Starting to plot my corner of the basement

Thanks for all the lovely comments on our new house! We are super busy unpacking and figuring out all the stuff we need to do or buy, but it’s been awesome. ♥ One of the things I’m daydreaming about now that we’ve moved is my sewing and craft space! In… read more »

Introducing the Golly Ranch House

It happened! Last Wednesday, we officially sold our condo and bought our first house. A ranch house from the 1950s, that I think I’m dubbing the Golly Ranch House. Everything went smoothly with the closings, and we moved in that night. I just can’t believe it! Everything that’s been occupying… read more »

See my wedding post on Etsy!

Hi all, I have some exciting news to share! If you check out the home page of Etsy, guess what you’ll see today? Yep, that’s our wedding! I was asked to write a post for Etsy, for their Handmade Wedding series. Now how the heck did I have time for… read more »

VKC: Quick tip on un-knitting (and my work-in-progress)

Hello, hello! I’m sure you can guess what I’ve been up to lately. Right, more packing. Not an exciting topic of conversation, so let’s move on. I grabbed a few minutes for a mini knitting tip. A tiplet, if you will! Sometimes you have to un-knit part of your work-in-progress.… read more »

Packing, in textures

I walked around yesterday and took some photos of things I would be packing up sooner or later for the move. Some so soon they’ve already been packed, only a day later! Boots for moderate winter weather… Hand knit sweaters… Unceremoniously stored stockings… Blouses…lots of blouses… Garter belts… Pretty underthings…… read more »

Vintage finds, AKA the only shopping I’ve done in months

Last weekend was the Chicagoland Vintage Clothing, Jewelry and Textile Show, an overwhelmingly large show about an hour away from Chicago in Elgin. Last year I had a great haul. This year I was a bit more restrained, even though this show, more than any others, often has the largest… read more »

Sunday Pictorial Beret

I can’t believe as I’m posting this, I’ve reached over 500 followers. Wow! I must say I’m incredibly humbled and flattered that there are that many of you who actually want to read about my mundane little life. 🙂 I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for this milestone, but… read more »

VKC: Planning colors for vintage stranded knitting

Hi everyone! Has it been long enough since I’ve been able to do a Vintage Knitting College post?? Good grief! I was expecting to have so much more time to devote to this, but with the condo selling/house buying, obviously life has gotten in the way. Thank you all for… read more »

Where have I been?

Hi everyone!! My goodness, it feels like it’s been just about forever since I’ve been able to do anything related to my blog. Or reading any blogs, for that matter. Or knitting. Or sewing. Or anything. I feel like I’ve dropped off the planet…because I pretty much have! So what… read more »

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a warm and merry Christmas. Thank you all for the joy you bring to my life. Many happy returns to you and yours!

Boy, have I been busy!

Hello, everyone! I confess I’ve been almost completely absent from blog-land for a little while. Some things have come up in our home life that have taken precedent over pretty much everything else, and sadly that includes blogging and catching up on all my favorite blogs… and you know that… read more »

VKC: Charts & vintage stranded knitting patterns

Hi everyone! Let’s talk about stranded knitting and charts. A bit about charts and stranded knitting Modern stranded knitting pattern use charts to convey the colorwork part of the pattern. Sometimes they’ll use multiple colors in a colored chart, sometimes just shades of gray, or different shapes to represent different… read more »

Fake a good hair day with a beret (on a windy day)

Today I’m finally sharing a little tutorial I’ve thought about all autumn, as I’ve lazily enjoyed wearing berets quite frequently. I love berets (tams, tammys… call them what you will). They are my favorite hat to wear, and my favorite hat to knit, too. You can knit cabled ones, fair… read more »

VKC: Tension, puckers & even stranded knitting

Today, let’s talk about how to keep your stranded knitting nice and even looking! I’ll cover a few things that tie together to make that happen, and give you my best advice for lovely looking stranded knitting. Tension You may or may not find that your tension changes from knitting… read more »

My lovely stranded cardigan!

Hi everyone, I’m back home! I have massive catching up to do on my feed reader. My, how everyone’s been posting like a maniac! We had a lovely, albeit somewhat brief, trip to my mom’s outside of Washington, D.C. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet up with any D.C.… read more »

Saturday evening outfit & haircut

We’re off to my mom’s tomorrow. So before we jet, I thought I’d post a quick outfit, mostly to show you all that I got a haircut last weekend! I’d been debating about chopping another few inches off for awhile, and went for it. Now you’ll never see me wearing… read more »

Jitterbuggin 30% off sale through Sunday

Hi everyone! I have continued the trend of being head-spinningly busy lately! I was hoping to get not one but two Vintage Knitting College posts written up this week, and have come up with a big, fat zero! We’re off to visit my mom and step-dad outside Washington, D.C. next… read more »

Autumn day outfit #2

Goodness, where has this week gone? That’s what happens when you have a cold. Suddenly it’s Friday and you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything. Since I haven’t had the time to write up a blog post, you’ll have to make do with another outfit post. Last weekend we went… read more »

My guest post at Elegant Musings

Hi everyone! Ever wanted to sew a ribbon button band onto a cardigan? I’m excited to point you to my guest post today over at Casey’s Elegant Musings, where you can read my tutorial! See, I told you that you’d hear more about the Campus Compliments cardigan pattern I posted.… read more »

An autumn day outfit

I haven’t done a real outfit post in awhile! Yes, that’s my Halloween beret. While I had my jacket on for most of the pictures in that post, these photos were taken the same day, just sans jacket and scarf. Cheeky, no? This is what I was wearing for the… read more »