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Thursday, November 26th, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

we are away for holiday—we left canton on tuesday for albany and my mom’s house (lots of driving and more to come!).


just a quick overnight though; the three of us  traveled to vermont yesterday to spend the holiday with my cousin’s family, who have a house on grand isle in the middle of lake champlain.


we got to take a ferry to island at the end of a long (but very beautiful) drive up the northway. we got to the house just as it was getting dark; i can’t WAIT to get out for a run and explore; i’ve never been here before.

the last few days before we left home were crazy busy getting ready—between work and holiday prep, there was more than enough to fill a few 24-hour days, haha. you know me, i always overcommit and it sorta backs up on me whenever it’s time to leave town.


on saturday erica and i took our little boutique on the road to a local knitting retreat, where about thirty people were gathered to knit and visit for a whole weekend (sounds great, right??). i don’t even think this group has a name; they just like to knit together.


we were so happy to be included in the saturday events—everyone was just so nice to us and treated us so well (thank you again, knitters!). no classes or anything, just lots of fun food, fun people, and well, fun.


we set up the popup shop, i talked for a little bit, and then everyone shopped and we knitted with them for a few hours more. it was so fab!


i worked on my skirt (more on that in a minute) while i chatted with knitters on one side of the room. it’s nearly done but these last few rounds seem to be going slower than all the others.


erica sat on the other side of the room working on her mountain peaks wrap while chatting with the other knitters. this is her first lace project and she’s making great progress, don’t you think?

it was a lovely day; thank you again for inviting us to participate!


bright and early the next morning i had an early meetup scheduled with a pumpkin and a whole lot of gluten free flours. almost every morning these days,  i cannot believe my ears when the alarm goes off—is it me, or are hours for sleep actually growing shorter and shorter?

yeah, it might just be me, huh?


anyway, still bleary eyed from sleep, i started peeling my 3.5 pound pumpkin while the coffee perked. just standing up and smelling coffee made me feel better, hee-hee.

i like the flavor that i get from roasting pumpkin, but i don’t like the mess it sometimes makes and i definitely did not have time on sunday to clean the oven afterward. so i peeled and cut it up in chunks and roasted them, keeping an eye out that they didn’t brown too much. well, that worked a treat—i got some nice color and caramelization, but they remained fairly dry. i steamed them for a few minutes afterward for good measure and to prevent the outer surfaces from being leathery. the only thing was . . . it didn’t make quite enough, arggh. i need another half cup or so, dang it.


fortunately i had a nice row of butternut squashes from our garden on a basement shelf. i cut up the smallest of those and steamed the chunks for a few minutes to augment the pumpkin and also to use in the next recipe i made.


for this second one, i cooked up all of our smaller sweet potatoes to use in a recipe for gluten free sweet potato rolls; i was excited to try these as well as another bread recipe. this would be my first voyage into GF bread making. i’ll admit, i put this off til the last minute because was nervous. i used to bake all my own bread and i know it takes time to develop a hand for the process, as well as an arsenal of good recipes.


but i had committed to bringing bread, so here we go! GF bread starts out more like a very stretchy batter—i think there are some waffle and quick bread foods that are made like this.


so i set up two types of dough from two authors who use differing methods, in case one would work better than the other. the looser dough (top photo) did rise faster, but the drier dough was a little easier to work with.


while they rose i made my pie and a pan of GF pumpkin squares from the leftover filling (i always make too much filling)


but i love pumpkin squares as much as i love pumpkin pie so it’s all good. i just used my old recipe for these and subbed in GF flour; that has been working pretty well for simpler recipes.


while the pies were in the oven, i shaped my bread loaves and rolls from the dough that had now risen fully (yay). this was the trickiest part—the dough is extremely tacky and wet, requiring a scrape and fold method rather than the familiar hands on kneading i am used to.


but eventually i got the hang of it and soon the sweet potato rolls and a loaf were rising.

then i repeated the process with the whole grain dough from which i made two small boules.

the sweet potato loaf was rising fast so i got that into the oven as soon as my pie came out. suddenly i had a bit of a traffic jam of items that needed to get in the oven, ack! the breads worked out fine but unfortunately, the rolls ended up over proofing and did not fare as well (my bad; i should have moved them to a cool spot when i first noticed they were rising too quickly).


