Super moon: February 2019
” She wore moonlight
but for the moon and stars.
Soak in the heavy darkness,
silent and alone.
I am calm.
the world outside?
– J G BRYANT
My road trip project will be a knitting project. I’ve been furiously spinning the yarn, and knit up a sample to see what needles I need.
The “old English lace” stitch reminds me of my maternal grandmother. Pure French/Canadian, we were very close. I would sometimes spend the night with her in a bed that had a brass filigree headboard. I have always been a very early riser. In the morning I would be awake, but not wanting to bother memere; I liked to trace the pattern and feel the texture with my fingertips. Entertained me for hours.
I’m addled and torn
worship, reverence I seek.
Just a little more.
– J G BRYANT
In New Orleans I will become Lola and Lola is getting this here tattoo.
I’m scared of stupid stuff. Like putting in a zipper, zippers intimidate me. Knitting fairisle short rows also makes me quake in my clogs! So I should devote this year to create garments that incorporate these very elements and do a lot of it!
I love these sweaters! But I shudder at the thought of even starting. But, I want to be that woman; I mean, just look at her! She looks so peaceful, confident, and free, enjoying every second of the beautiful day.
I’m into rad knits, fringe and tassels. I’m not sure I want to add any bulk to my short, little body though. The Honeycomb Henley is designed by Norah Gaughan.
I am going to knit (and model) this sweater (out of the book Loop-d-Loop) for the next Knitmaineia fashion show. One of the reasons I haven’t written so long is because I’ve been busy spinning the yarn for this sweater, and that takes time away from knitting and sewing! I plan on this being the project I work on while traveling in the south this March. I could never be brave enough to wear it with nothing underneath like the picture.
I have managed to get some done on the black corset dress for NOLA. I have decided on French seams to protect my skin from the scratch of the sequins. I am literally sewing each seam 3 times! But it is so worth it. I’m also thinking about creating a reverse hi/low hem line. As in, slightly above the heels in the back and almost kissing the ground in the front. I believe it will give the illusion of a ball gown but I will be able to walk without the risk of stepping on the hem. Something to fiddle with. Then there are the black lace fingerless gloves that go with it! I had to go down 2 needle sizes to achieve the look I desired but I’m happy with them now.
I bought a poetry book for my husband for Christmas hoping to encourage more romantic dialogue, well….. instead there was a lot of eye rolling and bland expressions. Oh well, I like it. In fact, I would like to embroider one line on a top, like the one above. This quote is very popular for tattoos.
Here are some highlights from the Knitmaineia fashion show.
I loved the dresses! I thought the color combination with the fluorescent orange heels and bright Fair isle sweater was striking!
Dresses! My friend Sara knits like I sew: all the time, and at all hours.
My new really cool friend, MJ. She’s got great style.
More friends and inspiring knitting.
And me. Next year I would like to have something to submit, and model. That’s my goal!
Here’s a partial line up of this summer’s projects. Complete with knitted camisole, my recycled strip jeans, and custom dyed red skinny jeans.
I also picked up some freebies on the side of the road! I’m thinking of transforming the plaid blazer into a Spencer jacket with leg of mutton sleeves and some gold or copper metallic embellishments.
Imagine this dress as a slip dress worn with the little spencer jacket 🤩
I started working with leather. This corset is being made from leather salvaged from 2 used pair of leather pants. It will have fresh water pearl embellished trim. Not easy, but extremely satisfying. Not sure what method of attachment I will go with: lacing, a zipper, or other, on one side.
More experiments with leather: machine sewn this time and top “stitched” with staples. Kinda cool!
Working on a special event outfit. A high-low hemmed, sequined, princess seamed, navy blue trimmed tank dress. With a matching dove gray leather, cap-sleeved bolero; a navy blue felted boat cap and peacock blue nubuck, cross over, high-heeled clogs.
It is all basted together with my new clothing tag design located inside the “train” back. Visible when I walk (I hope).
Embroidered leather clothing tags. I’m contemplating maybe, just maybe, creating a few pieces to sell 😬😳😨
My collection, thus far, of vintage hats. My plan is to go antiquing for hats and personalize each one like below.
I wish I had a before photo, but I striped the white band of its previous adornment and added the steampunk buttons and am working on the navy French knots. I have many various plans for the other hats, except the gray felt, that one is perfect as is.
Some felted hat patterns from Ravelry I would like to try and make in the future. But I really want this hat for the summer
One Sunday morning, when I was 18, on the ride to church with my parents, I decided to teach myself how to knit. Since then, not a day goes by where I don’t knit at least a little.
Present projects on needles now include: a sweater for myself in chartreuse, and a sweater for my Luke in hand dyed blue. Trying to finish Luke’s in time for his birthday, less than a month away!
My over-sized black turtleneck sweater in Kona, a super wash Merino. Both hats made by me. Red beret in Swans Island yarn. I wove the fabric for the pillbox hat, had a friend sew the hat, and then I over dyed it black.
I used to raise Angora rabbits to spin their fur into yarn to sell. Any yarn that was left from making full skeins I collected and eventually knit this sweater. Vintage John Fluevog boots.
I also used to raise sheep! The sheep that was with us the longest was Maggie. Maggie was bought by a cousin as a present for his girlfriend. Things didn’t work out and we took Maggie in. I spun and dyed the wool from Maggie’s first fleece to knit this vest. Pattern from the book Folk Vests. The “buttons” are hand blown glass beads made by a friend.
Lace sweater from a Green Mountain Spinnery pattern in Linen.
My sock collection.
My little cap-sleeved sweater. Pattern from Sarah Dallas’ book Vintage knits. If I could only own one knitting book this would be it.