• Just Life

    Looking Back | June.

    I was certainly out and about (and away) more than usual, but there are still morning walks, Friday night snacks, cocktails and coffee and a lot of knitting. But most of all, I love the upper right (June 2) and middle (June 13) photos … any month where I get to spend time with those four people is a great one! Happy Tuesday!

  • Sewing

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …provide the perfect opportunity to wear a new outfit! Yes! I finished the Esme Top to accompany the Owyn Shorts (both patterns from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style). The fabric is from last month’s visit to Purl Soho (1-1/2 yards of Watercolor Linen in Lilac Bark – $31.20). I think Marc smiled when I told him I’d used 30 dollars of fabric to make this. I couldn’t tell for sure though since my back was turned. My Monday afternoon knitting group includes a few seamstresses. It was especially nice to debut this first handmade outfit with ladies who “get it”. The pattern really does fit me well (I made the XS with…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Elderflower Mint Gin & Tonic.

    My friend Lauren has a prolific herb garden this summer. When we walked on Monday she offered me cuttings and I started thinking about herbal summer cocktails. I have a bunch of limes (yay Costco!) and thought they might mix well with  mint. This mule variation looks really tasty (I’d probably omit the simple syrup). But the recipe I decided to try was this one. Y’all know I have a thing for St. Germain and I picked up elderflower tonic the last time I was at Total Wine. Lauren provided the mint and I was ready to go! Elderflower Mint Gin & Tonic (inspired by Sarah Sharratt ) 4-5 fresh mint…

  • Sewing

    Sewing Shorts!

    That’s right, y’all – I finished the shorts! and I’m officially launching the Sewing category on mere-et-filles! I’m going to wait until the top is finished to model them for you. But they fit – elastic is good that way 😉 – and I’m proud of how nice they look on the outside and the inside. I was also surprised how quickly the “actual sewing” was. I spent a few hours cutting the pieces, a few more hours researching seam finishing techniques*, half an hour practicing seams and the overlock stitch, and just a couple of hours sewing (even with having to rip and re-stitch the second hem twice). There…

  • Knitting

    Loving Lace and Linen.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share about what I’m making … a real celebration of lace and linen! First up, my Monday afternoon knitting group is again participating in Kirsten Kapur’s Mystery KAL. We had a lot of fun knitting along together last year and I’m delighted that two more of us are joining in this time (one of the girls missed Monday … expect to see seven WIPs next week!) My do-over of Lilli Pilli is coming along nicely; I started the second garter stripe section last night. The piece is about 13″ wide and I expect the finished length to be around 90″ which will…

  • Just Life

    Just Life.

    One of the most time-consuming things about making the transition from Blogger to WordPress was categorizing my posts (Blogger allows for tags, but not – at least as far as I know – categories). First there was getting my head around the whole category concept. Sara’s “think bigger, Mom” was a huge help (i.e., fewer is better); as was the blog layout I chose which features the categories on the sidebar (and in pink – thank you me! – above each post’s title). Knitting, Food & Drink, Books and Travel were obvious choices. I toyed with Family & Friends, but those posts often overlapped with one of the other four…

  • Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …look like a fresh start, full of possibilities. This little mass of daisies is blooming at our neighborhood gate. I see it every morning when I take Holly for her walk. All those blooms, wide open to the sun, help me greet each day with a smile. Happy Monday!

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | The Blanket’s Tale (the end).

    As I mentioned early last week, the blanket was finished, washed and packed in plenty of time to travel to New York in my suitcase. It looks perfectly at home on Sara’s sofa. She prefers the backside; I’ll admit it definitely shows the gradient to full advantage, but the knitter in me thinks the right side is pretty cool. I’m glad I’ll get to picture her, sitting right (t)here, snuggled, warm and wrapped in love. The project is on Ravelry, here. I don’t often think this about a project this big, but I’m hoping to knit another one (maybe with a worsted weight yarn so it goes a little faster?…

  • Travel

    Ending on a High Note.

    I had an easy trip home yesterday. Marc and Holly were glad to see me and it felt good to walk in “my park” with Lauren this morning. Today I have errands to run and laundry to do, but first, I wanted to share one last New York post with y’all.  The timing of my trip was centered around one event, that took place Tuesday evening. The Fab Five were wonderful – smart, funny, thoughtful and entertaining (honestly, all the things I’d expect from watching them in two seasons of Queer Eye). It was a great way to end a very fun week in New York. as was this clear…

  • Travel

    Brooklyn Field Trip.

    In all my visits to New York, I rarely leave Manhattan (at least not on purpose … there was a quick little trip to Queens last Thursday, but that was only because I got on the wrong train – oops!). But yesterday, I took the F train to Brooklyn … to visit Brooklyn General. I’ve been to Brooklyn before (walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and visited the Botanic Garden on my earliest visits to the city – two highly recommended field trips … except when it’s hot and humid like it’s been this week) but this was my fabric shopping trip. I enjoyed a pleasant walk through the Carroll Gardens…