Sunday, January 23, 2011

Smocking by hand

There will be a lot of hand smocking in the spring/summer collection. I forgot how much I love to hand smock. I love most hand stitching. I get into a very quiet meditative state while stitching. It's so rhythmic. Each stitch, though small, is proof of accomplishment. The perfect little symbol to remind whoever sees them that someone took the time to thread a needle and create them. They could quite possibly be like snowflakes, each stitch unique, no two are alike. A tell tale sign they were made by a pair of human hands.

Friday, January 21, 2011

wool is everywhere...

... even my soap is encased in wonderful wool fiber. Happiness is a handmade life.

Handmade at Oak Leaf Dairy in Lebanon, CT . email to purchase if you can't live without it either.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's for you...

... won't go by you.

One of my best friends taught me that one. It is so true. The universe definitely heard me yesterday. I am now the proud owner of my very own pair of giant wooden knitting needles. They were patiently waiting for me to come and get them. I had seen them a year possibly 2 year ago when I walked in on a demonstration CT Yarn and Wool Company was having using these amazing needles. At the time I was intrigued me but I wasn't quote ready. I am so lucky this last pair sat patiently waiting for me to be ready. They were mine all along, I just didn't know it yet.

I have been very unsure about what this year is going to be about. I haven't felt a groove yet. I realized last night, for me, this year is about making things happen. Finding inspiration and making things happen as much as possible. Hopefully this is just the beginning.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

knitting inspiration

Today has been all about inspiration for me. We were iced in by a storm this morning. The wind and rain haven't stopped all day. We did venture out for a quick bit into town to grab a paper and some lunch. We were quickly soaked every time we stepped out of the car. We made our way home via the beach road. The sideways rain was creating what looked like sheets of vellum blowing in the wind. Needless to say, I am happy to be inside where it is warm and dry. This is the perfect day to be dreaming of a heavy knit blanket on your lap. The kind of blanket with the a weight that pins you to your chosen location and gives you the permission to stay there all day curled up with a cup of hot cocoa. This dreaming made me go on the hunt for just the right knit ... and I think I found it. I can't wait to get my own giant knitting needles and to start knitting covers for everything. Winter will never be the same again.

The first three photos of inspirational knit I found
via Design Shimmer.

These last four images I found when searching extreme knitting and are from Christien Meindertsma's website called Flocks.

All very inspiring.

Who else does this type of knitting? I can't get enough of it.

everyone needs a sewing kit.

The History of my Wiss Scissors

I love my Wiss

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Upcycled Wool Knit Skirt

A nice warm cozy new skirt has made it's way off my fingertips, through the sewing machine onto a hanger on the racks at FROCK. I completely felt my way through this one like have been doing with so many pieces in my line lately.

I recycled two wool sweaters to make this new upcycled creation. The wool was pre-washed and dried to make cleaning the fun striped skirt easier to take care of... plus, I like how the thick the wool gets when it is shrunk.

Take peek at my online boutique on Smashing Darling to purchase.