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!
Image Copyright Kate Davies Designs
Image of Katla Sweater Copyright Whitney Howard
Image from Retrosaria
Image of Bubble & Squeak Fingerless Mitts Copyright Jane Burns
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 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!
I’ve mentioned my love of Fruity Knitting before, but the second to last episode was particularly great. Andrew and Andrea interviewed Carson Demers, who just published a book on the ergonomics of knitting, and his interview gives a lot to think about for taking care of your body while you knit!
Not strictly knitting, but related to aches and knitting — I am a big fan of the Yoga with Adrienne YouTube channel, and she recently released a fifteen minute video for neck and shoulder pain — perfect for when your neck and shoulders get tight from a long knitting sesh! (In fact, I need to try this routine again tonight, as I’ve been having some wicked neck pains!)
And while we’re on the topic of self-care, I really enjoyed this post, published on Mason Dixon Knitting, on the subject of self-care and routine … again, not strictly knitting related, but a very good read!
Alright, that’s all from me for the moment, but more to come soon (and sorry there are no pictures with this week’s post — must finish work for the day)! What’s got you excited and/or thinking this week?
Hi friends, and happy Friday! I have a small bunch of fibery Friday Favorites for you today.
Joy’s delightful Lexi the Peerie Mouse. As some of you know, I’ve been (very slowly) working on Alex the Mouse, May’s A Year of Techniques project. I’ve loved AYoT so far — not just for the amazing patterns, but for the camaraderie and inspiration of the monthly knitalongs. Joy’s skillful adaptation of the Alex the Mouse pattern is so cute and lovely — I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at it. You can see lots more adorable pictures and read the details of Joy’s adaptation on her Ravelry project page, linked above. Joy is KnittingJoy on Ravelry and joyous360 on Instagram — she’s a beautiful knitter with a wonderful color sense — definitely check out some of her other projects as well!
And while we’re on the subject of AYoT, I’m absolutely in love with June’s project, the Talmadge Cloche by Romi Hill. I’m excited for a bit of lace knitting, and I love that the hat has a very vintage feel while being totally wearable. I’m casting on this weekend, despite having too many WIPs on the needles already.
I’m a big admirer of Scrumptiouspurl’s self striping yarn (I don’t have any myself, but I love her Instagram feed), and I love this new color, exclusive to Wool and Honey. I’m very tempted …. except for the fact that I really have no business getting new sock yarn!
That’s it for today — thanks as always for stopping by. And I’d love to hear what’s caught your eye this week!!
My knitting and I are off for a ladies’ weekend in New York (bridal shower and bachelorette party for one of my best friends — I don’t know how much knitting will be done, other than on the train!) But before I head off, I thought I’d pop in for a quick round up of Friday Favorites.
This month’s A Year of Techniques project is the irresistible (I should know, I tried to resist!) Alex the Mouse. I’ve never knit a soft toy, but so far, it’s fun — maybe a knit narwhal should be next?
You’ve probably heard about Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point MKAL. I’m trying hard to resist — I have too many projects and don’t think I have enough solid sock yarn in the stash to join in with yarn I have — but man, indie dyers are making it hard! I’ve loved/been tortured by all the pictures of yarn sets popping up on Instagram. I’m a particular fan of the two color sets dreamed up by Kim Dyes Yarn.
And let’s round things out with a couple of cute knitterly things: look at this adorable sheep pouch, with a design by Anna Wright, available from Ysolda, and I love, love, this sweater print from Tilly Flop Designs.
I don’t know about you, but my Instagram feed is currently full of Edinburgh Yarn Festival excitement at the moment. And while I feel very lucky to be planning to go to EYF for the first time next year (yay!) … that’s a year away. So I thought I’d do an extra long, fiber-only Friday Favorites today for those of us who can’t be living it in up in Scotland this weekend to click through and enjoy.
Since today’s theme is wishing I was at EYF, it seems appropriate to start the list off with the newly releasd Bousta Beanie, designed by this year’s patron of Shetland Wool Week, Gudrun Johnston. The folks behind Shetland Wool Week have an annual patron who designs a lovely hat (previous years patrons and hats: Hazel Tindall’s stunning Shwook, Donna Smith’s wonderful Baa-ble Hat and Ella Gordon’s delightful Crofthoose Hat) and they announce the year’s patron and design at EYF each year. I love the simple geometric quality of this year’s hat (and love Gudrun’s patterns in general) — I’m definitely looking forward to knitting it! You can get the hat pattern for free here.
I spied these lovely new bags from Kettle Yarn Company over on Instagram — they’re available at EYF this weekend if you’re lucky enough to be there and are going up in her shop sometime next week … that lobster!
There have been so many patterns released for EYF it’s hard to keep up, but one I particularly love is Spruce, an adult version of this popular baby sweater. I love those colorwork trees!
Even though I don’t use straight needles, these gorgeous, ceramic needle vases have me swooning. I’m really into muted spring pastels at the moment … and I see no reason you couldn’t use it as a vase for regular flowers, lacking needles. Or perhaps I should pick up one of the adorable mugs or pour overs (or one of each? if only ….)
The lovely US yarn shop Woolly Thistle is holding a not at EYF commiseration sale for thos of us left behind … there seem to be some really great deals. This newly arrived yarn isn’t part of the sale (though it’s really reasonably priced), but wow, that natural Wensleydale wool …. Also not part of the sale, but at the top of my want to buy list: In the Footsteps of Sheep — how awesome does that book look?
And to round things out with a few more pattern releases: I love Thea Colman’s new sweater Angostura, knit out of Blacker Yarns Classic DK (which IS on sale at Woolly Thistle!). I love the saddle shoulder, the simple front, and the surprsie of the back cabling … and I’ve wanted to knit wiht Blacker yarns for ages!
Last but not least: check out this new Melanie Berg shawl, another pattern that “premiered” at EYF … beautiful!
Let’s face it … no amount of link clicking is going to take the place of a glorious yarn festival, but I hope you enjoyed today’s little round up. Thanks, as always, for stopping by and lending my ramblings an ear. Hope wherever you are, you have a lovely weekend, filled with lots of knitting, planned!
It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Friday Favorites round up, so here goes!
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!)
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!