meet me at rhinebeck

Well this is exciting, I’ll be at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival all weekend! If you’re in the Hudson Valley area, I highly suggest coming out for the event. This is my first time going, but I’ve been assured it’s THE place to be if you’re a fan of yarn. …or sheep. The fun starts on Friday evening where I’ll be hanging out with Lisa of Indie Untangled and Vicki of That Clever Clementine (that’s Tasha’s mom BTW and she’s amazing FYI).

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three things

I did a post like this back in July, and I think it’s nice to do a mini round-up of things that are inspiring me, or I’m really loving lately. So here are three photos I’ve taken sprinkled amongst other things of three…


(yarn: quince&co Lark in color Belize)

Three projects I’m working on nowBruyere by Deer and Doe, Simplicity 1371 by Cynthia Rowley, and this cute cabled hat taught in the class Explorations in Cables.

Three blog posts I love – Erin’s post about our California Meet-up, Gillian’s post about selfish sewing, and this thought provoking post by the New York Times about when blogging becomes a slog.

Three songs stuck in my headNorth Side Gal by J.D. McPherson, La La Blues by Pokey LaFarge, and Fist City by Loretta Lynn

Three shows I’m watching – Outlander, Call The Midwife Season 3, and Sleepy Hollow Season 2


(fabrics purchased at A Verb For Keeping Warm and Stonemountain & Daughter during my trip to California)

Three fabrics I bought (shown above) – Some cozy yellow flannel, a whimsical Japanese linen blend, and a cute country border print by French General.

Three items on my wishlist -These boots, this sweater, this adorable fox belt.

Three things I’m learning from – Gertie’s new book: Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, Bonnie Christine’s class: Design Surface Patterns From Scratch, and this great resource on pants fitting via Cation Designs.


(a page from Gertie’s new book)

What are some of your “three things” lately?


wiksten jul hat

Well this project took me way longer than expected but I finished! This is the Jul Hat pattern by Wiksten and I’ve wanted to make it since last year. It’s a really easy knit with just enough texture to keep it interesting. The yarn I used is Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in color Peach (I think). I bought it at my local yarn shop and stripped the label clean off the ball the second I got it back home because I couldn’t wait to knit with it. I should have added all the info to my Ravelry stash before getting started but I didn’t. Oh well, next time!


I go through phases with liking the color pink. I don’t really wear that much of it, but I really like peachy/abalone colors, so I thought a hat would be an acceptable amount of pink for myself to wear. So far I’ve barely taken the thing off my head!


I’m totally guilty of being a perfectionist with my sewing so that made knitting really difficult for me when I was first learning. After Tasha kindly reminded me that I was being ridiculous (as she often does with my knitting) I agreed to stop being so uptight and let the small things go. As soon as I started doing that I’ve fallen in love with knitting more and more with each project. I think I only have 3 mistakes in my Jul and none of them are really obvious. I’m missing one purl bump at the beginning of one of the rounds, and there’s a spot where I knit four rounds between the purl rows instead of three like you’re supposed to. I also had a wonky decrease that gave me a hole at the crown, but I just sewed it closed when it was time to weave in the ends. No big deal.


I usually go for the vintage-y beret patterns but I really wanted to knit something quick and easy since my wrists have been bothering me. I thought this might be a good pattern to fit that bill and it was. I’m not 100% sold on the slouchy style for future knits yet but I do think the hat is super cute. I like it much better with long hair than I do my short hair so I suspect I’ll be wearing both pink hats and fake hair a lot this Fall.


Speaking of new things, I finally got prescription lenses put in my vintage frames! A few years ago I found them on Etsy and my friend surprised me for my birthday by getting them for me! They sat on a shelf in my sewing room for the longest time but now they will hardly ever leave my face. I’m so in love with the gold and the sparklies!


The shirt I did not make but you better believe I’m already on the hunt for the perfect plaid to make a bunch of cool weather button-ups. Fall weather is definitely my favorite. I love wearing hats and long sleeves year round so it’s nice to be able to go out in public dressed appropriately for the weather for a few months out of the year haha!


My cat Vandie wanted to join in on the fun. She’s 18 years old now and totally crazy (as you can see). She’s a rescued barn cat and she’s been with us since she was a tiny sickly kitten. She’s pretty special. …tight knit group in that barn if you know what I mean (*cough unclebrother coughcough*). She sleeps on my face every night and has serious proximity issues but I love her dearly. Even when I’m trying to sew and it’s nothing but “Vandie you can’t sleep on those, those are pins!!” all day long.


I can’t believe how spry she still is for 18 years old. My recently departed 19 year old (R.I.P. Tabby Mae) had arthritis and eventually bone cancer so the last few years of her life weren’t so exuberant. I think Vandie lost her mind ages ago but her stamina isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! She’s crazy.


I think Lucille pulls off the slouchy hat look much better than I do. Especially when the hat is pretty pink like her collar. Someone get this dog a modeling contract already. I mean honestly. Look. At. That. Face.


Well that’s it for this knit! I’ll be working on a few things for Rhinebeck next. Yep, I’ll be there and I’m SUPER excited about it.

All this week I’m away at summer camp (which is a super special place for me and I’ll be revealing more about that on Thursday) so my online presence will be super sparse. I’ll be back soon, though!

What are you knitting lately?


three things

Well I’m a dummy and I stressed both of my wrists pretty badly this past week. Mostly from a combination of knitting with a cat on my arms, bowling, and typing a lot. …but mostly from the cat who has proximity issues. She sleeps on my head at night and I can’t tell her no because she’s like 89 in cat years.

I’m trying to keep the typing to a minimum this week (though typing with a brace is helping a bit) so today I’m sharing a series of “three things”, starting with three photos I’ve taken recently.


The first photo is of the knitting project that I got carried away with and knit too much at once with a ten pound cat sleeping across my arms after bowling the night before. Note to self: that’s a recipe for not being able to sleep because your wrists are sore. Duh, me. The second photo is of my 18 year old cat who likes to sleep across my arms, face, neck, back, head, legs, etc etc. But you look at that little cat face and tell me you wouldn’t let her sleep wherever she wanted, too lol!

This next photo is of some tiger lilies growing near my house. They were the inspiration for my new hair color.


Three sewing projects in my immediate queue: The 1940s Rodeo Gal Shirt, The Bronte Top, and Simplicity 3850 (because I’ve been wearing the same jeans for several weeks now and I need to start making more pants!).

Three songs I have stuck in my head: 8 dogs 8 banjos by Old Crow Medicine Show, Gasoline by Shovels and Rope, and 40 cups of coffee by Ella Mae Morse.

Three fabric collections I’m loving: The new Birch Farm collection by Joel Dewberry, What a Gem by Allison Cole, and absolutely everything by Cotton and Steel (can’t wait for my pre-order!!).

Three TV shows I started watching: Witches of East End, Being Human (U.S.), and Hemlock Grove. …I’m on a Supernatural Netflix kick right now, what can I say.

What are some of your “three things” this week?