• a cloudy looking knit

    Today I finally had the opportunity to dye the knit top I made last weekend. This is the first knit that I’ve both patterned and sewn, and I think it turned out pretty alright. Though it’s pretty boring, I learned a few things making this that I can take into my next top. I’ve got a few ideas for more exciting knits, so hopefully I get a chance in the next few weeks to head up to Vogue Fabrics and get more fabric.

  • leaf + acorn print

    mociun inspired ikea dress

    Today when I got dressed I realized that I had never photographed this dress. As a rule, I try to photograph everything I make and this is why. When my mom was younger she sewed things for herself constantly, but *gasp* over the years has gotten rid of almost everything she had made, leaving only about 3 pieces for me to see (one is a Pendleton wool 3 piece suit).

    50 : 365

    I made this over the summer when I had to go to a friend’s wedding. It’s obviously based on the Mociun tie-front dress, which I sadly could not afford for the event. My clothing budget is about $100 every 2-3 months, so $420 (or even $252 on sale) just is not in the cards for me. Anyway I think it turned out alright considering I decided to make it a day and a half before we left for North Carolina. It’s really easy to wear year round, though it looks especially great in the summer speeding along on a Robin Hood bike towards the lakefront with a picnic in the basket.

  • team buttercream

    The ravelympics start tonight! I have decided to attempt to finish this beast by the end of the games, and good riddance to it! I started it 3 1/2 years ago when I moved in with Luke and it’s had a few stalls. The first came when we moved a bunch of Heinecken pieces into our back room, and amid all the boxes Luke accidentally packed up my box of yarn as well; this set me back about 6 or 7 months. Upon finding the yarn, I was further set back by being in school full time and working full time, not a good recipe for free time knitting. Good thing that’s over!

    Now I have 2 weeks to finish this vest-o, which may or may not still fit. I’m knitting for Team Buttercream, started by the amazingly talented and super fast knitter Julie at Knitted Bliss, and full of super awesome ladies. So without further ado…

    G O
    T E A M
    B U T T E R C R E A M ! ! !
  • wip….thursday?

    socks in progress

    Okay, okay, I know it’s supposed to be WIP Wednesday (join up!), but I sort of lost track of time yesterday which led to me not posting and staying up till 3:30am, but I’m trying to make up for the loss today. Which brings me to my socks project. Last time they were featured here they had no toe and now the second sock has a cuff! We’re just going to keep plugging away, this sock and I, while we watch every horrible movie Netflix Watch Instantly has to show.

    In other news, I decided to add a new page to grainline. I’m pretty excited that blogger now has pages because that’s the one thing I loved about the idea of wordpress, which is wayyy too much css for me to handle. So in my sidebar, I now have a little “grainline navigation” with a link to my project list. Hahahahaha there’s so much junk on there, we’ll see if I ever get to it all.

  • workin’ on the wardrobe, etc.

    37 : 365

    I have to admit, my wardrobe is pretty stale at this point in time, due mainly to two factors: I am in the poorhouse, and I have no time to sew myself poorhouse clothes. This is because I spend all of my time doing these two things: making people fancy wedding dresses or making people clothes. I have decided to stop working on business by 7 p.m. each night and devote a little sliver of time to making myself some clothing (and a cat house).

    knit top

    Here is the start of my first project, a striped boat neck knit top. I decided to take a shortcut and start with the BBW (I just accidentally typed bbq) knit blocks from her book Home Stretch instead of drafting my own pattern, which turned out to be the opposite of a time saver. What is the deal with this woman’s sizing? I’ve had this problem with her woven patterns and my friend who is the manager at a very popular women’s store here in Chicago says the same is true for her ready to wear line. A size chart in which I am an extra small is a flawed size chart indeed!

    At this point I seem crazy as well because this doesn’t look anything like a striped or boat neck top, that is because it’s just a test of the blocks. They failed my test, hahaha.

    Meanwhile here’s a photo of Luke holed up in Boise in a super awesome modernist house getting some photo work done. This was taken shortly after their trip to Luke’s fav. side of the road hot springs hole, the lucky duck! He’s the dude in the plaid shirt and crazy cycling cap. Dude loves a cycling cap.

  • birds + cats

    32 : 365

    While my heat was out I decided to try to cheer + warm myself up by making myself this little bird print Helen top. I’m pretty happy about it, except for the fact that IKEA fabric is by far the most wrinkly fabric on the planet. I have made 2 tops from this fabric now and still have about 2 yards of it left and I have no idea what to do with it. This is what happens when you send your boyfriend to IKEA to get a yard of fabric. Why do boys always over buy? Although this really is a silly thing to complain about because not only did I send Luke to IKEA to get me fabric, he bought me extra. Haha.


    I also need to stop posting photos of Roamy, but I’m just too obsessed with her. She’s crashed out on the couch next to me right now. Luke is in Boise this weekend so my weekend goal is to get our pug Sister and Roamy better acquainted with each other. It could be a big task.