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 »

Friday board games

Remember on Friday I said we were going out to play board games? Indeed we did. There’s no photos from Taboo, which mainly involved lots of arms flailing about, but there are a few from Pictionary. (And I did kick some butt!) And my two favorite drawings of mine that… read more »

Winter footwear

I know I’m not the only vintage lover struggling through Winter. It’s a miserable season for vintage clothing and style. During the week I’m commuting in ugly but necessary winter boots. Half the time on the weekends I haven’t been able to avoid them much, either. They aren’t cute. They… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Initial thoughts on resizing, modifications

I hope you’ve all been thinking about yarn! I made my final decision. I’ll be knitting my sweater in ivory, and ordered KnitPicks Comfy yarn. It’s mostly pima cotton with a bit of acrylic, and should be perfect for Spring and early Summer wear. In this installment, I just want… read more »

Ivory sweaters

I’ve been trying to decide what color and brand of yarn I’d like to use for the Briar Rose Knit-Along. And I’ve come to a decision on color. Well, it’s sort of a color. Potential stains be damned, I’m going with: ivory. Because I really need a versatile short-sleeved sweater.… read more »

Finished project: Birdie blouse

This weekend I finally finished up a languishing project! My birdie blouse, from vintage Simplicity #4256. I sewed view 3, which is a basic collared blouse with gathers at the shoulder and cuffed short sleeves (I omitted the pocket). I started this blouse about a month ago and it gave… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Yarn and supplies

It’s Monday and I’m going to talk a little bit about yarn and supplies for our knit-along! Yarn We know that our pattern, Briar Rose, is knit in fingering weight yarn. In the yarn world, this is pretty thin stuff. I like the below picture from KNITFreedom which really gives… read more »

Thursday outing

Last night we decided to brave the labyrinth of snow walls that now make up our city to go out. Did you know some people here “save” parking spaces once they uncover their car from the snow? Really, it’s a pretty hot issue! Fortunately we don’t have to worry about… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Fit, Estimating Yardage

Today is our first meaty knit-along post for the Briar Rose Vintage Knit-Along! I’m going to try to tackle a couple of issues we’ll have to deal with early on: fit and estimating yardage for yarn. One of the reasons I’m glad we’ll be working Briar Rose is that it’s… read more »


So, you may have heard we got a bit of snow over the last 24 hours here in Chicago? I worked from home and Mel stayed home, so we bundled up in our deepest winter gear and went on a walk during lunch. In the photo above, I was already… read more »

Vintage sweater knit-along: The winner is…

While we prepare here for what the National Weather Service is calling a “dangerous multifaceted and life threatening winter storm” that’s in theory going to dump anywhere from 12-20″ of snow on us (yikes!), I’m ready to announce the winning pattern for our vintage sweater knit-along. Drumroll please…… With about… read more »

Swing dress sewing misadventures

This weekend was one of those weekends that really made a somewhat novice sewist want to chuck her sewing machine out the window. [from] In Casey’s Swing Dress Sew-Along, we started the muslin. Because not only have I never sewed a dress before but I’ve never sewed anything with… read more »

Vintage knitting pattern: Topnotcher

Happy Friday! For you vintage knit-alongers, just a little note to say I’m going to let the preliminary post simmer for a few more days to get more opinions, and then next week will reveal the winning pattern so we can start thinking about yarn and supplies. 🙂 Today is… read more »

Vintage sweater knit-along: Preliminary post #1

This is the first of probably a few preliminary posts for our vintage sweater knit-along! (Never mind the fact that I’m having to write this twice, since I accidentally deleted my draft that I’d spent hours working on. Oh no, we won’t talk about that since it might incite rage… read more »

Knitting in a new direction

Sometimes a project just isn’t meant to be that project. Case in point the short-sleeved sweater I started a couple of weeks ago, Fair Isle Yoke from the book A Stitch in Time, a beautiful book of vintage patterns that have been re-worked by the authors. The neat thing about… read more »