Friday Favourites #3

Hello, friends! Here is your procrastination material for the week. Enjoy!

A ranking of all the sweaters on Twin Peaks. I’m very sad about David Lynch not being the director for the yet-to-come third season, but this has softened the blow quite a bit.

On crafting and privilege. A great read, and something I think about quite a lot.

— And here’s a follow-up on that.

— Sharing a bit of Portuguese love today with a song by B Fachada.

— A post from last year, but something I hadn’t considered: how needle materials affect gauge.

— Very interesting post on how writing a cookbook proposal + my favourite recipe ever from 101 cookbooks.

Let me know in the comments below what you’re reading/knitting/making. Have a great weekend!

P.S.: Have you watched the latest Mad Men episode? I loved it, and am constantly horrified/fascinated by all the 70s clothing and mustaches.

P.P.S.: Are you watching the newest season of Community? They made fun of Portugal a little bit on the second episode and I just about laughed myself to tears.

P.P.P.S.: I’ll shut up about TV shows now.

Friday Favourites #2

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you had a good week. We’ve been having very sunny, warm weather here in Lisbon — which makes me feel like I’m on Holiday and that I need to get to the beach ASAP. If, however, it’s still pretty cold where you are, here’s some reading/viewing to do over the weekend.

— A great review by Edan Lepucki on the book Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, edited my Megan Daum. I was interested in reading the book before, but Lepucki’s review makes me want to pick it up immediately.

— Stephanie from the Yarn Harlot blog met Chris Hadfield and it was pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Why is Jane Austen so popular? Why indeed? I like her because she’s funny, sarcastic, kind of mean and not afraid to throw all that in an otherwise conventional romance novel. Plus, I like pretty dresses and British accents.

— If you are interested in my bae Jane, then check out Ron Lit’s videos about her novels. Actually, watch all her videos. She’s smart, funny, and academic in a really cool way. I love her.

— Since it’s sunny, it’s about time to revisit one of my all-time favourite albums, Toro y Moi’s Anything in Return. Which I secretly listen to all year round, shh.

— Melody’s excursion to a Latvian mittens workshop. Check out her Instagram feed for several more pictures. She also talks about the experience on her podcast.

— Let’s all take a moment to appreciate how cool it is that Yoshi’s Woolly World is an actual game.

How was your week? What are you knitting/spinning/sewing/reading/working on? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Favourites #1

Happy Friday, friends! Here’s a quick round-up of my favourite reads/things on the Internet this past week:

Why I don’t believe in dressing for my body type: A great post on just wearing what you want and what makes you feel good. I feel like everyone has heard of INTO MIND, but if you haven’t, it’s a great blog on building a simple, minimalist wardrobe that works for you and isn’t overwhelming.

— A Portuguese newspaper published a small article on knitting and how it’s regaining popularity. They interviewed Rosa and Vera, who shared the full interview on their blogs (here and here).

Susan‘s sock reports always make me want to knit all the socks, and buy all the sock yarn.

— The always amazing Fringe Association wrote a post this week about inspiring women who have great handmade wardrobes. There is plenty more there to read and explore, I’m following so many new inspiring blogs because of it. And it made me think a lot about my own wardrobe goals/decisions for the future: more on that later!

Pomcast! This is not new to anyone else but me. Pom Pom Quarterly (to which I recently subscribed) has an amazing, hilarious podcast about knitting and other things. It’s a delight to listen to!

— Loved reading Leigh‘s post on working from your stash. This is something I often struggle with, as I want all the pretty things, and ignore that I already have pretty things at home that I can work and create with. It’s funny how you get so used to the things you own you stop seeing them.

Quince and Co.’s new collection for their worsted-weight linen yarn, Kestrel. I am especially enamoured with Yarrow and Hibiscus.

Bookrageous‘ latest podcast on strong female characters. They do a killer job of explaining exactly why pop culture places women on either the weak or strong side of the spectrum, and why that sucks.

— My favourite song this week: Way To Be Loved by TOPS. It’s been so sunny here, and this song is so spring-y.

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As for non-online reading, I’m working my way through two books at the moment: Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country and Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places on audiobook — I am enjoying the latter more, as I knew I would. Flynn always writes the most complicated, interesting characters, and super enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat mysteries.

What are your plans for the weekend? Will you be reading or knitting something (or maybe both?) Tell me in the comments below!