A few of my favorite things: February 2013
February is shaping up to be a hectic month. We have a ton going on, and at the end of it I go in for my little slice and dice. But let’s think of the positives here, people. Taking a week off of work to recover surely means extra knitting time. I’ve heard the best way to heal from an operation like the one I’m having is to make sure you receive get well soon yarn. Yeah, that’s it. I need yarn. To feel better.
Pop Spots, by Juju Vail
When this pattern was first published I was sort of MEH about it because the colors the original was knit in didn’t do it for me. Then I saw the above beauty on Pinterest and I totally got the hype. I love this. I need this. I want to knit this, copying the colors exactly because hot damn are they pretty.
Awesome things I can listen to at work are the bee’s knees. I know I’m late to the party on this one, but the Crash Course videos, starring author John Green and his brother, Hank, make the time I spend sitting at my desk 100% more bearable. I’m almost finished with world history, and there are also series on literature, biology, and ecology, plus U.S. History is just being released, which is like offering 6-year-old me a basket of kittens. Or 31-year-old me, if we’re being honest.
Shelf, by Judy Brien
I like this sweater so much I would actually consider knitting a pullover, which for me is saying something since I am in the pro cardigan party. Seriously, why is that not a political party? Cardigans for the masses! Back to the sweater: that cable is fierce. That cable would automatically make me feel 200% more badass while wearing it.
My husband bought me an awesome new Moop bag for Christmas, but I really want this bag too. I will totally admit that it is not because A. I like the shape, or B. It looks really functional, but more C. Sign me up for all the grey chevron with coral accents.
Foxy and Wolfie, by Ekaterina Blanchard
So cute it makes my ovaries squee. Even the broken one.
Long Distance Love keychain, from Sudlow
Considering the first couple months of my relationship with The Scientist we were 2000 miles apart, can you guess what I’m really happy about? If you guessed living in the same city as him, you would be right. You would also be right if you guessed the invention of Skype. Our map would look slightly spiderwebby, since I’m from the Northwest, he’s from the Midwest, we met in the Southwest, and we live in the South. Oh god, I live in the South.
Devonshire Cream, by Laura Aylor
About two seconds after Laura put this cowl on Ravelry, she offered a coupon code that allowed you to download a pattern of your choosing from her designs for free. I was thrilled because this really caught my eye. It looks so soft and cozy, and very versatile too. I imagine this would looks great paired with a wide range of outfits and styles.
Zero Dark Thirty
There are uncomfortable truths to be confronted in this movie, and while it’s dependence on assumptions cloaked as historical accuracy makes me a little squeamish, Zero Dark Thirty is also an incredibly good movie. Good enough to win the Academy Award for Best Picture? I would argue that it isn’t as good as Lincoln and may possibly be on par with Argo (although that is open to debate), but then again I haven’t seen all the nominees, nor will I. I’m looking at you, Les Miserables. There are few things in this world as unappealing as sitting through a two and a half hour musical.
Giveaway time! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2013 for a chance to win one of the patterns I talked about above. I’ll select a winner via random number generator. All you have to do is tell me your Ravelry name and which pattern is your favorite in your comment. Good luck!