baking done for the day, it was time to turn back to my knitting. my skirt was nearly done before the weekend started but when i put it on the form for its second fitting, i realized it was getting much too long and there would not be room to complete the hem and keep it the length i wanted.


the shape is pretty though—i like it. so again i ripped back a good deal to start the hem at an earlier point.


and here’s what it looked like yesterday morning—almost done!


i knit in the car all the way to vermont and a little bit last evening, so it’s a little further along the you see here. i literally have just two or three rows to go now, but i may run short of yarn (ARRgghh!!). i hope not, but if i do it will be a quick finish once i get home.


i have plenty of other knitting to work on this weekend—my red scarf prototype and a new shawl in our cabécou lace yarn. i brought plenty of yarn and needles to get started on those—in fact a totally unrealistic amount, haha.


have a wonderful holiday wherever you are—i hope you get to knit as much as you want at least for one day. happy thanksgiving!

red all over

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015


yesterday an important envelope of goodies arrived just in time to examine its contents at our weekly company meeting—red dye dips from our friend rita at yarn hollow, for our red scarf project.


SO many beautiful reds! for each red, rita gave us a series of variations. it’s hard to see in the photos because the variations are quite subtle; probably in a swatch they would show up more.

we asked for a red that leaned a little toward blue this time, as festivus 1.0 was more orange in tone. some of the choices are more blue than others—similar to the crime scene colorway i used a few years ago from skeinny dipping.

the jester red (second from the left in the previous photo) is the one we’re most smitten with; it kind of falls in between those two and stands out from the other options with a bright glow, neither orangey nor purply, but a deep berry red.


JR2 and JR5 are our favorites among all the jesters.

the color experiments were not dyed on our actual base, just something generic that rita had on hand.


next, she picked the three colors she liked best and dyed up some sets on our confection sport base (100% corriedale), using the natural fiber shades to tone the single color into five gradients.


omigosh the yarn came out so soft! i was really worried about this as sometimes, a single breed yarn will not survive the dye process without getting roughed up a bit. but it performed like a champ—well, a soft-hearted champ . . .


we were surprised at how the color changed on the corriedale fiber; it is slightly more blue and much richer with a gorgeous sheen; this fiber clearly absorbs dye well and very evenly. the yarn fairly glows with red light.


even the dark chocolate shade came out a beautiful, deep burnished red. two of the middle shades—nougat and cookies and cream—did not show much differential after dying, so we will eliminate one and go with sets of four (the red scarf design can also be knit in an array of neutral shades from any of our yarn lines).

erica has created a listing to preorder these red yarn kits, offered in a range of sizes that include from one to four ounces of each shade (pattern will be sold separately). the set of one-ounce skeins will make a nice cowl or hat, while the bigger sets will be enough for a scarf and hat or a wrap. skeins of confection sport range from 93.5 yards (one ounce) to 375 yards (four ounce).

we will donate 10 percent of the kit price to the scholarship fund. your preorders will help us decide how much yarn to have dyed; we don’t want to run short!


and while we will be knitting ours into variations of this year’s red scarf fundraiser pattern, you can use them for any project you’d like or give them to a friend—they make a wonderful swap gift!


alright now, in other news, i had a bit of a setback on my skirt when i tried it on myself and my dress form over the weekend.


it looked nice and it fit, too, but drat—much too slim for the skirt i had in mind. with this fit, it was likely to end up bagging out if sat in for any length of time . . .


it wasn’t tight, mind you, but also didn’t have that nice A-line shape i was after; oh poo.

there just weren’t enough increases (i had been doing one per panel) and they were too far apart (cue in the sound of ripping out stitches). i took it all the way back to the end of the hip pattern.


i worked hard to catch up and by last night i was back to the same point. i think you can even see on the needles that the panels flare a little more now.


onto the form again on monday morning and i am much happier with it. in fact, i may just put a couple more rows between each increase when i write up the pattern, as it is just a little fuller than i intended. on the other hand, i do like the way it naturally pleats up with the motif, so i will make that decision after blocking. the hem looks a little stiff with the string through it, but that will drape better once the fabric is soaked and washed.


it’s still nicely fitted in the waist and high hip with a minimum of bulk, but below that point, it flares away from the body so that when we sit in it, it will not stretch the fabric.


this morning i worked on it some more over coffee and got it to the point where the hem pattern begins. isn’t it sharp? i love how the kent DK works up—soft and squishy, at the same time it has such excellent stitch definition and a lovely sheen.


