A few of you wanted to know what that bright yellow knit on my couch was. It's the Woodland Shawl started many many moons ago. The stunning yarn is Malabrigo Lace in Frank Ochre (swoon) gifted to me by wonderful Heather. I had seen this gorgeous version and wanted one exactly like it. I'm trying to finish it in time for a fabulous escape my husband and I will be taking this summer. I can't wait to tell you more....
Have a good week!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Happy Spring! Doesn't it feel good to feel warm sunshine and smell that tender green spring smell?
I recently went on a plant walk with Amber Westfall, a gifted teacher who specializes in foraging wild edible foods. I highly recommend her walks and workshops if you're in the Ottawa area. Did you know that a surprising number of wonderful foodstuff is available on your doorstep? We visited a local urban park and unearthed many edible goodies, such as garlic mustard, maple blossoms and stinging nettle.
It inspired me to hunt down my own wild edibles. I found a huge patch of nettles just off of one of my favourite bike paths. And both garlic mustard (which I have been battling for years, as it's an invasive weed) and maple are right in my backyard.
Harvesting mindfully, I gathered enough nettles to make a wonderful spring tonic soup. Nettles are extremely nutritious and have many medicinal uses. Of course, gloves are a very good idea when harvesting nettles!
Spring nettle soup
4-6 cups of tender spring nettles
2 onions, chopped
6 cups of broth (I especially love using nourishing bone broth)
4-6 potatoes, cubed
6 cloves of garlic, minced
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Sauté the onion and garlic in a generous glug of olive oil. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and nettles. Lower heat to a low simmer. Cook till the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, and finish with a generous squeeze of lemon juice.
I also pulled up some garlic mustard from my flower beds and made a yummy pesto:
Garlic mustard pesto
Large bunch of tender spring garlic mustard
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of toasted pine nuts*
1/2 cup of good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Throw everything in your food processor or blender and mix till it gets creamy and lush.
* You can easily substitute with more economical nuts or seeds, but I do love the rich creamy taste of pine nuts here. Just be sure that your pine nuts are not from China, or else you could get an unpleasant case of pine mouth. I speak from experience here. Not fun!
It's so nourishing to eat seasonally and locally.
Makes me very excited for what's to come: raspberries, wild strawberries, wild roses to make this cake, burdock roots, black walnuts, crab apples....
I've been reading a wonderful book on growing, foraging and cooking wild foods. Whole Larder Love is a beautiful book with tons of wonderful recipes.
Food for the body and soul. Have a wonderful, wild weekend!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
It's really satisfying making your own clothes. I love the way my new sweater and dress turned out.
Tova dress, by Jenny Gordy, in Liberty Tana Lawn in the "Kitty Grace" pattern
Stranger cardigan, designed by Michiyo, in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, in Fossil
Wouldn't it be dreamy to create an entire handmade wardrobe? I don't think I'd have time to pull that off, but I'm definitely going to make more!
(Thank you for the sweet comments about my interview with Vibeke. I so enjoyed doing it. Also, I wanted to give a shout-out to Megan, I totally remember you and your lovely blog! I often wondered about you. Glad to hear you still knit! xoxo)
Friday, February 8, 2013
Are things snowy in your part of the world? Here, we're in the midst of a delightful little snowstorm. In case you're looking for something to keep you warm, here are two lovely pieces I knit for the latest winter collection from Brooklyn Tweed:
|Altair, by Jared Flood|
I think this sweet hat would be a great starter project for someone wanting to try their hand at fair-isle.
|Kirkwood, by Julie Hoover|
Love the combo of the waffle background and the plump cables on this beautiful scarf.
This weekend I'm:
- Working on another sample, while listening to the majestic new Grizzly Bear record
- Catching up on sleep (had waaaay too much fun in NYC)
- Starting a new book we picked up at the Strand
- Meeting up with some of my best girls to knit and chat
- I'll also try to take some photos of my new cardi, as well as a Tova dress I finished in time for our trip, in some long-hoarded Liberty
What are you up to this weekend? If you have a few minutes to spare, and you'd like to read a little interview with me, head over to Vibeke's gorgeous blog
(as always, thank you to Jared for letting me use his photos)
Monday, January 28, 2013
- Going to bed and finding that my husband has placed a hot water bottle under the covers to keep me warm
- Amy Poehler, in all her awesomeness, being the big sister that we all wish we had growing up
- Beautiful "just because" flowers
- Jordi Savall
- Finishing that sweater, and having it fit exactly the way I wanted (pictures soon)
Have a great start to your week.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Sorry I've been a bit quiet. I've been under the weather lately, but finding much comfort in some tea and knitting.
More cardigan knitting, but this time for ME! In beautiful, sheepy, wooly Shelter.
I'm making Stranger, a gorgeous cabled cardigan from Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People 4 collection. It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a project for myself. I've spent so much time these past months knitting samples and items for Gris. It's lovely to indulge a bit.
I'm hoping to get this done for an upcoming trip to NYC. We're going mainly to see this. And also to go to a Dosa warehouse sale. Anyone familiar with my Pinterest account knows that I'm a HUGE fan of this gorgeous clothing company.
I'm also very very much looking forward to a meetup for good food with great friends. I can't wait!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Simple Cardigan is just that, a lovely staple for your wardrobe. It's another charming mother/daughter design featuring Quince and Co yarn.
Both mama and baby look so lovely in their new cardis, don't you agree? Little Mabel is sporting the Cradle Cardigan, part of a sweet collection of patterns called Mabel's Closet. Hannah has done a great video KAL for the Cradle Cardigan, in case you'd like to make one for your own little trend-setter.
The whole collection is just darling. I tell you, that Mabel sure is one well-dressed babe!
(Again, thanks to Carrie Bostick Hoge for giving me permission to use her great photos, and to Hannah for the opportunity)