A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

WAS2016 Project #3: Moji Pants

Well, I made my first pair of pants that weren’t pajamas. Though, in all fairness, these are pretty much pajamas. Fabric is Robert Kaufman’s linen chambray in a pretty denim-navy color. Pattern is the Moji Pant from Colette’s Seamwork magazine. I loved the way these were styled so much in the pattern photo I tried to replicate them as closely as possible… with a few big exceptions. After reading a.. Read More

Almada Robe

I think 2016 has become The Year of the Repeat for me. I’m reknitting a lot of sock patterns I’ve knitted before (not that you’d know that… I need to show you some socks, huh?), and remaking a lot of things I made once but didn’t get quite right. And this is another one. Savvy readers will recall that some time ago I made a bathrobe. I made it out.. Read More

Desert Swing Tank

Yeah, it’s wrinkly. But that’s because I’ve been wearing the crap out of this thing since I finally hemmed it a couple weeks ago. Once upon a time, I started getting boxes from Stitch Fix. They’re usually well-curated, and it’s a lot of fun to open a parcel full of things you will very likely love. But on occasion (two, so far), one of the things I love is just.. Read More

Summer Quilt

A couple years ago, I got us a new bedspread from West Elm. It is glorious. It is a velvet quilt that feels like sleeping under a soft lead blanket. I love it immensely. Unless it’s summer, that is. In summer, all those little velvet piles seem to cling to you like tongues of living flame, and it’s hot and sweaty and miserable. So last year, I decided it would.. Read More

Quinn’s Quilt

One of my best friends from back home is having a bebeh. She is naming him Quinn. He will live in a house with his awesome mom, his awesome dad, a very protective and goofy dog, and a super-chill cat. And this quilt will also be there: When Suzy told me she was expecting, I started planning immediately. Not only is she one of my favorite people ever, she’s also.. Read More

WAS2016 Project #2: The Far Rockaway Shell

Last summer, I made myself a sweet little tank shell from Shibui Fibers Twig yarn, a wool/silk/linen blend that feels cool and papery. I love that tank. I’d been looking for a good second Twig project for awhile when the Rockaway Beach Shell crossed my radar, and I decided it would make a great addition to my Spring/Summer Wardrobe Architect pile. So right. I love this yarn, and this top.. Read More

Breakfast Fish, Vikings, and the Very Purple Dress

Longtime readers of the blog and knowers of me will be familiar with Maggie. So once upon a time in her junior year of high school, Maggie went to Sweden as an exchange student. She stayed with a lovely family, and promptly fell in love with their son. As doomed adolescent romances tend to go, she left and they split, but she kept in touch with him and the rest.. Read More

We Went to Bolivia.

It was awhile ago. I am, after all, very behind on blogging. Anyway. Some time ago, Neimah saw a picture on the internet that looked a lot like this: These are the salt flats of Uyuni, a massive 4000+ square mile salt desert in the high Andes. The picture shows them when they’re somewhat dry, but the real reason people go to the salar is to see it during the.. Read More

Playing Catch-up: Wardrobe Architect 2015!

Guys. I have so much stuff to show you. And in true me-form, I’m going to smoosh a bunch of them into one post to save time and money! (Well, not money. Money doesn’t really enter into the equation when you’re blogging about your passion projects for free. But still.) First, a little administrative update: as I am wont to do when whims strike, I rejiggered my plans for the.. Read More

Finished Object: Garter Rib Cowl

I realized something in January while I was working on Imitation Girl in the bitter cold: tucking scarf ends into your jacket can be kind of a pain the butt. I’ve made other cowl-type objects, and while I love the fact that you just throw them over your head and go, I was less thrilled that they inevitably grew out of shape and thus away from the very neck they were intended.. Read More