Monthly Archives: June 2013

Robert Downey Jr. Pinups

So this is a thing: Robert Downey Jr. Pinups. Oh, Internet you never disappoint me.

Arches …

My creation

middle picture – New York Public Library

top row – l to r -  3 are the NY Public Library – last one is entrance to Lincoln Tunnel

2nd row  – NY Public Library – St Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC)

3rd row – St Patrick’s Cathedral – Washington Sq Arch (Greenwich Vlg)

bottom row – l to r – 2 are Martha’s Vineyard – Newport, RI – St Patrick’s Cathedral

- by Joan -

Salmon Salad Recipe

During the photo shoot, we ate like kings! This was due entirely to Julie’s (and her husband’s) cooking. In act, I bought snacks and they weren’t even touched because we were fed so well. One of the crowd-pleasers that is perfect for the hot weather when you don’t want to do much cooking was the Salmon Salad with Honey Dijon dressing.

Ingredients: For the Salmon

2-2 ½ lbs. of Salmon
¼ c. Fresh Orange Juice
¼ c. Maple Syrup
1 TB. Chopped Garlic
2 TB. Dijon Mustard
3 TB. Soy Sauce
¼ tsp. Salt and Pepper

Ingredients: For the Dressing

¼ c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 c. Apple Cider Vinegar
4 TB. Honey
2 TB. Dijon
Sprinkle of Salt and Pepper
Optional: Squeeze of Fresh Orange Juice


Ingredients: For the Salad

Slivered Almonds
Toasted Coconut
Mandarin Oranges
Red Bell Pepper-Diced
Yellow Tomatoes
Green Onions-Diced



1. Add all ingredients into a large sealed bag or bowl that has a lid and marinade salmon for a few hours. This is optional, if you can’t marinade, don’t worry.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add salmon onto baking dish along with the liquid. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the salmon easily flakes off of the fish.

3. Add all of the salad dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.

You can either combine all the salad ingredients, or do a salad bar, which worked well for a large group of people. Everyone grabbed what they liked to add to their salad.


Making your own salad dressing only takes a few minutes more than opening a bottle from the grocery store and it tastes so much better and doesn’t have a load of strange ingredients.

Recipe from The Diva Dish

Anybody been to Edinburgh?


Okay, y’all! I need your Scotland recommendations. GO!


For those of you that don’t follow me on Facebook, I have a quick brag I want to share.

My best friend Susan is in July’s issue of Martha Stewart Living!


The photographer came down to Virginia a few months ago and spent a day with us taking some stunning photographs of Susan and the farm.  I hope at some point Susan will be able to get her hands on some of the photos, because, well.  Stunning.

Get yourself a copy of the July issue now and read all about Susan and Juniper Moon Farm!

Tagged: Farm

Glass And Sky …


- by Joan -

Alecia Beth

Have you seen the new pattern highlights feature on the pattern page on Ravelry?

It has been very bad for my formally well-organized queuing habits.

Very rarely do I see a project I must cast-on the second I see it. Normally I favorite it, and if I keep coming back to my favorites to look at it, I queue it. If I really like it, I queue it right away. When Alecia Beth by Justyna Lorkowska popped up on my highlights page, I bought it immediately, printed it out at work, saved it on my tablet, and cast it on the second I got home.

In this yarn.

If you notice, everyone else has knit their projects out of solid yarns, or semi-solid at the very most. Me? I go for the brightest food color tie dye I have done yet. I call it “Fruity Pebbles”.

I quite like the effect so far.
AB Cardigan Yoke Fruity Pebbles
I am 3/4 of the way done with the yoke. I am loving the contiguous sleeve construction.

fruity pebble mock cables
Those mock cables get me every time. I just can’t say no to them.

Thursday in Pictures

There is nothing like a day at the farm to revive the spirits!


Roquefort and a chicken







Sam, lording over her subjectsDSC_0056





Cosmo again



Ram lamb

One of this year’s ram lambs.

Pendulum KAL

Instead teaching a knitting class this summer, I opted for something a little more flexible, and a little more inclusive, and a lot more free!

I am hosting a Knit-A-Long with the PFA and I am really excited. It’s going to be pretty relaxed as far as knit-a-longs go. And I’ve already picked out my yarn.

icy sock yarn combo
Protoceratops in First Frost and undyed. The pattern reminds me of something icy and cold, and I think mine might look pretty chilly in these colors.

Please feel free to join us. I expect most of the action to take place in the Potwin Fiber Artisans Ravelry Group and on our facebook page.


This shawl is appropriate for any level of knitter. We’ll work together to get everyone through it.

You don’t have to be part of the PFA or even local to us to participate. This KAL is open to anyone and everyone.

Cast On date is July 15th and our goal is to have it finished by August 15th (but you don’t have to have it finished by then the participate)

The pattern: pendulum

The supplies:
2 skeins of sock yarn in different colors
Size US 6 circular needles
tapestry needle

It’s as simple as that. Are you in?

Summer 2013 TNNA Recap

Oooh boy. First off, I got sick starting Sunday night/Monday day, and am a bit woozy still while typing this, so apologies re: the tardiness of this post & lack of pics.

TNNA went well — it’s always great to catch up with fellow designers, yarnies, etc who I only get to see once or twice a year.

I dropped off proposals & samples.  I also picked out yarn for a couple upcoming projects (thank you Felicia from Sweet Georgia, Jeane from Elemental Affects, and Sabrina from Anzula!).  I chatted with folks from different segments of the industry about possible future endeavors.

Marly’s designer dinner was fun as always (I won a prize based on my birthday being the closest, some benefit to getting older, lol).  Sponsors included Bijou Basin, Boye, Cascade, Chica, Classic Elite, Craftsy, Eucalan, Fiesta Yarns, Jill Zielinski Designs, Knit Picks, Knitterella, Kollage Yarn, Lion Brand, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, Malabrigo, Namaste, Prism, Red Barn Yarn, Red Heart, Rowan, Schachenmayr, Signature Needles, Stacey Charles, Sweet Georgia, The Crochet Dude, Webs, Yarnbox, & YarnSisters/ Zealana, and probably a few more I’ve forgotten.  Because I just had a carry on, and intended to leave with just a carry on, my roommate, a talented crochet designer who hadn’t gotten to go to the dinner, went home with a bunch of stuff too!  I’ll try to follow up with a couple pictures of things I brought home.

I ate at Knead (always delicious), North Market (must remember doesn’t open on Sundays til noon, and that not everything is open on Monday), and Barley (?) (the pub across the street from the Convention Center).  I missed Jeni’s due to being sick on Monday.

Columbus Pride was going on, and the Pride parade went right be the Convention Center.  Everyone seemed so happy — I’m sure there were dissenters, but I only saw crowds happy to participate in the fun.  (Can you imagine had the weekend been scheduled after the DOMA/ Prop 8 decisions?!)