A few of my favorite things: July
It’s officially summer, although in Houston summer runs from April through October so the excitement over warm weather and sunny days ended months ago. I’m writing this on the 4th, and the Scientist and I are making a feast: Ethiopian food, prepared with authentic ingredients from the Ethiopian grocery store a few miles away. We started making Ethiopian food on our first Christmas together and it’s become a holiday tradition.
Pekoe is part of Afternoon Tea, a new collection of lightweight sweater patterns by Laura Chau. I imagine wearing this with the lace in front (it’s reversible!), slightly shortened sleeves, and knit out of a bright neon shade for a great summer look.
The rotation of the Earth starts to slow. Birds begin to die. Our 24 hour day stretches longer and longer, and no one knows why. Told from the viewpoint of 11-year-old Julia, The Age of Miracles is a coming of age story set in a world that is falling apart. It’s an excellent summer read.
I am a sucker for striped shawls. Especially non-lacy striped shawls. Especially especially non-lacy striped shawls with interesting construction. Light in Shadows is a new design by Milja Uimonen. I think of my favorite thing about shawls like this is daydreaming about what colors to use!
My cats might hate me forever if I made them put on Cat’s Mane by Mer Almagro. Might be worth it though. The pictures that go along with this pattern totally made my day.
Science + knitting. It’s a combination that works quite well in my house. Matthew Forsythe’s print retails for $50.
Wool People Volume 3 is now out, and it’s full of gorgeous patterns. I swear everything Jared Flood touches turns to gold. Boardwalk, by Heidi Kirrmaier, is my favorite from the collection. Who loves short sleeved layering pieces? This girl!
Snappy Stitches is a new videocast from Chrissy of the Manic Purl, one of my favorite podcasts. I listen to podcasts non-stop at work, but don’t have the time after I get home to sit down and watch videocasts, which is unfortunate because I’ve heard there are some great ones out there. I will make an exception for Chrissy’s show though!
A simple, feminine cardigan, perfect for adding a little warmth in an overly air conditioned office. Bluebelle, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, was made for me. Another layering piece!
How is it that people 30,000 years ago, whose ability to practice their craft would have been extremely limited, were able to draw such realistic horses? Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a fantastic documentary about the Chauvet Cave in southern France, thought-provoking enough that even someone like me, who’s appreciation of art stretches only as far as thinking that the Mona Lisa is a pretty good painting, was enthralled the whole way through.
Oh, look. It’s another striped, non-lacy shawl with interesting construction. Folks, I am nothing if not super predictable. This is Pterotactyl, the first design by Marc Smollen.