Friday Favorites

Hi friends, and happy Friday!  I have a new batch of favorites to share with you today.

Fiber

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(1) Ronan, Image (C) Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood (2) Veronika, Image (C) K Good Photography (3) Fair Isle Club 3: Lerwick

This week, I’ve been thinking about fall/winter knitting. ¬†And apparently, I’ve got slightly oversized shrugs on the mind — I realized I keep favorite-ing sweaters with a similar shape. It started with Ronan¬†by Andrea Mowry from the most recent Wool People Collection. ¬†And, like the rest of the internet, I fell hard for Veronika¬†when it was released earlier this week (also: apparently it contains instructions for modifying for petite frames! I love these sorts of slouchy sweaters, but they can be a bit tricky for us shorties.) ¬†And, after hearing lots of discussions about Marie Wallin’s Fair Isle Club 3, I finally checked it out for myself … the combination of colorwork with the slightly cropped boxy shape has me swooning. ¬†I don’t think the club is in the cards for me right now, but I was happy to see that Wallin has a similarly shaped sweater in her soon-to-be-released Fair Isle book (you can spot it in the slideshow).

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Larimar and & Galaxie, Images (C) Whitney Hayward

Not ready to think about heavy winter knitting yet? ¬†Quince and Co. released two lovely pullovers this week out of Tern, their scrummy, lightweight wool silk blend. ¬†I love the side detail on Cecily Glowick Macdonald’s Galaxie and the beautiful simplicity of Larimar¬†by Isabell Kraemer.

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House Dressing, Image (C) Chantal Belisle

A new episode of my favorite podcast Fruity Knitting came out this week, and they featured the amazing House Dressing in new releases. How amazing is that?! ¬†Besides being in awe of all that knitting, it’s knit in my favorite shade of yellow. ¬†Maybe one day I’ll tackle my own version …

 

Sustenance 

I know I’ve been thin on the ground on food lately, but I came across some yummy summer recipes this week that I’m excited to try out:

Alright, that about does it — hope you have a great weekend!

xo K

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  Here are some of my favorite knitting and cooking-related things this week:

Fiber

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(1) Tavia, Image Copyright Pam Allen (2) Intro Trees, Image Copyright Juju Vail (3) Spotlight, Image Copyright Tin Can Knits
  • 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?

 

Sustenance

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(1) Brenda’s Plum Cake, Image from Kate Davies Designs (2) Mel and Sue, Image from BBC (3) Moong Dal Khichdi, Image from Veg Recipes of India
  • 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!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! ¬†Once again, here are some of the best thing I’ve stumbled on this week. Hope you enjoy!

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(1) Jameson sweater, Image (c) BabyCocktails (2) Mountain Goat Pin, Image by Julia Walther (3) Sheep blank pillow, Image by @andresueknits on Instagram (4) Knitty Coasters, Image from Kettle Yarn Co.
  • 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.

Sustenance 

  • 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?

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    (1) Tomato Sandwich Infographic, Photo by James Ransom, Food 52 (2) the aforementioned bagel sandwich (3) Radish topped ceviche 

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.

Friday Favorites

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:

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  • 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.

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    (1) Rocquaine by Christina Danaee, image (c) Rachel Hayton, Source: Ravelry (2) Baa Ram Ewe mug from baaramewe.co.uk (3) Voe by Mary Jane Muckleston, image (c) Gudrun Johnston, Source: Ravelry.  

Sustenance

  • 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.
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(1) Summer Squash Curry, Evan Sung for the New York Times (2) Eggplant Sandwich by Alexandra Stafford, from Food52.  Those tomatoes are allll mine (and I ate them in about 30 seconds). 

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! ¬†