laight.

Since this photo was snapped last week, my Laight Street wrap has grown exponentially and I am now more than halfway through the chart repeats and nearing the finishing line.

The cable and lace is so beautiful and easy to follow and knitting on size 11 needles means its working up fast. Am loving every aspect of it; it’s just the over-sized scarf I was looking for to get me through cold Boston winters.

I’m following the pattern to a T for the wrap size, including using Malabrigo Twist in the same zinc colorway, which is a gorgeous gray-purple color.

bar cart.

I’ve been wanting a bar cart for my place for years. Instead of going out and buying the first thing that caught my eye, its been a years-long search for a special piece that fit seamlessly within my design aesthetic.

This summer, whilst wandering through an antique barn in rural New Hampshire, a mint condition jade green 1950s kitchen cart covered in table clothes and various teacups and knick knacks, caught my eye and the rest is history. For $40, this cart was to be my moving bar and unlike a lot of the similar carts I’d seen online and in antique stores, it didn’t need any refurbishing.

Of course, my cart is stocked with the essentials–to shelf liquors, mixing tools, and glassware. Recently, as a birthday present from my sister, I became the owner of a whole bunch of small bottles of fancy (alcohol based — the best kind!) Scrappers Bitters in flavors like cardamon, grapefruit, lavender, and celery.

I’ve also been able to take items out that have previous been stored in cabinets–like my amazing cactus juicer and prickly pear margarita salt dish. It’s all so exciting.

What else should I include on my bar cart? Who wants to come over for a fancy cocktail?

san miguel.

My mum gifted me this amazing Pendleton San Miguel bedspread and matching pillow shams for my birthday this past weekend. Isn’t it a beauty? I love that, like all Pendleton blankets, it is reversible, and can change the look and feel of the bedroom with a flip.

I’m already looking toward my winter bedding, thanks to Boston’s swift drop in temperature this week.

cobb.

A quick and satisfying salad for weeknight dinner eating. My tip: keep all natural raw chicken tenders in the freezer and cook up 1-2 of them in the skillet right before you make this salad. There’s nothing like fresh protein on top, and if they are still slightly hot, this elevates a cobb from a salad to a dinner.

schoolboy vest no. 2.

I made another School Boy vest by the incredible Tanis Lavallee for my friend r.r., who is about to have her second child. Unlike the first one I made, I decided to do the modified version with the scallop edging on the bottom and I love the way it turned out.

This vest seems like it would be so versatile; many different color combinations, and I can imagine, easy for a mom to throw on her baby in colder weather like we have here in Boston.

This was knit up using Madelinetosh tosh vintage in composition book gray for the main color, and remnants of Madtosh in tomato, as well as Tanis Fiber Arts green label in shadow and chris gray for the colorwork on the bottom.

summer eats.

There’s nothing better than clams and lobster in summer. These delicious eats were at The Clam Box in Ipswich, when Sean was here visiting just two weeks ago.

Has it already been two weeks?

stitching.

This pretty extensive cross stitch pattern of a Yei Bi Chei has been my go to small project since the beginning of August. I’ve completed about half of the design and am loving the results.

camping.

This summer, I spent most of my time on various amazing, life changing trips. Nights in a moon roofed tent, days hiking in canyons and swimming in secluded lakes. If I could go back and start them all over again, I would. If you want to see some snaps from my jaunt through the southwest, pictures are here but have yet to be organized. Oh, and we did that whole east coast, Tennessee, and Smoky Mountain thing, too.

Can we please go back to summer vacation?