Hello, hello! My, it’s been awhile. I thought I’d pop in and say HI! I’m still here! And prove it with a few Friday Favorites. I’ve been missing this space. The past six weeks have been a whirlwind: first our lovely and long trip back to the US, then Yarndale, starting a new job, and starting up cardigan classes at Northern Yarn. I’m looking forward to settling into quiet autumn routines and hopefully writing here in a more regular way again!
Anyway, enough of that, onto some Friday Favorites!
Jen and Jim of AC Knitwear are at it again! They’ve released another book in their aweomse Something to Learn About series … this time on helical knitting! This time, it’s e-book only and each chapter is released every two weeks, making for a fun knitalong! The first chapter just came out this week, so there’s still time to sign up and have all the mystery and fun of the next three chapter releases. I really like the projects I’ve seen from this book, and as with all of their books, you just pick up loads of tips and tricks along the way that let you level up your knitting! I am planning on casting on a cowl or three using helical stripes as soon as I can clear a few things from the needles!
Cooler temps always have me itching to cast on hats. I love this Thunderstorm Toque (and, er, may have gotten some special yarn for it at Yarndale …) and Mountainside hat.
I’ve been beavering away on my St Catherines cardigan using Kate from Northern Yarn’s lovely new Jennett 4-ply in its undyed state. She’s just gotten a batch of yarn back from the handdyers though, and my, the colors are gorgeous. I can’t wait to get a skein or three!
Autumn is the time of a thousand new amazing pattern releases, but I’m especially excited about the first Mild Woman collection, due out tomorrow. I can’t wait to cast on the Tawney Pullover designed by lovely friend Jenni of Wool is My Bread.
Finally, though it’s not knitting related, I want to shout about my new favorite audio podcast: Me, My Shelf, and I, which airs in New Zealand and is hosted by a lovely friend of mine from college (this Friday Favorites could almost just be “cool things my friends are involved in!) It’s such a fun half hour podcast that deals with books, language, and nature — I eagerly await each week’s installment!
I’ve got lots of posts in my head, so look out next week for them! In the meantime, have a lovely weekend! More soon! xx K
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!
Hi friends! Happy Friday! It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Friday Favorites, and I have a long list of knitting fun to share, and a few recipes too (need to get that cooking mojo back!)
I love the cable details and classic shapes of the recently released Brookings pullover. It’s just the kind of sweater that I * know * I would wear all the time. I’m not quite sure when I’ll get around to knitting this, but I want to make time for it soon.
Also, how lovely is this In the Pines Pullover? I love the neckline, and think the pine design along the bottom is really unique.
Want to take better knitting photos? Emma Davis has some great tips!
I have, ahem, a robust stash of yarn, we could say, so this Dear Clara really cracked me up. (“Do you no longer use your stove because the oven is filled with yarn? Is the fridge unplugged and packed with skeins?”) But the jokes aside, I also liked the overall message — stashes are personal things, and you and only you can decide how much yarn is too much for you.
Interested in learning more about breed-specific yarns? I loved this handy chart detailing the differences between different types of wool on Solitude Wool’s website. Also, I’m really excited to know about the Virginia-based wool company — I hadn’t heard of them until this week!
I have already sung the praises of Kate Davies Inspired by Islay club, but I just had to give a shout out to the gorgeous colorwork vest she released a few weeks ago. I loooove the natural colors with the pop of teal. Straight into the queue it goes!
Also, I stumbled across this de-stress sheep this week. Besides being totally cute, I’ve been having some soreness in my right hand lately and imagine using this could be really soothing!
I know I’ve shoved a lot in this week, but the last thing I want to tell you about is the Fruity Knitting podcast. I watched an episode a few weeks ago, and I’m totally hooked! They produce excellent episodes with a wonderful combination of WIP discussion, interviews, and technique videos. The episodes come out every two weeks — I’ve really enjoyed the two most recent ones, as well as starting to work through the back catalogue. (Edited to add: if you need further confirmation that Fruity Knitting’s awesome, it’s just gotten the Mason-Dixon Knitting seal of approval!)
While we’re on the subject of podcasts, I also recently discovered Milk Street Radio, a fabulous cooking podcast. I love the mix of interviews, call in questions, and tips. Highly recommend!
I had this simple lentil and beef salad a few weeks ago, and it was surprisingly delicious. I actually had leftover roast beef to use up, but I think this would be equally lovely with a nice bit of fish or some roasted veggies on top!
Hi friends, and welcome to the first Friday Favorites of the New Year!
Today, I have four great new(ish) colorwork patterns and a handful of soup recipes that I’m excited to share.
I’m not sure if it’s finishing my Droving socks (more on that soon!) or starting Rail Trail, but I’ve had colorwork seriously on the brain recently! Here are some of my recent favorites:
Kate Davies’ brand new sweater, The Oa. I joined Kate’s Inspired by Islay club when it started mid-December, and I’ve loved all the patterns so far. When the email for the Oa came in this week … well, it was all I could do not to immediately order the yarn! This is really testing my New Year’s goal of being reasonable and thoughtful about any stash additions — I know I won’t have time to knit this sweater anytime soon … but … it’s just so, so pretty! (And I do have 10% off Kate Davies purchases as part of my club membership through March 1 …)
These CheekyMittenKAL mittens — I love every mitten in this collection! Why oh why are there so many awesome new patterns, complete with knitalongs, happening at the moment? I just want to cast on all the things!
Because there’s currently snow on the ground (!), and in my opinion at least, there can never be too much soup, here’s a sweet potato minestrone recipe, recommended to me by a friend, that’s also made it onto my “make immediately” list.
Updated to add: because of course, right after I hit publish, another to die for soup popped in my browser: chicken wonton soup!
What’s caught your eye this week?
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