even though i really should have been at my desk working on some patterns, i couldn’t resist getting a few rows into the hem design. i’ll work on it some more at open knit night this evening and hopefully by tomorrow, i’ll be into the final stretch.


i desperately want to test drive it by wearing it for thanksgiving (especially since it’s supposed to get much colder by this time next week).

once the skirt is off the needles, i need to move right on to a couple of other projects. one of which is my red scarf sample, so i can get the pattern ready for a november 25th release (my sample knit probably won’t be done by then, but if figure we can all knit along together as we did last year).


and second, a tantalizing new shawl design to be included in our january BNWs collection. more on that in the next post . . .


speaking of thanksgiving, i’ve promised to make a gluten free pumpkin pie and some bread, so i will be taking a little time to do that over the weekend. i’m getting excited about the holiday; david and i will be traveling to albany to visit my mom and the three of us will spend the holiday with family at their summer house on lake champlain in vermont.

ok, that’s all for now—i’ve got to skedaddle.

fun always starts with chocolate

Friday, October 23rd, 2015


it’s as good a place to start as any, isn’t it?

last time i posted, it was to release my vendange coat design (wow—you all sure like that one!) and so much has come to pass since then. let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

as you know, i planned to wear my new chebris coat as my rhinebeck sweater but i wanted to show off the yarn at its very best and for that, it needed a good bath.


so once i’d confirmed that we had a good number of usable photos, i filled the sink and settled it in to soak. normally , was all sweaters in mesh bags in the hand wash cycle of our machine, but being very last minute with this one, i didn’t want to chance anything. hand washing it was. well, it really needed that bath; i actually washed it twice and rinsed it several times until the water ran clear and the fiber sparkled in the light. totally worth the effort (and i will be experimenting with machine washing in the future for several reasons).


because i did not spin out the piece in the machine, the fabric was a little soggier than i’m used to and took extra time to dry in our damp, rainy weather last week. to keep it looking its best i turned it several times, shaking and fluffing the fabric to aerate it; this improved the loft, encouraged the yarn to bloom, and help speed the drying. still, it was slightly damp when i packed it for my trip.

meanwhile, i had to get ready for the arrival of kimkimkim on wednesday; she would be flying in and laying over before continuing to rhinebeck with our knitspot caravan. david had decided to save his birthday celebration for her visit so i had a lot to do on tuesday and wednesday, with requests for a thai dinner and a chocolate fudge cake.


i woke up early on wednesday to get started on the million things i had to do to be ready for the trip. by 11 am my cakes were in the oven and rising nicely—i live in fear of cake not rising, let me tell you. i was especially nervous about this gluten free recipe because it was the first time i’d used it (in fact, i had not attempted any cake yet with gluten free flour), but everything went swimmingly (ok maybe it rose a little too fast for some reason, but that was a minor blip).


when they came out they remained a nice, even height and were springy; beautiful.


next it was time for frosting and i made our favorite from nigella lawson (her fudge cake is our wheat flour favorite). it turned out perfectly glossy and smooth, just the right consistency for making luscious fudge frosting swirls.


when i baked as a kid, my favorite part was frosting the cake; i used to pretend i was filming a betty crocker commercial when i did it, haha. i must have done ok because my mom eventually put me in charge of swirling the frosting on every cake.


while the cakes were cooling, i made a trip to the garden to pick the vegetables for supper—the garden was on its last legs for most items, but i still managed a nice haul (and there were a few pounds of green beans too!).

david took over when it was time for me to go pick up kim from the airport. after a stop at waggoner’s for chocolates (a must), we turned up back at the house to celebrate birthdays with david and beckie.


dinner and cake were a hit and it was just so great to have us all around the table together once again; i LOVE this way of kicking off our annual rhinebeck adventure.

i had hoped to get to bed early because there was a full day of driving ahead of us, but after dinner i still had to knit a little headband sample—yes, really. we have put together sampler kits to introduce knitters to our DK yarns, which include a free pattern for a slip stitch headband to knit in several DK colors of better breakfastkent, and stone soup.


and so it was (with absolute horror, mind you) that i ended up modeling for a photo at 2 am. never again, haha. and we WILL get a better photo ASAP.

the next day at 7:30 sharp, we headed out—kim joined me in the van, loaded with our popup shop and barb drove behind with kiran. we yakked and yakked all the way there; how i’ve missed spending time with kim!


