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Resolutions and All Things Brioche

01/01/2018 12:04:00 PM

Resolutions, resolutions, resolutions.  I generally don't make them.  After all I live a fairly disciplined lifestyle already.  So when I think about resolutions, if I do, it's in terms of crafting goals. And last year I resolved to learn ...

Winter Hat and Holiday Cookies

12/16/2017 12:58:00 PM

Do you see anything wrong with this picture?  Living in Southern California I don't have any snow balls to throw!  But I do have bath bombs that look remarkably like snow balls!  Yes?  If you live where it snows for sure you will want to ...

Testing Knitting and Holiday Gift Ideas

11/20/2017 21:26:00 PM

I am officially a Test Knitter!  I feel special.  As if I've achieved a new level of knitting proficiency.  When in truth anyone can be a test knitter.  All that it requires is that you be willing to boldly go where no man has gone before.  ...

Two Color Shawls and Fall Crafting ~

10/29/2017 20:32:00 PM

These days I'm addicted to knitting two color shawls.  And if you are going to be addicted to anything that is a good thing.  Right?  I love that two color shawls have a modern look, are a nice size, and the shaping is often long and flowy.  ...

Solstice Cardigan and Honey Roasted Pecans!

10/07/2017 20:24:00 PM

This is my "Rhinebeck" sweater.  Snicker.  Yeah, I know that I'm not going to Rhinebeck but I'm still calling it my Rhinebeck sweater.  To explain, if you are a knitter then you've probably heard of the fabulous  extravaganza of sheep and ...

Striped Esjan Shawl and Early Fall Baking

09/13/2017 12:59:00 PM

With all the looming holidays from Jewish, Christian, Pagan, and Secular you are definitely going to need a great party shawl.  And it doesn't matter what age you are it is always fun to get dressed up and wear something flirty with a bit flounce ...

Israel and a Taste of the Middle East

08/28/2017 16:27:00 PM

It's been weeks since my last post so I'll quickly update you on what's been happening this summer. We have had both amazing highs and frightening lows.  The high point was obviously our trip to Israel which was amazing!  The low was my father ...

Summer Garden Shawl and Carrot Cake Recipe

07/07/2017 16:15:00 PM

We are back from Israel and had an amazing time!  I am definitely going to share some pictures and talk about our experiences and I'll even share a regionally inspired vegetarian dinner recipe (that I know you will love!). However the task ...

Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe and Dotted Rays

06/03/2017 18:44:00 PM

There are certain events and foods that you encounter in this world that are so unique that you remember forever where you were when you experienced it.  And that is how it was for me when I first tasted macadamia and white chocolate cookies ...

Elton John Socks and a Day at the Zoo

05/21/2017 13:54:00 PM

I actually intended to show a different project in this post but it didn't happen and, as it turns out, these socks are the perfect project for this post because I gave them to my mom for Mother's Day this past weekend.  And they also tie in ...

Botan Shawlette and Spring Sugar Cookies!

04/22/2017 12:42:00 PM

This was such a fun and fast shawl to knit!  It's Botan designed by Helen Stewart and it's my new Spring-y Shawlette for the season.  I'm always super pleased when I find a quintessential seasonal piece and this couldn't be more perfect for ...

Crazy and Colorful Colorblock Socks

03/27/2017 21:20:00 PM

Of late I've been obsessed with knitting socks.  And I can't knit them fast enough.  I've also been knitting almost exclusively my own version of a plain vanilla sock that I'm sharing as a free pattern called Colorblock Socks.  It has all ...

Transitioning to Spring

03/06/2017 17:55:00 PM

I love knitting with all the gorgeous speckles, brights, and multi-color yarns so much that I find it hard to stop. But sometimes you just have to add something basic and useful to your wardrobe and that's where the tonals yarn colors shine. ...

Invaders of the Heart Shawl and Chocolate Cupcakes!

02/16/2017 21:06:00 PM

I had recent occasion to remember that it is important to be flexible in this life and knitting is no exception.  As much as you want something to be a certain way and to work out well, it may not. When that happens it's best not to fight against ...

