march read(s)

y’all.

i’m gonna have to start scheduling time to update this here blog.

i have a finished object to share! two, actually. we’ll get to it.

i have about a million links for weekend reading.

see. content.

let’s talk about what i read in march before it is somehow may.

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becoming by michelle obama.

i joined a second book club. i don’t know what made me think i could handle a second book club when i was barely finishing books for the first, but alas, i did. our first book was a flop for me, so i was excited when the next book was chosen and it was becoming by michelle obama. i had been wanting to read it for a while. i got it and started reading and, as has been my style these days, read it in fits and starts. eventually i buckled down and i read it. i really loved it! i loved reading about michelle’s childhood and her jobs and career and how she just wanted to be a normal person even when her husband was president. i found that it wasn’t particularly political so even those who don’t like politics might enjoy it.

the next book for that second book club was the goldfinch. i’ve had it sitting on my bookshelf for like a year and a half so i thought it’d be a good opportunity to finally read it. i’ve had other reading goals i’ve wanted to accomplish, though, so i didn’t get around to it. i ended up telling the second book club that 2 book clubs were too many for me. i DID finish my other book club’s march book (yes, in late april) and have started may’s book and should (hopefully) be done by the time we meet.

i’m getting back on track with the reading goals!


weekend reading

oh hi.

let’s just get right to the point and get to the links, shall we.

once again i’m gonna break some posts up into categories since i’ve been a little absent here lately.

how about some recipes?!

Broiled Asparagus, a Poached Egg, and Charred Spring Onion and Garlic over Grits

have you ever made scrambled eggs gordon ramsay-style? i have and they’re amazing.

baked eggs in avocado!

twice baked potatoes with eggs.

pea tortilla with mint and yogurt. this sounds right out of an ottolenghi book.

rösti.

food related: the sommeliers of everything. what would you want to be a sommelier of? i’m liking the tea and honey ideas.

strawberry hot chocolate. erin always gets it right.

chocolate puddle cakes. a chocolate puddle is my kind of puddle.

file this under: i bought a crock pot just for this. vegan lentil sloppy joes.

chocolate angel pie.

look how luscious and thicc this tomato soup looks!

i can tell you from experience that these are good without the ham.

vegetarian tortilla soup. i made this last week and it was very good.

tofu pad thai. i also made this last week! i always thought pad thai was one of those things i wouldn’t be able to make at home, but it was really easy. my only complaint about this recipe is that there wasn’t enough sauce. it was an easy problem to fix, but just throwing that out there.

4 everyday salad dressings. i love making my own salad dressing. they just taste so good!

and finally. cinnamon crumb breakfast bread. you’re welcome.

stay tuned for more weekend reading posts. hopefully not in 2 months.

february reads

it’s almost april but i thought i’d share my february reads :) my goal this year is to read 3 books a month- one of them being a therapy/work book. i didn’t hit 3 in february, and honestly really hit 1.5, but alas! I’ll (hopefully) have 2 books read by the end of march and then i’ll try hard in april to get all 3 in!

without any further ado, my february reads!

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blood, bones, and butter by gabrielle hamilton.
this was for my OG book club. i really liked it. i love a good food memoir, and this one had me thinking of italy and dinner parties with friends, which are two very good things to think about if you ask me. it was like reading an episode of chef’s table. it made me hungry, which is high praise for a book about food. i found the book to be funny and relatable and i thought it addressed the gender gap that is so prevalent in all areas of life, but especially when it comes to careers and mothering. i highlighted multiple descriptions of food to come back to and try later!

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you are a badass by jen sincero.
this was for my second book club. yes, i joined a second one. we’ll see if i stay in this book club…i’m not sure that i want to be spending all of my precious reading time on books i may or may not be interested in. anyway. this is the book that i read half of. i just couldn’t make myself read the whole thing. it was way too woo woo for me and i thought it was really dismissive of things like mental illness and income inequality. it was basically the secret but in more “motivational” language. i have learned that i don’t do well with motivational books- i find myself actually wanting to rebel and prove to the author that they are wrong. so yeah. it wasn’t my cup of tea, but i know it’s really resonated with some people.

i am reading 2 books currently (for the book clubs) and i am liking both, so hopefully i’ll finish them by the end of the month and have a march reading update very soon! there are a few things i’m trying to accomplish before the end of march, so i’m having to really prioritize! see y’all here again soon!

weekend reading

hello friends. how was your week? i took this week off and it was quite lovely. it went by too fast. i did lots of yoga, read a little, watched a lot of grey’s anatomy (something i keep swearing off but then keep coming back to season after season), and did things at my own pace.

