Friday Favorites: Knit Porn, a Party & Food for Thought

BBC Knit Porn is a thing, right?

This week I’ve been knitting and watching Sir Edmond Hilary, Everest and Beyond and making comments about every hand knit sweater that appeared. Steve asked me if this was a thing with knitters, and did we all talk about it online. There usually is quite a bit. I remember we all went crazy when Bletchley Circle aired. I’m surprised to not find a lot of discussion about these knits online, as they are all spectacular.

Food for thought

I’m embarrassed to admit this but we waste a lot of food in my household. And by we, I mean me, because my husband is far less particular about eating deli meat and leftovers that have been in the fridge for 3 days. I was made very aware of this when I was volunteering at our community food pantry and humbled by how happy the clients were to receive a clamshell pack of almost gone strawberries that I would have tossed or thrown in the compost heap. Ahem, the compost heap is one way I rationalize waste.

I’ve recently started utilizing curbside pick-up at my local grocery during the work week. Not only do I believe this is saving us money, but it’s virtually impossible to get distracted by all the lovely berries and fresh greens when I’m adding things to my online shopping cart.

This Real Simple article has great tips for reducing food waste at home. Keeping a “waste audit” is a great idea.

Knitting together community for 11 years

Tomorrow our favorite LYS Yarnorama (that’s local yarn store for the non-knitters) is celebrating 11 years of (insert fiber metaphor here) community in the tiny town of Paige, Texas. Weavers, knitters, spinners, and fiber obsessed have been making the weekly trek from Houston to be part of a community of fiber enthusiasts and friends.

The other night at our She Creates Union meet up, Susan talked about what the community she started has come to mean to her. It’s not my story to tell, so that’s all I say. Perhaps she’ll elaborate herself on her own website. It was lovely, and made us all bit misty.

Everyone who knows Susan and John, knows they have created something very special, and so obviously needed. Susan is a brilliant, patient, talented, and funny woman who nurtures us all in our endeavors to make beautiful things with our hands.

I like to brag that I was her first customer. Susan reached out to me on this blog before she even opened her doors, inviting me to her opening.

Let’s go back in time to read this blog post about my first visit to Yarnorama. I obviously felt that something special was going to happen there. Read the post here

Find out more about the weekend festivities here.

www.yarnorama.com

My fellow makers of She Creates Union will have a Pop Up Shop at Yarnorama tomorrow. Come on out and support women artists and enjoy the bluebonnets along the way.

www.shecreatesunion.org

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Friday Favorites: Pie Wagon, Squad Mitts & Afterthought Buttons

There was a whole lotta pie love in the world yesterday, or at least on my Instagram feed. I host a Pi Day Social every year at the office and it is always so much fun. I baked my favorite go to Blueberry Almond Crumble. You can find my recipe here

Strawberry Rhubarb, Chocolate Cream & Cherry Pie

Squad Mitts & Shawl

I managed to finish all the WIP I mentioned in this post a couple weeks ago. I love the buttons on the shawl/poncho. They make the piece so versatile, that I may do this form now on and possibly retrofit some older wraps. The shawl was knit with Rowan Felted Tweed and the mitt with various sock yarn scraps.

MDK Squad Mitts and shawl with afterthought buttons

Watching & Knitting

  • Catastrophe Looking forward to watching the final season. This show is bawdy, hilarious, and smart.
  • Catching up on Girl Meets Farm, which might explain my new obsession with sprinkles.
  • Tin Star I find that I just can’t not watch this show, as far fetched and implausible as it is. The Canadian Rockies take my breath away.