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe and My Favorite Coffee Beans

02/01/2017 11:58:00 AM

I'm a homebody at heart.  I love being at home and can go days on end without leaving my home other than to go for hikes with Simcha.  One of the things that makes being at home enjoyable for me is having freshly baked breads, cookies, and ...

Baa-Ble Hat and Slip Slidding Along the Trail with Simcha

01/15/2017 18:00:00 PM

I'm late to the party but better late than never!  This is the Baa-ble hat that has become an iconic pattern for the online knitting community.  It's been many many years since I last saw a pattern that captured the hearts of so many knitters. ...

Good Vibes at the Beach

01/02/2017 12:22:00 PM

It's a new day, a new year, and after a distressing year of world news it's time for some good vibrations at the beach! This is my new Good Vibes Shawl and consequently my favorite shawl because for whatever reason whatever I just finish I love ...

Old World Gingerbread House and Snow Queen Scarf

12/19/2016 16:56:00 PM

Food is an important part of the holidays for me.  It's not like that for everyone.  I've actually met people who don't recall any special food from their childhood associated with the holidays other than that they had a turkey dinner.  My ...

Jolly Christmas Socks ~

12/06/2016 18:26:00 PM

This year I've stepped up early and have already begun my holiday decorating.  I sort of had to as we are going away for Christmas and if I didn't decorate early there wouldn't be any decorating at all. And where's the fun in that?  In general ...

Tapping into Your Creative Process and Farewell to Fall

11/26/2016 18:52:00 PM

I am wearing a shawl that I knit for the holidays using a combination of silk and kidsilk haze yarn.  I didn't technically use a pattern.  Instead it's a mashup of two designs, one of which I used for its shaping and the other for its twisted ...

Honey and Butter baked Pears and a Super Soft Kidsilk Scarf ~

11/18/2016 17:49:00 PM

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life.  It's a time to reconnect with family and friends, share the bounty of our table and remember all the many blessings and wonderful things that we have. ...

The Circle Game and New Fall Favorites

11/06/2016 12:18:00 PM

I am wearing a circular shawl which is usually knit and used as a blanket, as indeed this one will be. But I wanted to show that it can also be worn as a shawl and that it makes an elegant cape.

Fall Cowl and Matching Fingerless Mitts

10/16/2016 12:08:00 PM

Last year I didn't knit any fingerless mitts and so I really needed a new pair this year.

Brooklyn Tweed Sweater, Scarf Accessory, and a Frontier Style Breakfast!

09/24/2016 18:57:00 PM

I have long admired the beautiful designs of Brooklyn Tweed which embody the rugged American frontier lifestyle. Jared Flood and the designs he curates under the Brooklyn Tweed brand are both classic and functional.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

09/16/2016 11:20:00 AM

I know I promised a Fall project this post but work has been hectic and one must be flexible in life. While I catch my breath I've opted for a quick post with a classic shortbread cookie recipe with a bit of a twist by adding chocolate chips. ...

A Yankee Doodle Shawl and Simcha Stories

08/22/2016 18:33:00 PM

Being a proud American I couldn't resist naming this my Yankee Doodle shawl!

Homemade Waffle Cones and Paper Cone Holder Template

08/03/2016 16:27:00 PM

It's late summer and hot outside.

Knitting Socks and Why Knitting is a Better Kind of Happiness ~

07/19/2016 14:01:00 PM

When I lived in the Midwest during my law school years it was a wondrous experience to go through seasonal changes after having been raised in perpetually sunny southern California.

Peach Cobbler Recipe and a Boo Knits Shawl!

07/03/2016 17:15:00 PM

Peach cobber is an old fashioned taste of summer that is as good today as ever it was!

Mother Bear Project and Knit Bow Tie Pattern

06/19/2016 21:01:00 PM

I am so happy to share with you this cute bear I knit for Mother Bear Project!

Multi colored shawls and Testing Yarn for Color Fastness

05/30/2016 11:24:00 AM

I can't stop knitting multi-colored shawls.

Speckles and Brights and How to Wear the Latest Yarn Craze!

05/02/2016 17:50:00 PM

I'm loving the current speckles and brights trend!

