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Weekend Favorites

You know, this post almost showed up here super late.

I usually write these things up on Thursday nights, but last night I was so occupied by my current knitting project and I just couldn’t put it down. The home stretch is like that for me. I finished the sleeve cuffs last night, and today I’m down to button bands. That’s it. I’m very excited about this.

So excited, in fact, that I had half a mind to just blow off my morning tasks and knit knit knit.

Luckily, I sat myself down for a stern talking-to before that could happen, and now I am writing this post. When I am finished writing this post, I will brew my delayed morning cup of coffee (delayed every morning, because Neil hates the smell of the stuff and I am nice enough to wait for him to leave) and accomplish a few other important tasks, and then I will be a knitting maniac.

I will be wearing my new sweater by tomorrow. 🙂

Yippee!

On Flickr

The mosaic below represents other people’s pictures that spoke to me this week. Be sure to click on the titles below the mosaic, if you want to know more about the image or the photographer behind it.

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Weekend Favorites at Polka Dot Cottage

1. Thinking about this favorite #marthasvineyard spot. #vineyardhaven #salt, 2. Sometimes it happens…sometimes it doesn’t, 3. 24 hours, 4. Brian Yates Pip, 5. granny’s, 6. Socks in progress, 7. Inchies Euroclay Madrid 2014, 8. Autumn Cocoon bead, 9. Sunny Autumn Day in Trier, 10. morning fog, 11. Fully decked out in yarn! #crochet #handmade, 12. LQP10.cover, 13. Happy to be home and hooking… #crochet #wingfeathersshawl, 14. We just spent the loveliest sunny September afternoon with all sorts of friends visiting – it was just what I needed. The kids went and picked a bunch of apples from one of our trees (they’re SO good!) and they devoured a huge pile (this recently thrifted, 15. Untitled, 16. Untitled

Around the Web

I spend some time earlier in the week sharing my favorite crafty links through social media. And then I repeat them here on Fridays.

  • The true cost of a pattern – a detailed look from Woolly Wormhead. Why should we pay for patterns? This is an excellent breakdown of how much it costs a pattern designer to produce quality designs. Her perspective is that of a knitwear designer, and the costs are in British pounds, but the concepts really apply to anyone who is selling craft instructions for a living. If you’ve never considered these things, this could be a real eye-opener!
  • Embrace the remix – a talk about creativity from Kirby Ferguson, via TED.com. Everything is a Remix. Creativity comes from without. Those are a few of the talking points of this TED talk. It’s pretty interesting stuff for those of us who are makers.
  • Vegan Mocha Frappuccino – a healthy recipe from Girl Makes Food. This is not the first time I’ve see bananas used in fake frappuccinos. I’ve even tasted one. (It was good, but not quite the same as the original.) The ingredient list in this one is nice and short. I’m trying this next time I’m in the mood for an icy drink.
  • The Best Way to Study (It’s Not What You Think) – an interview with Ben Carey at Dinner: A Love Story. I found this fascinating. Where we do our homework, what time we go to bed, how many distractions we have – they all have in impact on how we learn, but it’s different than you might have been led to believe in the past. I’m sharing this one with my kids.
  • Cascade Ruffle Tee [Tank Top] – a DIY from bring your own vegetables. Two thrift shop tee shirts become one stylish ruffle tee. Cool.

Happy Friday!

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