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Completed Watershed Cardi

27 May

As I mentioned earlier, I finished my Watershed Cardi while I was in LA! It was such a fun project and took hardly any yarn at all.

I am very happy with my choice of the hand dyed Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Worsted Cotton, it really makes it a wonderful little layering piece for the summer. I can see myself wearing it over tank tops and dresses for the next few months.

The lace and scalloped edging isn’t as hard as it looks, just be prepared to work in the lace pattern on both sides!

Overall, I’m quite happy with how my Watershed came out. I would even consider making another as a gift sometime since it’s a fairly quick and inexpensive project, but still looks impressive. I think it took me about two and a half weeks from cast on to weaving in ends. Not bad!


A Weekend in Los Angeles: Part One

23 May

I finished up the semester on Wednesday! Hooray! I am looking forward to spending my extra two days off a week over the summer reading and knitting both by hand and on my machine. I have so many plans! But first, Alex and I made the 12 hour round trip drive down to Los Angeles and back so that he could table for his job with FARM at WorldFest in Van Nuys. We both have friends and family in LA, and there’s so much great food that we decided to make a weekend of it.

We had heard that Madeleine Bistro would be closing up shop indefinitely on Saturday the 21st so we made a reservation for Friday evening with a few friends. I ordered the Filet No Fish with a caesar salad and gluten free macaroni and cheese on the side*. The lighting was so bad I had to ask my friend with a masters in photography to take the photos for me. I think he did a great job!

Filet No Fish and Caesar Salad

GF mac n' cheese

While I thought the food was great (someone please teach me how to make the seitan in the Filet No Fish!), it was pricey for the portion sizes. I don’t think anyone in our group felt satisfied after our meal. I hope that Madeleine will reopen one day with some minor adjustments to the menu pricing! I would love to eat there again.

Early on Saturday morning we went for brunch with our friends at Sage, an all vegan bistro in Echo Park not too far from where we stayed the night. I immediately zeroed in on the Smoked Macaroni and Cheese. Mac n’ cheese at 9 in the morning? Yes, please!

Smoked macaroni and cheese with biscuit & gravy and walnut sausage

The mac n’ cheese was an instant favorite and the walnut sausage was unique and delicious! The prices were also shockingly fair for an all organic restaurant. Next time I’m in the area I will absolutely be going back.

That afternoon we drove about an hour to Irvine where Alex’s younger sister lives; his older sister and her family also met up with us and we all went to Native Foods for lunch. I had a really hard time choosing what to order, everything on the menu looks so good! I finally went with the Wild Buffalo Wrap with a side of kale and Alex ordered the Classic Deli Reuben.

Wild Buffalo Wrap

Classic Deli Reuben

My wrap was great, but I love any combination of buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, so I pretty much already knew I would enjoy it. However, I stole a few bites of Alex’s reuben and I am fairly certain it is the best sandwich I’ve ever had. The seitan was perfect! and they did not skimp at all on the filling. Native Foods, please open a location in San Francisco (there have been rumors!) so that I can eat this sandwich all the time!

For dessert we split a chocolate cupcake. I can’t even properly describe how good this frosting was. Kind of like eating sweet and creamy air?

Chocolate Cupcake

On the way back to LA form Irvine I finished my Watershed Cardi in the car! Turns out you can get a lot of knitting done when you’re stuck in traffic for most of the day! It’s blocking now so I’ll have a post soon!

I’m skipping over our dinner at Stuff I Eat (a vegan soul food restaurant) because I didn’t really like it. I would be willing to try it again, but I would get a sandwich or enchilada pie instead of the Soul Food Platter.

We left Stuff I Eat and went to visit my Aunt who just happens to live near a Veggie Grill. Since we were both still hungry after not eating much for dinner we headed over right before they closed and each had a Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ Sandwich. I added a side of the GF Mac-n-Cheese to mine.

