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Winter in June – How I Stay Sane During Bay Area “Summers”

1 Jun

Oh, the joys of living in San Francisco. The weather is hardly ever quite right. While my family and friends living in Texas are reporting temperatures well over 100 degrees, it has been cold and raining off and on for the past week. I suppose you learn to love it, and it certainly pays off in the actual winter months.

I recently treated myself to Julie Hasson’s new book Vegan Diner and have been eager to try some recipes. Even though it feels so wrong to be making soups and stews as the rest of the country eases into the first weeks of summer, I can’t help but crave comfort foods when the weather gets so dreary. So, I decided to try the recipe for veggies and dumplings.

I really enjoyed this recipe, and it was so easy to put together!  I can’t wait to try more from this book; I have my eyes on the  the mac-and-cheese, reuben, and Philly cheesesteak sliders for future meals.

I refuse to completely abandon hope that warm weather will come to San Francisco. If it doesn’t, I’ll never get the chance to wear the Comment (Norah Gaugah Vol. 6) tank I’ve been working on for the past week.

After knitting Watershed I had decided I wanted to work something a little more mindless for awhile. It’s a lot of stockinette.

Luckily, I had just enough Knit One Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton in my stash for this project. If you’re not into subbing you’re in luck, the pattern calls  Berroco Bonsai (97% bamboo, 3% nylon) which is a vegan yarn!

So that’s about how my life has been since finishing up the semester. A lot of cooking, knitting, and glancing wistfully out the window wishing for warmer weather. What are your summer plans?

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Casting on for Something Exciting

11 Aug

I’ve spent the past week or so hunched over a calculator and some graph paper working on this:

Now, it doesn’t look like much, and I’m not going to say too much yet, because with me things are always subject to change right up until the pattern is published. I’m still working out a few things, but I just couldn’t resist casting on any longer. I will say it’s a tank top and there is lace involved (and now that I’ve said that the final product will end up with cables and sleeves). The yarn is Second Time Cotton, which is one of my favorite yarns! I plan on offering it in a range of sizes, probably from XS to XL. I’m really excited for the finished product, I can see it in my head so vividly, I just need to knit faster!

And for those of you who were curious, the Knit Picks Harmony interchangeable needles are great. They are quite smooth and I haven’t had any problems with the joins so far. I used to knit exclusively with bamboo, but now I can’t see myself ever going back.

Things have been interesting at TreeWool headquarters the past few weeks. My kitchen flooded 2 months ago and they finally finished the renovations last week. Two months without a kitchen is not fun, and I can safely say that I never want to eat out again. I seized the opportunity to rearrange, reorganize, get rid of some junk and now I have an amazing new workspace. My old desk was not conducive to doing anything but paying the bills. I’m still working on getting things situated, but I love it so far.

Finally! A Second Sock!

7 Jul

I decided that I needed to knit something for just me this past week, so I cast on for my second Soybean Sock, which I started on in February. I finished the first one really fast, but continually failed to start on the second for months.

This lovely pattern can be found for sale over at the lovely Herbivore Knits. It’s a pretty, fun, and stress free pattern, which I really needed after a few of my last sock endeavors were total disasters.

I’m using the recommended yarn Panda Soy (hence the name Soybean socks) in Provence. I really love this yarn, even if it has the tendency to split.

After I finish the sock I will be moving onto an exciting new project that I can’t wait to share with everyone! I’m in the middle of swatching with some 2nd Time Cotton and it looks very promising. More on that and a finished pair of socks coming soon!