I am so fortunate to finally have the Freehand Fashion book by Chinelo Bally – I have been trying to get this book for over 3 months. Every time I think I can pick it up – it gets sold out before I can make it to my local book store.

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Lightening fast sewing, featuring the Oliver + S Apple Picking Dress

Sometimes you just have to whip something out fast. I mean, FAST. like in an hour before Easter brunch and you have no clean pants but fabric and a basic pattern. This year’s picture day was …

Source: Lightening fast sewing, featuring the Oliver + S Apple Picking Dress

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knits for winter bike riding

Love this cowl, weekend project

Loisaida Nest

I started commuting by bike only last spring. With the MTA monthly pass going up to over $100, and lots of new bike lanes to make it safer to ride in a crowded city, the decision was made. I walked over to Recycle-A-Bicycle on Loisaida Avenue and bought myself a beautiful recycled purple Schwinn for the price of two monthly passes.

Now I dread when it’s raining and I have to ride the crowded and lumbering crosstown bus to work. I’ve been riding all winter and have knit some accessories to keep me warm.

Taking the advice of For the Love of Bikes blogger Vanessa Marie Robinson in this post, I made myself a big enough cowl to cover my face in the wind and a wool headband to use under my vented helmet.

Here is the extremely simple pattern for the extra long cowl:

2 skeins of Malabrigo…

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