Wednesday, June 25, 2014

clothing tags

Clothing tags provide provenance
but more importantly they aid in navigation.

When getting dressed the starting point is always the tag,
back of the neck, back of the waist.
With hand made clothing the lack of a tag results in 
a fumbling about, situate the arms now line up the shoulders…

Until I can decide on a font, color, size for my future oakworm tags
I have pulled scraps of fabric out of my stash
 and stitched them onto the back neck line of my sweaters.

I rather like the sweet little bits that combine sewing memories
with my knitted garments to create my 'start here' points.

xo, j

Friday, June 20, 2014


A lousy summer cold has kept me in bed today.
Outside it was beautiful!  All sun and blue and breezy.
The last full day of Spring.

There were moments of recline, when my mind 
started planning the day's adventures...
but when I rose my body thought otherwise.

Instead, a day spent 
mindlessly searching through Ravelry,
with tea and plenty of naps.

xo, j

Monday, June 16, 2014

summer bag

long hair cat brushes
against your calf
and fur sticks

it's summer

(love the yellow and pink sunspots!)
xo, j

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

summer blues

Cool, breezy, damp, misty, overcast
all are words to describe the day.

Instead of my usual black, grey or charcoal 
I am now knitting with blues.

The top piece came out a little large under the arms,
I tend to lose myself in the trance of Stockinette stitch and 
ended up with too many stitches after separating the arms,
but it will be great for bundling up in the winter.
(Effortless from Knitbot Essentials)

The yarn is Quince & co. Lark in colorway Fjord.
It knits up beautifully and blooms to a perfect drape.

The work in progress is Nauset Tee made with a cotton blend
from a local mill called Tatamy Tweed.
I may knit it to tunic length and will definitely
add 3/4 or full length sleeves.

Keeping busy!
xo, j

Monday, June 09, 2014

summer reading

The middle of summer quickly approaches
with many long, hot days to follow.

Here are  a few of the books I have set aside to read.
xo, j

Saturday, June 07, 2014


"I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel."
-Maya Angelou

A great voice is now silent.

My new cereal bowl is filled with warm feelings
for the friend who shares its sister.
xo, j

Sunday, June 01, 2014

toshiko takaezu

above the studio sink 

toshiko's hats

view of the kiln rooms

Sorry I've been away so long, my job consumed my life
for the last month but now I'm ready to take back control
and make time for myself again.

Today was the Spring Open House at Toshiko Takaezu's
studio in Quakertown, New Jersey.

My two favorite Jenn's and I loaded up the car 
and headed out on a adventure.

The studio was full of beautiful pottery and interesting people
and we came home with more than our share of mugs and bowls.

A wonderful day spent with dear friends.

Hope everyone is well, I've missed being here.
xo, j