Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pre Thanksgiving

I'm thankful for these two.

Holiday '08 Wishlist: continued...

Oh my god, I need this ring! Fleathers' etsy shop is totally amazing. One of everything, please.

The Sunday Best's 300th Post Contest

Not sure what kind of hijikes Mr. Thom Wong will be getting us all into, but everyone MUST enter this contest.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Stay at home vacation

I'm off for a week to knit, clean, cook, eat, relax, and most importantly, be with family. I started things off right by baking some white chocolate and cranberry cookies from this recipe and enjoying them along with many knock-out dishes and hot, seasonal libations, at a friend's house in New Jersey.

The rest of the weekend consisted of knitting for my etsy shop, and for Cinder. Here he is modeling his new winter sweater:

Isn't he a natural? Something else very exciting is taking place today, but I'll save that for a later post...!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

cool kid

holy crap. are the cool kids getting younger, or am i just getting older?

Untitled from Tavi G on Vimeo.

oh. and she's hilarious.

Vintage Sale!

Everybody else is doing it... why not me?

dlittlegarden vintage
is all marked down for a holiday sale!

Go to the shop!

Who's that on the etsy homepage?

It's me!

Lillyella featured dlittlegarden hand knits
Brawl on Bowery mitts in her handpicked items today!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

via Asie

Men's Knit Inspiration

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Obedient Son

Marc Jacobs

J. Lindeberg

Ann Demeulemeester


My holiday '08 wishlist:

  1. Vintage flatware by Interpur "INR2" Stainless Japan (I currently have a bid on a set on eBay), but if all else fails, simple CB2 flatware like this
  2. this cute little mini bar
  3. a lush, indigo area rug
  4. a modest espresso maker
  5. a darling desk

new knits

Here's an exciting article about the new prominence of boundary-defying knitwear designers.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I've been thinking 'bout...

Basic, but statement-making chunky men's knits for my etsy shop.

I was in the John Varvatos store on Bowery (RIP, CBGB) last month, and I loved the knits there -- simple and striking. The prices, of course, were a bit out of reach.

In fact, the prices were outrageous! I think I can do better....

Inspiration: artist from another era

I just spotted this young woman's portrait on Facehunter, and felt inspired. I love her weird, tattered top and shoes; her statement-making, feminine tights; her little nest of hair haloed by earphones; the way she's sitting on the steps -- one antique leather bag strap still on her shoulder; the concentration on her face as she sketches; a glimpse at what she sees on the open sketchbook pages....

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Honor

In honor of those who served, and especially my grandfather "Pepere", who fought in World War II as part of the 101st Airborne, I gave blood today.

I love you, Pep! You are a hero to me in so many ways.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Fall Back to Basics

I'd promised I would have a few cowls in the shop by this weekend, but after a long and exhausting work week of board meetings and other challenges, I realized that I'll have to push the release back a week. I have the first cowl all ready to go -- just need to find the time to photograph it, but anyway I'd like to shoot a bunch of them all at once so it'll wait. Here's a preliminary shot I took this morning:

I decided to do a run of the cowls in the same yarn I'm using to make the Upper East Slouch hats and the Brawl on Bowery mitts. These cowls are muuuuch softer, fluffier, and drapier than the Golden and Pewter Fleece cowls I made for myself and Sarah (out of bulky tweed yarn). I kinda want to keep this version for myself! I'm calling this dlittlegarden hand knit version the Christopher Street Cowl.

Since I realized that I needed more time to crank out a few more Christopher Streets for the shop, I had time this lovely sunny Sunday to enjoy my sweet dog. Cinder and I decided a walk to Prospect Park to admire the autumn foliage was in order. We enjoyed a meandering path down through Prospect Heights, stopping to sniff a few fire hydrants and peer into the windows of a few townhouses on the market along the way.

Unfortunately, our camera batteries died before we reached the park, but we had quite a memorable romp around the grounds. Cinder loves plowing through the crunchy, spicy smelling leaves and playing tug-o-war with me over found twigs. We made our way into the nature trails, and just as we were peacefully crossing a stone bridge over a horse trail, a giant leaf fluttered its way down and landed on Cind's head! It startled us both for a second, and we looked at each other with shocked faces. I feel so happy having moments to connect with my dog. I know it might seem silly to some, but he grounds me.