plus x 2

Another plus sign hat with my own modifications. This time, I only did 4 rows of the color work, and opted for a solid crown. Has a top loop. In a dark brown heather and a latte color for the plus signs.

You can see my charcoal version here.

Have had many requests to make this hat for other people. So expect to see endless Faded Quilt hats this winter. It’s the hat you should knit this winter.

cinnamon swirl.

The smell of butter and cinnamon and sugar baking into a melted delicious yeast bread is my total jam. There’s nothing better, especially when a Nor’Easter outside whips winds and threatens the power on several occasions (good thing for gas ovens!). This is a simple cinnamon swirl country loaf. No raisins. No frills. Just deliciousness.

What’s your favorite sweet loaf to make?

frosted alpine.

Baby knits are so quick and so satisfying. Last night, I whipped up this adorable little earflap hat, called Frosted Alpine, designed by the always incredible Tanis Lavallee.

These hats make great stash buster projects, too, because they only use a little bit of yardage, and the color combinations are endless. I love to use remnants from other projects, and usually always have multiple colorways on hand.

This version was knit up using Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the faded parka colorway for the crown and pom, Manos Del Uruguay Maxima in oxygen and acid. I love these colors so much, I want to knit an adult sized one for my guy!

I’m pretty sure this one will be for my future nephew, who arrives in December.

prosciutto / peas / shaved parm.

A quick meal whipped up last night with random ingredients I had in my fridge. I’m definitely one of those cooks that often creates wonder when not following a recipe, but a general concept, and bending it to what I have on hand. Going with the gut, that is! And I’m a cookbook gal. Sure, I look through tons of recipes online, but I think its ultimately harder to figure out what to cook. It’s overwhelming, at times.

So, instead of presenting you with some standard recipe, since I don’t usually post recipes, I’ll tell you what I did, in simple terms.

Sauteed some prosciutto di parma I had on hand from a leftover cheese plate until it was nice and crisp. Set aside. Made a parmesan cream sauce out of a dab of butter and a tbsp or two of flour (the roux), then about 1 cup of a combination of milk + heavy cream, then grated parmesan. Cooked up some fettuccine, then added the cream sauce, prosciutto, and some frozen peas (they cook really quickly in all the warm ingredients). For the top, just some shaved parmesan and Italian parsley.

Done. In under 30 minutes. My kind of weeknight cooking. What other combinations would work for a meal like this? Endless, it would seem…

burberry inspired.

I made these amazing Burberry inspired men’s socks for my guy, after finding inspiration in gorgeous ones by Tanis Lavallee, one of my favorite knitters, designers, and yarn dyers. Everything she does is incredible.

The yarn is by Turtle Purl. What an artist! It’s amazingly soft and just gorgeous to work with; a dream, really.

You can read my project notes here. I’ve pretty much perfected the sizing for his feet and stick to the same formula no matter the sock design. Of course, an after thought heel on these ones, so as not to disturb that brilliant striping.

See more snaps of these Burberry inspired socks here.

new reads.

Nothing better than that feeling when you start a new book. I’ve never seen this film, nor dived into the written work, so it seemed like a fitting time.

What are you reading? Suggestions for my never ending list?

abolish.

Sean, rocking the Abolish Columbus Day tshirt from The NTVS, I procured for him awhile back. This limited edition tshirt supports native artists and also sends a clear message: celebrate indigenous peoples instead.

Collectively, between the two of us, we have most of the NTVS catalog.

plus, gifted.

I decided to give my plus hat to Sean. It looked nice on him, he seemed to like it, and figured he could wear it when he visits or on some of our chilly nights camping. I’m definitely making more of these. I think I’ve got the formula down for making it fit the way I want.

Should I try a different color combination? Suggestions?

cheese plate.

My guy was in town for the extended holiday weekend. It was a blast just to catch up, relax, play cards, and make plenty of cheese plates to go with our pints of beer. It’s simply nice just to spend time, especially when you are 3,000 miles apart and see each other once every other month if lucky.

This slate cheese board was a gift from my good friend mack.