where it has stayed! 

So there you have it, my last FO of 2016! As usual I finished with hand ties bc I am lazy. I love the finished size and definitely want to make more quilts that are bigger than my go-to 50" by 60". I don't have any specs for it as far as specific prints or finished size this time around le sigh, but it's all pretty much Cherry Christmas or Cotton and Steel and I will one day get around to measuring :) 

Until next time! 

weekend reading

Hey. No posts in a bit, so I'm making up for it with lots of links! I need to make myself a little blog schedule so I post a little more regularly! 

How cool is this story?! Flour sacks coming with cute prints so that people could sew clothes and toys from them. I'd be up for this! 

THE PETTINESS. I love it. I am really tempted to buy some of the pinkest paint

These cocoons are so beautiful. They'd make really cool necklaces. 

In my professional life, I am an eating disorders therapist. I love it but we certainly have different ways of thinking than the rest of the world about food and bodies, so it was good to see this article about full fat dairy! I prefer to use full fat dairy but it is so hard to find because of Americans' unfounded fear of fat.  

Hygge is everywhere these days! I have seen so many blog posts about it recently and I feel very on trend. This article expressed my feelings perfectly about keeping lights up year round (or at the very least, for all of winter)! 

This article also described the perfection that is candles during the long dark cold days of winter (or if you're in Dallas, the long bright warm days of winter!). 

Now this is Christmas decorating

Keeping with the wintery theme here- snow globe artists

You guys. This is the sweetest little knitting story

The next time I run out of body wash, I think I'll try my hand at making my own

I'm thinking these pins are going to be my go-to birthday presents this year. 

Now that I have a basic grasp on stranded knitting, I think I want to try my hand at some more advanced color work. I think this fair isle field guide might help!

And finally, a short and sweet recipe. For New Year's Eve, I went to a friend's house where we and several other gal pals had a long and lingering italian dinner together. I was in charge of dessert so I brought some cake and made a big batch of homemade whipped cream. Homemade whipped cream is SO easy to make and WAY tastier than store bought. Here is how I made mine (and I think it is pretty perfect):
Pour 1 pint of heavy cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix the ingredients together on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Then enjoy your whipped cream on EVERYTHING! It is so good and is so little work! I have been enjoying it a lot with some cocoa powder sprinkled on top and strawberries to dip. 

weekend reading

Links links links! I blogged 3 times this week so let's just pause and appreciate that for a moment. 

Ok great! 

I have been reading In the Company of Women and it's full of wisdom and goodness, but my favorite part? The photos of everyone's studios and workspaces! I have always loved getting a glimpse into the behind the scenes views of creatives' lives and this book allows me to do just that. Another thing I have been reading all week that gives me that same nosiness? Our Tools Ourselves. How have I not known about this sooner?! Karen Templer at Fringe does a great job at asking all the details I want to know and I am so enjoying the photos and stories behind various knitters' work. 

Get your tissues ready. We Found Our Son in the Subway

Howwwww cute are these printable calendars?! I don't use a paper calendar often but these have me wanting to.

I'm all caught up on Call the Midwife so I have been filling my British TV void with The Crown and Outnumbered

Christmas is over but Christmas quilt inspiration will never be. I am OBSESSED with these versions of Amy's Improv Modern Patchwork Trees quilt blocks

french hot chocolate

Ok so this isn't a crafty post, but cooking and baking ARE creative, so this totally counts. 

If you haven't noticed already, I am a hot chocolate fiend. Actually, just a chocolate-in-general fiend. I love it. A few years ago for Lent I didn't give up chocolate...I just cut back to chocolate once a day. That's how obsessed I am. A meal just doesn't feel complete without chocolate to me! 

During these cooler winter months, though, I crave the hot version. I, unlike others, have met hot chocolates I didn't like. I recently bought some hot choc packets from Whole Foods. They were not great. Also recently I accidentally watered down a packet of hot chocolate and obviously that was disastrous. 

I have pretty specific hot chocolate recommendations and lately I've only been wanting GOOD stuff. Thick, rich, luscious "drinking chocolate" is what is hitting the spot these days. I've linked a few times to some ultra ultra thick ones but they tend to take a little longer, so today I am sharing a classic French hot chocolate recipe, aka chocolat chaud. It's super easy and you probably already have everything you need. Just look at how it coats a spoon!

