My friend group is in the early years of its “baby boom” and not being a parent myself, I don’t always know what new parents (or new humans) need and want. Thankfully I was once a small child and I remember how much fabric wall hangings and playmats got in my household. My mom made both … More A Wild Baby Play Mat
This week has been… challenging infuriating isolating and it has also been reassuring at times to find hope and strength among friends and in the sewing community. I needed some self care time this weekend and turned to a number of creative projects. I started work on the Sierra halter bra pattern, by Madalynne. I bought … More Weekend
My love of creating is back. 2016 marked an intentional shift in how I approached my sewing and knitting queue, namely prioritizing everyday apparel over my costumes. I felt exuberance, joy, and peace of mind with fabric and thread in hand. I finished four knitted projects this year and I sewed eight garments. Here are my Top … More Top 5 Hits of 2016
Last year I cited the lack of “misses” as a sign that I did not craft enough. This year I have opportunities to keep learning and improving my craft. The following projects have tested my patience, made me feel like I wasted materials and time, and pushed me to confront my conflation of mistake with … More Top 5 Misses of 2016
Winters in the Pacific Northwest are relatively mild. We see far more rain than snow, but the temperatures do still drop below freezing on occasion. And I never seem to be ready for it. Just last week, as it was snowing outside, I remembered that last year I told myself to buy or make more … More Winter is Here – The Arya Cowl
I have never had this many knitting projects cast on at the same time. I was impatient. There were too many ideas floating around my head. Too many yarns in my stash. Plus a couple projects were going to require more space and focus than I had on the bus rides to work. So rather … More Four Knitting WIPs
For my niece’s first birthday, I gave her a life size (for her) Loch Ness Monster — aka Nessie — plush.
I don’t even remember how I found it. Was I looking for patterns for a specific yarn or just looking for patterns? But there it was: a cardigan that I might easily see on one of my D&D characters. In the wake of Mad Max Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this forager … More A Cardigan For Resistance and Furious Roads
Facebook Memories reminded me that this used to be a thing I did on my blog, when I was inbetween finished projects. More recently Instagram has been one big “what’s on the mannequin” feed with bonus kitty pictures. Even so, I like this type of blog post, a little less manicured and thoughtfully planned out. … More What’s on the Mannequin?
While I identify more as a sewist than as a knitter, I do knit frequently. My bus commute is nearly an hour and knitting helps to pass the time. Knitting is also my go to activity when I just need to decompress, zone out, and almost meditate. I knit when I am on planes, trains, while … More A Late Spring Shawlette