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. 

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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

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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!

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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! 

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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!

brush lettering class at paper source

Hey friends! 

A couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity of taking a brush lettering class at Paper Source! I have long been interested in brush lettering and have bought several brush pens before, but nothing ever came out looking quite right. I have been inspired by people on Instagram, showing befores and afters of their brush lettering skills, often dramatically improving in just a few months, so I took the plunge. 

I love taking craft classes because I am a very tactile learner. I am not one to learn things just by having it explained. I am very visual and I have to do things myself to understand it. We had a teacher named Smith whose lettering style is so cute and I was excited to learn from her. That is probably my number one tip about taking classes- find someone whose work you like. I had been told about another brush lettering class by a friend but when I looked at the teacher's Instagram, I didn't like her style, so I decided to save my money and wait for another person's class. It's ok to be picky! 

Here is what I saw when I came to the table: 

Who doesn't love seeing their name written all pretty?!

We practiced for about 2 hours, writing all sorts of things and having fun. Smith and our group talked about how if anyone ever found our practice sheets they might think we are up to no good because of all the random names that we write when we are practicing. I'm pretty sure every single one of my friends' names have been featured in my calligraphy practice sheets. 

I texted this to my sister because her name turned out so pretty! 

After we practiced for a while, we made an adorable project! We learned how to make our own envelope liners and cards and we did some brush lettering on both. We were all very quick learners so at the end of the class Smith taught us how to do ombre brush lettering! 

My final project! 

My main takeaways from the class were: 1. practice makes perfect. I obviously already knew that but I must say I was hoping for some insider secret to having perfect brush letters! 2. It's all about the pen! I had been practicing at home with pretty loose brushes which are much harder to control, and in class I got to practice with a very stiff brush and I was shocked at how much easier it was! I added several colors to my Amazon wishlist! 

I really want to make improving my lettering a priority, so I think I'm going to start writing out a poem a day (definitely gonna start with Nayyirah Waheed's poetry!) and practice using my oblique pen, my brush pen, and also a paintbrush. 

If you ever get the chance to take a class at Paper Source, I definitely recommend it! It was very affordable and it made for a fun Saturday afternoon! 

weekend reading

Happy Sunday, friends! Exciting things have been happening around here and led to my delayed post. I got a new job! It was fast and sudden but I am loving it and am already excited about working there, even if it means less blog time :) 

Links and things!

I am finally watching Stranger Things. I'm probably the last person on the planet to watch it but I am a sensitive soul and needed to make very sure that I could handle it. It's pretty intense and there have been a few scenes where I closed my eyes, but I really like it!! I finally understand things like Eggo waffles, the "upside down", and why Wynona Ryder has been holding Christmas lights. I love being in the know!

I need these stat. Peanut butter cookies seem like a Christmas thing to me because my family really only ever has them at Christmas, but I'm thinking I need to make them a year-round thing. Especially when they are dipped in chocolate. 

Speaking of cookies, Italian nutritionists say we should eat them for breakfast, which you certainly don't have to suggest to me twice. 

Also in food, Kale Sweet Potato Curry. One of my bffs and I can't stop eating this. It's so easy and really delicious. 

More food! I made this pasta earlier this week and it was perfect. 

One last food-related post: cookbook club! This sounds so fun and you get a lot of good food too! 

Ok I lied. Here is my last food-related link for real. Y'all know about my love for Chef's Table but you didn't know that I enjoyed the music just as much as the cinematography, especially the music from the Francis Mallman episode

At my new job I have MY VERY OWN OFFICE. Y'all. This is serious. I am so excited to make it cute and I made a moodboard and everything! In my search for a bookshelf or small dresser, I came across this very inspiring and helpful Buzzfeed article

Oh you guys. I had to do it. I've been watching bits of this video for fun (you just learned a lot about me as a person) and then I did it. What I'm saying is that I bought a pair of size 50 glittery knitting needles. I don't regret this impulse purchase at all. 

And while we are on the topic of knitting- it is useful in so many ways, even in parenting and in social networking!

I want a sample of every single scent, please.

It's the little things.  

#slotober has me thinking still and, not gonna lie, kinda feeling guilty about my buying and getting-rid-of-things habits. But I can make informed choices in the future and can try to buy things that are better for everyone

Well ok! I'm off to enjoy more Stranger Things and to hopefully make a dent in a library book or two! 

i have this thing with shawls

As I was writing my previous post, I realized I should explain myself. 

I love shawls. I love knitting them, I love looking at them, and I love wearing them. If you look at my Ravelry favorites list, you know this to be true. Now, I know this may make me sound like a grandma, but I don't care. There are people out there who are sock knitters. I have long envied those people. It seemed so quaint and nice to have a little project that I could just whip out of my bag and work on anywhere. Plus there are all sorts of fun sock yarns available. But as we all know, I hate working with itty bitty yarn and needles. I have tried and failed to be a sock knitter. 

