My first sweater pattern is officially live! I love this pattern because it finally - FINALLY - gave me a cardigan that I love! And with one simple pattern, you can also get a vest or a pullover & cropped length or tunic length. I hope that everyone can find their own special little garment in all of these options!Read More
This is the fourth installment of Book Club, bringing you books of all kinds to feed a creative & beautiful life. This segment runs the first or second Friday of every month to stimulate creative energy & passion for your weekend & throughout the month ahead. Please feel free to discuss the book (or give book recommendations) in the comments, & enjoy this month's pick: How Art Can Make You Happy by Bridget Watson Payne.Read More
Slow Fashion October is in full swing all over the internet & I am LOVING it! Check out the #slowfashionoctober hashtag on Instagram to follow along, & if you missed my first blog post you can check it out here. In this post, I outline the results of my wardrobe musings & where to go from here - a leap into sewing, mending long-worn pieces, & reworking some very special yarn.Read More
The best month of the year is finally here! Just kidding, they're all great. But October has a special place in my heart, because #1 it's birthday month (& GOLDEN birthday month this year!); #2 the weather is pretty much unequivocally excellent; and #3 it's Slow Fashion October!
I am an avid follower of Karen Templer's blog, Fringe Association (& her shop is awesome too!), and one of my favorite things that she does is Slow Fashion October. For the glorious month of October, she facilitates a beautiful, messy, complex, & rewarding conversation surrounding the concept of slow fashion & the people, brands, & cultures that choose to partake in it.
Everyone defines slow fashion differently - I'm partial to Karen's definition found here - but the way I look at it is pretty simple (on the surface). To me, slow fashion is just paying attention to your clothes. Of course, that can be broken down - where they come from, how they make you feel, who made them, how to properly care for them, what they're made of... the list can go on & on. But on its purest level, slow fashion, to me, is paying attention to your clothes.Read More
Happy first day of autumn, everyone! It feels ridiculous typing that since it's currently 92 degrees in Chicago, but hey - let's not talk about that. To celebrate the beginning of a truly fabulous season (especially for knitwear), I'm introducing a new blog segment: Design Revamp. In this segment, I'll revisit past designs & re-release them with some kind of new schnazzy update. Maybe that means more modification options, expanded sizes, or just an update to my new pattern layout.
For my first Design Revamp, I'm taking on one of my most popular patterns: the Rachel Wrap. This was part of the first three designs I ever released last year (along with the Maddie Headband & the Jaclyn Mitts), & it was originally only available in one size. Now, this piece is available in Adult Small/Medium AND Adult Large/X-Large! And it has the pretty new pattern design I've been releasing all my recent patterns in.Read More
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw me gush about this yarn in the above photo earlier this week. And honestly, I cannot stop gushing. It is glorious. It's the kind of yarn that is (literally) keeping me up at night with ideas, & even though I purchased it with very specific projects in mind I have about 7 billion other things I want to knit with it.
It's basically rose gold in a yarn, which was unintentional as I purchased it but such a lovely surprise. I would like an entire shelf full of it in every base that Madelinetosh offers because it does all of the magical things that rose gold does: it warms everything it comes into contact with, it's basically neutral but with just a hint of blush that compliments any skin tone, & it just feels luxurious. I genuinely think it might be my favorite yarn ever (*gasp!*).Read More
It's been a (wonderfully) busy week here in Chicago, accompanied by rising temperatures that I'm finding not so wonderful. I'm incredibly jealous of people who are currently experiencing Fall-like weather, especially since I've been working on that bulky mountain of goodness in the photo above. 80+ degree temperatures do not mix well with super chunky knitwear!
My original plan was to have all the designs of the Adventurer Collection released by the end of this week, but obviously that hasn't come to fruition. I put a bit too much on my plate, & I just need more time to work though it all. There's a serious beauty to being your own boss (seriously, I love it!), but it also means that you're really the only person who can check your level of work/life balance. And I'm definitely still working on that!Read More
This post is a result of a crazy busy week - which means I'm combining everything all into one! We have a new pattern release, an Etsy shop update, an ongoing sale on new Fall styles (everywhere! 20% off new Fall patterns AND handknit goods!), color inspiration, & a bit of creative process. But never fear, this post is remarkably short for containing so many lovely things.Read More
This design has been on quite the journey. Originally conceptualized as an artistic component to my Communication Studies Capstone Project this past May (in which I observed yarn store culture & synthesized my observations into a series of codes which I then translated into a handknit top - just typical academic stuff), I pulled this tank out of my closet towards the end of the summer & fell in love.Read More
This is the third installment of Book Club, bringing you books of all kinds to feed a creative & beautiful life. This segment runs the first Friday of every month (or in this case the second because the first came way too early!) to stimulate creative energy & passion for your weekend & throughout the month ahead. Please feel free to discuss the book (or give book recommendations) in the comments, & enjoy this month's pick: The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair.Read More
Non-knitters, rejoice! The weather is getting chillier & I'm sure you are too, but never fear - Freesia Fibers has all the cozy things you could ever need! Or at least we've got some beanies & coffee cozies, but that should be all you need right now. I'm pretty sure we're a few weeks away from freezing temperatures (but who knows, with all this crazy weather!).
Etsy is updated with a few Rocky Mountain Beanies & Comfort Coffee Cozies in all sorts of fun colors. See a preview of them below & head over to Etsy to check out all the fun things I've been cooking up.Read More
Last Friday, I found myself awake for the sunrise thanks to Grayson having to work super early & me thinking it was a good idea to just wake up at 4 AM with him. While I regret waking up that early because I think I'm still recovering from lack of sleep, I would do it again in a heartbeat to witness the beautiful sunrise over Lake Michigan. I'm going on my 5th year of living in Chicago (& living right off the lake every year, no less) & somehow this is the first time I've witnessed this crazy beautiful natural experience.
