laight street.

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I finished the Laight Street Wrap a little less than a year ago. And I absolutely adore it. I followed the pattern from Kristen Kapur of Through the Loops to a T–right down to using the zinc colorway of the luxuriously soft Malabrigo Yarn Twist.

But for some reason, I’ve failed to photograph it or really wear it out, until now. It was the perfect accessory to the blow back of Storm Juno that Boston received last weekend.

This is one of the most enveloping things I’ve ever knit; and it’s perfect for those super cold days because it’s extra wide and extra long–like wearing a blanket.

Read my project notes here.

men’s varia.

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I love this hat so much, as evidenced by the fact I’ve made three this week. This is the version I made for Sean, who spent the weekend in sunny Phoenix over MLK Day (for a now much talked about football game) and came back to a beyond frigid, and seemingly never ending, arctic blast.

Enter his version of the Varia by Alex Tinsley, knit up on size 7s (I’ve found this hat is appropriate to going down a needle size or maybe even 2) with the following yarns (from brim of hat to top): Malabrigo Rios in sandbank, Malabrigo Merino Worsted in pearl, Manos del Uruguay Maxima in slate, and Malabrigo Merino Worsted in black forest.

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This is the perfect hat for small scraps you have laying around in various shades that compliment the idea of gradient, though these would look great in any color combination quite frankly.

Here’s to several more Varia in my future, I think. In Boston, you can never have too many hats.

See my project notes here.

brooklyn tweed.

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I’ve made the Varia hat before. I had initially knit it for a gift but ended up shamefully keeping it for myself because its so comfortable.

A few years have past, and I decided to revisit this hat. On Sunday night, I knit up a version with a bunch of odd ended Brooklyn Tweed shelter yarns I had in the following–barn owl, woodsmoke, tallow, and fossil (from ribbed bottom to top).

I loved this finished result so much, I immediately made a third (hey, we are experiencing a serious arctic blast here in Boston, so more hats make sense) one for Sean in tans to grays to blacks.  The color combinations are endless, but my favorite are the gradient varieties that actually remain in the same color family or tone.

What hats are you obsessing over? Send them my way; I’ve got a hat bug.

See my project notes for Varia with Brooklyn Tweed here (hint: I went down a needle size). Knit up a Varia of your own by grabbing the pattern here.

gray street.

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This is the Gray Street cowl I gifted my mum this Christmas. I used three skeins of Quince and Co. Puffin in sabine, kittywake, and iceland.

I love how it came out and it’s a really quick knit on account of the bulky yarn and large needles. I can see endless color options, too. I chose these colors because they were almost all featured in the original pattern and match the black down jacket my mum wears most in winter.

See my project notes here. Check out more snaps here.

This time last year, I made Avery for mum.

chemex.

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I could drink coffee out of my Chemex every day if I had the time. This time, I tried some local, organic coffee from a roaster in Louisville, KY, that a close family friend sent for the holidays.

It was delicious, to say the least, and served up in vintage mugs made in Syracuse, NY, that of course, I found doing my favorite activity next to making things: thrifting.

 

parsley biscuits.

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For chicken and biscuits in yesterday’s crazy all day downpour that begs for comfort foods and tucking in and staying in.

This recipe has a decent number of steps, but is relatively easy to make, and creates A TON, so I always reserve some with unbaked biscuits on top for the freezer. Then you have a meal some random night when you are in a pinch. Just bake it off, and voila.

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What else should I tackle in the kitchen this month?

roku x 3.

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I am obsessed with knitting the Roku Hat, which is a basic 1×1 ribbed hat that fits adorably and takes one evening to knit up.

I have knit 3 Roku hats in as many days–and will feature them in this space once they are finished blocking out. Here is a Roku in progress using the insanely gorgeous Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the candlewick colorway.

I mean, really. Look at that color.

Are you knitting Roku? Send examples!

end of may.

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I finished my heavily modified End of May mittens and gifted them to my sister in law for Christmas this year.

I am so excited about the fit and look of these that I have to make myself a pair in different colors.

For these mittens, I used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the espadrilles colorway for the main, and holi festival, that gorgeous Madtosh speckled yarn, for the contrasting diamonds. Instead of doing the floral motif on the top, I decided to use the diamonds mosaic on the tops and bottoms of the mittens.

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They came out smashingly, I think. I love the way the speckled holi festival looks exciting and different here, and subtle enough for an adult to wear every day.

See my project notes here. See them when they were in progress here.  See more photos of my mittens here.

dip.

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I love making my own french onion dip. I don’t know why anyone would bother buy it.

This is one vidalia onion, cooked in olive oil until soft and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I added a cup of sour cream and a few tablespoons of mayo to a dish with garlic powder and several dashes of hot sauce. Once cooled, the onions go in and let it all sit and marinate together for a few hours in the fridge.

Magic.

What are your favorite dips?

brunch

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Is the best thing. I miss my visits to Phoenix, where patio brunching is a new year round possibility. Especially for ceviche and breakfast tortas and the best margs imaginable.

But, it’s better that the doc and I can now brunch any Sunday we’d like, even if it isn’t patio style.

I miss my holiday break; brunch even on Mondays or Tuesdays, and time catching up and connecting.