Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Seaming

Hey knit-alongers! We’ve reached the last instructional post! My last topic before the official end date tomorrow is about seaming. Call it seaming, call it sewing up, call it a pain in the butt. Unless you’re knitting a completely seamless sweater, you’re going to have to face this step. Once… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Blocking your sweater

Hi everyone! Can you believe we’re almost officially done with the knit-along?? It was so interesting reading everyone’s thoughts about A Stitch in Time Vol. 2 and your next knitting projects. And I know there are several of you out there who aren’t knitters yet but I can tell you’re… read more »

A Stitch in Time Vol. 2

I’m not sure why I waited so long (oh yes, I kept forgetting!) but I finally pre-ordered A Stitch in Time, Volume 2. I am so excited for this book! Susan Crawford (who blogs at Just Call Me Ruby) and Jane Crawford also put out A Stitch in Time, Volume… read more »

Our wedding invitations

I’m so excited to share this post with you! Mel and I have been furiously making plans for our wedding and the first family party that we’ll be having. When I announced our engagement, I mentioned we would probably end up doing a very small ceremony, with the bigger events… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: A few more tips

I’ve been following our Flickr group discussions carefully, and there are 3 topics I thought would be important for me to touch on here for everyone to read. Working decreases on purl rows I may have touched on this elsewhere, but I wanted to mention it here too. In the… read more »

Non-camping weekend activities

This weekend we were supposed to go camping in Wisconsin with our friends, but the weather had other plans. Now, we are not lightweights. We’ve camped in the rain. We’ve camped in the cold. We’ve camped in a bazillion percent humidity, with mosquitoes biting everything that wasn’t covered with a… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Two ways to knit the collar

Of course while Blogger was having problems was exactly when I wanted to post my next knit-along post! Anyway, we’ve reached the collar. There are two ways to approach it, and it’s up to you which method you choose. Knitting the collar 1) You can knit the collar as written… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Shoulder shaping

(Update: This post was eaten during the Blogger outage. I waited patiently starting yesterday morning when they said “Blogger was back” and said they were restoring the posts that were “temporarily removed” from Wednesday and Thursday. 24 hours later my post isn’t back and as of this morning they say… read more »

My grandma

Hi everyone, I have returned from my trip to New Mexico. On Thursday evening I found out that one day before my flight to see her, my grandmother passed away. She had family surrounding her in her last days. She died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 96.… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Will post next week

I know I owe you all a knit-along post! Bad leader! Unfortunately it’s not going to happen this week. I leave tomorrow for New Mexico for my emergency weekend trip. I will be seeing my family and will hopefully get to see my grandmother for what will most likely be… read more »

Viva Las Vegas round-up

As of last night, we’re officially home from our trip to Las Vegas. Home, sweet home! The trip was fun, but I must admit that both Mel and I wished we’d had a better time. We both had a lot of moments when we really felt VLV had gotten bigger… read more »

Red ready, amber set, green let’s go!

With the exception of a few last minute items and toiletries, our bags are packed. We are ready for vacation! On the top you can see clockwise from upper left: a vintage blouse, a Nudeedudee feedsack blouse, my pool set (swimsuit and matching teatimer cover up), my handmade castles skirt,… read more »

Crafty countdown to VLV

I have been running around like a crazy person in preparation for Viva Las Vegas! But my projects seem to be under control. Remember when I said I wasn’t going to do any other projects specifically for VLV except for my black sleeveless sweater? Neither do I. New jean snap… read more »

Tutorial: Make vintage-inspired earrings

Yes, you may be thinking wait—she’s leaving for Viva Las Vegas in the week. What the heck is she doing writing up a crafty tutorial?! Well the fact of the matter is that I actually made these earrings for my trip, so I took some photos along the way to… read more »

Birthday weekend round-up Part 2, Instagram style

Part two of my weekend round-up, this time in Instagram photos. There’s no narration for these, you already got the main round-up so you can fill in the blanks. I just love the old feel this app gives photos (when it works right). It’s so much fun to tinker with!… read more »

Birthday weekend round-up Part 1

After work on Friday, we picked up two of our close friends and hit the road, heading to southwestern Wisconsin to spend a couple of nights in Dodgeville. Saturday morning we headed “downtown” (since I live in Chicago, quotation marks are definitely needed when talking about the downtown of a… read more »

And the winner is…

The winner of two tickets to this weekend’s Modern Vintage Chicago Spring Fashion and Jewels Show is the talented Chicago blogger Liz of! I hope she doesn’t mind, but I had to show you guys the vintage sweater Liz just knitted up. Image from Isn’t it fantastic? Not… read more »

Finished project: sleeveless blouse for VLV

First and foremost, I want to thank you all so very much for your congratulations and kind comments on my last post. It’s been overwhelmingly wonderful reading all your supportive comments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ♥ ♥ ♥ I recently bought a pair of 50s capris… read more »

It’s official

On June 1st this year, Illinois will join 5 other states and allow civil unions. Now I don’t talk about politics on my blog and I don’t intend to start now. However, this is particularly meaningful to this vintage blogger. Yep, that’s my engagement ring. For those of you who… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: A couple of tips

Hey knit-alongers! How are you doing? It’s been really fun seeing progress photos in the Flickr group! I admit, my Briar Rose is woefully still behind! That’s what I get for setting too many deadlines for myself before VLV. But I can just start to see the finish line with… read more »