A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

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

Finished Objects: Some fuzzies!

The first pair of socks for 2016, THEY ARE FINISHED. A fun, leafy pattern called Phloem from a forever-ago Knitty, worked up in Anzula’s gorgeous Dreamy sock yarn (merino, cashmere, and silk — NOMZ) in color Iris. I’d been lusting after it since it came in to the store, and I decided that since this year’s Self-Imposed Sock Club was going to be 12 pairs, I would earn a little.. Read More

Finished Object: Audrey in Unst

Words cannot fully express how much I love this sweater. The yarn is gorgeous. Merino/silk blend from Sundara Yarn, in a gorgeous gray/taupe/purple sort of color called Smoke and Mirrors. The pattern is perfect. Simple without being boring, with thoughtful construction details and pretty architecture. It fits me super-well. It’s like sweater girl-meets-Sandman, and it matches nearly everything I own. The best part? I used up EVERY. LAST. BIT. of.. Read More

It’s like finishing my taxes…

…which I can’t even really say, since for the past few years we’ve had a lovely and capable accountant take care of all that for us. But I am feeling a bit of a rush at the moment to SHOW YOU ALL THE THINGS! that were finished in 2015 and I never got around to blogging. Sound familiar? It’s pretty much my mission statement, I think. This post is going.. Read More

Finished Object: Mysa

Add another thing to the list that I’ve learned thanks to Brooklyn General: Pom Pom Quarterly. These lovely ladies put together a charming magazine every quarter, with some lovely patterns. This is my first go with one, a lovely, striped tunic by Norah Gaughan. I even worked it up in the recommended yarns, since we just happened to carry them at the store. I didn’t make any changes aside from knitting.. Read More

Wardrobe Architect 2015-16: It Begins.

You guys may have noticed that I like to make stuff. I especially like to make clothes, and especially clothes for myself. There are myriad reasons for this, from commitment to ethical production practices, to custom fitting, to just plain liking the process. Whatever the motivations, I am working hard to replace everything in my wardrobe with something I made. That may sound like a huge undertaking, and it is,.. Read More

Finished Object: Bamboo BoySocks

Dedicated readers of the The Blog will know that I don’t often knit socks for the Husband-Dude. There are several reasons for this. One is that he doesn’t much like wool socks, so finding yarn that he likes for socks can be tricky. Another is that his feet are GINORMOUS, and thus making socks for him takes a really, really long time (comparatively speaking). And yet another is that I’m.. Read More

Finished Objects: For Baby Putman

Remember what I said about the babies yesterday? CRESTING, I tell ya! A former coworker and dear friend from Ye Olde Apple days is expecting her first son. And since she now lives in Seattle, a place I get to visit but rarely and thus will not be able to smother him in knitted love in person, I HAD TO SEND HIM SOME. So, yeah. My billionth Elijah. This pattern.. Read More

Finished Object: Rivercats Socks

So…I’m quite behind. There will be A LOT of FO posts in the days upcoming. That said, to business!   Rivercats! I’m finally getting back in that sweet Sock Club groove (further evidence of this assertion to come). These were my second pair of the year, finished on July 1. Needless to say, that kind of lit a fire under me. There’s not much of note to say about these… Read More