Tuesday, April 8, 2014

anna eats - week of treats

Clockwise from top left: 
  • Ina Garten's Jam Thumbprint Cookies were a hit at my office's Cookie Club.
  • I'm addicted to Skyr soothies. This one is banana, fronzen peaches, plain skyr, orange juice, and protein powder. 
  • My friend Alyssa made the most adorable and delicious lemon, lavendar, blueberry cupcakes. 
  • My Tuesday was greatly improved with an afternoon crepe from Boston's Paris Creperie Food Truck. Mmmm, nutella. 

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. I have some exciting personal news in the works, which I will share soon. I also have some exciting knitting projects that are almost ready to post. For now though, I wanted to share some of delicious treats I've enjoyed in the past week. Have you been baking, making, or noshing on anything noteworthy recently? xo anna

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

yarn bombing, etc. - the artist's process

By now you have most likely seen yarn bombing, either in person or online. But have you ever wondered what the artist's process looks like? I missed this video from Animal New York when it first came out, but it was recently sent to me, and I had to share. It is a great look into the technical side of yarn bombing. I hope it inspires people who are considering sharing their own yarn creations, but haven't taken the plunge yet. I myself have something in the works... Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

anna travels - hawaii 2014

Last week I escaped Boston's frigid temps for the warm beaches of Hawaii. I saw beautiful sunsets, got to swim with turtles, and ate some delicious Lilikoi Shave Ice (yum!). With 20 hours of combined flight time, I was also able to get a bunch of knitting done. Can you guess what I'm making in the picture on the left? Here's a hint

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

knitting, etc. - penguin jumpers


A few friends shared this story with me, and it is so cute I had to repost. I have heard of knitters making penguin jumpers before, but this article from ABC Melbourne reminded me of the cause. Basically, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Phillip Island Nature Parks takes care of sick and injured penguins. When a penguin is caught in an oil spill, the Rehabilitation Centre dresses the penguin in a knit jumper so that the bird does not ingest the deadly chemicals when attempting to clean him/herself. You can read more about the penguins and their knitted jumpers here

The jumpers are for little penguins, which, as you can see from the pictures, are quite small. The pattern calls for D.K./Sport/Worsted yarn on US5 needles. While I have not yet made one, it looks like it would be pretty quick to knit. I might take materials with me this weekend, so that I can make one on my upcoming plane ride (I'm going to Hawaii - woot!)

Monday, February 24, 2014

anna bakes - pear clafouti

I made this pear clafouti a few weeks ago, and it turned out so well that I made another one yesterday for a dinner my roommate and I hosted. I used Ina Garten's recipe, and it was so easy and so delicious I was surprised clafouti are not more popular! It was great warm, room-temp, and chilled. You really can't go wrong with this one. I'm looking forward to making another with different fruit - cherries, raspberries, topped with almonds... The possibilities are endless!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

anna knits - cable slouch hat update 2

I waited a little while to post this one because it was a gift, but it is all good now!

I started this hat on Super Bowl Sunday and was able to finish it on an unexpected snow day the Wednesday after. The pattern is called Quick Cable Slouch Hat, and it is available for free from Azure Knits. I used Bernat Alpaca yarn in stone, which I picked up a Michaels, with size US8 and US11 needles. The pattern was easy to follow, and - as the author notes - would make a great project for first time cablers. Just to note though, it is definitely more of a slouch hat than a beret, despite the look of my picture on the right!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

diy, etc. - valentine's day quick gifts

Looking for something to make for Valentine's Day, but just realized you only have two days left!?! I've got you covered with three lovely knit/crochet gifts that can be made in one sitting:

1. Heart Bookmark: With crazy winter weather hitting much of the nation this year, there has never been a better time to stay inside with a favorite book. And this bookmark is a novel's best accessory. They are so quick and easy to knit up, you can make one for all your besties.

2. Crochet Cup Cozy: Keep your hottie's coffee hot with this super easy crochet cup cozy. You can customize it to reflect your man's favorite sport's team logo, college colors, or show your love with a classic heart embellishment. See some of the different designs I made last winter here. Plus you'll be helping the environment by saying no to disposable cup sleeves.  

3. Knit Hearts: I did not write this pattern - it is from the site Mochimochi Land - but they are so cute I had to include it. I'm thinking of incorporating one of these guys into a handmade card!

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