The weekend’s just flying by, isn’t it?
Happy Friday! Here are some of my favorite knitting and cooking-related things this week:
- Spotlight Sweater. Tin Can Knits released a new book this week. It’s filled with great patterns, but I especially love the bold, graphic design of the Spotlight sweater. It’s going in my (very long) fall sweater queue … at this rate, I think it might have to wait until next year!
- This little post on “the solace of hats.” Short and sweet, but spot on: hats are my go to when I want to feel like I’ve accomplished something. Reading it made me want to pick up my neglected Tom and Jerry Hat or cast on for Newhaven. Or stash dive (not buy yarn, not buy yarn, even though I reallllly want to try the yarn the pattern suggests) for this hat, which I’ve wanted to make since it first came out. But I recognize that, at this moment, with everything I have on the needles, another project — even a hat — would be too much for me!
- The perfect rug for knitters. I made the totally predictable IKEA trip when I first moved into my apartment and fell in love with this rug. It’s made of wool! It’s design is made up of little v’s that look like stockinette stitches! It has some of my favorite colors! Was a new area rug strictly necessary for the new apartment? No. But I caved and got it. If I were more organized than I am at the moment, I’d share a picture of mine in it’s new home. But for now, check it out on IKEA’s website and make sure to zoom in for those stockinette v’s.
- This beautiful, tailored knitted skirt. Knitting a skirt has never been high on my list of priorities … but this, this skirt is really special. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful wardrobe staple?
- This beautiful plum cake from Kate Davies’ website. I’m hoping to stock up on plums at tomorrow’s farmer’s market and make it this weekend. Just because it looks delicious.
- This quick and simple dal recipe. I made this for dinner last night on Mr. N’s suggestion, and I was pretty skeptical. And then it was amazingly delicious. It was super fast, even though I skipped the soaking step. For the green chile, I used a jalapeno as that’s what I had on hand, and I omitted the hing as I didn’t have any. I cooked the whole thing in a covered saucepan (again, out of necessity: I don’t have a pressure cooker) with about 4.5 cups of water at a vigorous boil, and just checked it every now and then to see if the rice and lentils were soft — I think it took somewhere in the ballpark of 20 minutes, maybe a bit more. Topped with some plain yogurt mixed with salt and lemon juice, this was a tasty, super fast, one pot dinner, that’s equally good as leftovers, as I found today when I had it for lunch!
- This article on the Great British Bake Off. I’ve loved the show since I saw it three seasons ago when I was in the UK for research. I was gutted (as they so frequently say on the show) when I heard that it was moving off the BBC and that Mel and Sue would not be going with the show. This article at least brought me a few giggles … small comfort though, when I think that the GBBO will never be the same! (If you want more Bake Off-related reading, this is also a great piece about why Mel and Sue are so important to the show — and confirms what I’ve long suspected .. they are really decent people!)
Well, that about does it for me this week! As always, I’d love to hear what knitting and food-related fodder has you excited as you head into the weekend. If you want more Friday Favorites, you can find previous ones here. Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday! Once again, here are some of the best thing I’ve stumbled on this week. Hope you enjoy!
- These coasters. I have a serious weakness for knitting-related home goods. I just adore these beautiful wood coasters with their knit prints. They would go especially well with these, which my mom and I are planning to work on over Labor Day weekend together!
- Thea Colman’s new fall sweater. She’s one of my favorite designers — I consistently find myself drawn to her patterns, especially ones that involve cables! And it’s knit out of Fiber Co.’s new yarn Arannmore, which looks absolutely stunning. When I’ve actually completed some projects, I want to get a skein of this to try it out!
- This adorable mountain goat pin. I went to college with Julia, the talent behind Shiny Apple Studios. She makes stunning pottery, and recently has started a side business in fun enamel pins. I had to order one of these to grace a project bag! (Also, I had no idea pins were such a thing! There are lots of fun knitting ones, like these adorable skeins of yarn by Morgan Hale!)
- My soft spot for colorwork continues this week. I saw Lori Times Five’s in-progress Kokkeluri mittens, and I was reminded of how much I want to make them (I even have the yarn, as I talked about earlier this summer!) These need to move up my knitting queue, I think!