But shawls? I am there. Many shawl patterns do require the itty bitty yarn- but guess what?! Many require bigger (i.e.: size 4 or larger) needles and that is a trade-off I am on board with. 

The shawl obsession really took off during my senior year of college. I was taking a literature class called Victorian Gender and shawls were mentioned many times throughout the various novels we read. Plus there was Hey Porkchop. She has influenced my desire to knit shawls exponentially (and also my wish to be a sock knitter; also she has an amazing sense of color for everything but especially quilts). But those novels were full of images that stuck with me. A shawl waiting for the wearer, draped on the back of a chair. It was something she could grab quickly on her way out the door to throw on to ward off a chill. It was knitted by hand out of love and necessity, passed between mothers, sisters, and friends to warm. It was an experiment in making do and in trying your hand at a new stitch pattern. In a pinch they doubled as a little throw blanket and what is cozier than a blanket? And so I became a shawl knitter. They don't get a ton of use here in Texas, but looking at them reminds me of all the things I love about knitting them. 

I love the ease of knitting a shawl- the way I know that there will always be increases or decreases to achieve the shape, the long, long rows of stitches repeated over and over again, the way that I excitedly knit trying to get to the next part. I also love the difficulty of knitting a shawl- the hundreds and hundreds of live stitches on the needles, the intricate lace details, the counting and the miscounting. And then the moment when you bind off and admire the work, try it on, and envision it accompanying you on all sorts of grand (or not so grand) adventures. 

everly shawl: a finished object

It feels good to have a finished object to post on here!

I started this project all the way back in November of 2014. I had recently returned from a trip to Australia, where it was incredibly hot and humid, and I was itching to have some wool on the needles for the colder months. I came across the Everly Shawl pattern on Ravelry and immediately bought the pattern and the exact yarn that was used in the example. It soon arrived and then my Seed Stitch Wrap happened. I cast on for the Everly only for it to be abandoned until earlier this month. It came together very quickly and was such a satisfying and rewarding knit. I haven't done any lacework in a while so it took me a bit to get back into the swing of memorizing the pattern repeats and focusing only on knitting (even music or podcasts were too much of a distraction for me when working on the lace portion!) but once I did, it flew off the needles.

There are some projects that can be bound off and immediately worn, but this was not one of those projects. There was some serious blocking required...ahhh, yes, the smell of wet wool. But as usual, the blocking was totally worth the hassle. More and more I am realizing that I really love simple and classic knitting designs in neutral colors and this project definitely ticked all those boxes.  

Ravelry specs here

And now for some photos! 

October 9. (I only just realized how out of focus this pic is! I even had posted it on Insta eeeek)

October 11. 

October 23. 

October 24. Damn, I didn't realize how much progress I had made between the 23rd and 24th! 

October 26. 

October 27. Bath time!

I don't have blocking pins so I used regular old sewing pins 🙃

October 28. All dry and ready to wear! It even looks good with pjs!

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Hello weekend! I have been knitting like a madwoman, thus my silence here. I just finished a scarf and I am still plugging away on the Seed Stitch Wrap and my Doodler. I'm thinking I'll still be able to finish my knitting goals for the year woohoo! 

I have A LOT of links for y'all this week, so get ready.

A while ago I saw THE FUNNIEST video ever thanks to Buzzfeed- a clip of Jurassic Park overdubbed with someone playing the theme song HORRIBLY on harmonica. It was one of those videos that elicited instant hysterical cry-laughing from me. Just thinking about it makes me laugh. So when I saw this post this week that started off with the Jurassic Park clip, I knew it was destined to make me laugh. I haven't laughed this hard in a while. I watched the clips multiple times yesterday and I cried just as much every single time. 

Is this a good time?

Knitting for Victory.

My sister and I are obsessed with London Fogs (aka Earl Grey tea latte) and we also love hot chocolate. So of course we tried this London Fog Hot Chocolate. You guys. It was amazing.

Another hot chocolate I want to try

Obviously with all this hot chocolate drinking I need a cute knitted coffee sleeve!

This kid is going places

Weaving inspo!

Down with the open-concept offices!

I've been wanting a good high quality, but pretty, apron to wear for all my crafty adventures and it looks like I'm not the only girl wanting feminine and durable work wear

I have been keeping up with all the #slotober posts from Karen at Fringe Association and it's made me think a lot about buying, getting rid of, and mending clothes. It's also made me revel in the slowness of creating things by hand and of enjoying the process. I particularly liked these quotes/posts:
-"A thing I know is that making for my favorite people is a way to take care of them
-"The idea of creating is on my mind almost constantly"
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These are the things I’m thinking about as I knit alone in my home, as I do a thing that no one is watching me do. This is what I’ll carry with me when I wear my sweater in the wide world. Secret, humming power. Stitches done in a quiet place. Prayers and groans woven in. Not “I want,” but rather “I am.”"

