Friday 5: Random stuff, mostly knitting and food

Friday 5: Random stuff, mostly knitting and food

Woohoo! Lookie here, It is the second incarnation of the Friday 5. Although I have to admit, I would have fallen off this hard today if it were not for my Accountability partner, Deane. Check out her Friday 5 here.

No. 1: I love sock knitting

I know, shocker. But really, I have fallen off the sock knitting love pretty hard for about a year. Last night dug through the stash and unearthed a long forgotten skein of Lanitium Ex Machina and cast on. Now if you have been following me for a while, You know there is really only one sock yarn pattern that I make…ever… And I offer it for free here. It is actually a formula. And I have it memorized. Considering that my foot has not changed size in the last 20 years, once I check gauge, a simple calcutaltion in my head and I am good to go (yes… I said just 20 years, because my foot did actually grow 2 sizes  in my early 30s….it is a weird phenomenon on my mother’s side of the family).



No. 2: Graphite rocks

A solid 96% of the reason I was itching to make socks is I haz me some sweet new Knitter’s Pride Karbonz needles. Graphite…with super slick electroplated brass tips…***swoon***. There is something just amazingly gratifying working with DPNs. But working with the Cadillac of DPNs is pure heaven. I recently got myself the Karbonz sock collection. I also got an extra set to put in the shop because I know someone out there is dreaming of having one too. If that is you…find it here.



No. 3: Garden Inspiration

Here’s how it went down:

Bruce: what are we watching?

Me: A movie.

Bruce: I know that, but what movie.

Me: One that I am watching, OK?




Bruce: So, this is not up for negotiation?

Me: You got it.



I knew for a fact that a period piece staring Kate Winslet about Rocco garden design is not the kind of movie I can talk Bruce into unless there is some guilt-related incident leading up to it. But I was really into planning that awesome garden in my head as I watched Kate Winslet express her art in gardening, totally bucking traditions and following her heart. Living in a garden-less condo for more than a year will do that to you. And directed by the late Alan Rickman, rest his beautiful soul..I’m so in. Any way, I think that the movie is curiously named A Little Chaos, but should have been named something like The Constant Gardener. Ironically, The Constant Gardener was a movie Bruce really did not want to see, thinking it would be a snoozer of a period piece staring someone like Vanessa Redgrave, when in fact it was a political thriller which he ended up loving.



 No. 4: Don’t google “hot pot” at work

Because you will get sites that could get you fired….just saying…. I have been craving some serious Chinese food ever since I have been back from Raleigh. We had some terrific meals that were not like the silly faux-Chinese buffet shit you get in Asheville. These bowls of awesome were made without MSG and were gluten free and SO CHEAP. Most of these places had two sections to their menu, the Americanized section where you find the General Tso Chicken, and the OTHER section. I was so excited about the OTHER section. Anyway I will save you the Google woes of looking for some hot Asian food p*rn, by linking my favorite Asian foodie YouTube channel. This is their hot pot 101 video, but I love all of their food videos.



No. 5: Grocery shopping service

Holy Crap. The best $5 I have spent all week. Harris Teeter has this thing where you go on line order your groceries, set a time to pick them up, and get them at the drive thru at designated time. For $5!! I can recoup that $5 just by being able to compare prices easily through the online interface. Better yet, I save way more than $5 by not succumbing to ninja merchandising tricks meant to trigger impulse buys (Good Lord… put the potato chips down and step away from the end-cap, I repeat… step away from the end-cap). Hell, the hour I would spend physically doing the shopping myself is worth more than $5. And let me just say I am way more organized with my menus knowing that I can easily schedule this service weekly. No more breaking my work rhythm trying to figure out what the hell should I make for dinner, panicking and saying fuck it–pizza and wings delivery.


So what are you rocking for your Friday5? Post it on your blog, leave me a comment below with the link and share on social media using the hashtag #friday5.



Friday 5: midsummer edition

Friday 5: midsummer edition

I don’t know about you, but July 4th week always seems to mark the middle of Summer for me. So much awesome. Warm air, flip flops, farmers markets, sundresses. So, today I bring you my 5 favorite summery things to savor.


No. 1: Watermelon

Y’all know I am a Southern girl through and through. So, of course I love me some watermelon. My college sweetheart used to grow and sell them in the summers as a kid (sandy soils, plant on hills). Now a days, you can get them year round. But, nothing says Summer to me than a nice plump melon from the farm stand (even better, picked up on the way to the beach). No salt, large chunks (moon shaped slices… even better), spitting seeds off the porch. A perfect breakfast, ideal desert, or just because. Don’t bother sending me any recipes for watermelon salad, pickled rinds or how to spike it with Everclear. Been there, done that. I just want my slice straight up and garden hose for cleaning up afterwards.


No. 2: Mock mojito soda

This drink, y’all. This drink is the shit. Refreshing lime with a drop of my favorite peppermint essential oil will cool you in a hot minute. Here’s how. Mix together the juice of 1 lime, a drop of YL Vitality Peppermint Essential Oil, and honey (or agave) to taste (I use about a tablespoon). Mix in a glass tumbler until well combined. Add ice. Top with sparkling water (I love love love my Soda Stream).

I only use Young Living for this recipe because their Vitality essential oil line is safe to ingest. You can order it here. Use my sponsor/enroller ID# 2786054 when you check out.


 No. 3: Flip flops

I have just about worn out my favorite flip flops. These are made by Keen. The extra protection on the big toe? That is just about the best flip flop invention ever for clumsy people like me. My toenails are forever grateful. But alas it is time to head to my fave shoe store while we are still close by to get a replacement pair.


 No. 4: THE Ultimate Mexican dress pattern

Judging from last week’s trip to Target, boho is still a thing. Thank god, because this hippie-girl crocheter is all about the boho. What can a say, for the most part festival dresses are dirt-cheap, and body-shape forgiving. What is more boho than a classic Mexican embroidered dress? So check this out…. There is a super versitle pattern (actually more like an anti-pattern, which you guys know I love love love). As soon as the sewing machine gets unpacked across state, I am so making no less than three versions of this.


No. 5: Bubble Smoothies

How in the Sam-hell is this not a thing in Asheville? Last month during an exploring trip to Raleigh, I fell in mad love with the bubble smoothies at the Grand Asian Market. In that moment of perfect boba bliss, I vowed to have one everyday of our 6-day trip. I have not tried the bubble milk tea yet, because the smoothies are just so perfectly delish (and, frankly, I am not a fan of milk in my tea in general). But, I imagine I have plenty of time. Thanks to the large Asian population in the triangle area, there is a ton of places to get my boba drink fix.

This Friday 5 is one of my all-time favorite type of blog post that is being revived by me and my mastermind buddy, Deane. Check out her Friday5 here. So what are you rocking for your Friday5? Post it on your blog, leave me a comment below with the link and share on social media using the hashtag #friday5.