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A few of my favorite things: February 2013

Thursday, 7 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

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.

Crash Course

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.

ikat bag

Ikat bag

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

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

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!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Beverly_Army permalink
    Thursday, 7 February, 2013 7:37 am

    Love that grorange bag!

  2. swakins permalink
    Thursday, 7 February, 2013 8:02 am

    I have Devonshire cream on my to do list, bought it at the sale, too.

  3. Mom permalink
    Thursday, 7 February, 2013 8:43 am

    Crash Course – love it and had never heard of it. Love this post – favorite things and especially the foxy hat although I know it would be better as a squirrel…xoxoxo

  4. mkatiecanavan permalink
    Thursday, 7 February, 2013 12:09 pm

    I was going to leave a comment anyway! Because a. I love the Pop Spots pattern, b. thanks for introducing me to Crash Course! I, too, am going to love these at work and c. “Oh god, I live in the South.” made me literally LOL. Aaaand my rav name is serafinapekkala.

  5. Kate permalink
    Thursday, 7 February, 2013 3:54 pm

    Ooh, I agree with you about those colours on Pop Spots

    katepricey on rav

  6. Thursday, 7 February, 2013 6:45 pm

    I love that fierce cable too! I agree that Zero Dark Thirty was excellent, almost as good as Lincoln. I also liked Silver Linings Playbook…and truly, Django too. I just love Oscar time!,

  7. anne permalink
    Thursday, 7 February, 2013 8:30 pm

    You have excellent taste in All Things, my friend.

  8. Thursday, 7 February, 2013 8:52 pm

    You have the BEST taste, lady! I don’t think you’ve ever posted about a pattern that hasn’t made me think, “I must knit that. Now.” And my nephews are so getting little fox hats for Christmas. I can’t not knit them.

  9. Thursday, 7 February, 2013 9:04 pm

    Pop Spots looks intriguing! Very cute.
    Sending you good vibes for your slice ‘n’ dice! Get well soon!

  10. caroline aka FiberTribe permalink
    Thursday, 7 February, 2013 11:15 pm

    I am SO with you on Shelf and Devonshire Cream. And may all go well at the end of the month. Recuperative yarn?? Ima steal that idea! Thanks for the sweet giveaway.

  11. Friday, 8 February, 2013 4:36 pm

    I am all for buying yarn in order to assist in recovering. I bought myself four skeins of Tosh Pashmina after having all four wisdom teeth removed. I can verify that it made me feel better.

  12. Deborah permalink
    Friday, 8 February, 2013 6:15 pm

    You pick the best patterns! Thanks for pointing out things I might not see otherwise. I’m tempted by Shelf, but I’m knitting for the first grandchild these days, and I know he would love the fox. Thanks and good wishes for your upcoming surgery.

  13. Emily Lorenz permalink
    Friday, 8 February, 2013 7:48 pm

    Hi! I’m applelady. I LOVE Pop Spots!!!

  14. knitterkitter permalink
    Sunday, 10 February, 2013 9:13 pm

    I really love Shelf!

    KnitterKitter on Rav

  15. Sunday, 10 February, 2013 10:29 pm

    I am so in love with that fox hat! (Shelf is also amazing – they both now head into my rav queue)

  16. Jane permalink
    Monday, 11 February, 2013 1:54 am

    Patterns are all great, but I gotta say I love Foxy and Wolfie!

  17. Monday, 4 March, 2013 2:40 pm

    Hope your surgery went well and your recovery as well! Love the Foxy!! Thought I would share my completed Thorn –

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