A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

Socks Abound

Sock knitting for the year continues apace. I finished another random pair that I’m trying to get a pattern together for; I call them Star Stuff. I sadly can’t show them to you, because I’m trying to get the pattern published! The Great Speckled Yarn Trend of 2017™ rages on unabated, and I have not been immune. I picked up a lovely skein of Primrose Yarn Co. Sophia and decided.. Read More

WAS2017 #2 – Moji 2: The Moji-ening.

Savvy readers will remember last summer I made a pair of lineny pants. Extremely savvy readers may remember this direct quote from the entry introducing those lineny pants: this fabric is woven SO LOOSELY. I not only got the aforementioned holes in the inseam after two wearings, but the reinforced crotch seam started to fray on the butt. WTF Robert Kaufman? I ran through Evelyn’s darning program (not very neatly, I.. Read More

WAS2017 #1 – The Featherweight Cardigan

In addition to trying to create garments that fit well into my existing style and wardrobe, I’ve also been trying as much as I can to work from stash, using up yarn and fabric I’ve collected over the years and not buying anything new unless absolutely necessary. This project was a bit of a cheat on that front, but not exactly. Years ago, when I was still working at Annie &.. Read More

Just some socks

It’s been a good long while since I showed you some socks. And I’ve actually made a handful of pairs, so let’s have a little coffee and catch up, why not? #1: More Monkeys When I first started knitting socks, I made a lot of Monkeys. It’s an easy-peasy pattern that works well with hand-dyed yarns, so when I came to this skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That.. Read More

WAF2016 #6: The Schoolhouse Tunic

I told you guys a I sewed a thing this past fall. And I really really did. Pattern is The Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated, fabric is some of the lovely gray-on-gray stripe brushed cotton from Moda’s Dapper Luke collection (that I got from the shop, of course). I cut a straight 12, like I did with my last SL pattern, the Clara Dress. The only change I made was.. Read More

WAF2016 #5: Elkhorn Creek Cardi

I know. You’re shocked. ANOTHER SWEATER. This one is Portage, a pattern I’ve been in love with for a few years now. But honeycomb cables eat up A LOT of yarn, and it was tough to decide exactly what color family and type of yarn I could use for this behemoth that wouldn’t break the bank. And then came Rhinebeck. I had grand plans to just pick up a couple.. Read More

WAF2016 #4: Carrowkeel

Sometimes, you just need a plain black sweater. This was not part of my original plans for the Wardrobe Architect this fall, but after Catherine knit up a sample for the shop in the gloriously cuddly Arranmore yarn from The Fibre Company, the wheels began to turn. As much as I love a good cardigan, there’s something so easy about a pullover. You don’t have to worry about matching what.. Read More

WAF2016 #3: Rosehips

Remember last month when I was all “no rly the next post will be sewing-relating I promise lol.” Hah. Not so much. I DO still have a sewn thing to show you, honestly I do, but it needs photographing and ironing and all sorts of things and usually I’d rather just wear the damn thing, so… yeah. Slacking. But the knitting mojo has been incredibly strong lately. So strong, in fact,.. Read More

WAF2016 #2: Librarian in the Stacks

I’m a little bit out of order here, as I have a sewn (gasp!) project that was finished first that I also need to show you, but I’ve been wearing it so much it’s kind of constantly in the wash, and also needs to be ironed. So heck with that, and SWEATER! This is Jenny At The Fair, by Mary Jane Mucklestone, from Ysolda’s book The Rhinebeck Sweater. See, there’s.. Read More

FOs: ‘Scold

I recently went through my knitted accessories and did a serious cull — Wardrobe Architect Style. I pulled a bunch of things I don’t wear because a) the color just isn’t me, b) the item doesn’t function the way I want it to, and c) it didn’t fit right. As a result, there is a largish bag of things I’ve knitted sitting next to me right now that I intend.. Read More