Thursday, July 31, 2008

Foodie Friday :: portrait edition

A simple and paired-down post for this week's Foodie Friday...

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times published a lovely article about some women farmers from the Northeast United States. I was enamored with the accompanying photographs, and have since returned to the article a number of times to read it again--I think these women are beautiful, and the commitment to their own kind of craft is inspiring and so full of dedication. Anybody who knows me is probably tired of my yapping about my desire to one day own some land and do a different kind of work, away from an office and the computer... In any case, it's good to learn about people who do just that.

Click photo for article. All photos from the New York Times.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

FO :: Monkey Socks

In the works since April, I've FINALLY finished my Monkey socks. I love them. No wonder 6051 people on Ravelry have made them.

I certainly had a case of second sock syndrome. I was avoiding finding out if I was going to run out of yarn like I did with my (still unfinished Jaywalkers. Yes, that post is from 2007).

Pattern: Monkey Socks , from Knitty
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Wild Berry (1 hank = 1 pair)
Modifications: Nada, baby!
Confessions: I cheated on the toe by turning the sock inside out and doing a three needle bind off. Surprisingly, it worked out quite well, and doesn't feel too bulky.
More Details: Ravelry

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Family Shout-out :: Jo Ellen Designs

I just found this post in my list of posts that I never finished writing! Usually no big deal, except for that I was excited to write about my family. Better late than never though, right?

Last winter, I was invited by my aunt and cousin to be their guest at the International Gift Fair. Together, they have started a rug company, named Jo Ellen Designs in Camden, Maine. The rugs are 100% wool and are hand hooked, and they do pillows as well.

Here are Jess and I in their booth. It's hard to see here, but the blue and beige rug we are standing directly in front of has some hidden animals (see the design better here. Also in two other colorways.) and is one of my favorite rugs (along with this design).
Jo Ellen Designs

And here are Jo Ellen and Jess, and a good view of two of the rugs:


Their business has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past year, and it was great to see what they are doing in person. And even better, for every item purchased, they make a donation through their own program, Designs for Good, in which each design is partnered to a specific organization).

I had a great time browsing through the fair and had the chance to see in-person a lot of the design companies I keep track of via various design blogs. Best of all I had the chance to spend time with, and be inspired by, family that I see all too rarely.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Foodie Friday

Just some photos of things I've been making and enjoying this week...Clockwise from top left: Eggplant Salad from Amateur Gourmet; Light Pesto from Everyday Foods via Teamsugar; Iced Coffee (from a French Press = yum); Cold(ish) Peanut Sesame Noodles from The Kitchen.

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Walker Treasury Project

Am I the last person on earth to know about the Walker Treasury Project? I followed a link through Ravelry to this site, which is especially interesting to me now that I've acquired a set of her Treasuries.

The project asks participants to knit up a swatch in color, photograph it (nicely) and upload to the site which has a few different functions for users for searching for patterns. The site only posts photos along with swatch info and the page numbers of the book that they come from.

What a fantastic resource!