- This pillow out of a dyed sock blank (look at this detail — be still my heart!). See above mention of love of knitting-related home goods. And it would be perfect with my growing collection of sheep pillows.
- These noodle bowls, which my mom introduced me too. I made these for dinner earlier this week — I want to put this peanut dressing on everything now. And of course these are really easy to customize — I added lots more veggies (edamame, radishes, red cabbage, etc). Next time I make these for dinner, though, I think I’ll marinate and bake the tofu, rather than having it uncooked.
- Mr. N made this ceviche recipe (you might have to scroll down a bit for it), this week. We’ve used this recipe loads of times — this week, we used some lovely wild caught trout for the fish and followed the directions for the summer version of the dish, where you swap in mangoes. With a glass of white wine, it’s the perfect summer dinner!
- Tomato Week at Food52. I’ve mentioned my love of summertime tomatoes a lot recently. Food52 has been celebrating them all this week. This article on why tomato prices are so variable is fascinating – I definitely recommend giving it a read. I also liked their infographic on making a tomato sandwich (all a bit fancy for the humble tomato sandwich but still … pretty pictures of tomatoes! Yummy sounding things!)
- And finally: the best thing I ate this week was a super easy sandwich, that I’m thinking about days later: an everything bagel, with cream cheese, green onions, tomato, smoked salmon, and avocado mashed up with some lemon juice, salt and pepper. Sometimes, the simplest things are the tastiest, right?
What are you eating, dreaming of, bookmarking this week? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Want more Friday Favorites? You can see past weeks’ favorites here.
Happy Friday friends! The weekend’s almost here … not a moment too soon, if you ask me! I am looking forward to some serious knitting time.
In installment two of my new Friday Favorites series, here are the things that have caught my eye this week:
- Mary Jane Mucklestone’s new vest. With all the heat this week, I’ve been dreaming of fall. Getting better at colorwork and steeking are both long-term knitting goals. And I would love a fair isle vest for this winter. This new pattern checks all the boxes. It also prompted me to look through my many Ravelry favorites at other vests I’ve saved, and I rediscovered Ysolda Teague’s Cruden. Hopefully, I’ll get around to making one of these two sometime later this fall.
- I clearly had a thing for colorwork this week. I also fell in love with these gorgeous socks and these mitts, which have an unusual (and lovely) combo of eyelet and colorwork. I stumbled on both when spending time in the rabbit hole that is Instagram.
- And why not keep with the theme? Very Shannon had this great guest post with tips for improving your colorwork.
- Also spotted on Instagram this week: these hilarious mugs, from Baa Ram Ewe. I have a weakness for knitting-related mugs … throw in punny musical references, and I’m a goner. They also have travel versions (get your steek on!)
- And, saving the best for last … the new Pom Pom mag came out this week, and it’s chock full of beautiful patterns. But I am absolutely in love with this sweater. (And designer Christina Danaee provides some interesting insight into her design process here.) I love Guernsey-style sweaters, and the updated silhouette of this one is oh-so-appealing. It’s resulted in a flurry of phone calls between my mom and me, trying to arrange what yarn we might make it in for a mini-KAL when I visit at the beginning of September. It’s seriously tested our recently taken joint resolve to go on a yarn diet.
- Farmers market tomatoes. Chopped up with a little vinegar, salt and pepper. That’s pretty much all I want to eat right now.
- But if someone made this eggplant sandwich for me, I wouldn’t say no. I love roasted eggplant and arugula. Combined, I’m sure they’re heavenly!
- And I’ve found another summer squash recipe that I’m eager to try. I love curry, and I love zucchini, so why not put them together?
- We made this udon, greens and sesame dish a few nights back (scroll down past the chicken recipe to find it), and it’s a great midweek dinner! We used baby bok choy for the greens, which was super yummy.
Hope your week’s ending on a happy note and that a weekend of knitting and good eating stretches before you. Oh, and if you stopped by yesterday looking for sock talk, it’ll be back next Thursday! My Asagi (and the many silly mistakes I have continued to make) has completely preoccupied me this week, so I had no sock news to report. Back to the regularly scheduled programming next week!
What about you? Have you found any new favorite things this week? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!