baby sophisticate.

This was a charming sweater to knit.  I love shawl collared sweaters like this.  I have a few like it from my college JCREW days.  I knit this sweater for a friend of mine who is going to have a baby.  I just love seeing babies in cozy sweaters — makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  For this project I used the Baby Sophisticate pattern by Linden Heflin in size 0-3 months found via Ravelry.  (By the way, I like the name Linden — reminds me of the herb, linden flower).  I knit the sweater in the round using Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in mustard.  I think I can confidently say that mustard is my most favorite color.  There needs to be more mustard colored yarn out there!  The yarn is nice, but it’s not my favorite.  It fuzzes up easily which I don’t like, but it’s very soft, which is nice for newborns especially.

This sweater was my first project involving knitting in the round using double pointed needles (DPNs) for the sleeves.  I thought it would be really hard to use DPNs, but it wasn’t!  I used this video by Very Pink Knits to help me along the way. Her tutorial is for a sock project, but she demonstrates how to use DPNs.  I’ll probably use her video for knitting socks as well since she’s so easy to follow.  The one thing I didn’t like about knitting this sweater was my tension — I felt that the actual shawl collar could have been wider and more prominent.  I used three leather-like buttons to add a bit more sophistication — love them so much!!!  I’m thinking about also adding some suede elbow patches?  Hmmm…maybe next time. I’ll probably knit another one when my next babers rolls around.

my valentine.

(Feb 2003.  Chi Alpha Homeless Shelter Outreach.)

It was a pretty swell Valentine’s Day back in 2003, college, junior year at University of Maryland.  We had known each other for about 2 weeks before attending the Chi Alpha Homeless Shelter Outreach together. The spark of friendship had begun the moment we met that 2 weeks prior, and by the time the Outreach came along we were like old pals that knew what made the other smile.  And smile we did, often. We weren’t each other’s valentine at the time, but time would surely tell these two friends that separation would make our hearts grow sick, and togetherness made us just what was supposed to be.

Happy Valentine’s Day Mr. Smith.  Love, Mrs Smith.

be linen.

Below is a short film by Benoit Millot on the origins, processes, and uses of linen. Linen, it’s so fascinating and so beautiful.  This film reestablishes my love for it as a natural fiber; as well as my love for integrating it into knitting and sewing these days.  If I were in my right mind 10 years ago, I would have majored in textiles. Phooey.

pin cushion.

As some of you may remember, and still ask about, I signed up for a sewing class last fall.  I can’t say I’ve been totally up to speed with it, but the nice thing about the class is that it’s designed to finish in a year’s time — which is great for stay-at-home mamas!  That year will be up in August; which means I need to get crack’in! I’ve been meaning to post the projects I’ve completed thus far — so here goes:

Project 1: Pin Cushion.

The projects start off easy and get harder from project to project.  I had alot of fun making this pin cushion.  The instructions asked that I piece it together in patchwork style; however, I added a little of my own style by hand embroidering a vintage doily onto the front of the pin cushion and some onto the back.  I love thrifting for vintage doilies and fabric just for this reason!

Now, just as a fun gesture, I’d like to mail this pin cushion out to someone as a little gift from Susie Mey.  : )  Leave a comment here on this post, or shoot me an email at and let me know!  I would keep it, but I have two handmade ones that could never be replaced because they are my absolute favorite!