Things I Love Thursday: Triangular Shawls and Not Dying

Things I Love

Storytime this week: I didn't die. Luckily this has happened for 1,320 weeks so far in my life, but this time the chances of survival were a little bit smaller. You see, I work in a metallurgy lab at my graduate school. Specifically, I work mostly in the hydrogen canopy area of a metallurgy lab. Hydrogen is an extremely flammable gas, and I have taken about a billion precautions to make sure I don't blow myself up on a daily basis, but last night we had a bit of a freak accident. The bottom line is that there was a huge hydrogen leak, but no explosions and no injuries. This is mostly because I have had extensive training on how to deal with situations like this and we had insured the lab was as safe as possible just in case. This whole thing could have ended much worse than it did, and so this week I love planning ahead for potential dangerous incidents and being ready when they do happen.

Patterns I Love

In honor of the release of Josh Ryk's new pattern, Convergent, I thought I'd like to share a few of my favorite triangular shawl patterns of late!

Kelias feels very much simplified-Ryksian, I would love to take this one on!  Gold Rush looks so big and cozy I want one ♦ The Dovetail Shawl is also totally inspiring my love for Mosaic Knitting right now Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night and wouldn't you love to love her? Willoughby is simple and lovely I love the delicate geometry of the Blooming Shawl Nymphalidea would be amazing with some handspun, no? Slip Sliding Away The black and white version of the Bi-colored Rooster has me drooling I don't know what I love more, the design of Florin Triangle or the yarn used And, of course, a classic by Jared Flood, Rock Island

Stories I Love

Things I Love Thursday: Old Masters and Beautiful Scarves


Things I Love

Maybe accidentally designing a sock ♦ I'm going to my first opera on Monday!!! ♦ Still loving Fair Isle Mittens ♦ Sifu's 4 year anniversary party was amazing ♦ Look at these Labyrinth Earrings!!! ♦ Getting to see Silvani last Friday ♦ Delicious truffle burgers ♦ Julie's photo essay has me dreaming of spring ♦ Heart-to-hearts with missed friends ♦ MST3K Birthday Parties ♦ We've almost made it through the first month of 2015! ♦The fact that NASA has taken OVER 100 MILLION photos of the sun: 


Patterns I Love

I decided this week that I would like to knit a gentleman friend of mine a scarf. There aren't many men's scarves out there that I really like the aesthetic of, but the ones that I am drawn to I think are absolutely stunning!

The Cerus Scarf is stunning! People come up with amazing color variations ♦ Dipped Infinity ♦ Noro and Grey ♦ Boardroom ♦ Meadowbrook 

Have you knit any of these scarves? Which one would you pick for a gentleman in your life?


Stories I Love


Things I Love Thursday


Welcome to TILT, or Things I Love Thursday! I'm going to take some time each week to share with y'all a little about what's been going on in my life. Things I Love will be a few small things from my life that have made me smile this week, Patterns I Love will be my space to share with the world the patterns that have been catching my eye, and Stories I Love will contain miscellaneous links from around the interwebs that I think are interesting and hope that you do too!

Welcome to the new Hops and Hanks, and welcome to TILT!


Things I Love

Throat Coat Tea ♦ The Calendex hack to the Bullet Journal ♦ These Coconut Chai Cupcakes with Lime Glaze are AMAZING ♦ That I have Nicole around to keep me sane when the internet breaks ♦ Throat Coat Tea (no, really, I love it twice.) ♦ Morning cuddles with my kitties ♦ My new chunky hat that I wear every day ♦ Lovely friends who send me interesting yarn to stick in the microscope ♦ This amazing new website!

Patterns I Love

This week I've been researching stranded colorwork patterns to find something for my lovely Caper Sock yarn. Here's what's catching my eye:

Sonny ♦ Candlesmoke ♦ Night Owl Mittens ♦ Gudrun ♦ Hilltop Cowl ♦ San Telmo ♦ The Woodcarving ♦ The Gates of Moria ♦ Lotus Leaf Mittens ♦ Hot Crossbones Socks

Stories I Love