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Baking, crafting, mama-ing and taking photos of it all. When I remember.


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Operation Try New Restaurants: New Haven, CT

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Oh, y’all. Back in March (yes, March! Again!) I went to so many new-to-me restaurants while on a work trip to New Haven. I was in town for the New England Archivists spring meeting (which was wonderful, by the way) so all the places I went to were new to me.

I picked Shake Shack for lunch because I’ve Heard Things about it. It was good, fine, tasty but nothing mind-blowing. I very much enjoyed my lunch. Crinkle fries!

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We had one dinner at Pacifico, where I dined solely on queso fundido since I wasn’t terribly hungry. I mean, if you can’t eat a dinner entirely made of cheese while on “vacation” then what are you doing with your life?

We had another dinner at Heirloom, which was truly wonderful. I chose some sort of soup, if I remember correctly, which the server really wanted to make sure I understood was soup. (I guess there were some issues where people didn’t quite get that?) It was delicious. You can’t go wrong at a place that serves this:

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I also opted for dessert – butterscotch pudding with a toasted marshmallow, sea salt & caramel milk jam. Oh, my heart. That was delicious. My zebras helped me eat it.

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Another lunch consisted of bubble tea (yum) and pad see ew (also yum) from Koon Thai, right near the conference center we were at.

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Zebras like Thai food too.

That evening I was lucky to be able to meet up with my sister (!) who lives near New Haven. It had been ages since we’d seen each other! I got to meet her partner, a Very Nice Young Man, and we got appetizers and drinks at the Cask Republic. It wasn’t my usual sort of place but my drink was great – some sort of fancy Moscow mule. Heck yes. (Zebras also like drinks.)

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From there we wandered rather aimlessly around town, looking for something for dinner. Most places had stupidly long wait times, but we found a table at Kitchen ZINC and ordered ourselves some kale! (And pizza!) It was a cozy little place with good food and good cider.

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Finally, on our last morning, we revisited a place we’d been to every day while there – Atticus Bookstore Cafe. This place was heaven. I got a fancy croque monsieur with asparagus that was incredibly delicious. This place satisfied my coffee needs every day, plus it was just such a pleasure to peruse. I ended up buying gifts for my kids there, as well as a few things for myself, and wanting to buy so much more than I could’ve carried home.

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Thus ends my culinary adventures in New Haven!


If you’re wondering about the zebras – they are the unofficial mascot of the Yale Center for British Art, which I visited while there. They also had a presence at the NEA spring meeting, where they were giving out these adorable little zebras. I got two for my kiddos, one of whom is now missing his legs. It was such a pleasure to visit a museum all alone! Highly recommended.

Another non-food honorable mention goes to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. (See first photo.) It. Is. Amazing. You can visit this place! Don’t be intimidated if you’re not doing “research” – it’s OK! They have exhibits you can see and the facility itself is just breathtaking. Go. Now.

Finally, I wouldn’t be a proper knitter if I didn’t also give a shout out to Knit New Haven, where I snuck off to during lunch one day. It was a lovely little store with a nicely curated selection. I picked up a couple skeins of Spincycle Yarns in the most gorgeous pale blue/brown/multi colors. I’m in love!


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lacy ribs socks

lacy ribs socks
More socks, y’all!

I am on a roll. This is the third pair I’ve finished in recent months, after not knitting any for years. (And yes, I’ve started another pair! Jaywalkers! Only ten years late.)

This pair is Lacy Ribs Socks, from the book Socks From the Toe Up, which I love. The yarn is The Woolen Rabbit Harmony, which I also love, rescued from an already-knit single sock that never worked for my foot shape. These are much better! I do love me a nice heel flap.

lacy ribs socks

See details of mine on Ravelry.


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Follow Your Arrow 2

FYA2
A while back, I did the big mystery knit along from Ysolda – the Follow Your Arrow 2. I’d never done a knit along, especially not a mystery one!
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For those unfamiliar with what exactly this means – you don’t get to see what the thing (in this case, a shawl) will look like before you sign up to participate. So, every week for five weeks, we got a new “clue” – a new part of the pattern. There are choices to make for each clue, sort of like a choose your own adventure book. Each subsequent clue stacks neatly onto either of the previous choices.
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I used yarn I’d previously dyed for E’s 3rd birthday dress – my own superwash sock yarn. My shawl choices went BABAB with an additional 5A at the end to incorporate the second color and a knitted on border. (Which took forever…)
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And now that it’s done? I…don’t love it. I loved knitting it. I loved looking forward to all the clues. I loved figuring out what each one might look like. I loved choosing what I thought would look best. It was a great experience. But, I just don’t love the finished product. Is it the colors? Maybe. I have a hard time seeing them as anything other than the colors I used for the dress of a three-year-old, so. I love the size of the shawl (big!) and the drape of the fabric (so drape-y!) but…meh.

I think I might give it away…

See the details of mine on Ravelry.


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odette hoodie

Henry hoodie

This hoodie is fabulous. I knit it up, pretty quickly, from yarn repurposed from a sweater I made for M that he never wears. (Cascade 220, if you’re curious. Workhorse!)
Henry hoodie

The hood is amazing. It’s huge and floppy and it actually stays on.
Henry hoodie
Henry hoodie

H loves it, I love it, and look at those sheepy buttons!
Henry hoodie
Henry hoodie

The pattern is the Odette Hoodie by Carrie Bostick Hoge – I bought the ebook that includes, among other things, this hoodie and also a dress that I’m going to make for E!

See the details of mine on Ravelry.


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working through the stash : lace and cable socks

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I bought this yarn at the same time I bought the yarn in yesterday’s post. In my ongoing effort to knit through much of my stash, I decided on these lace and cable socks from Socks from the Toe Up. I adore knitting socks from the toe up, especially two at a time…I feel like I have more control over how much yarn I’m using!

These socks have some nice geometric lace going up the front of the socks and a lovely tiny cable up each side.

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cable & lace

The yarn is Done Roving Frolicking Feet and it looked much less variegated in the skein, but I love how it turned out! Mostly dark, dark blue with bits of dark red, green, even pale yellow.

See the details of mine on Ravelry.


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working through the queue : hedera socks

Hedera

I’d had these queued for ages, y’all. Ages. They’re Hedera, from 2006. I’ve had the intended yarn for nearly as long, 2010, maybe? My goal this year is to work through both my queue and my stash, buying as few new patterns and as little yarn as possible.

(Did I recently buy patterns for a shawl and sweaters for the kids? Yep. Did I just buy new yarn to make a sweater? Indeed. Did I just buy new sock yarn for my birthday? Absolutely. Hush now.)

The pattern is a fun, easy to memorize lace and the yarn is Dye Dreams Twinkle Toes, which is sadly discontinued. It’s a 50/50 merino/tencel blend, shiny and soft. It looks fabulous with this pattern and really shows the stitch definition. I would totally buy more if I could!

My only complaint about the socks is that the heel flap is rather obscenely tall. I think if I were to knit them again, I might shorten it by as much as half.

Hedera

See the details of mine on Ravelry.