What I’m Listening To Lately

An idealistic punch in the gut:

Background writing/working stuff:

Happy wake up music:

Friday cruisin’ with my baby:

A little 20 year old me nostalgia:

Just a little gem:

Cleaning the house:

Mom, don’t listen to this one, you won’t approve (but it’s a good one to have in the arsenal):

I love a gravely voice which you won’t hear in the clip but Greg Brown makes me swoon:

Abram tells me to “crank it”:


An accidental find:

The most perfect 80’s song not written in the 80’s (another Friday favorite for the kiddos and I):

I don’t really have much to add to the conversation lately. My house is progressing on schedule (knock on all the available wood). Abram and Violet each had a bout of strep but are healthy now. My in-laws are the most gracious people on the face of the earth and I’ll never be able to say thank you enough for the generosity and kindness they’ve shown me.

Hope you all have a full and happy weekend! And please share any favorite listens lately! I’m always looking for fun things to find!

Knitting Wishlists

I’m not sure how I found Stefanie‘s blog, but I fell in love with her no nonsense home style and amazing knits almost instantly.  Despite not having met her in real life, we’ve been chatting cookware and knitting for awhile now and when I heard about the Ysolda shawl club, I had to pass it along.  When I did, she mentioned how she was going to be rounding up some yarn clubs so I twisted her arm into “syncing” our posts.  It’s basically the yarn lovers perfect Christmas – notions and tools, yarn and yarn subscriptions to keep us happy all year long.

Without further ado‚Ķhere’s my list for the favorite knitter in your life.

1.  Ysolda’s Shawl Club – the inspiration behind it all.

2. Stitch Markers – These adorable snowman cookie markers by Another Grey Sweater are adorable – perfect for the Christmas season.

3. Split Yarn Bags – I love the box bags and the wee little pouches would be perfect for keeping little notions together (like those super cute stitch markers) and that cardinal pattern?  Adorable!!

4. Blocking Wires – I’ve recently been scouring patterns for shawls and everywhere I turn lace blocking wires are recommended.  I’d love to add these to my knitting supplies!

5. Hand dyes – You can’t go wrong with a skein of hand dyed yarn.  There are so many shops to choose from but these two hanks are from two of my favorite shops – Yarn Ink (colorway: bubblemint concrete) and The Lemonade Shop (colorway: stormy day)

6. Knitter’s Tool Tin – I’ve ordered two of these tins from The Sexy Knitter and they are perfect for throwing in all your project bags.  Each comes with a tape measure, a yarn needle, a few stitch markers, a double sided crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches, some foldable scissors, and a stitch holder.  Basically, everything you could ever need while out and about.  She has tons of cut labels to choose from.  Pick your favorite.

7. Men in Knitwear Calendar – Sexy men wearing knits (and not much else)?  Sign me up.  Add that each month includes a pattern (that the man of the month is modeling) and it doesn’t get better than that.

Now go over and check out Stefanie’s list because the only better than some yarn and notions is a whole year’s subscription to some yarn.  I’m sure she’s got some great clubs listed!

Friday Finds: In the Kitchen

In the last couple of years, I’ve really started to enjoy cooking. And baking. And just spending time in the kitchen. The more I’m in the kitchen, the more I dream about kitchen tools. Here are a few of my wish list items:

1. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer (in green apple) | 2. World Market Mason Jar Measuring Cups | 3. DIY Etched Wooden Spoons | 4. 4-1/2 Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven (in Quince) | 5. All Clad Electric Waffle Maker