Friday, September 16, 2016

Little Things


The Little Things posts are links to a few things I am loving lately. A good day revolves around good and happy moments, gratefulness, and  sometimes delighting in little things that make your heart smile. I hope these links bring a little joy to your day, too. 

A glad heart is excellent medicine.
Proverbs 17:22

I have never taken a Craftsy class before, but all of their bread classes are sure enticing.

This quote by Robert A. Ward is one of the most loveliest things I have ever read.

Brooklyn Tweed released their Fall collection this week, and I am swooning over the His and Hers heme. My favorites are the Auster design for him and the Spearheads design for her.

Another design released this week is Tavia, the sweetest most elegant and romantic knit skirt you could imagine. I already have an extra skein of Finch in this colorway, so I may just be casting on ANOTHER project this weekend.

This pan-fried fish recipe has been cooked for supper several times in the last few months at my house. It is simple and fresh and delicious. I highly reccomend!

I've added this rosewater facial spray to my daily routine after I apply my moisturizer in the morning and evenings and I love how fresh and clean it makes my skin feel!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Five Feet High and Rising


How high's the water, mama?
Two feet high and risin'
How high's the water, papa?
She said it's two feet high and risin'

We can make it to the road in a homemade boat
That's the only thing we got left that'll float
It's already over all the wheat and oats,
Two feet high and risin'
- Johnny Cash

We awoke to gray skies and muddy water inching in quickly from Bayou Manchac to the North and our creek to the south. It didn't come as any surprise that the creek had flooded, and in fact we had stocked up on groceries knowing we may be stuck on our side of the road for several days. It's when I stepped out onto the back porch and realized I could go fishing right off the edge into my backyard that I started to worry a bit. He advised me to use what water I needed and fill up the bath-tubs because he was shutting off the water pump before it became inundated. As i was filling up the kettle to make us coffee (because clearly my priorities were sound), he came in and decided we should quickly pack a bag and get out while we could. So, we and our dogs boarded a kind neighbor's pirogue and floated through our flooded little  street as our magnolia blooms waved us farewell. 

We didn't return until five days later, in another small kayak that a wonderfully nice stranger let us borrow. By the grace of God, our tiny blue house managed to stay dry. Out of the flood waters in the backyard, one little zinnia from my garden stuck through and I wanted to cry out of happiness and exhaustion. It is a bitter-sweet thought to know your home is safe, while your friends and family and community have lost so much. These days have been emotionally and physically taxing. We have spilled blood, sweat (so much sweat), and tears because of this flood. We have laughed and cried and hugged. Everyone is doing what they can to help, and through this devastation, it's so nice to be reminded how loving and kind our community is. I'm so proud to be a part of it. Stay strong my sweet sweet Louisianians. And to you non-locals, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we slowly but surely rebuild our home.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Deveraux Tank

I had the best summers growing up, and I love to reminisce and think about those hot sticky days when the non-existent phrase of my current lifestyle "I'm bored" was so easily tossed around. How wonderful it would be to be bored again. To pass the time, we would fill up our super soaker water guns and the wars would commence! Truces would be declared at the first sound of the ice-cream truck on our street. We would hurry to beg Mawmaw for ice-cream money, and then run as fast as we could to catch him before the music faded. Mawmaw and I would always get the fudgsicles, and I would happily sit drenched from our water gun fights and eat my cool delicious treat. Some days, Mawmaw and Pawpaw would bring us to our aunt's house, and we would swim until dusk only breaking for sustenance and the reapplication of our sunscreen. Other days, we would go fishing at various ponds and rivers and lakes, and Pawpaw taught us how to properly bait a hook with crickets and worms. You have to do it just so, or the bait will squirm off or the fish will nibble it right off your hook before you get the chance to set it. We would have fish fries in the afternoon with our day's bounty, and if we happened to not catch enough to feed the family, Mawmaw would run to the local Winn-Dixie to buy more. We had many lazy wonderful summer days, and I have mainly my grandparents to thank for that. So this design is dedicated to them, and all the wonderful summer memories they gave me. 
The Deveraux Tank is a sweet airy top made with Purl Soho's Linen Quill yarn. Linen Quill is a new Purl yarn, and I must admit, I was infatuated as soon as I saw it. I hurriedly purchased three skeins to experiment with, and this tank is what resulted. It was such a pleasure to work with, and has a wonderful drape about it with an ever so slight halo. And OH THE COLORS. So many beautiful colors to pick from (which they just so happen to have restocked!). 

Deveraux is worked in single crochet stitches with a split ribbed hem. The bust and straps are worked first, then the yarn is reattached to the bottom, and the piece is finished working down to the ribbed hem. The tank is worked in the round, so the only seaming is a few stitches to connect the straps at the top. I love the fit of the tank and how the fiber gets softer and more comfortable with each wear.

The approximate size of this tank is a medium (36-38" bust), however if you need to make it larger or smaller, simply adjust the foundation chain row by about 20 chains per size. You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.  I really hope you enjoy making and wearing this piece often. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions! Also, a huge thanks to my beautiful dear friend Elizabeth for modeling.  