here are some things that stood out to me this week:

i have had a pair of fringed booties from old navy for several years now. they have been through the wringer- they have a lovely nail polish stain on them from when i accidentally dropped and shattered a bottle at target. they have been through the washing machine. they’ve been caught in rainstorms and snow. they’ve lived a life. even though they’ve been through the washer, they have…a smell. i wear socks with them but alas, they’re a little stinky. so imagine my delight when i saw a near-identical pair online at target!!! i went today and they didn’t have the lighter color, but i tried on the darker color so i know which size to order. i am thrilled. here’s to many more years of fringed booties.

i have been reading alicia’s blog for years and always so enjoy it. her blog inspired me to blog myself. this line stood out to me from a recent post of hers: “Oh, the days of January, I love them so. I love that the weather is cold, the garden is sleeping, the skies are gray. I love that. I love hibernating, and flannel sheets, and flannel nightgowns, and hot tea, and pretty tea mugs. I love yarn, and knitting, and television at night, and dark.” I would add flickering candles to that list. her blog always makes me want to be cozy and drinking tea and knitting.

earlier in the week i got an email from subpop records saying that luluc’s very first album, dear hamlyn, will be out in the us in march! i am so happy. i have only been able to listen to it on pandora, not in its proper order, so i am excited to listen to it all the way through very soon.

hooooowwwww cute is this?!

so happy to see some of my knitting friends mentioned in this new yorker article this week.

i might have to make this pretty wrap top.

clementine curd pavlova. mmmm. i’ve always wanted to try my hand at a pavlova but have yet to do so. soon.

in one of my yoga classes this week we used the bolster a lot, which is pretty much my most favorite thing. the sequence was so good that i kept reminding myself of it so that i could write it down later to do at home. one of my favorite poses was this one (prone twist- although we had the bolster propped on blocks). as i was googling to find an image of this pose, i came across this page with several bolster-pose ideas and i’m in love and will try them all!

that’s all i’ve got for you this week, friends. stay warm and cozy.

january reads

i’m not really a new year’s resolution person. except that i am. i just don’t call them resolutions. each year i find myself having a couple of areas of life that i’d like to change/improve in some way. it’s never obsessive or intense and i’m totally ok with not following through. this year, as usual, i have a couple of things i’d like to do: 1. read a therapy book every month, and 2. actually start paying on my student loans. 1 is something i have been meaning to do for a while and 2 is something i wish i didn’t need to do but i really must do. so here we are!

back in december my family had our annual white elephant gift exchange. before all 30 people were there, my younger sister and her husband arrived. she had recently gotten a new kindle paperwhite and showed it to me. it sparked jealousy in me. i have an old-school kindle keyboard that i rarely use. it’s in perfect condition and is totally useable, but i just rarely think about it. plus, the kindle paperwhite has the built-in light. perfect for getting all cozy in bed or for when i randomly wake up at 3am. she then told me our oldest sister recently got a new kindle as well and that she likely would be willing to hand her old kindle to me. as soon as my older sister arrived to the party i said, ‘i heard you got a new kindle.’ she answered affirmatively. ‘can i have your old one?’ i asked with absolutely zero tact. being a good sister, she said yes, she would bring it on christmas.

so that is how i ended up with a kindle paperwhite. it was a christmas gift that wasn’t actually a christmas gift. i immediately put it to good use and downloaded a ton of books. i don’t know if it was the newness (to me) of the kindle or my goal, but i have been reading a ton more ever since. i thought it would be good accountability to share my reads here. i am in 2 book clubs at this point and with the goal of reading a therapy book every month, it looks like i’ll be reading (or trying to read) 3 books a month. so far, i’m right on track!

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in a dark, dark wood by ruth ware.
this was a book club pick. i flew through it. in a dark, dark wood is about a young woman who is invited to a past friend’s bachelorette party. she hasn’t spoken to said friend in many years, leading her to wonder why she was invited to the party in the first place. this book is full of suspense. if you like the thriller/suspense genre, this will be up your alley. as we discussed in book club, there is an element of predictability to the book, which adds to the entertainment value. i’m a huge scaredy cat, but this was perfect for me.

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come as you are by emily nagoski.
let’s be real, i was too embarrassed/worried about other peoples’ judgements (namely, my dad) to put this on my goodreads. this book is SO good and incredibly well-researched. i was so impressed by how clinical and academic it was. i was fully expecting it to be written in a very self-help tone but it wasn’t. i have referenced some of the metaphors in this book multiple times since reading it, in reference to sex and in reference to eating disorders (since that is what i primarily work with). this book definitely met my ‘therapy book’ goal and it was just a good read in general. this book seems to me coming up (pun intended) everywhere around me- the more people i told about it, the more i heard ‘i’m reading that too!’ or ‘i know someone else who just read that!’. it came out in 2015 but it’s making waves in 2019.

