Friday Favorites

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!

Fiber

  • 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’ve really been digging the idea of sweaters with big, graphic colorwork on the torso. Like this new release from Quince and Co and this beauty from the book Knitting from the North.
  • And how cute are these little fingerless mitts, which use self-striping yarn to excellent effect?  The Christmas version is so festive and cheery!

Sustenance

  • 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!
  • With the cold weather, I’ve been craving comforting stews and soups. How yummy does this vegetarian chickpea and chard stew look? Adding it to the “to make” list!

What’s caught your eye this week?  Do you have a favorite fall recipe that you’re craving?  A yarn or pattern that’s caught your eye this week?

Have a great weekend! xo K

 

Friday Favorites

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.

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Clockwise from top: [1] Tegna, Image (C) Boylandknitworks [2] Narwhal, Image (C)  Eskimimi [3] Bobbie, Image (C) Pam Allen [4] Stitch Marker Tins, Image from The Perfect Stitch Fibre Co 

Alright, I’m off to catch a train! Happy weekend, happy knitting, and see you next week!

xo K

Friday Favorites

Hi friends, and happy Friday!  Lots of favorites to share with you today, so let’s dive in, shall well!?

Fiber

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  • These faublous colorwork socks. I love the bold, graphic houndstooth pattern.  I can imagine wearing them with my favorite brogues.
  • And have you seen these delicate cabled slippers?  So pretty that I think I might worry about wearing them around the house and messing them up!
  • And, for your top end: how about this Homebrew Hat?  I may have impulse bought a skein of yarn for this the other day … oops!
  • With cooler temperatures in Philadelphia to stay (I think!), I’ve been eyeing the new  Glacier Park Cowl. I’d love to get my hands on some Woolfolk yarn.
  • I’ve talked about my love (and, ahem, rather large collection) of knitting bags before.  This one strikes pretty close to home ….
  • A Playful Day’s interview with Jess and Casey, the founders of Ravelry, was so interesting and inspiring.  I joined Ravelry pretty early, and it made me think a lot about that time — I even remember when Jess and Casey first announced they were going to be hiring someone.  I was about a year off from finishing college, and was so upset that I couldn’t apply!  Anyway, I really enjoyed hearing Jess and Casey talk about how they came up with the idea for Ravelry and how and when they decided to turn it into a reality.  I love Ravelry, and this just deepened by appreciation of the wonderful community that makes it! Definitely give it a listen if you haven’t already!
  • And for 51 seconds of pure sheepy silliness, check out this amazing video that Mr. N found and sent to me yesterday!

Sustenance

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  • How pretty is this apple cake?
  • I love this idea for a fall salad!
  • Samosas at home — I loooove a good samosa.  We tried to make them once ourselves without much success.  Maybe I’ll crack it with this recipe!
  • After seeing Stefanie’s post over at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons about these cookies (you might have to scroll down a bit to get to the recipe), I decided to make a batch last night!  Mr. N loves cherries and arrives today (!!!), so I’ve got these ready and waiting.  (I may have have tested them for poison last night – they were delicious!) I love a good oatmeal cookie – and the addition of cardamom is so good.  I followed Stefanie’s lead and added chocolate chips and walnuts to mine!
  • I live for soup season.  I try to make my own veg stock with leftover peelings, etc., but I don’t always get to it.  So I was really excited to see this recipe to make your own bouillon mix!
  • And combining my love of food and history, check out this fascinating article on the history of election cakes!

What’s caught your eye this week?

Want more Friday Favorites? You can find previous posts here!