Bombshell Shocked Giveaway!

Today I have something super special, my very first giveaway! This giveaway is sponsored by the wonderful Nicole Hughes, owner of Bombshell Shocked on Etsy. She’s a Chicago-based vintage clothing stylist who I met at the vintage clothing show I attended earlier this month, where she sold me my amazing… read more »

First day of spring

Happy spring, to those of you up here in the Northern Hemisphere! Yesterday morning we decided it was the first weekend day that was nice enough to kick off the outdoor season for us. We love going to state parks and forest preserves for day trips and start doing that… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Knitted sleeve caps

How is the knitting going for everyone in the knit-along? I admit I haven’t touched my Briar Rose in awhile, but only because I have a (personally set) tighter deadline for another knit so I’m trying to bang out some work on that one before I go back to Briar… read more »

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Today is my grandmother’s 96th birthday. Isn’t that wonderful? It’s always easy to remember someone’s birthday when it falls on a holiday. Of course, there was the year that my grandfather spaced out exactly which holiday her birthday fell on. Instead of wishing her a happy birthday on St. Patrick’s… read more »

Treading water

Boy, have I sure felt like I’ve been treading water these last few days! As I sat knitting last night while we watched episode one of the PBS series Jazz (oh how I love Ken Burns documentaries), I literally couldn’t remember what we did on Saturday. Fortunately I recovered quickly.… read more »

Sewing fail

Grr. Boy, am I glad I decided to do a muslin! In yesterday’s post I was all excited to try and turn Anne Adams 4855 into a blouse. Not working out well, so far. I re-drafted my pieces, cut out my muslin and started in on the sewing. Putting together… read more »

Prepping for my next blouse project

I haven’t done any sewing since last week, so since I’m still procrastinating putting a button on my castles skirt, naturally I thought I’d start another project. (Makes perfect sense, right?) I’ve really been in the mood to sew another blouse. I just couldn’t make up my mind when rifling… read more »

Blog award, i.e. 7 things about me

I have received a few blog awards lately and have been remiss in posting about it! Most recently I received the Stylish Blogger Award from the wonderful Temperamental Broad, so thank you very much! ♥ Without further ado, here are seven completely random things you probably didn’t know about me.… read more »

Vintage show finds

I’ve been meaning to post this all week! Last Saturday, we went out to the ‘burbs for a huge annual vintage clothing, jewelry and textiles show. We missed last year (though I can’t recall why), so I was particularly excited about it this year. I was literally talking about it… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Thoughts on reading the pattern

Happy Friday! I promised a post that I’m not sure very many of you actually need, but I thought it would be helpful just in case (and since I know how online knit-alongs go, it might prove useful for someone in the future who plans to knit Briar Rose). I’m… read more »

Cardigan twins?

Today the funniest thing occurred, and something rare in the life of a knitter, I think. A new reader to my blog, Miss Margarita, left me a comment this afternoon, and when I went to her blog I discovered an adorable photo of her… wearing a sweater I’ve actually knit… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Knit-along cast on!

Thanks so much everyone for the kind words about our anniversary! ♥ Know what today is? That’s right, those of you who are knit-alongers know: March 1st, our cast on day for the Briar Rose Vintage Knit-Along! Today was the first day since fall that I had to break out… read more »

Our anniversary

Today, Mel and I are celebrating our 9 year anniversary. Well “celebrating” would be a bit of an exaggeration, we haven’t done much different today than a normal Sunday, which is a-ok by us. Having a lovely and relaxing day. So here’s the anniversary rendition of our photo-a-week. And an… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Resizing the knitting pattern, Part 2

Today is part two of resizing in our knit-along. We’re now going to learn how to resize our vintage knitting pattern to our own size. This is the long post. Don’t worry if you’re not ready to sit down and do this! I know some of you are still swatching… read more »

Recap of last weekend

OMG. I need a break from the knit-along math. I need to talk about something else for a change. 😀 Last Friday, I was talking with my lovely and talented friend Moe over at her blog, Stitch, about shoes, and the subject of cowboy boots came up. I realized that… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Resizing the knitting pattern, Part 1

Thanks everyone for the congrats on winning the Colette contest! ♥ I have been so busy this week writing up all the information for resizing our knit-along pattern I haven’t had any time to even contemplate blogging or replying to comments. And when I say writing up the information, I… read more »

I won!!

This is just a pip—I won a big contest! I had a rather crappy day (nothing major, just didn’t sleep well and you know how that affects everything you do all day long), so boy was this a delightful surprise. I actually started jumping up and down when I got… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Gauge swatches

This week’s knit-along post is about gauge and swatching. Gauge is one of the most crucial elements to successful garment knitting. For newer knitters, or knitters who haven’t spent a lot of time knitting things that eventually make it to a body part of a specific size (think a sweater,… read more »

Finished project: Olivette cardigan

Today I finished a cardigan that I knit entirely to match one blouse. Yes, one blouse. Last fall, I bought a lovely short-sleeved silk blouse at one of our favorite antique malls. There’s one booth that is always filled with clothes that fit both Mel and I. They aren’t always… read more »

My handmade vintage wardrobe challenge 2011

It’s really time I sat down and thought about my wardrobe. I’m not participating in the Colette Spring Palette Challenge, but it’s really had me thinking a great deal about my clothing and accessories and the colors I pick. While I wasn’t able to commit to the challenge in the… read more »