hello! i am back (finally) to write about this epic, epic shawl. i had many exciting ideas about how to spend a month without children, which included visions of yoga, rock climbing, travel, and of course, sewing. lots of sewing. the travel part has been going well as we march through our pre-planned trips, but the rest, all the rest, is a distant fantasy now, replaced with backbreaking, heartbreaking work, endless hours of it, with emotional and physical demands so great i struggle just to feed myself and sleep well in between shifts. it would appear my endless quest for balance needs yet more tweaking. serious tweaking. but for now, this shawl.
isn’t she a beauty? i know i rarely blog about knitting projects, but this one is deserving both in stature and because it has an equally epic backstory. Continue reading
just a week ago, i left beautiful squam lake after making it my home for five days. i think this might be the first time i’m even mentioning here that i finally attended SAW, known in craft parlance simply as “squam,” after years of dreaming and scheming. i learned of squam early in my knitting career, likely rooting around on other knitting blogs, and in the midst of that insanity (two infants, working 3-11p four nights a week and david in residency in our tiny apartment on the 15th floor in downtown chicago) it instantly became my quiet, happy place. there were times i was so wholly overwhelmed and overstimulated, i locked myself in the bathroom with my knitting and pretended i was there for a few minutes while my two babies screamed and cried and reached their pudgy hands under the door, grasping (i think) at my soul. Continue reading
i am filling my closet with grainline shirts made in nani iro, and i don’t feel bad about it. i think it’s a perfect marriage of simple, quality garments and beautiful, wearable fabric. what else can you ask of a wardrobe? Continue reading
i had an awesome mother’s day. it’s starting to get pretty hot here in the central valley, so the kids and i have been scoping out shaded parks. they’re finally at an age where i don’t have to be that crazy mom on the playground climbing play structures far too tiny, bonking my head and getting stuck on the slides, and instead i can sit under a tree and knit while imaginary t-rexes chase them into exhaustion before nap time. it’s divine. after a leisurely morning at our new favorite shade park, we headed out to st. helena and tried out this awesome farm to table restaurant. the food was fantastic and the ambience can’t be beat. for this occasion, i wore this little black dress i made as a mother’s day gift to MYSELF. Continue reading
i started sewing for myself just as the weather began warming here last year, and was on a major tank kick the whole summer. i did knit, woven, split back, dress and peplum versions of some great basic tank patterns–the sorbetto (free!), the wiksten, and the tiny pocket variety. a basic tank pattern is very adaptable and great to have. while i’m not over tanks by any means, sometimes i did have trouble with the fit despite how basic they are–gaping armholes, low cut necks, too boxy or unflattering. while i do recall getting one of those patterns tweaked just right, i decided this year to play around with a tee pattern for a change. you’ve already seen a few versions of this awesome pattern, a double gauze, a knit and a rayon, and today i have two more, my two new favorite shirts! Continue reading
look! i made another quilt. this is a custom order for a coworker of david’s. she’s hosting a baby shower for her best friend and *this* is the gift of honor. how cool! she gave me a head’s up she’d be in the market for a quilt months ago, sent me pictures for ideas, and more or less gave me free reign to do what i wanted. a perfect client! Continue reading
well you guys, here it is…the premier of my women’s clothing line! honestly it feels a little anticlimactic to me because i completed these garments and mostly photographed them almost a month ago. i had plans for pattern tweaking and re-photographing, but honestly, i had to cut my losses. i am not a professional designer, pattern drafter, model or photographer, nor am i expecting a gross influx of business based on the desire for women’s clothing made by yours truly. i spent a while mulling over these pieces, planning other pieces for the collection, even getting so far as a few new muslins, but i decided to just start small and see how it goes. i finally overcame the hurculean task of photographing and creating etsy listings, so i thought i would follow up on the old blog about each piece in a bit more detail. i really do love them all. Continue reading