for the short time i sat in the passenger seat, i managed to find something of interest to photograph.


we arrived at our rental home just before dark and were thrilled to find anne marie already there and the house warmed up, with supplies laid in—she’s the best.


not only was in beautiful, clean, and spacious inside but the view all around was of woodsy, natural, quiet—just what the doctor ordered (uh, not that we intended to keep quiet during our stay, haha)


it was quintessential catskills living; we were immediately comfortable and looking forward to the rest of the weekend. we ran out for a quick bite and then back to the house to settle in and knit for the evening.


i had two projects to focus on during my trip (and an emergency third in case i got stuck on both of those; it would be tragic to be out of knitting at any time this weekend). i’ll tell you more about this one in a little bit . . . but i will say now that i’m knitting with kent DK and once again rediscovering how much i love this yarn—so springy, so squishy, so light!


the next day was a big one, so we headed to bed on the early side. first up in the morning was a trip to the fairgrounds to drop off patterns with chris at briar rose fibers, where chris was showing samples of mayan puzzle, the mister’s, and pedal pusher (among others) in her booth over the weekend.


as we walked through the fairgrounds, there was much oohing and aahhing over the foliage, which we had all to ourselves temporarily.


and then bring barb’s vendange jacket sample to jen at spirit trail. this one is knit in her vesta worsted yarn in the signature vendange colorway, soon to be available on her website. isn’t jen stunning in it? i love how happy she looks. this is the same sample modeled by emily in our release photos.


afterward it was time for lunch and we drove down to the CIA to meet up with more friends for a good meal.


it was quite chilly and windy that day, but the sun shone (rare for a rhinebeck friday), so our spirits were high.


because of friday afternoon and evening events, we didn’t have time to dine in one of the restaurants but we enjoyed the apple pie bakery instead. after all, the food is just to take the edge off and prepare our bellies for dessert . . .

of which we each ordered at least two (i won’t say how many kim and barb had, haha). i couldn’t eat mine but i bagged it up and took it home for alter, when it was equally delicious.


in the garden out front, we were photographed by a passer by before heading off to kingston to set up our first shop event of the weekend.


i’m so glad my phone camera was fixed in the nick of time before our trip; i’d been living without for about a month and jouncing to take pictures of everything i saw.


i love this one; i don’t know why.


at the best western, we unloaded the truck and set to work right quick, not sure how long it would take. with so many hands on deck (thank you kiran, kim, anne marie, and barb!), we had ourselves a beautiful booth in no time.


vendange in chebris worsted stood front and center; it was a crowd pleaser all night long. our blanket rack also drew lots of attention—it’s that time of year when everyone’s thoughts turn to warm cuddly items that are quick to knit—and we have plenty of those.


i just love seeing all the shades of our yarns smooshed into our show booths; it’s a good chance for me to see them in combinations that are different than we arrange in our shop at home.


by 4:30, the vendors started circulating to visit each other’s booths and do a little private shopping—after that, our booth was banging all night, packed with people (many of whom came back twice!). it was a heady, vibrant experience to be in the middle of it, i gotta tell you.


i just love meeting and chatting with our customers, helping them pick colors and fibers, discussing whether this design or that will be right. this is the only photo i managed to get after we opened but in my mind, i have many more equally affectionate snapshots.

back at the house afterward, we all gathered around the table to eat and rehash the evening over homemade soup, cheeses, and bread. it was a great event for us and we were thrilled to take part once again—thank you indie untangled!


i relaxed back after eating and cast on for my new project in kent DK. i want to tell you all about it, but this post is going to be really long anyway, so i’ll just tease you for now and tell you more next week, ok?


saturday was fair day and since it wasn’t a work day for me, i was able to cruise the show all day—which i hadn’t done for a few years.


first on my list was to hit up the fleece sale in search of dark mohair for our chebris and cabécou yarn lines. dark goat fiber is hard to get and we are in need (in case any of you knows a good resource). i had hoped to get there when the gate opened but we got waylaid when we ran into friends. after, kiran and i made a beeline for the fleece corral.

thankfully there were several choices left in our price range (many fleeces were completely outside of our budget; mohair has gone up so much in price!). i was doubly thankful to see that the ones i could afford were also bearing show ribbons—a great sign. no first place fleeces left, but i did get reds, yellows, and whites. i’m not an expert at choosing fleece so this is helpful to me.


