Posts Tagged ‘doctor who’

23
May

Further Reading 5/23/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

Starting off with something fun, there’s the teaser for Shaun the Sheep, the next film from the creators of Wallace and Gromit. Shaun was the star of my favorite Wallace and Gromit film, A Close Shave, so I’m very excited to see what he’s up to in this movie. Guess I’ll have to wait until next year! Some extra links for your holiday weekend are coming up!

>> In case you were hoping to buy me a gift but were short on ideas, this handmade hamburger bow would be awesome. I mean, just throwing that out there. (Thanks, Dana!)

>> Two big brands have recently announced projects for handmade/fair trade products. West Elm has committed to giving $35 million to 20 artisan groups that make goods by hand. You can shop for anything from couches to gorgeous drawer pulls that are all handcrafted here. Similarly, Kate Spade, Jack Spade, and Saturday have started a project called On Purpose. They are teaching women in Rwanda to make accessories for their brands in order to help them earn a living wage. While there are similar programs out there (I’m thinking about Ricefield Collective), I think it’s really important to give companies like these a hand for taking on these ventures. Sure, there’s more work to be done, but we should encourage these bigger brands to keep adding fair trade and handmade items to their inventory.

>> I’m really dying to make some of these little fabric bracelets. They look super simple and very cute. I like to make and wear friendship bracelets as soon as the weather turns but I always want to mix it up. Looks like I’m going to the craft store this weekend.

>> Have you ordered your digital edition of Knitscene Accessories? (No pressure.) Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at the photo shoot for the issue. I’m always in awe of their hair stylists! And, gosh, do they have fun on these shoots or what?

>> I saw this recipe for tahini cookies in Martha Stewart Living and I immediately started to drool. I love the idea of using sesame paste instead of peanut butter in a cookie. Why didn’t I think of that? Maybe I need to make a batch of these this weekend, too. (Am I being over-ambitious?)

>> Knitty shared this amazing story earlier this week of knitter Eileen Scrivani. She loves to knit beautiful cable work and doesn’t let the fact that she’s visually impaired get in the way. What an amazing woman! Eileen is a New Yorker I’d definitely love to meet!

>> I am freaking obsessed with this handmade Clara Oswald dress! While Amy Pond is my favorite companion (ginger, duh), I’ve always coveted Clara’s style. This dress was absolutely my favorite thing she wore so it was very exciting to see that another fan had made her own.

Will that hold us over until next week? I’m hoping to spend the long weekend working on some upcoming posts. And knitting, of course. I’m still having some pretty bad startitis and general crankiness with everything I’m working on. There’s been a lot of bouncing from my sewing machine to knitting needles to cross stitch. I just don’t know what I want to do and I feel it kind of spilling over into the rest of life, like I don’t know what kind of music I want to hear on the train, or what I want to write about, etc. Am I in a creative funk? Or am I just overwhelmed by how much of everything I want to accomplish simultaneously?

Are you making time during the long weekend for crafts?

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22
Nov

Further Reading 11/22/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

olivia

I was just thinking that if you absolutely had to knit holiday gifts, although this doctor strongly advises against it, that my Olivia hat pattern would be the perfect thing to make. I know, sorry, shameless self-promotion but what are blogs for? It’s comfy and soft and, most importantly, it knits up super fast. Fast knits are what the holidays are all about, right?

>> If you weren’t able to make it to the Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting talk the other night, check out this blog post. It was really lovely and tons of fun. Ann Hood and Elissa Schappell are hilarious and it was a great non-formal setting. Ann walked in and yelled, “Yay! Everyone’s knitting!” Can’t wait to really dive into the book!

>>  Interested in reading more about the costumes on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow? Obviously, you do. This show is your favorite! Check out Frock Talk. I feel like this show is something I invented while I was drunk and that is why I absolutely love it.

>> Everyone is going crazy over the unicorn sweater that Sasha Obama wore to a basketball game. The Obama girls always have great style. Would be a really fun knit!

>> The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is TOMORROW. I’m pretty psyched, obviously. Check out this clip about the “happy accident” that became the most iconic piece of Doctor Who costume (Sorry, Fez, it is not you). Imagine being the knitter who make the Doctor’s scarf. Can that be me?