DEVERAUX TANK
Designed by Ashlyn Holmes

YARN
Purl Soho Linen Quill
50% Fine Highland Wool, 35% Alpaca, and 15% Linen
439 yards / 410 meters per 100 gram skein
2-3 skeins


FINISHED GAUGE
28 stitches and 22 rows = 4” in single crochet stitch

HOOK
·         3.5 mm

NOTIONS
·         tapestry needle

·         scissors

FINISHING
Weave in ends, and wet block 

PATTERN                
Bust
Chain (ch) 200 and join your yarn to the first ch made with a slip stitch (ss) being careful not to twist. Single crochet (sc) in each ch around. Sc into the first sc made, do not join. Continue to sc around until piece measures 9.5 inches long.

Straps (worked in rows)
Row 1: With your yarn still attached to the bust piece, sc in the next 20 stitches. Turn and ch1.
Rows 2-9: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 10: sc decrease (dec) in next 2 sc. Sc across to last 2 sc. Sc dec in last 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (18 stitches)
Rows 11-13: Sc in each sc aross. Turn and ch 1.
Row 14: Repeat row 10. (16 stitches)
Rows 15-17: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 18: Repeat row 10. (14 stitches)
Rows 19-21: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 22: Repeat row 10. (12 stitches)
Rows 23-25: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 26: Repeat row 10. (10 stitches)
Rows 27-39: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 40: Repeat row 10. (8 stitches)
Rows 41-54: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 55: Sc in each sc across. Fasten off and weave in end.

Attach yarn 34 stitches over from the end of the first strap and repeat rows 1-55.
Attach yarn 26 stitches over from the end of the second strap and repeat rows 1-55.
Attach yarn 34 stitches over from the third strap and repeat rows 1-55.
Line up the tops of your straps and seam together. 

Attach yarn to any stitch on the neckband of the tank top, and sc around 3 times, doing a sc dec at the corners of the neckband each round to round out the neckband.

Attach yarn to any stitch on one armhole and sc around 3 times, doing a sc dc at the corners where the straps and tank meet to round it out. Repeat on other armhole. 

Waist
Attach your yarn to any ch stitch at the bottom of your tank. Sc in first ch stitch and in each around. Do not join. sc around making two sc increases (inc) in each round until you have added 20 additional stitches to your tank.  

Once the increases have been completed, continue to sc in the round without joining until your tank top length measures 23 inches, or your desired length. 

Hem (worked in rows)
Row 1: With your yarn still attached, half-double crochet (hdc) in the next 110 stitches. Turn and ch 1.
Row 2: (Front-post hdc (fphdc) into the next hdc, back-post hdc (bphdc) into the next hdc) repeat across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 3: (bphdc into the next hdc, fphdc into the next hdc) repeat around. Turn and ch 1.
Rows 4-6: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off and weave in end.

Attach yarn to the sc stitch directly next to the end of the front hem row with the right side facing.

Row 1: Hdc in the next 110 stitches. Turn and ch 1.
Row 2: (Fphdc into the next hdc, bphdc into the next hdc) repeat across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 3: (Bphdc into the next hdc, fphdc into the next hdc) repeat around. Turn and ch 1.
Rows 4-10: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off and weave in end.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Garden Tomato Galette


"Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the 
back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the
tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was 
a thousand colors in a parched landscape..."
-Harper Lee


Growing up, the only part of my diet consisting of tomatoes were of liquid form. Ketchup and spaghetti sauce sums up my interaction with tomatoes as a child. Slowly over the years, I've come to appreciate them. They are so forgiving of new gardeners, growing so easily and making you feel accomplished. The smell and beauty of a fresh tomato with it's little specks of brown dirt and plump fleshy skin is unlike any other. And the wonderful feel-good taste you can only truly appreciate right in the heat of summer, with rosy cheeks and tanned skin. Our little tomato plants have been good to us this year. After spending the evening in the yard, this little galette is a simple and delicious summer supper. 

Ingredients

3 creole tomatoes
1 sheet of puff pastry
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
Fresh thyme
1-2 TBSP olive oil
salt
freshly ground pepper

1. Roll out the puff pastry sheet and place on a greased baking pan.
2. Slice your tomatoes and arrange them in a single layer in the center of the puff pastry leaving about an inch on all sides.
3. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper them.
4. Remove leaves from a few sprigs of thyme and sprinkle over tomatoes, and add a few sprigs of thyme in tact to the top as well.
5. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and then fold in the edges.
6. Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes.



Monday, June 20, 2016

Linen Grand Isle


Another version of my Grand Isle Cowl in Quince and Co's Sparrow. This linen is BEAUTIFUL and the perfect fiber for summer. I used two skeins of Sparrow, and it was just enough to finish the cowl. This version has much more drape than it's silk/wool twin, and I love it. I've already worn it several times in the past week, and I know this will be a summer staple for me.