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the body keeps the score by bessel van der kolk.
omgggg this book. i started it about a year ago with my coworkers. we all became obsessed with it. it is pretty dense and very information-heavy so i had to read it in spurts. i also found it a little too descriptive of people’s trauma so i had to be careful when i read it. i read this mostly in january of this year and i was amazed at how much it and come as you are were connected. this is a book i will be thinking about for a very long time and will be referring back to again and again. if you are a person who is affected by trauma in any way, whether having personal experiences of trauma or working with traumatized people, this is the book for you. the bottom line of this book and come as you are? you gotta get into your body to do some work.

i’ve already got my 3 books for february picked out. let’s hope i’ll be writing another one of these posts before you know it!

weekend reading

hello lovely friends.

how has your weekend been? mine was a yoga teacher training weekend, so i spent my weekend moving and breathing and learning how to help others move and breathe.

here are some links i liked this week.

i love all the citrus recipes in the winter. citrus seem like they should be a summer fruit but they are a winter fruit. i think it’s perfect timing because you just want something sweet and tart and bright at this point, don’t you? this blood orange lemonade would definitely hit the spot. i be this would be so good warmed up as well!

i love french onion soup and i am positive i would love this (vegetarian!) french onion soup sandwich.

this buzzfeed post about eggs made me immediately want to scramble some up. i had eggs for dinner more than once this week and i’m pretty sure this article is to thank for that.

adding some books to my to-read pile after reading this blog post.

how good does this tofu look?! it’s all about the sauce with the tofu.

i haven’t sewn in a very long time, but i keep seeing some real cute patterns online. i just might have to get the machine out soon. this would be a great all-purpose tote.

i keep seeing this top on insta and blogs and it might just inspire me enough to make it!

constellation placemats. i’m not really a placemat person but i think i could make an exception for these.

i have yet to make a big chunky sweater but it’s on my list to get to eventually. this is a good contender.

have you watched either of the fyre festival documentaries? i watched the hulu one and wow, it was crazy.

i hope you all have a great week! may it be filled with citrus fruits and good reads.

weekend reading

i promised i’d be here again soon and look, i am. let’s keep this up. here are some links for you to enjoy this weekend.

i’m moving soon and i’ve been on the hunt for some new furniture and apartment accoutrements. i, of course, have stumbled onto all sorts of wishlist items. how dreamy would it be to sleep in these sheets every night?

adorable little knitted doll cardigans! i actually really like the style of them a lot and want to make one in my size.

i’m thinking i’m going to have to make this sweet little set for my christmas tree next year.

more tiny knitted cuteness!!!

oh, love. never a waste of time.

ok, but like WHY am i so obsessed with candlesticks. cannot stop buying them. here’s a dreamy set i’d love to have. and yes, another set i’m coveting. and here’s a set i bought this weekend.

i have got to get my punch needle stuff out and play some more. some major inspiration here.

deep breathing is amazing.

i wanna knit this.

pomegranate. hot. buttered. rum. WOW YES.

you know what would go good with pomegranate hot buttered rum probably? spaghetti squash parmesan.

ethiopian spiced butter. i can only imagine how good this would be on toast.

until next time!

oh hello

hi there.

i thought i’d check in to this little corner of the internet to give a quick update.

first- i have an actual domain name for this little blog now! knotstitch.com. yes, this blog is called knot + stitch. yes, knotandstitch.com was taken. yes, the person who is sitting on it is charging $1000 for it. so. knotstitch.com it is. it’s fine. we’re fine.

second- hello and how are you? i’m hoping to post to this space a little more in 2019. we’ll see how that goes. i do have some links saved up, so we’ll at least get a weekend reading soon.

third- a little injury update. i am no longer testing positive for tennis elbow! i was very happy in december to hear my elbow doc say he could tell a difference in my elbow since november. i was even happier when the chiropractor i’ve been going to said none of the tennis elbow tests they use were causing me pain! i credit my recovery to a few things:

1. setting a time limit on my phone. it’s so dumb. but sometimes you gotta mom yourself, ya know? mine is set to 2 hours. i’m definitely not perfect with it and def go past it, but it certainly has made me more mindful of my usage and helps me to make an informed decision about how wise it is to go past 2 hours.

