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.
Fitting for my Christmas outfit. I haven’t even put the waistband on! I just love the leg of mutton sleeves on this jacket. the back of the jacket is real patent leather embossed crocodile skin pattern.
My family and I are embarking on a southern pilgrimage in late March. The major destinations being Florence, Alabama to visit The Factory of Alabama Chanin, then to New Orleans, just because, but possibly in time for NOLA Fashion week. Here are my journal entries for the two new outfits to wear there. The first is a navy tube top, black handkerchief hemmed dress with a cap-sleeved or sleeveless leather bolero embellished with silver and gold.
Outfit number two is a maxi length corset dress out of this incredible black and red fabric with black lace fingerless gloves.
Discovered a new jeweler at Common Ground Fair this year. Boyd Johnson of Augusta, Maine. He has an Etsy shop: QuimbySt. His practices and philosophies are really commendable and inspiring. I ordered a pair to wear for Christmas.
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.
I have both outfits for Spring break lined up and ready for finishing. My new Bryr clogs, of which there is a month lead time, (made to order) will be in tomorrow. My new TiroTiro earrings have also been ordered. Now it’s time to get to work!
Copper thread detailing on my own pants design.
The two shirts to go with the above pants. My own design funnel neck sleeveless top. The Alabama Chanin pattern for a tank top with princess seams (really enjoyed this one), fully lined because the fabric is so shear.
The second outfit. Pants pattern is a modified Jalie 3243 and the corset and bolero from Alabama Chanin.
A little sparkle in our lives!
Need to get some knitting done after all this! Camisole pattern from Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas. Samples in homespun Alpaca/Angora blend and a wool boucle yarn.