A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

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

Finished Object: Emelie

Me and fingering weight sweaters, guys. It’s a real problem. I stashed this yarn (Malabrigo Sock in Ravelry Red) way back when I still worked at Annie’s with the intention of turning it into this sweater. I’ve been making a vested interest lately to work through what I’ve termed “the long-suffering club,” patterns that I’ve had queued on Ravelry upwards of four years. I’m getting there. ­čÖé I knit this.. Read More

Finished Object: Hedera

Yeah yeah. I still knit. So many things in life got fed to the time-hungry monsters that were Awful Job and its accompanying depression, and one of those was my Self-Imposed Sock Club. I finished a measly 4 pairs of that club, and one just this year! So for 2015, I’m aiming to get back on the horse. I’m not aiming too well, judging by the fact that I just.. Read More

Finished Object: Joy

I’ve got a bit of a backlog of finished items to share, so I might actually make something of this whole Me-made May trend. Item the first? A sweater! I started this one way back last April for my dissertation in the final round of Nerd Wars. Due to time constraints of Awful Job, I didn’t even come close to finishing. I’ve been on something of a tear to complete.. Read More

Postcards from Peru

Last February, Neimah took a trip to Peru. As he is wont to do, because he is the best friend I ever had and knows me so very well, he brought me back souvenirs in the form of textiles. This particular trip yielded two large woven wool panels, a bag of clay beads, and some alpaca yarn. I have since discovered that I’m too sensitive to the alpaca to wear.. Read More

Containers of Love, pt. 2

This has so far been a very popular year for comfort items. The friends for whom I made the dragon-scale baby blanket of previous fame have (thankfully) kept me quite busy lately, first with making a repeat of the dragon blankie for another friend of theirs, and then with a ripple afghan for their sister-in-law who’s currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. They picked a lovely, calming blue in one of.. Read More

Containers of Love

So many finished projects I need to tell you about. And the first one is this: A dragon-scale inspired blankie for a friend’s new baby boy.┬áSince said friend is our DM and a great lover of all things fantasy, I though a draconic blanket would be a fitting gift. While Webs sent me a different yarn than the one I ordered, the color was perfect and it only turned out.. Read More