2. physical therapy. lots and lots and lots of physical therapy. it was the foundation of everything else. i could’ve given up the phone but without the PT i don’t think i’d be improving as much as i have.

3. taking a (significant) break from knitting. oh that pains me. but you know what, a little emotional pain in the short term is better than physical pain in the long term. i took about 2 months off of knitting (and all other crafts/elbow-aggravating activities). i am sloooowly getting back into it. i desperately want to just dive in and get my projects off the needles, but alas, just because i am improving doesn’t mean i can throw all caution to the wind. my current issue with my injury is the muscle tension. oh, the muscle tension! i get real sore if i do too much of anything with my arm, so i really try to be smart with it. that brings me to the next one…

4. chiropractic care and massage therapy. a friend of mine is a massage therapist and she very kindly offered me weekly half-price massages to help me out with my muscle tension prob. she is very skilled at what she does. i will say her massages are definitely not the relaxing variety, they are the ‘omg that hurts please stop but also i know it’s really helping so don’t stop’ variety. i still have bruises from the massage i got from her last week! as for the chiropractor- wow, those people know so much! my chiro is part airrosti, part ancient medicine, part physical therapy. he does all sorts of weird stuff to me (adjustments, dry needling, cupping, manual therapy, etc) and then i do some strength exercises. the consensus among my medical professionals seems to be that i really gotta work on my strength. i did ask him to not adjust my neck anymore cause that shit is scary, but everything else POP AWAY. i have been amazed at all the parts of my body that can be adjusted. i also feel weirdly energetic after getting adjusted. is that normal?!

so all of that is to say that i have been knitting again and i’m going to be sharing some progress here soon. i probably won’t have any FOs for quite a while, but i’m ok with that. slowing down is helping me to be more mindful and in the moment with my knitting. quality over quantity, you know?

til we meet again!

weekend reading

Hello everyone! Christmas is upon us and I am in full-on vacation mode. I took the entire week off of work and I am planning on reading, doing yoga, and just generally relaxing. How about you?

Here are some links to enjoy on your break, however long it is.

Warming winter squash tagine. I made this last week, after about a month of not cooking, and it was so easy and so delicious. I loved all the wintery spices in it.

How good does this hot chocolate sound?

I want to DIY this.

I love the pretty pastel colors in this cowl.

I’m really into the pussy bow look these days. Here’s a cozy flannel shirt with one and here’s a link on various ways to make your own.

I believe I’ve mentioned here before that I subscribe to a daily poetry email newsletter called Pome. It is so good. Recently, this poem was shared. And I loved it so much. I told a friend about it and she recommended this poem and I loved it as well. It turns out that Brautigan was part of Pome’s inspiration, so it’s truly a full circle kind of deal.

A handmade bath soak is a perfect last-minute gift or a perfect gift to self.

Loving these starry free embroidery patterns.

I totally want this build-your-own greenhouse toy.

This spoke to me.

Ever-evolving wreath.

Candied orange peels. We have a ton of oranges right now and I really want to try my hand at these.

Merry merry!

fall reading

a little theme to keep going, if you will.

since i have cut back on screen time lately, i have found myself with…free time.

the internet and all of our little devices are truly magical little things and have opened up worlds of possibilities for us all. but they have also sucked up all of our free time. bored? scroll through insta. waiting for jury duty? check email and facebook. waiting in a line or just generally waiting for something? buzzfeed, reddit, twitter.

what did we used to do in those moments? i’m not saying that we didn’t have other ways to just fill the time. we did. and i’m not saying that our phones are evil and that we shouldn’t use them or that checking email and twitter and fb and insta etc are bad. i’m saying that for me personally, those are not my values and i don’t want to be spending my spare time with those things often.

i want to read.

and again, i know i can do this on my phone. but for me, the temptation to switch apps and mindlessly scroll is too great.

somehow this has turned into a rant. it’s supposed to be about the good stuff i’ve read/am currently this fall!

so here we go. the point of the post.

opened ground by seamus heaney. if you follow me on instagram, you will know the depths of my love for poetry, especially seamus heaney’s poetry. the man can do no wrong. i spent about 2 years with this lovely collection of his work and it was beautiful and meaningful. it is full of poems i will return to again and again. i love the way poetry seeps into your brain and takes up residence there and then flows out in mundane moments. i was walking up the street one day after it had been raining for days. there were little rivers running down the curbs and immediately the line “where springs washed into/ the shiny grass / and darkened cobbles /in the bed of the lane” immediately sprang to mind.