Serves 1
2 tablespoons heavy cream
3 oz milk (preferably whole...skim will do but you need to ask yourself why you're consuming skim milk)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 oz. chopped chocolate (I like at least 50% cacao but almost anything will do...experiment with flavored chocolates!)
In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat heavy cream, milk, and sugar until bubbles start to appear around the edges. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate. Put over low heat if needed to melt chocolate. Pour into a small mug and sip slowly. 
 

recently

Ah, the post-Christmas vibes. I think we are all too quick to be done with Christmas, so I like to keep the Christmas cheer going by lighting all the candles, keeping out the Christmas quilts, and keeping those twinkly lights on. I DO have some crafty things to share but have not yet photographed them, so for now, here are some recent photos. 

December 10

December 11

December 14

December 15

December 17

December 18

December 18

December 20

December 21

December 21

That was nice. Let's do that again soon. 

weekend reading

Another week with no posts but this one! Sorry guys! I'll get back into the swing of things soon, I promise! I wasn't on the web too much this week, but here are a few links to things I really enjoyed this week!

I bought myself a little early Christmas/new job present. And it's going to make me sound like a hipster but I don't care. It's a record player! I have really enjoyed using it so far and all (4) of my records sound great on it! I made a big Amazon wishlist full of vinyl so I'm hoping I get some for Christmas!

I've mentioned Hygge here on the blog before- it's the Danish art of coziness. I bought this little Kindle book this week and it really inspired me to have more hygge time! Listening to records is definitely hyggeligt. 

Another wishlist item- an 18 bead necklace. So cute!

I've been such a sucker for all the Christmas sweets! I love peppermint as is, but especially combined with chocolate and with Christmas cheer! I've been enjoying my favorite peppermint ice cream, peppermint Lindor truffles, and it's definitely not Christmas without Linzer cookies!

Speaking of food- one of my friends has an adorable little plaid enamel coffee pot from Europe. It's the perfect size for heating up a cup of milk for hot chocolate or cooking single portions of things in. I looked some up online and they were quite expensive, so I was thrilled when I found this one this week! I love the Sage colored one!

On my stove right now as I'm writing this- rice porridge. It smells AMAZING and I cannot wait until the timer chimes. Here's how to make it:
1 cup Jasmine rice
2 cups water
1 cup half and half (I didn't have any so I just used heavy cream instead)
2 cups milk
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp cardamom (didn't have this either so I did 1/8 ginger and 1/8 cloves)
Cook rice with water per rice directions (typically you combine both, bring to a boil, cover and lower to a simmer for 20 min). Once rice is done, add half and half, milk, cinnamon stick, and cardamom. Cover and simmer for another 40 minutes, stirring often. Enjoy with butter, cinnamon sugar, milk, and whatever other toppings you want (I think almond slivers and raisins would be perfect!). Thanks to Alicia Paulson for posting about this on her Instagram!

And of course, it wouldn't be my blog if there wasn't a mention of crafts, so here's my crafty link for the week: when DIY goes bad

weekend reading

Hello friends! I've got several crafty links for you! All of these make me excited to make and be creative. This weekend I'm hoping to do some knitting and weaving, and maybe a little bit of sewing!

Kate over at The Weaving Loom posted a tutorial for these adorable little weavings. How cute would these be as ornaments or on top presents?! I have a whole bag of yarn scraps and I'm thinking this will be the perfect use for them. That, or some fun tassels!

I'm on the hunt for some flannel sheets. Apparently I only have one set and it's missing a pillowcase. I found this really cute set on the Land of Nod and I might have to splurge on them!

"Creativity is allowing yourself to be you." Yes. I love this idea for morning making and not filling my first minutes with my phone, computer, or TV. I have practiced having a quiet 15 minutes first thing in the morning and it really is the best. I like to fill mine with prayer and poetry, but I think it would be nice to add a little handwork project in there too. 

All the sheep

Want. A lot

Did you watch the Gilmore Girls revival? Did you swoon over the scarves Rory and Paris wore? Me too. Now we can learn all the information about how that happened

Really useful: how to hang a quilt

Well, that's all I've got for this week! I hope your weekend is crafty and full of Christmas cheer! 

 

weekend reading

December! How did this happen so fast?! I am happy you're here, but I also need time to slow down just a little bit. This week has flown by and I am excited to have arrived at the weekend. I've got lots of fun plans and am hoping to work on a long-abandoned Christmas quilt back this weekend so I can snuggle up with some hot chocolate!

Links!

Hygge. You've probably heard of it. It's starting to be a "thing" here in the US of A but I've known about it (and have practiced it) for a few years now. It's my fave. Candles, coziness, friends, community. All the best things. Educate yourselves and get to hygge-ing. (I've got 4 glassybaby lit right now and am listening to French Cafe Pandora, so I'm enjoying some real hygge vibes.)

