Posts Tagged ‘black’

24
Jan

Dreaming about the Knit House

Written by Sarah. Posted in apartment, design, interior, knits, life, new york city, redesign, want

Jon and I are moving to Williamsburg in less than a week! Can you believe it? We’ve lived in Manhattan for three years now and I will be sad to leave our awesome little apartment. When I leave the building every morning, I see people jogging and walking their dogs across the street and I wonder how we got so lucky as to find a tiny home of our own, with the most famous park in the world at our front door. I’m always reminding myself that I’m not dreaming (usually, I realize I’m awake when I trip over the coffee table or bang my knee into the bed frame because, boy, is this place cozy!) and that this is my real life. (Am I gushing? I get really emotionally attached to apartments. I cried the night before we moved into this apartment. So many memories!) I’m sad to let this charming steal go but we couldn’t be more excited about the new apartment and the fantastic neighborhood. It’s changed a lot since I lived there last but so have I!

We’ve been making a lot of plans for the new place. We’re going to build some custom furniture and we’re thinking about painting the walls black again (since repainting the bedroom back to all white, it looks flat and sad). These plans will take some time and we’re on a pretty strict budget. But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming! Here are some things I’d  put into my dream Knit House.

knit house

1. Knit Wallpaper by Fargerike
2. Mid-century Bed Frame from West Elm
3. Tripod Wood Floor Lamp from West Elm
4. Knitter Pouf from CB2
5. Caitlan Chair from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
6. Birgit duvet cover and pillowcases by Ikea

As you can tell, we’re going for a midcentury, dramatic look with lots of neutrals and pretty, maybe reclaimed wood. Our real apartment will rely much more on DIY but that will be a fun project for us! Also, if this were my dream knit house, it would have one floor just or yarn and six tape measures in every room. I couldn’t put those into the nifty graphic, but they’re there.

What would you put in your dream house?

ps. In case you missed this floating around the knitterverse: Ponies wearing Cardies.

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12
Sep

I Love Sock Knitting

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, knits, socks, style

I’m not going to lie. I stopped posting because I started making socks. And I haven’t stopped.
I always swore that I’d never make socks. Mainly I didn’t like the idea of them eventually getting holes in them. All that work for nothing! Also, I hate entrelac and silly lace socks. I really like plain old socks with cool colors. Maybe even chunky socks. Oh, and I don’t like pictures of feet. Mostly pictures of my feet.
(a picture of a foot)
Anyway, I made socks. And everyone is right. Socks are amazing. This is my first pair. I adapted this cable sock pattern to make a pair for Jon. I took the cables out of them for something a little bit more modern-business. I got a gorgeous skein of Madeline Tosh Pashmina in Mare. I definitely can’t stay away from MadTosh. It’s my favorite yarn and I won’t knit anything else!
I’m really happy with my first pair. They knit up really quickly and, once again, everyone’s right, they really are great for commuter knitting. And since then, I’ve made two more pairs for myself.
Sock knitting, love it or hate it?

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01
Jan

Champagne Cupcakes

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, holiday

Happy New Years, internet! Hope we’ve all shaken off our 2010 hangovers.

New Years means champagne, of course! So I popped a bottle to make these desserts. If you’ve got an occasion to pop a bottle soon (bridal shower? birthday party? Tuesday night?), these are a really fun way to cook with a little bubbly.

I adapted a recipe from Allrecipes and halved it.

Champagne cupcakes with Sweet Champagne Buttercream (recipe follows)
Yeilds 10 cupcakes

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup pink champagne
3 egg whites
(I’d like to try it again with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. The champagne alone wasn’t sweet enough!)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line your cupcake pan. I used little foil cups. New Years is all about sparkle.

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. I use my stand mixer which I am in love with. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add to the creamed mixture. I went about 1/4 of a cup at a time, alternating with the champagne.

If you’re using a stand mixer like me, you’re going to have to transfer your mixture into another bowl because you’re going to whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. This was a bit of a pain in the ass for me because it meant transferring everything, washing the mixer’s bowl and then mixing the eggs (at medium and then on high). And then washing the bowl again…

At this point, your mixed ingredients don’t look like cupcake batter. Mine was thick, almost like a cookie dough but! after the eggs have reached a stiff peak, fold them into the batter. This makes all the difference and after a few minutes of aggressive folding, my batter became smooth and shiny.

Pour the batter into the cups and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Don’t forget to rotate them if you have a tricky oven like me!

Sweet Champagne Buttercream adapted this recipe at Gimme Some Oven!

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (might try almond next time)
a splash of Champagne

Start by creaming your butter and confectioners sugar. I was really patient and it turned out beautiful and smooth.

Then add the vanilla and champagne. I added more to taste. And I guess because I was having a glass myself, why not add more! Be careful, though, you could thin the icing too far with too much liquid.

Ta da!

I iced them and added some black glitter. The glitter was kind of on a whim because I had some left over from Halloween macarons but I think New Years Eve in New York City is all about black glitter.

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