the witch elm by tana french. this was my first foray into tana french’s beautifully written irish world and it will not be my last. this book was a book club read. i was intimated by the size of the novel (500 pages) and worried that my commitment of finishing book club picks on time would be hindered by the length of the book. i didn’t need to worry because i devoured this one. i couldn’t stop reading. i am not one for scary things. i can’t handle violence or gruesome death scenes/descriptions. but a little suspense? i’m in. this book made me want a candlestick holder. yes, i know that’s random and weird. read it and you’ll understand. except it’s used in a pretty terrible way. but really. tana french’s description of it was so gorgeous that i had to buy one, “barley-sugar-twist stem and graceful fleur-de-lys swoops at the top, the center prong sharpened to hold the candle (stub of melted wax, a night with wine in bed and Nina Simone).” i mean, come on.

the woman in the window by aj finn. i needed another page turner after the witch elm and another suspense was the way to go. the story of how i came into possession of this book entertains me: my brother in law asked for it for christmas last year. upon opening it, he realized that my grandparents had accidentally bought him the large-print version. not one to be ungracious, he thanked them for it, then later asked me if i wanted it. undeterred by large print, i happily accepted. i started this book at my first-ever jury duty. i was blessedly not chosen that day and had spent all of my time at the courthouse reading this book. from then on, it was another one i couldn’t put down. there are twists and turns and parts that make your heart beat fast.

my brilliant friend by elena ferrante. my book club has a bit of a history. for a while, we read only very serious books. it wasn’t on purpose. we don’t have a theme or anything, but i think we were all feeling the heaviness of the world and wanted to stay woke. we mostly got it out of our systems and have read some really great books that were a little more entertainment than education since then. this month, after discussing the witch elm, the chooser of december’s book gave us a choice. one, my brilliant friend, was one i had already read and loved. the other, a title i cannot remember, was a serious and heavy book. our group decided that since my brilliant friend was just about to air on hbo that night, and because i had a positive experience with it before, and because nobody wanted to read something so heavy and serious, that we would go with my brilliant friend. i’m only a few pages into my re-reading of it, but i am loving it again. i cannot wait to watch the hbo show.

hunger, hope, and healing by sarahjoy marsh. as i mentioned in one of my last posts, i am in yoga teacher training. i am specifically learning psychotherapeutic yoga, so much of my research into yoga has been how i can apply it to my job as a therapist. there is so much out there about how yoga is good for such emotional healing and i have been trying absorb it all. i was at half-price books recently and was perusing the yoga section and i came across this book. after reading the subtitle, i was worried that it was going to be yet another book that claimed freedom from food and body obsession but still had the diet mentality at its core. so i flipped through and read bits and pieces and looked over the appendix and decided it was worth a try. then i started reading. i am not far into it yet, but my friends, whoa. this is going to be such an asset to my job, to my yoga training, and hopefully, to my patients. it is a beautiful and useful combination of eating disorder and body image training, therapy, and yoga. i cannot wait to keep reading and start applying it. i am envisioning this book being one of those that becomes completely beat up and worn down with love and near-daily use.

what have been your favorite reads this fall?

weekend reading

are you tired of links yet? i don’t think i could ever tire of link posts. they are my very favorite on blogs. there are so many possibilities out there!

we’ve had some themes this week. food. crafts. things.

how about some links about habits and inspiration? do those seem opposed to you? i find having habits and routine really increase the space in my life to be inspired.

in my ideal life i would do each of these every single month. i do some of these things, some more consistently than others.

i feel like this next list is the extended version of the previous one. and i’m here for it. some of this stuff is downright hygge!

a helpful list for the decluttering aspects of the previous two lists.

how are we going to keep up with all of these habits and goals?! how about a habit tracker? i started doing habit tracking back in august. i’m not obsessive with it (no need to plan out every minute of the day), but i do set goals at the beginning of the month and i choose things that i truly want to spend my time and energy and focus on. i do not care to micromanage my life and prioritize things like cleaning and cooking. i do care about making time for things like yoga, physical therapy, meditation, reading, french lessons, and tracking my screen time and pain levels. for the first couple of months that i did the habit tracking, i just drew out my own little grid in my journal, but for october and november, i used this printable and i really like it.

a daily check-in worth trying. cultivating community and gratitude. yes.

related: 103 random acts of kindness. i want to do more RAKs.

home is a cup of tea. this article has really stuck with me. i can recall my own tea (and coffee) experiences that i’ve had throughout this beautiful planet we call home. tea is powerful stuff.

tis the season for movies. movies for bad days, weeks, or years. movies for fall.

i love everything about this post.

tea with strangers. i wish we had this in dallas!