Political think-piece time: If Hillary Clinton Groped Men

How the Media Scrutiny of Chelsea Clinton Affected a Generation of Curly-Haired Girls

 

 

weekend reading

Oh my friends, I have been bitten by the knitting bug HARD. I am so thankful to Stitches and the renewed knitting energy and passion it has given me! Making a crafting goals list has certainly been helpful as well and it has given me the motivation I need to press on when I'm getting a little bored. I've made lots of progress on my knitting goals!

Time for some links!

Stop everything you are doing and go watch Andrew Bird's Tiny Desk Concert. It is too good. 

File this under: things that are only increasing my knitting motivation. I have fallen down the rabbit hole of the Woolful podcast. I now want to live the most fiber-tastic life imaginable. 

Check out this beautiful Aerial Grove quilt. #hearteyesemojis

The cutest black and white bebe quilt!

Why Netflix and chill when you can Netflix and knit?! 

Rachel Denbow is always posting cute weaving stuff on Instagram and I've seen this necklace on her feed a few times and she shared a tut for it on A Beautiful Mess! Yay!

Poetess extraordinaire Nayyirah Waheed's gorgeous book salt. is FO FREE on the Kindle store right now! 

I need EVERYTHING on this website

Currently binge reading: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (book 3 of the Neapolitan novels). I am so excited to be close to caught up with this series! 

The number of times I have watched this video since I saw Boy & Bear at the Kessler last week? Countless!

weekend reading

Well hello weekend! Oh October, I am so glad you are here. I am ready for cooler weather and warmer drinks. I have bought the coziest blanket cape ever and I can't wait for the weather to cooperate so I can wear it NONSTOP. This week I crafted as usual, read as usual (meaning I was speed reading the day before a library book was due), and also I went to Luke's Diner! 

I woke up at 5:45 to meet with a friend to experience this...that is true love and friendship. 

Here's to the weekend!

Apple muffins. Be like me and bake them in a cake pan and feel oh so decadent when you eat a slice for breakfast. 

8 benefits of a daily sketchbook habit. I dream of having a daily sketchbook habit. I love when I do contribute to my sketchbook but it's definitely not a daily occurrence for me. I just might have to change that after reading this post! The point about having 365 drawings instead of like 30 is definitely a good one! 

And since I'm on a knitting kick, let's indulge it with some really cool old photos of people knitting! This inspires me to find more time to knit, like when I'm just waiting around for things. 

All the heart eyes emojis for this thick and thin cowl!

omg this had me laughing so hard. When you're a 30 y/o man and realize you can decorate however you want

Donate your old books to prisons. This is so cool and not something I had previously thought of.

Secrets of people with all the time in the world. Summed up: have boundaries.  

"They understand how our fingers are connected to our hearts." Connection and creating

All 47 Vice Presidents, Ranked by Hotness. I like this because it's silly and funny and ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ACCURATE. 

Now that I know how to do stranded color work, I really wanna make these Totoro mittens!

I think I'm gonna have to make this salt scrub for my Sunday night relaxation routine!

Have a fab one! 

new wip on the needles

It was bound to happen. I commit to making a craft goals list for the last bit of the year and then I go and buy 3 of the prettiest skeins of yarn ever and must come up with a pattern for them immediately and then next thing I know I've cast on for a new shawl that is most definitely not on my craft goals list. 

sigh. 

BUT IT'S SO FUN. 

Here's the story. You remember my impulse yarn purchase at Stitches, right? Well, I got home and stared lovingly at my new yarns and had visions in my head of some sort of stripey shawl. I have always been drawn to the stripey shawls, a la Kirsten Kapur, and these yarns were just begging to be stripes. So I got on Ravelry and hunted around and then I found The Doodler. Now I am fully educated about Stephen West and his cult-like following, but I was not aware of him or his imminence before last week! This guy is very popular among the modern knitters and his designs are a little...out there...for me. I like a more classic looking knit (even if I am using crazy colors) and West Knits aren't exactly classics. They are FABULOUS though!! 

The Doodler happens to use 3 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres and what did I just happen to buy? 3 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres! Yes! I got to knitting and started progressing pretty quickly, but things looked...off. So I consulted my fellow Ravelers and they informed me that I had been doing the shawl wrong THE WHOLE TIME. So I ripped to about row 3 and started over, the correct way, and it's been fun and perfect ever since! 

Doodler photo updates!

Looking good on the first few rows.

Still looking pretty good 2 wedges in. 

The point where really loud alarm bells went off in my head...things looking reeeeeeal wonky!

Ah yes, much better! Started over and looking normal!

time for some closeup color appreciation!

I'm thinking about putting this thing away until 2017 so I can knit up my other goal knits, but I doubt it's going to stay hidden for long!