My new favorite sweater

Usually, I’m pretty happy when I finish a project. ¬†Casting off is such a rush. ¬†Blocking and weaving in the ends–while tedious in the moment–gives such a sense of accomplishment. ¬†And in that initial euphoria, I think I’m always predisposed to (temporarily) overlook a FO’s faults and declare it an unmitigated success. ¬†And usually, the longer a piece has been finished, all sorts of little faults present themselves (which is as it should be — I love learning from projects and figuring out how to improve). ¬†The love cools to a more reasonable like.

But friends, I think Vatsland is going to be different.

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Friday Favorites

Hi friends, and happy Friday! ¬†Fall’s really¬†here! ¬†The leaves are changing! ¬†New patterns for cozy¬†sweaters and delightful¬†accessories abound! ¬†It’s time to drink apple cider and dark beer again!

For many, this weekend means Rhinebeck (if you’re going, have fun!) ¬†But if you can’t make it, I’ve rounded up an extra large batch of fiber favorites this week for your consideration!

Fiber 

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(1) Arctic Cardigan, Image (c) Madder (2) Image on Instagram by @neighborhoodfibercompany (3) Rail Trail, Image (c) Gal Zucker (4) Goat and sheep pins!
  • First up, the Arctic Cardigan, by Carrie Bostick Hodge, from Making, Volume 2. I saw this cardigan and, I don’t know what it is about it, but I¬†have to have it. ¬†Don’t you think it’d make¬†an incredible staple?¬†As soon as I saw the pattern, I¬†metaphorically ran to the Brooklyn Tweed website and picked Obsidian as my color of choice. ¬†I haven’t let myself buy it yet … but my resolve is weakening every day. ¬†In any case, I can’t wait for my copy of Making to arrive on my doorstep!
  • And speaking of sweaters that I want to live in, Joji Locatelli’s Granito is right up my alley (I know, you all have probably seen her new collection by now as it’s been out for a bit … but I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in awhile, and I wanted to give that sweater a shoutout!)
  • Also, did you see Quince’s new pattern collection? ¬†It’s all gorgeous, but Dalis, by Dianna Walla, went immediately into my want-to-make pile.
  • Jill Draper Makes Stuff has¬†also just released her first pattern collection, Rural Renewal. So many gorgeous patterns, but I’ve fallen hard for Rail Trail, by Kristen TenDyke. It’s a good thing I’m not going to Rhinebeck, because I don’t think I’d be able to resist a kit for this sweater at Jill Draper’s open house!
  • ¬†In¬†wool-related news, check out this temporary wool-filled guest house: #lifegoals.
  • Also, how¬†cool is this idea for showing off swatches? ¬†They’d be awesome decoration for a craft room, right?
  • And last, but not least, I thought I’d share my¬†growing knitting-related enamel pin collection … Mr. N got me black and white sheep pins from Twig and Horn. ¬†They’re grazing at the foot¬†of Buachaille on my Kate Davies Designs project bag, while my mountain goat from Shiny Apple Studio presides from the peak.

Sustenance 

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(1) Smashed Sweet Potatoes, Image from Cafe Delights (2) Applesauce Cake, Image from Smitten Kitchen
  • I baked my favorite fall apple cake last night for a gathering I’m headed to this evening (despite a series of recent dessert fails that I, ahem, haven’t been sharing wtih you). ¬†I’ve made this recipe loads, and it’s never disappointed ¬†… and it made my apartment smell ever so autumnal while baking!
  • Now that the temperature’s dropping, I think this chicken chorizo stew would make for a great meal!
  • The season of root vegetables is upon us! ¬†My mom reported¬†last night that she tried this sweet potato recipe and that it was one of (if not the!) best¬†ways she’s ever had a sweet potato.¬†With such a recommendation, I’ll definitely be trying them this weekend!
  • And last but not least,¬†Mr. N and I made a version of this roast pork on Sunday with a lovely pork shoulder we got from the Farmer’s Market. ¬†It was delicious as the star of Sunday dinner and has been equally good as leftovers … pork sandwiches with pear sauce, butternut squash soup¬†topped with crispy pork, ravioli in a butter sauce with pork and rosemary … you name it.

What’s inspiring you this week? I’d love to hear in the comments — I’m especially in need of food inspriation, which has¬†been a little thin on the ground here of late!

Want more Friday Favorites? You can see them all here. 

 

 

WIP Wednesday: Islay and Marigoldjen Socks

WIP Wednesday: Islay and Marigoldjen Socks

We got moved out of our house last week and came down to stay with my family for almost a week — it’s been a lovely time, except it’s gone by way too quickly! ¬†My mom and I have both been working on Islay as a distance KAL, and it’s been so nice to get to knit on it together this past week. ¬†We’ve been squeezing in as much porch knitting time as we can!

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