A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

Summer’s Last Gasp

It’s official, y’all. Summer’s over. But before it bit the dust, I managed to finish one last “summery” thing–this rayon jersey tank dress. Otherwise known as McCall’s 6347, this was an easy-peasy one to put together with the help of the lovely Veronica (my serger). I had to chop off quite a bit of length and width, as this is one of the patterns purchased before I really got into.. Read More

Finished Object: Wrap Pocket Tote

Procrastination, thy name is me. I finished a little shell top in a wool/silk/linen blend for summer that I want to put the pattern together for. So of course I’m doing everything BUT that. But for good purpose (sometimes)! My little sister is turning 13 in a few days, and I wanted to make her something fun to commemorate teenagerdom. Enter the Purl Bee’s Wrap Pocket Tote: Worked up with.. Read More

Finished Object: Bamboo BoySocks

Dedicated readers of the The Blog will know that I don’t often knit socks for the Husband-Dude. There are several reasons for this. One is that he doesn’t much like wool socks, so finding yarn that he likes for socks can be tricky. Another is that his feet are GINORMOUS, and thus making socks for him takes a really, really long time (comparatively speaking). And yet another is that I’m.. Read More

Finished Objects: For Baby Putman

Remember what I said about the babies yesterday? CRESTING, I tell ya! A former coworker and dear friend from Ye Olde Apple days is expecting her first son. And since she now lives in Seattle, a place I get to visit but rarely and thus will not be able to smother him in knitted love in person, I HAD TO SEND HIM SOME. So, yeah. My billionth Elijah. This pattern.. Read More

Finished Object: Granny Stripe Baby Blanket

I think the baby wave may be coming to its crest. A little tired of the knitted blanket jag I’d been on, I decided to break the routine with a crocheted blanket. 1500 yards of fingering weight on an E hook. Yeah, that’ll be the speedy and simple refresher I was hoping for. /sarcasm But I can’t even be that grouchy at myself, because LOOK AT IT. Such pretty, soft,.. Read More

Finished Object: Rivercats Socks

So…I’m quite behind. There will be A LOT of FO posts in the days upcoming. That said, to business!   Rivercats! I’m finally getting back in that sweet Sock Club groove (further evidence of this assertion to come). These were my second pair of the year, finished on July 1. Needless to say, that kind of lit a fire under me. There’s not much of note to say about these… Read More

Finished Object: Emelie

Me and fingering weight sweaters, guys. It’s a real problem. I stashed this yarn (Malabrigo Sock in Ravelry Red) way back when I still worked at Annie’s with the intention of turning it into this sweater. I’ve been making a vested interest lately to work through what I’ve termed “the long-suffering club,” patterns that I’ve had queued on Ravelry upwards of four years. I’m getting there. ­čÖé I knit this.. Read More

Finished Object: Mississippi Avenue #2

Yeah, I made another one. It’s just so comfy I couldn’t help it. Plus, dresses! I added some pockets, but other than that I worked this up exactly as directed by the pattern. I had this gingham in stash intended for another project, but as soon as I finished the blouse view, I reassigned it. I love this pattern. It’s simple, easy to wear, and quick. Perfect for summer. A.. Read More

Recipe: Channa Masala

It has been a good long while since I posted a recipe, and I thought it was about time to remedy that. Summer is here, and for us that means CSA season! We’re eating our way through A LOT of vegetables, and this year we’re trying to eat vegetarian as much as we can. This simple dish made with chickpeas is a big help in that direction, as it’s super-filling.. Read More

Travels With Myself and Veronica

Whew! It’s been a busy couple months around here, what with the Husband-Dude┬áinjuring both his hands in a motorcycle accident, heading to New Mexico to make a movie, and starting New Awesome Job in earnest. Not to mention jaunts to the beach, the botanical garden, and exploring NYC’s forgotten borough, Staten Island. Things have been so busy, in fact, that I’m going to skip right over all of that and.. Read More