Friday Favorites

Phew, it’s been ages since I’ve gotten a Friday Favorites post up — though I’ve certainly not been wanting for material!  It seems that not a day goes by without the release of some glorious new yarn or pattern — what’s a knitter to do?!  Without further ado, a quick list of things that have caught my eye recently!

Fiber

  • Have you seen these beautiful, colorful sheep pins?  They are gorgeous and a fundraiser for a very good cause: shepherds in Portugal who lost their flocks during wildfires this summer.  One might be winging its way to me to join my “flock” of sheep-y enamel pins!
  • My love for pretty much everything Kate Davies done is well-documented on this blog, and her new yarn, currently available as part of her West Highland Way club, is no exception.  It’s currently taking all my willpower to not sign up for the club and yarn — I keep reminding myself that I have plenty of yarn and projects planned, and that it would be better to wait and buy the yarn when I know I’ll be able to cast on with it right away. I particularly loved Kate’s post about how the yarn was finished, something that, as she points out, doesn’t get talked about much in the yarn world.
  • And speaking of new yarn, did you see that Shetland designer extraordinaire Donna Smith released her own, new yarn? The wonderful, undyed Shetland wool is too die (dye?) for — some of the colors and all the kits have already sold out, but I think she’ll have more from this year’s clip soon.  All of the wool is from sheep on hers and neighbors crofts — amazing!
  • I’ve really been digging the idea of sweaters with big, graphic colorwork on the torso. Like this new release from Quince and Co and this beauty from the book Knitting from the North.
  • And how cute are these little fingerless mitts, which use self-striping yarn to excellent effect?  The Christmas version is so festive and cheery!

Sustenance

  • I love a good curry, and this chicken curry, which I saw on Saturday Kitchen, looks like the perfect thing to try out this weekend.
  • American Thanksgiving is next week, and since it’s my favorite holiday, we’re planning a mini-Thanksgiving dinner: I’m going to try out this pumpkin pudding, which my mom has already made and says is super easy and SUPER delicious.  I can’t wait to try it!
  • With the cold weather, I’ve been craving comforting stews and soups. How yummy does this vegetarian chickpea and chard stew look? Adding it to the “to make” list!

What’s caught your eye this week?  Do you have a favorite fall recipe that you’re craving?  A yarn or pattern that’s caught your eye this week?

Have a great weekend! xo K

 

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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!

Christmas Round Up and a New Year’s Eve Tradition

Christmas Round Up and a New Year’s Eve Tradition

Hi friends, and happy Thursday!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone already! It felt even faster than usual this year.

My last minute hot water bottle covers got finished (on Christmas Eve, I might add!) and gifted to happy recipients:

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My original hottie, which I use almost everyday, on the left, and the two gift hotties on the right!

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  How are you doing this week?  In sunny Los Angeles, it’s hard for me to believe that Christmas is just around the corner!  As of now, I’m not doing any gift knitting (I often wait til I have a week to go to decide to try to churn out a hand knit pressie), and I’m feeling pretty okay with that.  I love giving handknit gifts, but I just haven’t gotten my act together for it this year.

I’ve rounded up a batch of favorites (some of which are holiday-ish) this week, so let’s get to them!

Fiber

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Clockwise: [1] Image (c) A Yarn Story [2] Image from sweetappledesigns.com [3] Image (c) Clare Lakewood
  • The Rainey Sisters featured these adorable pompom wreathes on their blog — what a fun decoration they’d be!
  • I love these colorwork mitts by Clare Lakewood, and fingerless mitts can make great last minuted knitted gifts!
  • I stumbled across this amazing sheep mug on Instagram yesterday.  Some aggresive googling revealed that UK-based Wool Warehouse sells it, and, for those of you in the US, their international shipping appears to be very reasonable — a perfect gift for the knitting/sheep fanatic in your life!  (I don’t know about you, but I find sheep wearing sweaters to be pretty irresitible!)
  •  Not really in the gift category (unless you think you can make an adult male sweater in less that three weeks – if so more power to you!), but how gorgeous is this sweater?

Sustenance 

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From left to right, images from Food 52; Smitten Kitchen; Webs Yarn.
  • I love this recipe for roasted and poached pears to pare (ba-da-chump!) with a holiday cheese plate.
  • Combining fiber and sustenance: how great are these knitterly cookie cutters, which my mom told me about a few weeks ago?
  • I trust Smitten Kithcen in all things, and she says this is one of her best entertaining recipes — I think it’d be perfect for a December dinner party.
  • And this soup, I think, could be the perfect antidote to holiday party overindulgence — spinach and leek, yum!

You can see previous Friday Favorites (which are chockablock with knitting gift ideas, should you need them) here.

What are you up to this weekend?  Last minute shopping or knitting? Cooking?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

Sunday Supper: Brussel Sprout and Black Rice Bake

Sunday Supper: Brussel Sprout and Black Rice Bake

I don’t know about you, but I blinked, and the weekend was gone!

But what a weekend it was.  The air was cool and damp, seeming to promise that summer temperatures are finally behind us (fingers crossed!).  I had a dear friend visiting on Saturday: there was brunch, there was a local craft fair, there was shopping, there was delicious Indian food and some smashing cocktails.  But tonight, I don’t want to talk about any of those things.  I want to talk about brussel sprouts. Continue reading “Sunday Supper: Brussel Sprout and Black Rice Bake”