Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)


As posted previously, I made the Texture Throw as a gift for my parents for Christmas, and I loved it so much that I decided I wanted to make one for myself. This time, I'm moving away from neutral colors and going for something that will help me welcome spring and warmer weather. The color is called Sea Glass, and it describes the yarn perfectly. I'm not making the blanket any more light-weight--I'm still using KnitPick's Wool of the Andes Bulky--but I like to sleep in a cold room with the intention of wrapping up in a warm blanket, so despite the wool, this throw will still transition me into summer too.

You can find my Ravelry notes here

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)



I got it in my head at the beginning of Lent that I wanted to make a shawl for Easter, so that's what's on my needles right now! I've never made a triangle shawl before, but this gorgeous yarn from KnitPick's new yarn line, Hawthrone, is so beautiful and I knew I needed to make something spring-like with it.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lighten Up, Y'all // A Blogging for Books Review

Having been born and raised in the south, I am regularly craving good southern cooking. Lighten Up, Y'all by Virginia Willis is a great cookbook that proves that good southern food doesn't have to be extremely fattening (without sacrificing richness, or course).

The recipe that I'm most interested in is actually the one featured on the cover, aka the most decadent looking mac n' cheese I've ever seen. Add some bacon, and I'm sold that this cookbook will be a fantastic addition to my small, but growing, cookbook collection. As a rule, I'm not wholly into recipes that profess to taste better than the whole-fat version, but so far, this cookbook is proving to be the exception.

I'm excited to work my way through the recipes (none of which appear to be too daunting--which is a major perk for me) with the exception of Willis's "Damn Good Dawg Chili." Being a Georgia Tech girl myself, I can't lower myself to eat chili named after the University of Georgia. Kidding of course...mostly ;)

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

On My Bookshelf: March

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
I've praised the Outlander series many times on this blog, and since the eighth book of the series was released this past summer, I'm finally getting around to reading it. These books, no matter how good they are, are huge and daunting though, so I honestly might not finish it this month. But I've been setting aside a good hour or so every night to reading, so hopefully I'll at least make a good dent. I'm about 20% into it so far, and I already think it's going to be one of my favorites of the series, probably my favorite since the fourth book.

And that's it! With this hunk of book, I won't realistically get around to another. Plus, I've also been reading my Bible with more regularity as Lent progresses

Man, I do love me some Jamie and Claire.

642 Things to Write About: Week 8/52

Everyone has a special talent. What's your special skill?

Trying new things.
New crafts that is--
not new foods, necessarily.
I don't touch shellfish with a ten-foot pole.
But I do welcome all crafts willingly.
Whatever I can do myself,
I want to do it.
Knitting, crochet,
stitching, designing,
flower arranging.
To still be attempted:
weaving, quilting,
painting, and prose.
But definitely not
quitting.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)


This is Purl Soho's Classic Cuffed hat. It was easy-peasy to knit, but my only complaint when I was done was the length. I knit it according to the pattern, but if I were to do it again, I would make it about an inch and a half shorter, it's too slouchy for my taste, and the pom especially weighs down the excess stitches. The hat is so warm and comfortable though. I certainly love the yarn I chose--KnitPicks Simply Cotton Organic worsted. It's thick and warm but not an itchy wool.

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

642 Things to Write About: Week 7/52

Worst Thanksgiving Dish You Ever Had

Watergate salad. 
Because nothing screams
Thanksgiving
quite like marshmallows and pistachio pudding.
Because obviously we needed to cut the savoriness of the gravy
by adding something that doesn't resemble salad at all
and that doesn't share anything in common with Watergate
other than the fact that it is also clearly a conspiracy
and needs to be covered-up.