fruit smoothie, 5.25

The weather is finally warming, which means plenty of hot weather foods. I’ve begun a pretty obsessive smoothie kick–but these smoothies are super light and vegan friendly (despite the fact I’m not a vegan!). This particular one is composed of frozen blueberries, a handful of ice (the frozen berries reduce the amount of actual iceContinue reading “fruit smoothie, 5.25”

student progress, 5.20

More progress on that incredible turtle shell one of my student’s is working on; she has spent the entire year on the “Sheldon” project and learned tons of skills from it. This particular student loves to try to understand the pattern herself and asks questions after experimentation–the best kind of knitter, in my humble opinion.

currently read(ing), 5.21

Finished on the train in five short rides, Howard Zinn’s The Bomb is a stunning exploration–both personal and historical–of the atomic bomb. Fascinating, chock full of facts without feeling overwrought, at times heartbreaking. If you were a fan of John Hersey’s Hiroshima (which everyone, and I mean everyone, should read), this is a perfect companionContinue reading “currently read(ing), 5.21”

purl soho notions, 5.14

Purchased this gorgeous hardwood needle hole, as I like to call it, at Purl Soho last weekend in NYC. It’s basically a little wooden holder for all my knitting darning needles. Gorgeous, no? Also snatched? Some beautiful cross stitch swatches a bit stiffer than the normal Aida and in gorgeous colorways like mustard and springContinue reading “purl soho notions, 5.14”

current addictions: may, 2011.

Top (left to right):1. Barcode of My Heart cross stitch pattern by andwabisabi 2. Linen cord (meant to be used in a lot of my handmade endeavors this spring and summer) 3. That Flighty Temptress Albus Dumbledore bookmark in calligraphy by sparrownestscript (because I g.d. love Harry Potter) 4. The Art of the Novella seriesContinue reading “current addictions: may, 2011.”

student technique, 5.13

One of my students has been diligently working on this pattern all year. She hasn’t wavered; she hasn’t swayed. She has learned some serious skills from this particular pattern…and it’s all coming to fruition. With just a month left, there’s just the shell to be worked–and I swell with pride because this shell requires aContinue reading “student technique, 5.13”

paper cranes for japan, 5.13

The students at my school are folding paper cranes en masse; it’s all you see in the halls these days and is part of an effort to ship 1,000 of them to an organization that donates a whole bunch of relief money (in exchange for the cranes) to Japan in the wake of the tsunami.Continue reading “paper cranes for japan, 5.13”

cuban round bread (finished).

The finished product–gorgeous, crusty Cuban round bread (from a few weeks back). This is baked in a steam bath oven and it comes out with a beautiful crunchy outside, chewy middle. You can check out more snaps at the baking flickr set (its new! I’ve finally decided to actually catalog the millions of food photosContinue reading “cuban round bread (finished).”