A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

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. 🙂 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 injuring 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

Sergin’

Several years ago, when cleaning out her Florida condo and consolidating her sewing machine armada, my Nanny Jo gave me a serger. Sergers, for those of you not intimately familiar with the sewing world and its many strange and terrible nuances, are used for overlocking. Overlocking is a very useful type of stitch for finishing raw edges of fabric so they don’t ravel; and, because it has a lot of.. Read More

Finished Object: Hedera

Yeah yeah. I still knit. So many things in life got fed to the time-hungry monsters that were Awful Job and its accompanying depression, and one of those was my Self-Imposed Sock Club. I finished a measly 4 pairs of that club, and one just this year! So for 2015, I’m aiming to get back on the horse. I’m not aiming too well, judging by the fact that I just.. Read More

Finished Object: Mississippi Avenue

For those of you following along at home, I landed myself a part-time job. Both the up-and downside of this job? It’s a yarn and fabric store staffed by the loveliest and sweetest bunch of enablers you ever met. 🙂 To wit, I present the Mississippi Avenue blouse (view A of the pattern): I had this pretty gray and floral print fabric earmarked for Colette’s Hawthorn (again, the blouse view),.. Read More

Finished Object: Joy

I’ve got a bit of a backlog of finished items to share, so I might actually make something of this whole Me-made May trend. Item the first? A sweater! I started this one way back last April for my dissertation in the final round of Nerd Wars. Due to time constraints of Awful Job, I didn’t even come close to finishing. I’ve been on something of a tear to complete.. Read More