vday stripes.

Making a very simple striped scarf from Quince and Co.’s stripes collection for my guy this valentines. I’m not big on the holiday; I’d prefer a homemade gift or handmade card, a glass of whiskey together, a home cooked meal, nothing special. This simple scarf compliments how I feel about the day; simple gesture, fun candy for kids, red socks.

This is also my first go around with Quince and Co.’s gorgeous yarn and I’m now hooked. The lark is a really soft American wool. I’d recommend knitting something.

vday stamp.

I tried my hand at potato stamping the other week in preparation for teaching it in a Makers class. It’s really fun and the Martha Stewart cookie cutter method is easy and filled with instant stamping gratification. I’d use this method to make my own wrapping paper and cards, I think, but I fear trying it on fabric; seems a bit difficult to get the paint even enough.

refrigerator oatmeal + handmade pot holder.

I decided to try my hand at some refrigerator oatmeal; all you need is some mason jars, fresh fruit, greek yogurt, skim milk, and old fashioned oats. This blueberry variety was a bit more sour than sweet, since I omitted the maple syrup called for in the recipe. All in all, if you like oatmeal, you will enjoy its refrigerator variety. But I’ll bet its better in warmer weather than current temps.

Also featured: a handknit pot holder. You can get the pattern here.

quince and co.

My latest obsession is Quince and Co., a gorgeous Maine-based yarn company that churns out gorgeous designs from various knitters as well. I bought a whole pile of their Lark new american wool to make a scarf from their Stripes Collection for a Valentines day gift, and of course one of the stripes hat for myself.

The Lark is a dream; its so buttery soft for a straight wool, and I love that its all American sourced. I plan on taking a trip to KnitWit in Portland some day to shop their yarns in a local.

stasis.

One sleeve done of the gorgeous Stasis Pullover in Brooklyn Tweed’s Spring Thaw collection. I’m knitting it exactly as the pattern calls for–with Brooklyn Tweed Loft in snowbound as the main color and cast iron as the contrasting color. So far, so easy, so gorgeous.

This is my first Brooklyn Tweed sweater. I have always been pretty intimidated despite knitting many complex sweaters. I don’t know why; instructions are really clear. I will definitely by tackling Stilwell, Grettir, and Skydottir.

And Kimmswick. Oh, Kimmswick, you are mine.

greek dressing.

It takes no time at all to make homemade dressing and it makes all the world of difference. Tastier, you know exactly what’s in it, and requires just a few ingredients you usually have floating around in your kitchen. The other night, I made a delicious greek dressing that required the following: a lemon, a garlic clove, kosher salt, pepper, a dash of dried oregano, olive oil, and a dash of red wine vinegar.

Treat yourself to homemade dressing.

biz casual.

These socks were a gift for my guy Sean for christmas this year. Knit up using malabrigo sock in the turner colorway and a touch of peach for the toe line detail (which happens to be my signature). Usually I make standard 3×1 ribbed socks with a pop of heel and toe for him (it’s a standard sock that he wears often and fits him well), but this time I decided to gift him something a bit fancy with the argyle patterning. The twisted stitch is easy to memorize and these take no time to make.

For more on the business casual socks by tanis lavallee, look here.