Greetings, Friends! I realize things have been a wee bit stale here lately as I’m working through some new and exciting changes, trying to find my blog flow again. But fear not! I will always use this space as a personal blog and I will always enjoy sewing and knitting wardrobe staples for myself. I just need to get a little better at actually sharing the things I’ve made lately!
True story: when Dutch Label Shop contacted me recently offering to exchange their product for a blog review I had already bought labels from them on two previous occasions (when I had personal Rochelle New labels made). I already knew I trusted their product and would recommend it, in fact I had already recommended them to several friends, so accepting their offer was really just a wonderful bonus for me. …and for you!*
I really need to write a blog post called “A long overdue life update filled with exciting announcements” and/or “I have an epic backlog of projects to photograph and share” but I know that will take a good long chunk of time to make happen, so instead I’m popping in quickly as I finish my morning coffee to share a few thoughts on an understated sewing project I finished last month that is bringing ‘KonMari-level’ joy to my life.
Since sharing my story about Ichthyosis I’ve been thinking a lot more deeply about my skin and how it influences what I wear, and therefore what I knit and sew. In the past I’ve worn styles of clothes that did me no justice on the comfort front and as I get older I have to laugh a bit at myself for “suffering” needlessly just to look …stylish? …cool? I don’t really know. All I know now is: I want to look happy above all things, and I’m happiest when I’m sewing and knitting clothes I feel physically comfortable in. With that said, let’s talk basics!
Sometimes a simple thank you is all you can find to say when you’re so overwhelmed with kindness. Seriously, the amount of thoughtful comments pouring in on my last blog post about my skin have touched me on such a level that I don’t even know how to respond… Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you! There is no greater feeling on earth than putting yourself out there, raw, as you are, and having someone embrace it with such genuine love and acceptance. *sigh* Sorry to get all sappy but my heart is so full! I appreciate you all SO MUCH. If only there were more words out there to use…
Thank You <3
Real Talk: I was born with a rare skin disease called Lamellar Ichthyosis and since May is Ichthyosis Awareness Month I wanted to shed* a little light on this massive part of my life that I rarely talk about. No human being on the planet should have to summon some kind of bravery to share themselves as they are but that’s the world we live in so I’m going to be “brave” and share this publicly.
I’m excited to say I have a little feature in the May issue of Sew Magazine discussing “pattern hacking” and my favorite patterns for this type of inspired sewing. Also mentioned in the article is the new line of Simplicity patterns developed specifically for hacking, which I thought was a really interesting marketing angle, so I figured now would be a perfect time to elaborate on one of my favorite things about sewing – hacking stuff up! …but, you know, constructively. With intent 😉
Just a quick post today to announce the release of my first knitting pattern in case you missed the initial release announcement. Here’s the Mattock Cowl! Mattock is a convertible, textured cowl with functional buttons and lots of styling options. Inspired by the rolling farmlands and vineyards surrounding New York’s Finger Lakes region, Mattock features bold, alternating stripes of ribbing and seed stitch. This cowl is deceptively simple to make and easy to memorize, especially for knitters who have prior experience with ribbing and seed stitch. If you’ve never knit a button-hole before don’t shy away from this pattern, it includes the simplest one you can do!
I don’t want to jinx myself by saying this out loud but I think Spring has finally made its way to upstate New York! I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I kind of hate blogging during the winter months. I know hate is a strong word but I really, really struggle to go through the motions of sharing my projects when it’s snowy and dark. But, that hasn’t stopped me from sewing and knitting! I have at least five un-blogged projects that I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve made since January, probably more than that, but here’s my most recent make – The Elise Tee by Fine Motor Skills.
Today, March the 14th, marks exactly 8 years since I rescued my furry soul mate, Lucille – The namesake of this blog. We count today as her birthday so she’s estimated to be 11 years old now. I originally wrote her adoption story back in 2015 but I wanted to re-share it for any new readers who don’t know her story. Lucille is a massive part of my life. She IS my life. Any dog owners out there who equate their dogs with children know what Lucille means to me and how much light she’s brought to my life over the past 8 years. This story is a long one and it’s emotional for me to share, but here goes…