Posts Tagged ‘hamburger’
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!
>> 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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Have you seen this knit stop motion animation of Muybridge’s iconic Horse in Motion? If the last four years of my life could be distilled into a single, simple thing, I would present you with this and you would understand. Knitting and filmmaking as one! (Although last night someone told me about knitting on screwdrivers. I’d say that’s a close second.) I’ll be spending the rest of the weekend exploring Sam Meech’s projects!
>> What would a description of my life be without hambrugers!? You can buy a crocheted hamburger-shaped turtle cozy here. BECAUSE WHY NOT. I’ll take a turtle cozy over a penguin sweater every day. Sorry, penguins. I just don’t want to hear about your sweaters anymore.
>> The L train was yarnbombed by artist London Kaye last month. I’ve always dreamed about yarnbombing a train but I’ve always been afraid to try it out. It’s a daunting amount of work!
>> I may be biased but I really love this Brooklyn Cloth sweatshirt with its knitted details! It’s for men but I’ve been known to wear boys’ Brooklyn Cloth tops before.
>> I know one particular knitter that loves Legos. Why not bring the love of crafting and knitting together with a Nanoblock sheep!
What are you knitting on this weekend?
Jon and I just got back from a quick trip to Chicago! We’ve lived in New York for about six years now which seems crazy! I don’t think I’ve properly visited another big city since moving here. It certainly felt weird to be in someone else’s city but it was exciting to explore a new place.
I’m certainly no expert when it comes to Chi-town (unlike New York) so I can’t say that we did all of the things that you “have” to do while you’re there. (We didn’t eat deep dish pizza nor did we go on the Sky Deck. Frankly, the Sky Deck sounds like the worst idea ever. And I’ve been to the top of the Eiffel Tower. At least that had a floor!) We did some touristy things like visiting the Art Institute (a la Ferris Bueller) and the Contemporary Art Museum. We ate Chicago style hot dogs (they put a whole pickle on top!) and rode the El (L?). It was cold!
I think my favorite stop was eating at Billy Goat Tavern, the inspiration for its own all-star SNL skit. Their burgers are delicious and simple. The bar probably hasn’t changed since 1972 in the best way possible. The walls are filled with old newspaper articles and trophies. It gives you a real feeling of Chicago back in the day. The staff behind the counter are very no nonsense and insist you get a double cheeseburger when you order a single. Love it.
I also got to sneak in some yarn shopping. I mean, I had to! I visited Loopy Yarns and Nina. Both were absolutely lovely stores. Chicago knitters are lucky to have them! Loopy is a classic LYS, the type that I shopped in while I was in high school. Huge selection of yarns with a variety of prices, very well organized, spacious, and friendly. I spent a lot of time taking it all in. They even have a second floor for classes and more yarn! Nina has a really different feel and I love that. (Isn’t their logo awesome?) Nina feels more like a boutique. I love the way the yarns there are laid out, everything seems well-curated yet there is still an impressive selection of yarns. The shop looks more like a high end clothing store which suits it’s trendy Wicker Park location. All in all, both stores were fantastic and, as much as I was excited to return home, I was a little bit sad that I couldn’t stay and visit them on a regular basis!
I wish I’d had time to visit other yarn stores in Chicago. If they were anything like Loopy Yarns and Nina, I’m sure they’re awesome. I brought home a few wooly souvenirs but that’s for another post.
Do you go yarn shopping when you’re visiting a new place?
ps. Speaking of Chicago, Chi-town natives OK Go just released a new song! Have you heard it yet?
If you’re eating bad food in New York, it’s your own fault. I truly believe that. There is no shortage of delicious food for every budget. Googa Mooga was the epitome of that idea. It was actually kind of a big food orgy of all of the best chefs in NYC. If this is the beginning of summer, the rest of it will be great.
Jon and I went straight for the Spotted Pig for a burger. April Bloomfield is our hero. And what a perfect burger! We drank the fantastic Brooklyn Brewery Googa Doc Pomus which was brewed specially for the festival. Amazing. We had a chicken sandwich from Simply Chicken by Jean Georges. Brilliant. I’ve neve had a basic chicken sandwich with so much flavor in it. And it had potato chips inside.
I think we’d had grander expectations for ourselves. We were salivating over the line up and circling our favorite restaurants on the map. But the portions were no joke and after the hamburger, we had to take a break. So we didn’t end up eating as much as we’d expected but everything that we had was absolutely delicious.
It was hot and we didn’t stay for any of the bands but we ate ourselves silly, drank to excess, and laid in the shade basking in a food coma.
Thank you, Googa gods. Let’s do this again next year.
I had a fabulous brunch date with Jonathan and Ashley yesterday morning. If you live in New York City, you know that brunch is the most important meal of the week. I have spent many a weekend searching for a delicious brunch. Of course, yummy is easy to find. Cheap, my friends, is a whole other story.
I had my first brunch experience at Dante’s in Williamsburg. Amazing southern-inspired breakfast. It’s byob (paired with a bottle of $5 Andre) and as much free fresh-squeezed orange juice as you could shake a mimosa at made it a fun time with B.Unfortunately, I hear that Dante’s is closed these days. I also had an amazing birthday brunch at Diner in Williamsburg but these days it’s too cold to wait in line for pancakes and bloody marys.
I recently fell in love with the brunch at Ottomanelli Brothers which is probably the best place you’ll find. This little corner spot on the Upper East Side looks pretty unassuming and a little too old-school for my tastes. But looks can be deceiving. This spot is super cozy small and the food is crazy good and there’s lots of it. I’ve left there with a full belly many times.
BEST PART! It’s all $10 and it comes with all the coffee and tea you can drink and TWO cocktails. That’s got to be some sort of New York miracle. Ottomanelli Bros are butchers so Jon and I like to get the hamburger. (Plus we’re kind of hamburger freaks).
Two mimosas and a delicious, juicy burger…I’m a happy girl! Check out Ottomanelli Brothers and leave me a comment with your favorite brunch spot!
Along with showcasing the projects I’m working on and sharing recipes and patterns, I want to tell everyone about the projects my friends are working on and the blogs I’m reading.
Right now, I want to tell you about Jon’s blog Burgerlution which is an outlet for his hamburger obsession. Jon and I are making a documentary about burgers and you can find out more about it and the delicious patties he’s eating on his blog.