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Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life Contest Winner!

15 Nov

The winner is…


Christina Maki!

Congratulations! I have emailed you for your address so if you don’t see anything from me check your spam folder.

And a big thanks to everyone else who entered! I hope you’ll check out Melisser’s book, it’s a great resource for vegan ladies.

As for my favorite fall dish, I have to go with vegetable and dumpling soup. It was a favorite growing up and a family tradition to make it on Halloween before going trick-or-treating. I’ve been working on my own recipe, since the childhood version also contained chicken.


A Visit to the New Art Fibers

14 Nov

We’re starting to work on our final projects for my knitwear design and construction class. I’ve been stuck working with acrylic for my sample swatches most of the semester, but for this project we get to choose our own yarn. The problem is the yarn provided isn’t always adequately labeled and I have no clue what’s vegan, and what is vegan doesn’t come in the colors I want, so I just said screw it and just decided to buy some of my own yarn.

After class I took a trip to the newly reopened Art Fibers in downtown San Francisco where they sell luxury yarn by the yard, and you can buy on it wound cones too! This is great for machine knitting because that means I don’t have to put it on the cone myself! Fancy! Another great thing about yarn by the yard is that you don’t have that annoying issue of needing 307 yards but the skein is only 300 yards, which forces you to buy a whole new skein that you’re probably not actually going to use, but hey you’ll buy it just in case.

The new Art Fibers space is pretty neat. I only went to the old location once, but I fairly remember the store being  hard to find and inside kind of dark and uninviting. The new space is huge, has a great amount of natural light, and certainly gives off a “studio loft” type vibe which suits their downtown, 3rd floor location. They sell a limited quantity of luxury yarns so swatches, skeins and content information are all laid out on tables for browsing, instead of the usual wall-to-wall shelves you’ll find at most  yarn shops. The staff is sweet and helpful.

As for vegan friendliness they get an A+ from me.  I would guess that almost 1/3 of the yarn they carry is vegan. I made off with two cones of a surprisingly soft 100% linen in variegated colors that work perfectly for my project.

So yeah! Check it out if you’re in the area you’ll find some great yarn you can’t find anywhere else.

I actually can’t believe I’m starting on my final projects. It feels like just yesterday I was all nervous about going to my first knitwear design class. As much fun as I’m having, I can’t say I’m sad to see the holiday break fast approaching.

Today is the last day to enter the contest to win a signed copy of the Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life, I’m drawing the name at midnight! So get commenting and tweetin’!

Millennium MOFOin’

9 Nov

This weekend my boyfriend’s parents were in town and they took us to Millennium, the fancy-fancy all vegan restaurant in downtown San Francisco. It’s our go-to place for celebrating holidays, anniversaries, quitting our jobs, getting new jobs, etc. so I’ve been quite a few times sine moving to San Francisco over 3 years ago, but I feel the experience is always worth making note of.

I’m a dumby and forgot to grab an extra menu, but I’ll do the best I can at the wordy descriptions.

I started with the Little Gem salad with a Caesar vinaigrette and smoked tofu. Despite the rotating seasonal menu, they tend to have this salad quite often and I highly recommend it because it is just so delicious.

I also got to try a few bites of the potato salad. I believe there were two types of potatoes, crispy capers, avocados and a tasty dressing.

And then our table was pleasantly surprised with a complimentary appetizer, an edamame rice cake with various sea vegetables. I don’t think I would have normally picked out this dish, but after trying a few bites I wanted to order one all for for myself.

For my entrée I had the maple butternut squash risotto with smoked tofu, artichoke hearts, crunchy filberts and a delicious red reduction sauce that may have been cranberry based, but I could be completely confused. It was all my favorite things in one dish, but I could barely manage to eat half of it, after all I had to save room for dessert!

When you go to Millennium you have to order dessert, I knew right when I looked at the menu I would be ordering the pumpkin cheesecake with a brownie crust, some kind of berry compote and a boozy sweet cream sauce. It was just as good as I imagined it would be.

I know, I know, I totally failed at recalling the descriptions. You’ll just have to go see for yourself. It’s worth every penny, and I would say it’s decently priced for a high-end restaurant. Plus, they have all sort of discount nights and prix fixe menus you can take advantage of if you have to work within a budget.

And don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of The Vegan Girls Guide to Life. I’m closing the contest at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday the 14th!

MOFO plus a giveaway!

1 Nov

As many of you may know by now, November is the fifth annual Vegan MOFO, or Vegan Month of Food. For anyone not in the loop quite yet, the goal of MOFO is to write a food related blog post every week day to help get the word out that vegan food is DELICIOUS! Right now there are almost 500 bloggers participating, so be sure to check them out!

Now, I’m not delusional enough to think that I could possibly blog every day at this particular junction in my life, heck I can’t even keep up once a month it seems, but you may see a few food and cooking inspired posts from me this month. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to go all out!

Now onto the reason you all even bothered to read this post; we’re having a giveaway! My friend Melisser’s book The Vegan Girls Guide to Life comes out this month today (happy book release day, Melisser!) and I’m giving away a signed copy to one lucky reader! This book is going to be great, and I’m not just saying that because there is a little knitting project and vegan yarn guide contributed by yours truly in it. This book is also full of yummy recipes, cruelty free beauty and fashion advice, craft projects, and travel tips.

To enter leave a comment and tell me about your favorite fall dish (vegan please!), make sure your email is located somewhere so I can contact you if you win.

After you have entered, you can earn one extra entry by tweeting the following (be sure and leave a SEPARATE comment telling me you have done so and include your twitter username!): Enter to win The Vegan Girls Guide to Life from @tree_wool here http://wp.me/pV0cu-3G

The contest ends the date of the book release the date that the books are being shipped out* which is November 15th. The winner will be chosen that day at random and once I have your address the book will be ship to you! This contest is open to international residents.

Good luck and happy November!

*Sorry for the confusion, the book is technically out today but if you buy directly from the author (which you should!) your book will ship the 15th

Vacation Time!

8 Jun

It’s been hectic around the TreeWool headquarters lately. I recently started an exciting new job and with TNNA right around the corner I’ve had a few projects to wrap up. I’ve also been working on a headband design and writing an introduction to vegan knitting for the book The Vegan Girls Guide to Life by my friend Melisser over at The Urban Housewife. The book will be out this November, and you can bet I’ll let you all know when it’s available!

Here’s a sneak peak of the headband.

Today I’m headed to my hometown of Austin, Texas to spend some much needed time with family and friends! While I’ll still have some work to do, I’m definitely looking forward to having some down time and working on a few neglected knitting projects along with paying my usual trip to Hill Country Weaver’s, and eating at all the great vegan spots Austin has to offer. You can expect to hear more about my trip soon!