Strawberry Coffee Cake Recipe and Celtic Inspired Shawl ~

04/20/2016 21:10:00 PM

Do you ever feel the need to slow the pace of your life down?

Lunna Voe Shawl, Lace Blocking Tips, and Recap of Ysolda's 2015 Shawl Club

04/03/2016 20:34:00 PM

Lunna Voe the Final Installment of Ysolda's 2015 Shawl Club ~Leave it to Ysolda to design something traditional and timeless and yet somehow modern too.

Dated or Not? ~ and Spring Treats

03/20/2016 11:52:00 AM

I'm doing some stash knitting and realized that my taste and my perception of what's appealing to knit has changed in the last couple of years.

Yarn Crush box Review and Giveaway!

03/01/2016 16:34:00 PM

We all have our weaknesses.

A Superstar Muffin and Steampunk Shawlette

02/19/2016 18:18:00 PM

Ever since our trip to New Zealand my muffin expectations have been heightened.

Why I Knit ~

02/07/2016 15:35:00 PM

This post should really be titled "Why I knit as Much as I Do."

Classic Dinner Rolls ~

01/21/2016 16:40:00 PM

Who doesn't enjoy a good roll?

Glacerie Shawl and Still a Puppy at Heart

01/12/2016 17:45:00 PM

It has been a "knitters winter" here in Southern California.

Wisp of Smoke Cowl and Nantucket Cranberry Tart

12/19/2015 22:01:00 PM

I always like a little bling at the holidays.

Fair Isle Scarf and the Dark Side of Ravelry Forums

12/01/2015 11:02:00 AM

I am wearing my Osebury Rock Scarf which is the fifth installment of Ysolda's 2015 shawl club and as you can see it's all about celebrating gorgeous autumnal color.

Pumpkin Bread with Walnut Topping

11/14/2015 19:43:00 PM

Paris Tragedy ~I wrote this post prior to learning of the tragedy in Paris and wanted to briefly preface the post by saying how very saddened I am for the people of France and everywhere in the world these horrific acts of terrorism have occurred. ...

Malton Oolite Scarf and Simcha's Pumpkin Passion

11/08/2015 12:03:00 PM

It seems like I look forward to Fall forever and then it flies by in a remarkably short period of time.

Apple Butter Recipe

10/24/2015 22:21:00 PM

To everything there is a season and right now it's apple season!

Fairy Garden Throw and Pumpkin Scones Recipe ~

10/09/2015 19:57:00 PM

When I saw the Yarn Fairies in my Garden Mystery KAL I couldn't resist joining along in this whimsical journey.

Wintergreen Hat and Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

09/19/2015 13:21:00 PM

Every Fall I knit myself a new hat.

Crockern Tor and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

08/16/2015 17:32:00 PM

Crockern Tor is the 3rd installment of Ysolda's 2015 shawl club and embodies exactly why I joined her club.

Fingerless Mitts and Simcha's Corner

07/26/2015 11:06:00 AM

You'll laugh when I tell you how long ago I began these fingerless mitts.

SAILaway Shawl,Yarn Along and Summer Survival Makeup

07/05/2015 22:34:00 PM

This past weekend we headed down to San Clemente, California to spend the July 4th holiday at the beach. It's my favorite place to celebrate the 4th as the city of San Clemente really goes all out to celebrate.

A Summery Scarf and Delicious Bread Pudding Recipe

06/07/2015 13:36:00 PM

It has recently occurred to me that for all the shawls that I've knit over the years happily thinking that I'm covering all possible basis for any outfit or color combination that I might own I have left a gaping hole in my wardrobe.

Knitting the Blues and California Oranges

05/10/2015 16:31:00 PM

Miles and miles of gorgeous silky blue.

Knitting Socks and Simcha's Corner

04/12/2015 22:37:00 PM

Here be dragon socks.

Stac Shoaigh Shawl and the Perfect Brew

03/20/2015 13:52:00 PM

The British are coming!!!

Simcha's Simple Cowl ~ and an Orange County "Moment"

03/01/2015 16:33:00 PM

If you are like me you have either received as a gift (or made a spontaneous purchase) of a single skein of gorgeous hand painted yarn.