Mittens inspired by mittens!

A couple of years ago I was perusing Pinterest and came across something that sounded so amazing- cranberry brie grilled cheese. I thought that I surely would remember it by the time Thanksgiving rolled around, but I never did. Not so for this year!! I remembered and I made this lovely Joy the Baker iteration of it and it did not disappoint! My only sadness was when I ran out of cranberry sauce. I'll just have to wait til Christmas to enjoy the melty tangy sandwich once again. 

Pussy Hat Project! Millions of women are going to be marching in DC on January 21 and I don't know much about DC but I do know this- it's hella cold in January. So let's knit up some hats for these rad ladies. 

I have major cute aggression over these adorable tiny patchwork Christmas stockings!!!

I wanna try this fun bubble art

 

norwegian mittens!

Back in September, I went to Stitches Texas. It was magical and full of my people, that is, knitters and fiber enthusiasts! It was a blast. I took a class that was definitely out of my comfort zone- Norwegian mittens. Color work has always intimidated me. It looked so hard. So I knew a class was the way to go to learn this skill!

I knit up a mitten in the class which meant that I was then filled with the dreadful second sock/mitten syndrome. In the (very) rare times I have knitted socks, I have always done them 2 at a time because I know myself reeeeeal well and know that doing them one at a time means I will be left with only one warm foot. I was determined to have 2 warm hands this winter and gave myself pep talks like 'it only took one 6 hour class to knit one mitten, so just knit for an hour every day and you'll have a finished pair in no time!' Thanksgiving week came and it was the perfect time to do just that. 

So without further ado, here they are, my very first stranded color work mittens! 

Mitten tops!

Mitten backs!

One of each!

Shoutout to my kind mother who took these pics for me. She doesn't have Insta and needed A LOT of coaching, but she done good!

weekend reading

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving! I promise I have crafts to update everyone on! I will eventually get to posting about them :) Let's just say that both of my hands will be warm this winter yay! 

But for now, just some links! 

Today is Friday, November 25. You know what that means? GILMORE GIRLS. I'm actually working today but only til 2:30, so from 3pm on, it is binge watching time. I've got a plan with a close friend and we are going to sit on the couch in comfy clothes and knit and eat Thanksgiving leftovers and laugh and cry and it's going to be perfect. 

I HAVE NO WORDS. This dress is so stunning. I seriously can't think of anything else to say because my words do it absolutely no justice! I'm definitely adding the pattern for it to my wishlist. 

The Compliment Project. I love this. I'm thinking of all sorts of places I could leave the little posters around. 

Minimalist/conscious wardrobe, socks edition!

My friend Erin posted this recipe for NO CHURN, FOUR INGREDIENT peppermint ice cream this week!!! I am so excited. I LOVE peppermint ice cream but it's difficult to find when it's not December so I am super pumped to have an easy recipe for it. #praisehandsemojis 

Purl Soho posted about this gorgeous Julie Hoover sweater the other day (and I just so happened to be listening to the Julie Hoover episode of Woolful!) and it is beautiful. It's going on my list of potential first sweater patterns! 

Currently reading

I'm getting a record player and a few records this week (gotta spend that first paycheck wisely!). I figure I can't go wrong with Frank and Ella Christmas records, and of course I gotta have Luluc. I can't wait to incorporate records into my morning routine and add to my record collection. 

I hope you all have a great weekend full of delicious food, binge watching Netflix, and only the best things! 

weekend reading

Hello hello friends. I couldn't bring myself to post anything last week but I am here this week, ready to post some good links. 

Let's start with the funny. The New Yorker is one of those publications that is supposed to be funny but many of the jokes go over my head. Not so for this article or this one, though. These had me laughing out loud. 

Sand, up close and personal. SO COOL. 

I am hella empowered by watching this and so are these kids!

Getting political now...A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support

Read these words from coziness expert Alicia and just try to tell me that crafting is not healing. "Stitching is just plain good medicine. Put on your coziest clothes, turn on the twinkly lights, make some tea, find a good movie or your favorite music, get a full-spectrum spotlight (that's the one I have) for those dark nights, call your puppers or your kitters or your friend to your side, thread your needles, and stitch your heart back together. If yours feels good but you know someone who could use some love, stitch one for them...There is something so poignant about holiday crafting, to me. I honestly think it's the sweetest, most optimistic kind of making we do all year. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to come from the heart."

In the same vein...Craft as solace

Some good books for those of us who are trying to be more mindful with our wardrobes. 

I started watching The Crown and it is gooooood. 

Currently reading- this, this, and this

See y'all next week!