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Macaron Redux

Hi, my name is Liz.  By day I’m a researcher analyst; I work with data and run statistics all day long.  But by night I’m all about creating things.  I have a passion for making things and learning new skills.

Whether it’s a knitting project, working on a new sewing pattern, or tackling some renovations on my 1885 year old house & garden… I’m always keeping busy since that’s what makes me happy.  I love researching and analyzing new approaches and techniques for my crafts, and I’m always on the lookout for a new challenge.

I live in Chicago with my husband Felix, and our two rabbits: Professor Quincy Snugglesworth & Phineas.

Felix, Quincy and Phineas

You can find me on Twitter, InstagramFlickr, Ravelry and BurdaStyle.

Feel free to drop me a line, as I love getting comments and messages.  I’d love to hear about how you found my site, and welcome questions about any of my projects.  Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Mia / Jan 26 2011

    Professor Snugglesworth is an excellent name! I have a cat named Sprout Von Snuggles LOL! Also your scooter logo is too cute!

    • Liz / Jan 26 2011

      Sprout Von Snuggles, that’s so great!
      I love scooters, its the first thing I bought when I got a ‘real’ job. I now have a Vespa, but I used to have two Yamaha Vinos. But they’ve all been great little scoots. I love vintage scooters, but unfortunatly they’re not as dependable as the newer ones are.

  2. Charlotte / Oct 19 2011

    Greetings! I absolutely LOVE your site! I found you on Burda Style & immediately had to come and check out your blog. Do you sew things for other people?? I love some of the things you’ve created but can’t sew a stitch to save my life!! ;0) Know of any great sewing classes in Chicago?

    • Liz / Oct 19 2011

      Hello & Thanks for stopping by.

      I’ve never sewn anything for other people, I’ve only knit things.

      I first started learning from The Needle Shop. It’s a cute, small shop in Bucktown that has classes and fabric. If you’re interrested in learning how to sew, I’d highly recommend them. They’re fun and the class sizes are only 4-5 people (max) and you always walk out with a finished project.

  3. Corinne / Nov 15 2011

    Hi, just popped over from Tasia’s site. Your version of her jacket is absolutely great. I am a jacket person and this version is lovely.

  4. Lisa / Sep 14 2012

    I found your site by accident looking for some 40s knitting patterns and what a treasure trove…. I’ve already made my “worse half” a forage cap (4ply on tiny double pointed needles – my first ever foray into those!!) and for myself am very nearly finished a 40s cardigan (why are the patterns for women so much smaller than we are? I swapped 3ply in the pattern for modern double knit and the 37″ bust pattern now fits me!!) – my next plan is some 40s sewing which could be interesting as the last thing I sewed was at school….
    Will be watching your site with interest as I start learning more too….
    Good luck with more of your projects & keep posting….

  5. floweryhoney / Nov 7 2012

    this coat your wearing here is one of the finest looking i ve ever seen!

  6. Robin / Feb 14 2013

    wow, your coat looks just beautiful and the photo is lovely.
    Your site is very, very pretty, too.
    Nice!!

  7. Lisa / Feb 19 2013

    Hi Liz!
    I must congratulate you for the lovely sewing work that you do. Uau, love your clothes! :)
    I’m also a crafty person with a special love for sewing, and i’ll be following your site from now on.
    Keep up with the good work! :)

  8. Eleni / Apr 15 2013

    Can I just say how much I love your blog! You are amazing- I’m going to go through some of your older posts to see what you have been up to. I have just learned to knit, and at the moment I am making a cable cardigan. I’d like to think I could be as good as you one day! How long have you been knitting and sewing? Did you take any classes or are you self-taught?
    What I love about your blog is that you are generous with information- and I think the audience can see that-
    All the best, and I may be drawing on your knowledge soon!

  9. Candyce Nicole / Sep 17 2013

    Came across your site, and I had to say something because I’m a data analyst by day and sewing newbie! Can’t wait to read more great things from you.

  10. Mary-Ann Lovejoy / Jan 27 2014

    Hi there, this looks like a lovely blog. Maybe you know something about this, or have come across something about it in your vintage knitting adventures? Our local library is doing a history project on Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson. We are trying to find the pattern for his famous balaclava. Can you or any of your followers help?

  11. Nancy / Mar 10 2014

    Hi. I love your ambition. I just chanced upon your site because I am looking for a pattern, if one exists, which is known as the Barbara Dress, designed in 1940s by Barbara Maria Szantos. It’s challenging and something I would like to try (since I knit). The pattern for smocked dress is great and I’ll give it a try also. Any chance you might know how I can obtain a copy of the Barbara Dress? If not, I’m gonna try to reconstruct one (as close as possible!) to test my skills. Thanks for any help, and wish you well.

    Nancy

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