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I always joke that I ‘knit my feelings’. 

But the truth of it lies in the fact that while I won’t be able to work on my mental health I can still knit a few rows while laying in bed.

While I worry about drowning my feelings in alcohol if I can busy myself with a project.

I won’t spend money on a vice when I can spend it on yarn.

The joy I get from giving a gift to someone I love, who has sat with me when I have been sad, listen to me while I was mad, and helped me when I called, is the best thing I can do for myself.

And its the whole circle starting over again. They might need matching gloves.

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So excited to finally have these rosy veincap mushrooms  (Rhodotus palmatus) up on etsy! I can’t believe the beautiful things nature makes.  

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etsyfindoftheday 2 | FRIDAY FRENZY | 3.24.17

DIY weaving items by handmakersfactory

this melbourne, australia-based etsy shop has a ton of fun DIY project-related items, great for crafters and handmakers alike! check out this pair of weaving finds: a mini weaving loom kit for do-it-yourselfers, plus a collection of naturally-dyed weaver’s yarn! pretty.

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They are complete! It took me an age to finish these socks, but as usual I hit a rut when working on the second sock. Second socks are just the worst, I always run out of steam when I get to them. Plus, these were super boring to knit since it was just stockinette stitch (I turned them inside out) Also, somehow, one of the socks is bigger than the other… despite my counting every row and measuring and trying to get things to match up. It is just my luck. I guess no two socks are alike… especially if I knit them.
I don’t really care though, because these socks are hella comfortable. I am wearing them right now and they are fantastic. Madeline Tosh knows what’s up when it comes to spinning some sock yarn. If you have the spare cash and love knitting yourself socks, it is worth the investment.

Lentil Soup: Might be a pretty humble looking bowl of soup, but it’s spiced so warmly and fragrant as well full of vegetables, fiber, and protein. It’s ultra cheap to make and uses several common ingredients you probably already have at home. Lentils are very nutritious by their own right, but the medley of vegetables and leafy spinach will help you rack up those micronutrients. Great as a side, starter, or doubled up for a lunch. 

  • 2 TBSP olive oil (or another vegetable oil)
  • ½ large yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 5 cloves garlic (or about 2 TBSP of the minced stuff if that’s your route)
  • salt, to taste (1 tsp is a pretty good starting point)
  • black pepper, to taste (½ tsp is a pretty good starting point)
  • 1 TBSP cumin (again, to taste)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander (broken record)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon (yep)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1-32oz container of stock (I use no salt added; if stock is salted adjust salt for total recipe. Vegetable stock will make this recipe vegan)
  • 4 cups of water (or use more stock if you really feel like buying two)
  • 1-1lb bag dried lentils (picked over and rinsed)
  • 5 oz (about half of those salad sized bags) of baby spinach
  • 1-15 oz can of diced tomatoes (no salt added)
  • juice of a lemon

Directions: Prepare all vegetables. Place oil into a large pot, heat up, and cook onion and garlic over a medium heat. Once soft, add carrots and celery. Cook until soft. Salt in layers! Add a small pinch of your salt, along with the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and black pepper. Coat the vegetables and allow the spices to warm up. Once coated and fragrant, add the lentils, stock, water, more of your salt, and bay leaves. Raise stove heat to high to bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 20-30 minutes, until lentils are cooked through. Remove the bay leaves. Add in your spinach, diced tomatoes (drained), and the juice of a lemon. If a smoother soup is desired, use an immersion blender and give the soup a few jolts. I like some chunks, but I do like having the spinach broken up a bit. Cook on the stove for a few minutes longer for the spinach and raw flavors of the tomatoes and lemon to cook off a little bit. Adjust the salt at the end if desired. 

I’m Back!
I took a little time off of posting because I was busy and tired, and not really working on anything exciting.
As you can see, my current projects haven’t really changed. The only new thing is my urgent need to start a baby project. I have a new niece being born at the end of the month, so I have to start something. The plan is to make it a few sizes bigger, so when I finally finish it and mail it, it will fit her perfectly.
Other than that I’m just whacking away at that sweater… the sleeves might be the death of me, or the sweater. They make for some sloooow knitting.