Weekend Sweater and How to Enjoy a Better Night's Sleep

01/25/2015 15:02:00 PM

My definition of a great weekend sweater is one that fits right, feels cozy and looks great on.

Toy Monkey and Sweet Bread for the Holidays and Beyond ~

01/01/2015 14:44:00 PM

Toys are so much fun to make and if you haven't made one yet what are you waiting for?

Victorian Christmas Shawl and Christmas Wishes

12/20/2014 21:33:00 PM

Starshower Cowl and Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews

11/07/2014 19:59:00 PM

It's amazing what you can make with a single skein of sock yarn! And the Starshower Cowl has to be one of my top picks for a single skein project.

An Accessory Shawl and Halloween Prims

10/16/2014 21:36:00 PM

Ready or not it is time to wrap up in something fabulous for Fall!

Mara Madelintosh Shawl and Orange Muffins Recipe

09/22/2014 21:40:00 PM

Some things need to be seen in person to be appreciated and so it with me and the Mara Shawl. When this shawl first came out several years ago I saw the pictures and thought it was a nice shawl but not anything I was too excited about knitting. ...

Honeycomb Hat and Simcha Hijinxs!

08/31/2014 12:48:00 PM

I'm so excited that it is almost fall!

Catching Butterflies ~ and Blueberry Pie

08/17/2014 12:21:00 PM

How many pairs of fingerless mittens does a person need?

A Summer Scarf and Simcha News

07/20/2014 12:58:00 PM

This is a small accessory with a big impact and I love it!

Knit Socks and Plum Coffee Cake Recipe

06/19/2014 22:06:00 PM

I'm tip toeing through the tulips.

Northern Skies Mystery Shawl KAL

05/26/2014 11:48:00 AM

A mystery no more! The shawl that I am wearing was knit as part of a mystery KAL hosted by Christelle Nihoul, one of my new favorite designers.

Knitting a Sweater and Tips to Achieve a Custom Fit

04/14/2014 22:27:00 PM

I love my new Spring Lily sweater!

Ishbel Shawl and Frosted Sweet Bun Recipe

03/14/2014 21:34:00 PM

When I look at this red shawl I think of another red shawl and what it says about the community where I live. And to explain that I need to provide some background.

Winter Blues Skirt and Morning Coffee

02/02/2014 21:11:00 PM

This skirt has more of an urban edge to it than most of the projects I knit.

Hipster Hat and on the Trail with Simcha

01/05/2014 19:53:00 PM

Winter is a time to embrace the quiet that comes with the colder weather and shorter days.

Winter Lace Shawl ~ and Christmas Crafting!

12/14/2013 10:52:00 AM

This shawl reminds me of The Snow Queen a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.

Mystery Cowl ~ And Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe

11/26/2013 16:08:00 PM

I recently joined a mystery knit-along hosted by Craftsy.

Harvest Shawlette and Other Easy Autumn Crafts ~

10/31/2013 13:13:00 PM

It's always important to learn new techniques and knit things that challenge you but sometimes it's also nice to just knit something familiar, easy and stress free.

Wild Wild West Gauntlets and Cowboy Baked Beans

10/05/2013 16:09:00 PM

It's hard to believe it's that time again.

Kicking off Fall with Socks and Granola

09/13/2013 15:42:00 PM

If you've never worn a pair of hand knit socks then you just don't know what you are missing.

Kit Carson Shawl and The Outlaw

08/12/2013 16:37:00 PM

I have an infatuation with all things western so it's only natural that this shawl named for

Simcha's Simply Scrumptious Strawberry Scones ~

07/28/2013 20:22:00 PM

I don't know if you've noticed, but so far it's been a particularly hot summer and I just couldn't bear to talk about knitting.

Patchwork Bird Template ~

07/20/2013 17:51:00 PM

If you've followed this blog for any time then you know that besides knitting and baking I also enjoy a variety of crafting projects including working with wool felt and I thought it was high time to share a template for a wool felt project ...

Hitchhiking and Bike Riding in Sonoma County

06/24/2013 11:21:00 AM

This summer I highly recommend that you hitch a ride with the rest of us hitchhikers and knit this super simple and fabulous scarf pattern designed by Martina Behm.