. . . is michele wang‘s exeter sweater!  we decided to take a short break from designing and take up some selfish knitting.   michele’s sweater is one of those patterns that’s been on the top of our “knitting bucket list” for a while now.   and, we finally decided to do something about it!

so far, we’ve completed 9 inches . . . and there’s a whole lot more to go!   will me make it in time for xmas?  we hope so!   but until then, indulge us as we post on our inchworm-like progress every few days. it’s really just a means to motivate us along!

ps. this version is knit with our clever camel yarn in neat navy.




and before we forget . . . the folks at cotton + steel included a lovely fabric care note with each bolt. in case the photo isn’t clear, it reads:


Fabric Washing Instructions

The dyes used in these fabrics are reactive dyes; therefore, colors are stable and will not release any excess dye.  Pre-washing fabric is not necessary.

If you choose to prewash, wash in cold water and damp dry.  Complete the drying process by air drying.  This washing and drying method will retain the finish of the fabric and will meet the standard of quilters who do not want to prewash fabrics, and those who do.



the first box of cotton and steel arrived at 8.42 am this morning!  and then . . .


a few hours later … the other 7 boxes showed up!  we now have everything in-stock with the exception of the cotton + steel basics and kimberly kight lawns, which will be arriving the following week.

more beautiful in person than imagined…and with a lovely hand feel!! good job ladies!

don’t forget to sign-up for our cotton + steel FQ giveaway!!!



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how exciting!  we were finally issued our fedex tracking number for the cotton + steel collection we ordered a few months back.  the box of goodies will be making it to our shelves on july 15!

but in the meantime. . . we’re throwing a cotton + steel giveaway to make the countdown go faster!

the prize: a fat quarter pack of August by Sarah Watts!  14 fabulous FQs in all.  a retail value of $50!

how to enter: leave a comment on this post answering the question below and you will be entered to win. the giveaway will end at 5pm EST, friday, july 18, 2014.  we’ll be choosing the winner using a random number generator, and will announce the winners on our blog the following monday.  please check back to see if you’ve won.  (we’ll need to contact you offline to find out where to send the prize.)

the question: what’s your favorite cotton + steel print (e.g. Palm Springs Lawn by Alexia Abegg, Netorious in Roadster)?

bonus entries: wanna increase your chances of winning? you get up to 4 bonus entries by doing the following:

  1. Tweet the giveaway! Copy this: Win a free Cotton + Steel – August by Sarah Watts – FQ pack from Jones & Vandermeer: http://tinyurl.com/llgwzgm
    Then, add an additional comment to this post with your twitter ID
  2. Tell your friends on Facebook!  Copy this: Win a free Cotton + Steel – August by Sarah Watts – FQ pack from Jones & Vandermeer: http://tinyurl.com/llgwzgm
    Then, add an additional comment with your facebook ID
  3. Join the mailing list by submitting your email address on our homepage (where it says “subscribe”) and post an additional comment that you joined the mailing list.
  4. Finally, “Pin” your the fabric on Pinterest and post an additional comment with your pinterest board.

good luck and may the crafting forces be with you!



we were back for a few days and now we’re headed off to the beach this time.  please note the reduced shipping schedule below:

  • any orders received after 3 pm EST on friday, june 27 will be shipped on wednesday, july 2.
  • any orders received after 10 am EST, wednesday, july 2 will shipped on monday, july 7 when normal shipping resumes. 

as a thank you for your patience, we are offering 10% off everything thru sunday, july 6.

use code: HAPPY4TH


and we’re off! any orders received after 2.30 pm EST on wednesday, june 18 will be shipped upon our return on wednesday, june 25. orders received before 2.30 pm EST, june 18 will ship as normal. 

as a thank you for your patience, we are offering 10% off everything thru monday, june 23rd. use code: tokyo10


look what we made on friday!  a skirt based on liesl + co’s everyday skirt pattern and yoshiko jinzenji’s simple quilt fabric!   looks sort of avant-garde, no?  the best part is that making the skirt out of this particular fabric is a bit like opening up a box of chocolates  . . . you never quite know where the patterned patches are going to fall on the skirt until you’re done.  every skirt ends up being totally unique!


plus . . . it’s super comfy,  and has got these wonderful pockets for when you don’t know what to do with your hands!  although we’re going to have to find a live model one of these days to properly bring the skirt to life . . . one of these days . . .



Look who just sashayed through our doors! Betsy — an all-time favorite Liberty Tana Lawn classic — now available in a stunning and sassy shade of red . . . find Betsy S here.  Part of the Liberty Classics refresh for 2014/2015.


georgina . . . toddler summer dress . . . for those who knit and sew . . . pattern in the works!



remember those nani iro pants we made for our favorite rambunctious toddler?   well, the kid liked them so much we decided to make him another pair (albeit in a larger size – the gray version).

3-flatwe also stitched up 2 more pairs for E & M, our favorite set of fraternal twins to wear a few months down the road.   E is quite a bit larger than M, and hence he gets a 86 cm pair while we whipped up an 80 cm pair for M.


we made a few modifications to our original pattern — mostly replacing the elastic leg cuff with a simple stitched hem and making the pattern available in 4 sizes.  there’s a size 92 cm (for 18-24 month olds) that we didn’t sew up (since the kid’s first pair was a size 92cm).


photo above of the pants (size 98cm) in action.  they’re a bit long on the kid, since he should be wearing a size 92 cm — maybe we’ll ask him to model again in a few months when he’s grown a few inches.

as soon as ‘lil dumping put the pants on, he wouldn’t stop moving, climbing and wiggling around. we take that as a sure indicator that said pants are super comfortable and non-constricting! pants that allow kids to be kids! hooray!

the double knit nani iro fabric we selected has an incredibly soft hand . . . even fluffier than some organic cottons we’ve come across.  the colours wash beautifully and the fabric remains just as soft post-wash.  we threw the fabrics into scalding hot water, dreft baby detergent, and the extra dry setting in the dryer prior to sewing.

the fabric does shrink down quite a bit lengthwise.  our 36″ cut shrunk down to 30″ post wash and 31″ post-ironing.  The 27″ cut shrunk down to around 24″ post-ironing.  you’ll need about 1 yard for the largest size and 3/4 of a yard for the 3 smaller sizes.  the fabric costs out to around $18-$24.  admittedly, that isn’t exactly bargain basement but a great deal more reasonable than paying $50-$70, which appears to be the going rate these days for a pair of avant-garde designer toddler pants.  plus, you get the sheer pleasure of telling people when they ask you where you got your kid those great pants, that you made them!

so here’s what we did . . . free pattern and tutorial ahead –> Read the rest of this entry »


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