I’ve got so many irons on the fire these days that I’m feeling a little frazzled trying to coming up with a coherent format for all the news I want to share. So we’ll go with a list. I LOVE lists!
- It’s been making me crazy happy since it arrived in the post yesterday, so I wanted to share with you all that the Footie Socks pattern has been translated into Japanese and has been published in a curated collection by Amirisu!
If you, or someone you know needs some great sock patterns in Japanese, this collection is wonderful! They have a great variety of socks styles, heels, and constructions.
And the photos are absolutely gorgeous! Plus they’ve got kits 😀
- One of my favorite fabrics, Essex Linen from Robert Kaufmann, has just been released in a metallic yarn-dyed line! It’s amazing! I saw it in person at the Craftsy Instructor Summit and the sheen is subtle and manages to perfectly skirt the line between casual and refined. I’m trying to figure out what I want to make with it so I can order some yardage.
- From BRAND NEW linen, to SUPER OLD linen…. The Tarkan Dress has been identified as the oldest known garment. It’s a 5000 year old linen dress from Egypt. It’s pretty amazing to think about the hands that spun the flax, wove the fabric, and made the tiny pleats. It was discovered in a tomb in 1913, but not identified until 1977.
The discovery of this piece started me on a dig that also yielded this fascinating page of other historical garments found in graves.
And for us sewing geeks, here’s how to reconstruct the Tarkan Dress. Pretty amazing.
- I got back from Chicago and YarnCon this week. I had a great time with my good friend Amanda and got to explore some textile hotspots there. If you’re going to Chicago, aside from the great yarn stores, check out Textile Discount Outlet. It was like a treasure hunt for fabrics and sewing miscellany! I spent a couple hours wandering around, and bought some silk and lace to make a slip along with a new Craftsy class I signed up for before I left called “Sewing Lingerie” (affiliate link).
I also stopped by Soutache, which is just such a cheerful and wonderful place. All the beautiful vintage and antique display pieces hold buckles or tiny embellishments, so you can wander and explore and find surprises. The best kind of store.
This week I need to start gearing up for some new classes I’m teaching at Vogueknitting Live in Pasadena next month, and hopefully release a new pattern that’s been tech edited and just needs a layout and a final review.
Hope you’re all having a great weekend!
p.s. the inimitable Stephen West has declared April to be International Shawl Month. Tag stuff with #shawlmonth. And if you want one of my shawls for it, use the code AllTheShawls2016 and you can get 20% off any of my shawl patterns.