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vintage (i think) cardigan from gram, belt – target grey dress, black tights – l.l. bean bean boots

well all this snow is gone now. (thank goodness!) but considering how epic this winter was, i felt like it needed some proper documentation. this will be one of those seasons that is referred to in future… ‘oh, do you remember the winter of ’14?’ we’ll say. ‘now THAT was a bad one,’ they’ll reply. and the children will roll their eyes.


mostly unrelated, have you seen the photoset of the couple that took a picture in their front yard every season for several years?


my grandma gave me a lovely colorwork sweater from her closet last year. it is mostly in good shape, but there was a loose button, some of the edging needed re-enforcing, and several small bites from some bitty creature that thinks wool is tasty.

mending knitting has, historically speaking, been pretty low on my list of preferred tasks. just above carding wool, which i find tedious to the max. but i’ve found if i do it in small segments, in between knitting projects or in front of a tv show, it bothers me much less. and the more i do it, the more i enjoy doing it. plus, i get a pleasantly smug feeling off of extending the life of my clothes. waste not, want not! and other such smug idioms!

so i’ve been working away at the little holes first. they are all quite small, many are just one stitch missing, some have up to 3 total. because they are so small, i’m just using duplicate stitch, also called swiss darning, to mend the holes, as it calls less attention to itself.

i started by going through my various bits & bobs to see if i had a good matching yarn.


i found this natural wool and thought i’d give it a shot.


i started with a hole on the chest, right by the button band. this yarn is just a bit thicker than the original, and a tiny bit warmer (color wise). so it created this very dense area where i patched this hole. if i were to wear a black shirt under this sweater, it would look like a random little polka dot. not my ideal. so i went back to looking for yarn again, when i remembered some singles still hanging out on my drop spindle.


ooh! quite a nice match! and this yarn is thinner. i’ve been finding i prefer a thinner yarn for mending purposes. it is less bulky, an calls less attention to itself, and to the areas you’re mending.


i’ve also been finding if i mend from the wrong side of the sweater, the mending is less visible. the mending yarn tends to stay predominantly on the side that you are mending from.


i still need to re-sew the button and re-enforce the edging, but the little holes have pretty much disappeared! got any tips for me?

katie of house of humble recently posted about her desire for tried and true cake recipes in a little recipe box, which reminded me of my own quest for a vintage recipe box, and i realized that i somehow had never checked etsy! what the what?

so i went over and peeked around, and here are some of my faves:

this looks SUPER familiar to me. like maybe someone i know has this in their kitchen… i’ll have to keep my eye out when i go a-visiting. vintage yellow recipe box with red roses from kitchen table vintage.

how gorgeous is this simple copper recipe box with the brass sign? total babe! i can see this in a mid century modern kitchen, all bright whites and teak and this gorgeous pop of copper… vintage copper recipe box from snippety cricket (i’ll be honest, though, i stole the photo from aliya and lucas, but theirs sold).

really excellent asian inspired recipe box from snootie booty.

let a wee bit of the scots into me kitchen? oh, aye, don’t mind if i do, ye ken? (errrr… sorry. you know i’m mostly scottish, yeah?) ANYWAYS! tartan recipe box from darling rats = totally awesome.

or how about this rad vintage ’60’s floral recipe box from jackpot jen?

which is your favorite? or are none of these quite doing it for you? or do you have a different method for storing and organizing your recipes? in all honestly, that copper one is the one i’m most tempted by!

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