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12.02.2010



We've been so up and down sick-wise lately that it's been hard for me to sit and get anything productive done. And by productive I mean making things for my shop. I also have a problem where I can't really just sit and watch TV while being sick, I have to either be multi-tasking or off doing something else. So, I've been knitting a lot and also got a chance to make a second tova dress (well, first dress, but from the same pattern as the shirt.) I found the fabric at Osgoods over Thanksgiving, and I've been buying up all the stripes I can find lately for some designs I have in my head for spring. Of course I thought it couldn't hurt to spare a few yards for myself and make one of these. Also, I was really bummed that Osgoods has totally changed their layout since I was there this summer. Half of the store has been sectioned off into a warehouse/staff only area, which means you can't riffle through all the vintage rolls anymore. They still have a lot to shop from, but so much of it is drapery and upholstery, so you can't really hope to find the kind of hidden treasures there one may have become accustomed to. Anyways...here are some of the fabrics I got.....notice any theme going on here? I think I get in a rut and stuck on certain themes sometimes...



I also got a chance to hang out with Tiffany in Northampton over the weekend! It was so much fun walking around, drinking chai, and going yarn shopping at Webs! I think I got way to much yarn for my own good but it should last me through the winter! I've already started working on my first project - the yarn is sublime organic merino wool in grey - I love the handle of it and color, just crossing my fingers it's not going to pill like crazy.





Also bought some of alpaca linen yarn which is so soft. At first I was just going to get one skein but then Tiffany assured me it would be safest to get two, then I can make anything!! And she is totally right, you can't just buy one ball of yarn- so, mittens, here you come!

18 comments:

paper crane said...

you make the most wonderful things! I am in love. :)

Chaucee said...

I really don't know how you knit so fast with such small needles and tiny yarn! It would take me forever to do that!

simple things said...

I am so into stripes as well. I had a look at my wardrobe and realised that all of my dresses and shirts are striped with blue in them. Oh and some plaid too.

Those shoes are adorable. Actually, that's a really nice outfit all round.

annelouiselikes said...

but that looks like a wonderful rut to get stuck in...

Ella said...

Hehe your pile of lovely fabric looks like my whole sewing room! All my fabrics are separated into colours and my blues and grey/neutrals take up several shelves.... And stripes are just so perfect, always.

Speaking of perfect - your shoes. They are perfect.

jenny gordy said...

you are sooo cute! i love your new dress, and you styled it to perfection. also love your rug and new yarn. thanks for letting us in on the yarn names. i stayed up so late the other night looking for a light grey yarn exactly like that and couldn't find one.

Hetterson said...

Aw.. I love your outfit! I really want to squeeze the yarn bundles! I cannot wait to see what you knit! I love merino too, yeah it can be kinda pilly(because it's so fine), but that's also what makes it so soft! Have you ever used a sweater stone? It's supposed to be awesome at getting rid of pills!

Lindsay said...

Oh DEAR! Your Tova dress is way too cute for its own good! I love it.

jennifer said...

Awesome dress! I really love the pale colors styled with grey tights and those super adorable clogs.

woolandthebear said...

another perfect dress julia...!
the stripes are fantastic... as is the other fabric you managed to find at osgoods. hopefully, they'll come to their senses and release all of their awesome linens and vintage cottons to us again! i wish i had a reason to go and check it out...
as for yarn shopping... i thoroughly enjoyed our excursion together. i usually go to webs by myself and it's just not as fun. i'm already looking forward to the next time we get to raid the back of the shop again! (wouldn't it be fun to meet up in new york or philly and do some fabric/ yarn shopping when it's not so cold and windy out?!)
take care julia!

woolandthebear said...