I’ll just have to pretend the WIP I’ll be working on while I watch tomorrow is an important piece of costume. What are you working on this weekend?

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01
Nov

Further Reading 11/1/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in Uncategorized

Today kicks off NaKniSweMo. Will you be participating? I’m not really in the right frame of mind right now to take on such a big project but if I were ready to cast on a sweater, I’d choose this one!

amy chrisoffers farophoto via Savory Knitting

I’m a Christoffile for life so I’ve GOT to talk about Amy’s latest pattern. Faro absolutely gorgeous and I can’t WAIT to get it on my needles. It looks like such a fun knit, too. If you’ve decided to give yourself the NaKniSweMo challenge, I’d definitely suggest this sweater. (Besides, the half sleeves might save you some time!)

>> My friend Katie who is a cycling instructor and work out fanatic sent me this article about the knitter who made a 12 ft scarf while running a marathon with the note “Maybe next year?” It’s cool that running can get people knitting! It will not be working the opposite way for me.

>> This is a video of a lamb frolicking around a skate park. I was worried he’d get squished but he looks like he’s actually having a really fun time. That being said, Knit York City does not condone putting lambies into dangerous situations.

>> The US Olympic team will finally be outfitted in Ralph Lauren clothing made in America. This includes knitwear made from sheep raised in Oregon. The sweaters and hats are pretty rad (though it can certainly be debated that the color work motifs are not American in origin, I won’t split hairs). It seems like newer yarn companies and a lot of my favorite indie spinner/dyers are already hip to this trend of using local fleeces. Wouldn’t it be cool if companies like RL kept this direction when it comes to the rest of their manufacturing?

>> On a more personal note, I finally caught up on the end of series 7 of Doctor Who. I am ready for the Christmas special but NOT ready to say goodbye to Matt Smith. On a knitting-related note, Eat. Sleep. Knit. launched a pre-order for a Fourth Doctor scarf kit in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky for any 50th Anniversary needs. Or if you’ll be missing 11 as much as I will, you need a skein of Roman Hills in I’m a Sagittarius…Probably.

What are you knitting on this weekend? I’ve got so many things on the needles, I’m not really sure what to focus on anymore!

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01
May

Hump Day (Gifs, People.)

Written by Sarah. Posted in that gif post

 

Welcome to May! Let’s get you over the hump, shall we?

When someone at Vogue Knitting Live is wearing the same pattern as me, we’re like:
step bros

When my LYS is doing summer hours, I’m all like:
crying
When my boyfriend complains that something I made him doesn’t fit right, I’m like
jay
The first time I looked at a lace chart, I was like
ryan
When I teach someone how to knit
doctor

That’s all, folks! Stay tuned because actual informative things are coming up later in the week!

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22
Apr

Famous Knits: Amelia Pond

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits

I just starting to watch Doctor Who recently. I know it’s hard to believe that someone nerdy enough to totally rock these pants (if she had $85 to spend on leggings, that is) isn’t already a Whovian. But it’s true. But I’m catching up, guys! So please indulge me as I talk about fish fingers and custard  as if they were something brand new.

But, seriously, guys. I know those of you that like Doctor Who will always be willing to talk about it. Same goes for knitting. So this is a double whammy because we’re going to talk about Doctor Who and knitting. Right now.

amy pond cardigan

Let’s talk about little Amelia Pond wearing the best cardigan slash rain boot ensemble ever. I always get super excited when I see a really great piece of knitwear on screen. This was certainly no exception. I love the lace details. Love them! And the cream ribbing paired with the too-short sleeves make it look like a great ’60s or ’70s hand-me-down. Aw, poor Amelia Pond!

amy pond cardigan 2

I’m about to go out and buy some yarn for this cardi! I checked on Ravelry but I could only find one Amy Pond sweater that was a pullover. Adding this to my nerdy knits queue (which is a thing that I actually have) right now. Somebody get me some red wellies!

amy pond young

I’m so excited to start my own journey with the Doctor. I’m a little late to the game but I’m certainly already obsessed.

Anybody else coveting this red sweater?

ps. Don’t forget to enter the Craftsy giveaway if you haven’t already!

pps. Somewhat unrelated but: a clip from the film Jon and I shot (was that two years ago, now? Time flies!) was featured on Eater last week!

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