by the time we got through the line and paid, it was nearly 11 am and with a little time to spare before our knitspot meetup, kiran and i headed over to see the animals.

in typical rhinebeck fashion, there was much affection exhibited, haha.


we were especially interested to visit the pens of pinxterbloom farm, where john frett raises the goats who grow fleece for our mohair yarn blends. these are a couple of new kids; just look at their lustrous locks.


i think goats are the most adorable and vivacious of all the fiber animals—i love to watch them run around and play in their bouncy way. just my opinion . . .


as luck would have it, john was showing a little red just when we arrived at the arena—just look at that bright red hair!


the fleece of the red and brown goats fades quickly as they mature, so it’s a special product. when we can get it, we use the brown and red hair for our champagne shade of cabécou brillant.

now it was time to head over for our knitspot picnic meetup, the annual event at which participants drive decked out in knitspot designs that they’ve knit throughout the year, ready to catch up with one another as we indulge in a pot luck lunch—everyone has to eat at some point, right?


there was cherie of the famous banana cake, wearing her gorgeous eve in eden shawl, the first project of our ENVY club this fall.


and judi in her lake effect sweater (design by amy miller), knit in BNWs better breakfast fingering yarn (warm coals shade). judi showed up at RB this year sporting several extremely flattering sweaters; i think we all agree that she gets the 2015 prize for beautifully fitted garments!


josée found a mister’s cardigan twin; both knit in briar rose joyful. i WISH i could remember the name of the lady on the left, who was incredibly excited about her sweater—how well it fit, how comfortable and stylish she feels when she wears it; it was so nice to bask for a few minutes in her infectious enthusiasm.

she ran up the hill and right toward me to show it off, so excited! if you are reading this, i’m sorry about forgetting your name!!


donna was explaining to me how she would knit the jacket length vendange because the long version would never look good on her. i made her try mine on and took a photo. is it me, or was donna out of her mind to think she can’t wear this?

i think we cleared up that little misunderstanding for her . . . never make assumptions.


we did another swap this year and some really beautiful knits were passed around as gifts. i think everyone really outdid themselves this year, which is so heartwarming.


i received a gorgeous frillibet, one of my favorite shawls. i always meant to knit another in a color that goes with more of my wardrobe, but now my swap partner—hattie—has done it for me in a woolen rabbit lace yarn! the color is amazing; it’s perfect for me. and i didn’t have anything this color in a small shawl.


after the meetup i realized i hadn’t eaten anything yet that day so i split an order of french fries with barb. it is my policy to eat french fries almost every day when i travel; i like to try them out wherever i go. barb agrees this is a good policy (and these i might add, were very well made using tasty fresh potatoes).

i think i’m going to stop here for today—the end of saturday is a great place to break. i have to get ready because we have our friend janelle martin visiting our shop this weekend to present a trunk show and talk about her work. we’ll also be having a yarn tasting tonight and tomorrow in conjunction with that event, as well as casting on for a new KAL of her mountain peaks stole design. if you live in the area, please join us!


oh boy

Sunday, October 11th, 2015


it’s all about friends, right? our weekend at the athens fibre faire was filled with them, thank goodness.


after driving in the rain most of friday afternoon and unloading the truck in a downpour, the rest of our setup went smoothly and we managed to put together a pretty booth


at least, that was what a lot of shoppers told us as they approached our corner and were drawn in.


we like to create outfits to showcase all the shades of our natural color yarns and how well they layer with each other. there’s so much to choose from! i dunno, maybe it’s an extension of dressing up barbie dolls, which i loved so much as a girl—i would sew up new outfits for them, one after the other and dress them in a different one for every hour of their day. poor dears . . .

well, at least it prepared me for something; you know how i hate to waste time, haha.


anyway, we had many visits from wonderful knitters who loved our aesthetic and our yarns; i am always grateful when others share their enthusiasm and support for our brand and the producers behind it. kelly here follows the blog, has knit several of my designs, and has also purchased a few different BNWs; she not only appreciates knowing where the yarn comes from, but is sincere fan of the quality and beauty of the projects she completes with them.


we also very much enjoyed getting to know our neighbors, sarah and her daughter from my sarah’s sweets. and guess what her daughter’s name is? anne—who wanted to learn to knit.

