and a happy holiday to all!


DEC 22 (AFTER 2:30PM EST) – DEC 28, 2014:  

we’re off to celebrate the holidays from dec 23 – dec 28.

  • any orders received after 2.30 pm EST on dec 22 will be shipped out upon our return on dec 29th.
  • orders received before 2:30pm EST on dec 22 will ship by 5pm EST on dec 22nd.

as a thank you for your patience, we are offering 10% off almost everything* thru dec 28.

use code: WINTER2014

*Excludes Cotton + Steel, Robert Kaufman Pre-Sale and Liberty Lifestyle Fabrics (some have already been discounted), gift certificates and shipping. Please no post or prior adjustments.  Promotion valid from dec 22 post 2.30 pm EST thru dec 28 11:59 pm EST.


faux entrelac ?


it’s been a while since we added to the swatch library. since we’ve been hit with a flurry of ideas (and a serious case of starter-itis), now seems as good as a time as ever to resume entries in our little swatch collection.


the stitch is called the “tilting block pattern” in the walker treasury.  garter stitch blocks alternate with simple lace trellis blocks to create a checked pattern at an interested angle.  the right and left slants produced by alternating between SSK and K2tog stitches creates the tilt.  it almost looks like you worked really really hard to create the texture through an entrelac approach, but really everything is just stitched across the row.   a very easy to memorize lace stitch makes knitting this a breeze!

YARN Skein Australia’s Top Draw Socks
NEEDLE US6 / 4.0 mm
SIZE (WxH) 5.5 (W)” x 6.25 (L)” when wet-blocked
STS 33 sts x 56 rows
LEVEL Intermediate; easy lace
TYPE Lace; Trellis
CO33 sts (mults of 16 sts +1 repeat); knit flat.

R 1, 3, 5 and 7 (RS): *(SSK, YO) 4 times, K8*, rep from * to * until last st, then K1.
R 2, 4, 6, 8 (WS): *K9, P7*, rep from * to * until last st, then K1.
R 9, 11, 13 and 15
(RS): K1, *K8, (YO, K2tog) 4 times*, rep from * to *.
R 10, 12, 14 and 16 (RS): K1, *P7, K9*, rep from * to *.

repeat rows 1-16 for the pattern. the swatch above was knit over 56 rows


In the works!


if you ever wondered what Skein Australia’s Calico colour way looks like in stockinette . . . see the photo below!  think silvery soft peaches, creams and greys.  pretty, ain’t it?


the best kind of surprise!

Pouch-and-Cardwe picked up our mail this morning and out popped the best kind of surprise!  meredith of olivia jane handcrafted sent us this STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL pouch in the mail.   we’re in total awe of the worksmanship and level of detail!

Card-insideit features a liberty’s tiny poppytot print, a buttery soft leather bottom, a beautiful brass zipper, padded all over for a luxurious feel . . .

Inside . . . and what a touch those whimsical chambray dots and the interior pocket are!

Pouch-with-Skeinsit seems so cozy inside . . . that some mini skeins from rhichard devrieze just wanted to snuggle up inside.  thank you meredith!!!!

meredith has a few of these left in her etsy shop. she sold out of the first few batches but if you’re lucky and fast enough, you might just be able to snag one for yourself!  run….don’t stop!

UPDATE: the last one just went!  but if you send her a note and beg really hard, she might just be able to whip one up for you.



guest post: olivia jane handcrafted sews atelier brunette

we have a very special guest post today from meredith of Olivia Jane Handcrafted. we asked our very talented (and very liberty obsessed) friend to work her magic with atelier brunette fabric.  we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Hi there! I’m Meredith from Olivia Jane Handcrafted. J&V invited me to do a guest post here at the Cabinet for the Curious with some brand new Atelier Brunette fabric, and I wanted to tell you a bit about it. click to read on! (more…)



sometime last year we took on a not so tiny home decor project for a friend.  it started out being just one room and then it became the entire house!  getting to the knitted object in the photo above, we wanted something that was neutral but with a lot of luxurious texture and heft.  not being able to find such thing at the time, we commissioned ourselves to knit it! (more…)