Tuesday, August 9, 2011
photography by Julia Platt-Hepworth clothing by Caitlin Clark
rank & title is the gorgeous clothing line of my dear friend Caitlin Clark. Caitlin and I met a few years ago at a sewing class and we have been fast friends since. She is one of the sweetest, most stylish people I know and also one of the most caring. She also runs this charming blog, is the right hand lady of designer Sarai Mitnick, of Colette Patterns, and creates many of the amazing sewing tutorials on the coletterie blog. (This girl has skills!)
From our many sessions of crafting and tea drinking, I've witnessed Caitlin make her dream of creating her own line of clothing a reality. rank & title is such a perfect expression of what Caitlin cares about: hand-crafted clothing made with extreme care and skill, designed to be simple, modern, versatile, and special. (I think the Forbeau dress, pictured above, is soooo gorgeous.)
Do check out rank & title! Her creations are swoon-worthy!
Posted by elena gold at 11:04 AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Mmm, alpaca socks. Tucked away now in a drawer for the first golden chills of Fall. These were delicious to make, rich honeyed fiber with that downy halo like sunlight. The yarn is alpaca sox by classic elite, and it is lovely stuff. (Though it is not machine washable.) I used judy's magic eight cast on, short row heels, and jeny's surprising stretchy bind off. Next time I'd like to try short row toes to match the heels.
I dream about a collection of socks made with short row toes and short row afterthought heels in a contrasting color. I am notorious for wearing holes in my heels and wonder if afterthought heels would make it easy to unravel just the holey heel and knit a new one in its place, like a cobbler resoles shoes? I know Elizabeth Zimmerman created socks where the entire foot pad could be reknit, but I personally feel they do not look as beautiful that way. The dream: beautiful hand knit socks that last a lifetime. I think it is possible. Plus, think of all the color combinations! Cream with tomato red toes and heels. Tweedy pale grey with bright blue toes and heels. Warm grey with peachy coral toes and heels. Of course, you could knit the toes and heels in the same color for solid socks, too. What color combinations would you use?