some information i haven’t shared on this here blog before: i am doing yoga teacher training. it is a long program, 10 months, so we have a lot of time to really assimilate the information and let it steep and change us. i am loving it so far and am so excited about the ways in which i can use it in my work as a therapist. i’d love to do community outreach with it and this looks like a great program to do just that. other areas i’m interested in applying yoga to: eating disorders and body image issues (of course), adaptable yoga (for those of us who are injured, ill, or in pain), and yoga for ALL body types. i really want to make it as accessible as possible. getting off my soapbox now.

let’s talk about essential oils real quick. i like how they smell and i think they have some medicinal-type usages (i love to put peppermint oil on my head or stomach if they aren’t feeling well) but i don’t go crazy with them. here are some blends that i think would smell so good!

ok. have we done it all? made goals and started some habits and been inspired?!

perhaps i shall have a new goal/habit in december of posting weekly again?

we’ll see.

wednesday reading

the links continue. i told you we had a lot of catching up to do.

this link list is all about the stuff. those little things you see on the internet that you imagine having if you had some extra change to spend. totally unnecessary but make you feel like maybe you do have your shit together.

phases of the moon print. very important to know.

somehow halloween was nearly one month ago already. that doesn’t stop me from thinking this card is adorable.

this body refresher would make me smell so good. (not that i smell bad.)

you know what else would make me smell so good? any of these perfumes. pf candle co has some of the best smelling candles out there, so i can only imagine how nice these are.

imagine sending little love notes on this.

gorgeous nature-inspired jewels.

tiny little studs that only those who get super close to you can see.

happy hump day.

monday reading

and the links continue.

this wouldn’t be a craft blog if i didn’t have an entire post dedicated to crafting links, right?

part of rehabbing my elbow has meant taking a break from things that aggravate it. seems logical but is much harder to do in reality. not spending as much time on my phone has been greatly aided by the new screen time feature…i set a limit of 2 hours and for the most part, i abide by my own rules. another part of this has been…no knitting. yes. it is tragic. especially considering that i had cast on a tecumseh sweater. it is stashed away for now, looking pretty in a rope basket. i will come back around to it. this ravelry thread had been immensely helpful as i ran into questions at the beginning of the pattern.

had i done a little more research prior to starting my tecumseh, i would’ve done these german short rows for the shaping.

gorgeous hand-dyed yarns.

knitting. outer space, huge. perfection.

i love the simple lace work of this cowl.

brioche beauty.

karen has been obsessing over this dickey for probably months now. and for very good reason. i now want/need to make one.

and now for some sewing/embroidery links…

i keep seeing some really pretty double hoop embroideries on insta. here’s a tutorial for making one.

i love the ruffles sara added to her hinterland dress.

and unsurprisingly i love the ruffled version of this pattern.

into this.

i have always been interested in doing a hand quilting project but i always wondered about those pesky knots. suzy made an excellent video, showing exactly how to make your quilting neat and knot-free.

and finally, this is your brain on crafting.

until i can craft again, i’ll keep my eyes open for inspiration.

xo

weekend reading

friends!

long time no see.

i have missed this space.

around the time of my last post, i was at the end of doing traditional physical therapy for my silly little elbow. i decided to stop going and pursue some other options. part of that has been limiting how much time i am on my devices. unsurprisingly, within about 2 weeks i noticed a vast improvement in my pain! very good news indeed. once again i have found myself readjusting my priorities. i miss this corner of the internet though and want to get back to it.

i have about a million links saved up right now so i’m going to do several posts, probably broken up into some sort of categorical system to share them all efficiently and without having 100 links per post.

so without further ado, all of the foodie links i’ve been saving up.

make your own ginger tea.

jackfruit “chicken” salad. i have lately been obsessed with whole foods’ vegan “chicken” salad and would love to have my own homemade version.

cinnamon toast with figs and ricotta. i mean, just look at that picture. how can i say no?

lemon smoothie.

vanilla turmeric golden milk latte. i made this in october and it was so warm and perfect. i have a milk frother now and i can only imagine that it will take this latte to new heights.

hot mulled cider. i also made this in october and it was a crowd-pleaser at craft night.

whole stuffed tomato dumplings. come on.

toasted marshmallow milkshake. this winter i want to toast some marshmallows in my fireplace, make this, then drink it by said fireplace.

plum pudding cake.

stewy chickpeas. i made this last month as well and it was so good that i don’t have the words for it. i need to make it again soon.

vegetarian french onion soup. i made this in october and y’all. it was amazing. so worth all of the time that went into it. the next time i make it i’m going to add some worcestshire sauce for a little more umami.