well, of course we hit if right away and toward the end of saturday, i had a chance to sit down with her to get started. the only spare yarn and needles i had were in my own project but i figured, what the heck and got her going on the purl stitch first, since that was the row i was doing.


well, she blew me off the map, i’m telling you. not only did she get the purl stitch right away, but when we turned the row to start on the knit side, she immediately observed that a knit stitch is just a purl stitch done backwards. how about that? she learned so fast that i even had her doing the yarnovers and k2togs that are part of the pattern. knitting lace didn’t phase her at all—just part of the learning curve. erica looked on agog; she has been working up the courage to start knitting lace but has not yet tried it.

i am totally keeping the two rows that anne knit in my project—first of all they are perfect and second of all, it’s a gift knit and i think it’s really cool that this good karma is part of it.


the next morning we reconvened and this time we brought an extra ball of kent DK we had at the hotel and opened a set of needles for her to work with on her own.


we cast on 96 sts for a simple cowl in garter stitch and stockinette and sat back to knit together (clearly, not without some iPad silliness). can you believe how relaxed she is with her work already? the show was a bit slow on sunday so we had a lot of time to work; we were all impressed with how many hours in a row this kid can knit! when it was time to pack up to go, she had completed about five rows of her garter stitch hem. i hope she will write to me from time to time and let me know how it’s going!


after a weekend away, it’s always hard to choose between dealing with the overgrowth in the garden and the overgrowth in my email box. but this week the garden won out because my computer was in the shop til thursday.


that gave me a bit of reprieve to put up the nearly half bushel of tomatoes that had accumulated in my ripening area (and to be replaced by another big batch that was waiting on the vines).

we had a lot of everything else too, which we ate all week, yum, yum! my favorite from this week was pasta puttanesca with roasted tomatoes and garlic, eggplant, peppers, capers, olives, and codfish. deLISH!


we are also picking wonderful baby power greens as often as we can use them—i’m so glad i planted that little cutting garden in august. fresh spinach, tiny zen greens, mei qing choi, and pak choi, red chard, beet greens, and erbette. we are fond of making large salads for dinner with salmon or tuna.

david also dug up the potatoes and sweet potatoes while i was away—these drying on the porch for a few days before being stored away. i already stole a few to cook with and they are amazing.


speaking of cooking, last night and this morning i put together a huge pot of winter squash soup, using everything from the garden—butternut and acorn squash, garlic, celeriac, sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes, celery, onions, and parsnips. i put aside a big container to bring with us to rhinebeck for our friday evening meal after the indie untangled show. everyone decided they wanted to eat in that night. i’ll bake some gluten free cornbread to go with it; i think that will be a great combination. with cheese and apples from the hudson valley? heaven!


progress shot of our freezer—nearly full now. there are a few little nooks and crannies left, but the garden is winding down and next weekend we expect frost. so i think we paced it just right . . .


i even remembered to make something to give back—roasted squash seeds for the birds.


the rest of the week has been a beehive of activity to get ready for our events at rhinebeck and to release the vendange sweater design. barb brought her completed short version to knit night on wednesday—isn’t it great?


yesterday was so gorgeous, we took both versions out for a walk downtown to take photos with emily, who rocks it way better than i do.


everyone is SO excited about this pattern release—jen is ramped up with vesta ready to sell in the spirit trail booth at the show and we will release the pattern in time for downloading to take in your shopping bag.


long or short, it’s a wonderful coat for fall and winter—easy and quick to knit too, so you could have your own by thanksgiving.


and for those who’ve been awaiting a glimpse of the coat in our chebris worsted—here it is! barb dropped it off after church today so i could take on the finishing work (we make a great team don’t we?). she was worried about the length so i reblocked the body and it worked out just right.


i’ve got my work cut out for me this afternoon and evening; knit the collar, add the button band, and sew in the sleeves. if i get it done by tomorrow afternoon, i will wash it, too. i’ll take photos first so you can see it on the mannequin . . .

this is the small size again, this time knit in chebris worsted in the frappé shade—a frosty café au lait color that is to DIE FOR.


she and i went through our store stock of moving mud buttons and found these—they look like chips of ice down the front. perfect. sarina is making a set of 1-inch size that i can pick up from her and sew on next weekend. it’s all pulling together!


meanwhile, over at the office, erica and kiran are busy getting things ready to roll out on thursday. we have a truck to pack and plenty to do, but i will be back to blog before then.