Thursday, October 22, 2009


After a couple of blogging months, I have realized an omission. I don't think I have ever put a photo of the shop-front on the blog. Pleasant Street ,Portland is a quiet little neighborhood, steps from the more tourist-visited Old Port. It has been named the "studio district", home to artists and architects. There are just a few storefront buildings, and I am lucky to have rented one. 'Not sure why I love storefronts so much; 'guess its something about the color, the display of goods and the old-school way of doing business. Anyway, here's mine....

Monday, October 19, 2009

work in progress

I love to knit. I love both the process and the result. But as knitters know, it is rarely possible to be compensated (monetarily) for all the time and attention it takes to make a knitted garment. So when I find a wonderful sweater-worthy fabric I am ecstatic. This grey yardage from Mood is actually an open weave with a crazy fuzzy selvedge. My plan is to attach the collar to the body with chunky yarn stitches. Here goes...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

smocks, smocks

I am smock-smitten. I am drawn to clothing with an occupational look, and smocks have that over and over. Baker, cheesemaker, painter, Cornish fisherman and French schoolchild- smock-wearers all. This one, my work for today, is grey tweedy wool with deep pockets...and it will have sleeves by day's end. Probably I will gently wash it to relax the wool a bit. And then it's off to find its own occupation.

Monday, October 5, 2009

fabric love

I was enchanted with this fabric while shopping at Mood in New York for winter woolies. It has a wonderful dun-color, lovely negative spaces and a raggedy,ravelled selvedge edge. It wasn't inexpensive. I didn't get much. But this is what I made with it.