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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.

  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.


  12. vanina / May 5 2015

    Such a lovely blog!

  13. Lydia Harari / Sep 11 2016

    I love your site and admire your personality
    – lydia

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