Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Friday Favorites round up, so here goes!

Fiber 

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[1] Winter Whispers, Image (c) Loop London [2] AC Knitwear’s Year of Techniques, from @jenacknitwear on Instagram [3] Arrosa, Image (c) Nicole Mlakar [4] A Good Vintage Cardigan, Image (c) Simply Crochet
With the weater being concerningly warm (forecast for Philly today is a high of 70 F IN FEBRUARY!) my mind is starting to wander toward spring/summer knitting …

  • I love pretty much everything Bristol Ivy does, and this new lightweight pullover is no exception! I almost convinced myself it was a good idea to buy yarn for it, and then realized I had no idea when I’d actually knit it, sigh.
  • How sweet is this Winter Whispers (okay, I guess it’s not *that* spring-y) cardigan? I love the unusual yoke. I think I’d opt to knit it in worsted or even DK wool, to get the drape without using an alpaca yarn, which often makes me itch …
  • And this cardigan makes me wish I actually knew how to crochet — those colors!
  • The new Pom Pom mag is out, and I’m in love with this shawl … it looks like it’d be some simple tv knitting, with enough delicate details to keep things interesting.
  • And lastly, I’m getting so excited about Arnall-Culliford Knitwear’s new Year of Techniques.  The first pattern comes out March 1, and I’m desperately trying to get my knitting life in order to figure out if I’ll be knitting along! (Here’s the first post explaining the project on the AC Knitwear Blog, but there’s more info in subsequent blost posts, including a break down of techniques covered and designers involved – there’s a really great line up!)

Sustenance

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[1] Cauliflower and chickpea curry, image from Whoefully [2] Hot and sour soup and [3] Scallion meatballs, both from Smitten Kitchen 
  • I made this veggie curry for dinner last night on my mom’s suggestion (thanks, Mom!) and it was delicious!  Simple to put together, super tasty, and left me feeling very healthy.  I swapped out a diced potato for chickpeas, because I had one to use up, and threw in some carrots that wanted to be used as well.  A great recipe for using up veg you have in the fridge, I think!
  • I revisted this hot and sour soup on Smitten Kitchen, which I’d made last winter and loved, then forgot about.  It’s amazing and so, so simple.  If you like hot and sour soup, make this now! It’s not the same, of course, as what you’d get in a Chinese restaurant, but it’s packed full of flavor and is seriously easy.  I wish I still had some in the fridge … maybe I will make it again this weekend!
  • And if, like me, you make that soup and go the ground pork route, you’ll end up with half a pound of ground pork leftover in your fridge. You can do what I did and turn it into these awesome ginger soy meatballs.  The original recipe calls for ground turkey, but I figured pork would be tasty too, and they were delicious.  To fill it out a bit, I took the half package of tofu I had left over from my soup and diced it into very small cubes, and, after frying off the meatballs, fried the tofu in the same pan.  I served a mix of the meatballs and tofu over rice with the sauce, and made some bok choy to go along with it — delicious!

What’s caught your eye this week?

And if you’d like more Friday Favorites, find them all here!

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4 thoughts on “Friday Favorites

  1. The hot and sour soup looks good as does the curry. I love curry. I need to stock up on the pastes. I usually try recipes that just use coconut milk and curry powder. I’ve been pinning a few shawls and cowls b/c I’ve fallen in love with Escape Tricot podcast and on Pinterest scrapbooking embellishments since I bought a few more punches lately.

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    1. I lllllove curry too! It’s probably my favorite! The brand of the paste I used for this was Maesri. I got it at a little international grocery shop in my neighborhood — it was very tasty, and I liked it because the ingredient list was just real stuff (lemongrass, cilantro, shallots, etc) nothing scary sounding! I will have to check out the Escape Tricot podcast — I haven’t https://widgets.wp.com/notifications/2827291981#heard that, and I’m always on the lookout for something new 😀 Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  2. Once again you leave me hungry and inspired at the same time 🙂 My hubby loves curries; however I haven’t been a huge fan. Maybe I need to branch out a bit and try cooking my own versus takeout. Crochet is so much easier than knitting. Of course I say this because I crocheted long before I became a knitter 🙂 I hope you try it one day. With the plethora of tutorials out there on YouTube, it makes it so much easier than back in the day. Check out The Crochet Crowd beginner crochet tutorials if you catch the bug!

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    1. I am a HUGE curry fan. I don’t usually cook them (Mr. N does that) but our temporary separation has forced me to, ha! Thank you for the crochet suggestions and encouragement … I have done a very tiny amount of crochet, and I just always feel so awkward doing it … I never know how hold my work, the hook, etc … but there are so many internet resources, there’s really no excuse for that! I’ll mentally bookmark the Crochet Crowd — thank you 😀

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