Santa Fe Crispy Chickin Sandwich and Mac-n-Cheese

I had eaten at Veggie Grill before so I already knew I loved the chickin’ sandwich (I’ve pretty much been dreaming about it since my last trip to LA 2 years ago), but this was my first time trying the mac and cheese and I really wasn’t into it, I took about 4 bites before I quit. Not too surprising since it’s made with Daiya and I don’t really like Daiya!

So that concludes Friday and Saturday eating in LA! I’ll have another post this week talking about WorldFest.

Have you tried any good restaurants in the LA area?

* You will be able to find a detailed report of the mac n’ cheese dishes I tried on The Noochy Noodle.

Finished Gretel Tam & the Start of Watershed

6 May

I am so happy with how my Gretel Tam turned out! It may just be one of my favorite projects to date.

Last night my friend Megan and I got together at a cafe in Berkeley for our semi-weekly knitting date and she snapped a photo for me. It’s been a bit warm in the Bay Area for the past few days, but I can always count on a 20 degree temperature drop in the evenings for an opportunity to sport a chunky, cabled beret.

I cast on for Watershed the other night. Yes, that would be the over-dyed Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton I had started my Who Me? Cardigan with. Unfortunately, that project had to be frogged. I’m not really sure what happened…before I started I was positive I had enough yarn, but I still have half of the left front, the collar detail, plus two sleeves to knit, and not nearly enough yardage. I had traveled with the project over the holidays so I’m afraid there might be a lonely ball of yarn somewhere between here and Texas. Luckily the small size for Watershed only requires 300 yards, so I think I’m safe this time.

I had some surprise time off work this week so I’ve already finished the lace border and am on to the first chart repeat of the body.

This week is my bloggoversary, so stay tuned! I have something special planned!

Two Finished Hats!

4 May

I finished my mom’s Leaf Beret and the Gretel Tam within 24 hours of each other! The Gretel Tam is blocking now, so expect pictures later this week; for now here’s a look at the Leaf Beret.

I’m going to toss it in the mail today and it should get to my mom just in time for Mother’s Day. I wish I could say I planned it that way, but I didn’t. My timing just happened to be perfect.

I didn’t expect to finish the Gretel Tam so quickly, so now I’m out of knitting projects. I’m thinking I might give Watershed a go. I know I said I wasn’t going to be knitting cardigans this year, but it really is more of a vest…so that doesn’t count right?

It’s Spring & There’s a New Issue of Knitscene!

1 Apr

After 3 terribly long weeks of winter, spring appears to have finally arrived in the Bay Area. And perfect timing, because I was getting awfully sick of my stuffy fall/winter wardrobe. I’ve lived in Texas or San Francisco my entire life, and while San Francisco never gets that cold I still haven’t gotten the hang of dressing for temperatures below 60 degrees on a regular basis. That’s why I just love spring and summer, I get to pull all of my vintage sun dresses out of the back of the closet and get to knit beautiful, lightweight things. I know most of the knitting world is focused on knitting warm garments out of warm yarns, but I’ll take tank tops, short sleeve sweaters, lace, and knitting with lovely fibers like cotton, linen, and hemp.

So of course, I’m bound to be excited when my favorite knitting magazine, Knitscene adds the first ever summer issue (on stands April 19th). I can always find at least a few patterns that make buying the magazine worth it for me, and this issue is no exception. Here are a few of my favorites from the preview:

I never leave my house without a cardigan; Windsor looks excellent for those days when there’s just a little bit of a chill in the air.

Windsor Cardi

I don’t usually do pullovers — they make me look frumpy — but this neckline and silhouette look totally manageable. I’m fighting the urge to buy yarn for it.

Sackets Harbor Pullover

This shawl looks so cute and easy to wear.

insignia shawl

I love the scallop detail and the way the model is wearing the shawl in this photo, but I’m not entirely convinced it would easily stay on my neck. Also, I’ll take that blouse while we’re at it.

figurehead shawl

You can view more of the preview here. Be sure and let me know what you’ll be making from this issue!