homemade spicy ramen with tofu.

and finally, not a recipe, but a recommendation now that we are in peak pie season.

check back monday for another installment of links.

xo

weekend reading

hello dears!

how is everyone? what small things are making you happy these days? i bought the cutest little house-shaped matchbox this afternoon and it is making me so happy. it looks adorable next to a lit candle. other than that i have spent the weekend reading a lot, getting back into doing my french lessons regularly, and took a long, very hot bath. i am on a knitting break (ish) right now (physical therapist’s orders), so i have been looking for ways to spend my time. i must say that i did knit a very tiny bit the last few days and it was really nice. hopefully i’ll be back to it again soon enough.

when i can knit a lot again, i really want to make some scrappy socks like this. such a good way to use those pesky little bits of leftover yarn.

french onion tart. oh my. i love onions in just about any form, but especially in the form of french onion soup (though it is difficult to find vegetarian versions). this tart looks so delicious and satisfying.

fried pistachios with lemon yogurt. yum yum yum.

did you read the neopolitan novels? they were super popular a few years ago and i ate them up. as soon as i finished one, i started the next. i remember being kinda sad when i was done- the characters felt so real and i was sad to say goodbye to them. hbo is making a tv show of it and i cannot wait to see it. it will be in italian and i’m sure it’ll be gorgeous in many ways.

i don’t remember how i ran across this sweater vest but i’m glad i did. it looks incredibly cozy and like an easy and very fast knit. i haven’t had any luck finding a pattern for it, but i bet i could wing it.

a new-to-me french craft blog. love it.

i’ve read good things about this scent and i want to smell it. i wish i could find it in a store in dallas and smell before i buy. the ingredients list is on the website so i could always try to diy.

well my friends, that’s all i’ve got this week. i hope your fall is off to a cozy start and that it’s full of taking care of yourself.

weekend reading

Ah, September! It seems like something changes in September, doesn't it? I, like so many others, am looking forward to fall and all that it brings. Unfortunately, I am back on knitting restriction (and by extension, other craft restriction as well) due to my arm not being good right now. I had some really good, nearly entirely pain free, days this week which was very encouraging. So, I am focusing on reading and watching all the shows I keep meaning to watch. 

Speaking of shows, this weekend I completely binged the first season of Broadchurch. It had been on my list for a while and I saw the first episode a few weeks ago, but then I watched several episodes yesterday and I am obsessed. Can't wait to watch the next 2 seasons. 

4-ingredient golden milk mix. This will be such a perfect fall drink! 

I'm loving the colors of these naturally dyed fabrics

I have worn my linen jumpsuit so often this summer and I would love to have a non-sleeveless one for the cooler months. Etsy has some great ones, as usual. This search also led to looking up linen wrap dresses, and again, Etsy comes through

Trucker beats smoking addiction with knitting. I love this! I wish crafts weren't so gendered.

How dreamy is this knit cardigan? I would never take it off! Another cozy knit

Purl Soho is always tempting me!

Quilted journal covers. This might make for some cute birthday and/or Christmas gifts. 

I'm so in love with these cloud looms

In line with my injury, here are some knitting-specific stretches

Sandalwood, cedarwood, cinnamon, and vetiver? Ok, I'm sold. 

How good does this salsa look?!

I've never knit a hat before, but this one looks easy enough and is super cute. Maybe I'll get around to knitting one.

I am super inspired after seeing all these reading nooks

I need to make some cute little threadcatchers like this! It would be a perfect way to use scraps. 

This honeycrisp apple cocktail sounds soooooo good!

I made this korean bbq chickpea bowl for dinner earlier this week and it was very good. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

stuff and things

You all probably know by now that sometimes I get stuck on an idea and I toy with it obsessively for a hot minute. It's pretty typical for me. Usually I'll see something that piques my interest and then I fall into a rabbit hole. So let's dive into my recent rabbit hole: jewelry, pins, and other shiny things.

Crescent moon ring. Because we all know I'm obsessed with the moon. 

A cup of tea solves everything enamel pin. This would look super cute on my knitting bag. 

Shapes collar pin. I was thinking about ways I could wear my ever-growing collection of enamel pins and then I saw this bad boy. A new world has been opened to me. 

La Barbuda has so many good Harry Potter pins, as well as some other cult classics. 

Lula Rocks also has some excellent HP pins. And a moon child pin

What other cool pins should I know about?! 

weekend reading

Hi pals!

How was your week? What fun things did you do (or not do)? I've had a pretty chill week. I'm going to a baseball game tonight which feels very on-brand for mid-to-late August. 

