Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Some "preppers" get ready for the apocalyse, some just get ready for winter. I'm in the latter category. With temps expected to plummet by the end of this week, I'm feeling the need to round out my cold weather accessories.

In keeping with my planned colour palette for this season, there's my Yule tam from last winter, and I've decided to add some grey Bibliogloves in BT's Loft in "Snowbound", a pale grey with black flecks, and a new Tumnus scarf in Berroco's Ultra Alpaca worsted in "Oceanic Mix". The latter is a rich melange of teal greens and blues. I'm so in love with it that I might need to pick up more to make a sweater.
P.S. My plum Audrey Coat only needs pocket linings, then some weaving in of ends, and some wet blocking. Can't wait to wear it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Forever and Ever

Still working on the plum edition of the Audrey Coat. Not sure why this seems to be taking so much longer than the two I made last spring. Feel as though I will be knitting this forever and ever. At the moment, near the hemline of the body, the whole thing feels like a blanket. I could not have done this in the summer, in our house with no air conditioning. At this point in the year, however, the coziness is actually welcome.

I decided today that I also need a couple of more pieces from Sonya Philip's 100 Acts of Sewing, so I cut out fabric for a dress and another pair of pants, both for wearing at Rosehaven's Wool and Wine Retreat next month.
In the same vein, I've been showing some pairings of my sewn wardrobe + my own knitted designs on Instagram. Here they are:

Buttonbox Waistcoat (wide collar version) + Pants #1 + short boots.

Cataraqui Scarf + Skirt #1 + 13-yr-old J.Jill velvet jacket. (Imagine little heels and raspberry lipstick.)
 Finally, I noticed this simple but amazing planting while out for my morning constitutional.
Hydrangeas and ivy at Queen's University.
P.S. For those of you lucky enough to be heading off to Rhinebeck (I won't be going this year), here is a post from 4 years ago with some possibly useful observations.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


My wardrobe plan for fall is working. Today is sunny and cool--perfect for an outing in Dress #1 from 100 Acts of Sewing in Merchant and Mills teal washed linen (purchased from Fabrications in Ottawa) topped by my original grey Audrey Coat.

I'll probably wear grey bamboo leggings, half boots, and perhaps my Fibonacci Neckerchief. When the weather is like this, it's the best time of the year. Few insects, warmish afternoons, lots of opportunities to wear thick sweaters without having to cover them up with a winter coat.
I'm participating in #slowfashionoctober. Be sure to share your own makings there too.