While it was early, I was far from alone. There were seagulls everywhere, people running past on the lakeshore trail, & a hilarious older couple doing some kind of sun salutation dance on the beach (they were awesome). It was a different side of the city - softer, kinder, & a bit more bizarre. I loved it!Read More
The Adventurer Collection has a lot of big exciting pieces, but this little guy is just as fun as the rest of them. And he's free!
The Comfort Coffee Cozy brings a little bit of home with you wherever you're out exploring. You can store this cute lil' buddy in your purse & whip it out whenever you get a coffee on-the-go & add some personality to your java as well as some homestyle comfort. It's also a wee bit more eco friendly than those cardboard cup warmers - & it can fit around a reusable to-go cup as well!Read More
I love love LOVE this beanie! There have been a few chilly days the past few weeks & every one of them has included me popping this wooly goodness on my head & having the best & coziest day ever.
The inspiration for this hat comes from my best friend Maddie (of the Maddie Headband) & her cross-country move to Denver, Colorado. Maddie is like a beanie personified - so warm & inviting but also kind of hip and edgy. She's the coolest, & I decided she needed a beanie to go with her to the Rocky Mountains. Since the Adventurer Collection is named for a life of exploring, it made sense to name this beanie after the magnificent mountain range of her new home.Read More
It's here, it's here! It's finally here! I'm so flippin' excited I could probably burst! I've been working on this collection for months & to see all of my ideas come together into a Fall wardrobe that I'm just super psyched to wear is unbelievably fulfilling. And starting next week, you can get this Fall wardrobe for yourself as well!
This collection is built for the adventurer - the traveler, the jet setter, the go getter, the person who is always discovering & living life to the fullest. Many of the pieces are convertible (or have many modification options) & they are all built to be just as comfortable as they are cute. I originally was knitting this collection in more muted colors (see this post), but as many of those original samples were sent off to the people who inspired them, I started knitting in lighter, brighter colors that just make me smile. The end result is a joyful compilation of wooly goodness.Read More
For anyone who knows me personally & has been following along with these Color Inspiration posts, it's probably pretty shocking that I haven't yet done one that focuses on the glorious color yellow. Yellow is 100%, no questions asked, no if's/and's/but's, my absolute favorite color. It's so happy & cheery & it literally scientifically helps put a smile on your face (evidence: seeing yellow releases serotonin in your brain which is supposed to do good things. I'm not an expert, I just learned this once & I will hold onto it forever.)!
Now I understand that I am among the few people in the population who hold yellow to this high standard - in the few random surveys I spotted online, yellow was only getting about 2-8% of the votes - but I'm here to change that. Along with making the world love wool, making the world love yellow is probably my #2 mission. Also world peace.Read More
Did you know that, like many things, the origin of the phrase "dog days of Summer" is Greco Roman? As I learned from this lovely Nat Geo article, this phrase actually refers to the heliacal position of the dog star, Sirius (AKA the origin of Sirius Black's name). The Greeks & Romans would refer to the time of the year when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun as the "dog days" - the hottest & least bearable time of year.
Apparently the time when Sirius rises isn't actually always the hottest time of year, but it's still a fun anecdote. And fitting for this week, when my buddy Jake popped in front of the camera as I was taking a picture of our backyard & more of my mom's planters - adding a lovely warm chestnut to the color palette.Read More
What a lovely summer it's been. I've been able to spend my time creating, relaxing with people that I love, building a home, eating amazing food - the list of blessings could go on & on. And while I'm sad that this is all coming to an end, I am reeeeeaaaally excited for what's to come!
This morning when I stepped out of my apartment, I got that first distinct smell telling me Fall is on its way. I can't exactly put my finger (or nose) on what that is, but it's crisp, inviting, & oh so cozy - I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about!
In celebration of a knitter's favorite season approaching (that's not entirely serious - I like all of the seasons for different reasons!), I've decided to throw a big end of Summer sale! You can enjoy 20% off all products & patterns from the Summer 2017 Collection, including all tops, pillows, & the bloom coffee mug.Read More
I may be biased, but I really do think that Chicago is the most beautiful city in the world. Thanks to the Great Chicago Fire, we're a fairly new city (at least compared to some European cities, or even New York City), but that doesn't mean everything is all uniform & modern. Aside from the streets' grid system - which is freaking amazing, by the way - this city is incredibly diverse & so is its architecture.
This week, I chose to focus on the bricks of my favorite city. Weirdly specific, I know - but I'm fascinated by their variety. It's common to see several different bricks used in the construction of a single building - perhaps someone added a floor, or extended the back, or the builder was just weird or wanted to make dissimilar bricks a design element. Within a single block there are probably at least 30 different shades & types of brick. The possibilities with this material are endless!Read More
I'm having a lot of fun with home goods. They're remarkably functional, & they allow for knitwear to be enjoyed every day as opposed to a top you can only wear every few days, or a sweater you can only wear half of the year. I've also developed a deep love of 12"x18" pillows, because I've discovered they are just perfect for sticking behind your neck as you sit on the couch. Just the right amount of support!
This design was created specially for my new(ish) home and was honestly a bit of an accident. Grayson & I's home is made up of so many lovely handmade touches; some made by me, some by my mom, & others that we found through various other means (including a really sweet wooden Chicago flag made from reclaimed Chicago wood that we got from UrbanArtChicago - check them out on Etsy here!). Our bedroom is still a bit of a work in progress, but will include a quilt my mom is making us (she is the absolute best), a sewn pillow she originally made my sister but was transferred to me, & some knit pillows made by me (this will eventually all be photographed, don't you worry).Read More