Here are some things I liked this week.

Bootie season is upon us. I'm loving these blush ones

How gorgeous are ALL of these photos?! Jamie's blog and instagram always inspires me to practice my French and to wear long flowing dresses. 

I want this moon print

This stitch study is incredible. 

Sashiko has always really appealed to me but I've yet to try it. These coasters might be a good introduction. 

A quilted zipper pillow. I'm thinking about making one of these for a big body pillow I have! It would make it look super extra and cozy and one-of-a-kind for sure. 

There are so many gorgeously color worked yoke sweaters out there these days, and here is yet another one I love

Socks! On teeny tiny 9" circular needles. I exclusively use magic loop for any small circumference knitting but these 9" needles intrigue me. Has anybody used them? 

I wasn't joking around when I said I wanted to become a sock knitter. I have been searching for all the easiest and best-looking ways to do things and that quest has continued. I have really enjoyed doing the fish lips kiss heel on my latest socks, but I can't deny that I love the look of a traditional heel flap and gusset. My biggest pet peeve in knitting is picking up stitches, though, so I've yet to do the heel flap and gusset. I have a feeling that's about to change now that I've seen this video. It's perfect for toe-up socks, there are no stitches to pick up, it's easy to memorize and you don't need stitch markers, and it looks so good! And I could do the gorgeous eye of the partridge heel with it! 

Grow your own tea. Pondering. 

Matcha green tea smoothie. Sounds soooo refreshing! 

Chilled coconut corn soup. Because summer isn't over yet. 

Have a great weekend! 

holi festival socks

Finished object alert!

I finished up a pair of ankle socks! I spotted this yarn years ago on Purl Soho and wanted it for a long while. I would search it on Ravelry and see what people were making with it, trying to get ideas for that *perfect* project. I decided that whenever I got the yarn (I didn't even own it yet), I would make socks. The yarn is too fun to not showcase it well! Eventually, I got the yarn for Christmas, but I was too timid to start the socks.

I would not necessarily call myself a sock knitter. I have made them before, but they had been filled with frustration, counting, not really understanding heel turn instructions, and little holes. They were just so fussy and too many things could go wrong. Plus, they were hard to put on- the bind off is too tight and I had to really pullllll my socks on. 

All that changed when I discovered a couple things. First was the fish lips kiss heel. Second was Jeny's super stretchy bind off. I now understand why so many people think socks are easy. This pair was a breeze to knit up. The day I finished them, I found out that my LYS carries the Sock Ruler, so I purchased that and that made it easier to know when to start the heel turn and when to bind off so it would match the first sock. For the FLK heel, she has you make a cardboard cutout of your foot and you do some math to figure out where to start your heel. I just lined up my foot cutout with the Sock Ruler, and figured out that I needed to start my heel when the sock measured 8.5" from the toe. I like the Sock Ruler a lot and it'll def be less weird to use in public than my foot cutout ha! I have always wanted to be a Sock Knitter™️ and these tools and techniques are definitely making that feel more in reach than ever before. 

Specs:
Ravelry link
Madeline Tosh DK Twist in Holi Festival
Size 4 needle, magic loop
Judy's Magic Cast On- I cast on 16 stitches total
I increased every other round to 44 stitches total
Knit until sock measured 8.5", then started heel
Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Knit until sock measured about 3.25" from heel and then bound off
Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
Started Feb. 18, 2018
Finished Aug. 11, 2018
Had I really committed to these, they would've been done within a week- the DK means they knit up very fast and I was able to get from mid-foot to finish at a craft night in about 3 hours. Hopefully this will be just one of many pairs of completed socks!

bandanas (again)

Ok I am seriously having a moment with bandanas. I have been wearing them so much and have been on the lookout for new ones to add to my quickly-expanding collection. 

I bought this one this week with a gift card from my birthday. It glows in the dark! 

This one makes me want to buy some Liberty fabric and make my own. 

I LOVE this one! I would never have thought to put 2 fabrics together to make a bandana like this but now I definitely want to. 

A knit bandana! This proves that Karen at Fringe was right to point us, her dear readers, in the direction of some knit bandanas/kerchiefs. 

I am so obsessed with this lunar bandana that I reached out to the artist to ask if I could possibly buy one even though her website seemed to indicate that she was no longer selling it. Unfortunately they are all out, but that's not going to stop me from admiring it. 

Same story with this one. Gonna have to admire it too. 

Sky bandanas. One is constellations and one is clouds. 

This one is just fun

Anyone else bandana obsessed? If you find any cool ones, send the link my way!