another perfect dress julia...!
the stripes are fantastic... as is the other fabric you managed to find at osgoods. hopefully, they'll come to their senses and release all of their awesome linens and vintage cottons to us again! i wish i had a reason to go and check it out...
as for yarn shopping... i thoroughly enjoyed our excursion together. i usually go to webs by myself and it's just not as fun. i'm already looking forward to the next time we get to raid the back of the shop again! (wouldn't it be fun to meet up in new york or philly and do some fabric/ yarn shopping when it's not so cold and windy out?!)
take care julia!

moop! said...

oh...sorry to hear osgoods has changed their layout! that was what was so amazing about that place...that's how i launched our business - with the amazing finds that came from hours of digging through their stacks. i have the Tova dress pattern as well...however, i think it will hang on my wall as a decoration because i don't think i'll ever get a chance to make it! it's as lovely as a pattern as it is as a dress. looks great on you! nice work.
happy holidays!
-wendy

julia said...

paper crane - thank you so much, that's so sweet of your to say :)

chaucee - haha! i actually had to downsize needles 3 times to get the correct gauge in the pattern! i was hoping i wouldn't have knit on the small needles (sz. 3, supposed to be using 6's) so it is taking a while, but it's perfect knitting for in front of the tv!

belinda - sounds like we have the same wardrobe! seriously, i think i have a blue and grey problem, everything i own and like is blue and grey, and yes, a little plaid too!

anne - hehe, yes it is a wonderful rut to get stuck in, i wouldn't change it for any other rut!

ella - isn't sorting fabric fun? and making piles of the sorted fabrics? i think i could do it all day and not get bored! thank you!

jenny - haha, thank you! i had fun with the stripes and tried to line them up properly too - it was good practice! the rug i dug out from storage at my parents while i was home recently and thought it would fit good in our entryway.

this yarn is perfect! you would love it. i just saw the sweater you posted about and it looks so similar so i'm sure you could make it. check it out here: http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/categoryID/28FB0C35-BBBF-4747-B9A4-4546A7DB3777/productID/F9AF0587-4713-4A44-ABE0-003FC3E3B1A2/

hannah - i've literally been watching youtube video clips about sweater stones for the past 10 minutes - holy wow i've never heard of them before! have you used one before? i've heard of sweater shavers (which i've been thinking about getting) but a stone is way cooler. i just saw on the sweater stone website you can order one for FREE - well, almost free. coolness!!

lindsay - thank you! it was so fun to make. i love the fabric, it's so soft.

jennifer - thank you thank you :) it's a fun dress to work with and you can wear it so many ways, i think i'll make one in chambray next...

tiffany - 1. yay! you started a new blog! i'm so so excited!! 2. i know, when are they going to come to their senses? half the fun was how huge the place is and how much you have to dig through it all! i had so much fun on our excursion as well! let's do it again soon! i hope maybe we'll rent a car over xmas so maybe we'll come out in that direction again! :) and i need to send you that knitting pattern!

wendy - i remember you mentioning that! i know, i'm wicked bummed too. i felt like it was the only really amazing fabric store in the general area and now not as much. i mean, it's still huge, but just not as huge. still got some good finds though, and i'm sure you would too if you go again!

hehe, it is as nice as a pattern as well as a dress! i like your idea, maybe i'll hang mine up on the wall too :)

Megan said...

I TOTALLY forgot to mention how much I love this dress of yours...you are so freakin' talented, Julia, surrrriously...

sunkentreasure said...

thanks Julia for the post above! :-)
You look lovely in that dress!!

meghan said...

The yarn looks beautiful, I can't wait to see your sweater. What pattern are you using?

P R I M O E Z A said...

the dress has come up so nicely. i can't get enough of stripes either, and i love that blanket(?) you've put them on.

Kim said...

Oh NO (!!!!) about Osgoods!!! I'm pretty sad about this news. I haven't found any other place like it here in the South. I had been contemplating making another visit up North this summer to buy more fabric Hmmm. Now I'm asking myself, "Would Osgoods still be worth it for me?" Maybe I will email them and at least try and see if they can send me more of a couple of fabrics I got from the rolls last summer. It's a total long shot, of course.