Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Day Spent in Santa Barbara

Spent the day with my sister, cousins and friend, Nelson, who is visiting from Scotland.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Life Lately

These past couple weeks have been extra busy. Between work, church, and other responsibilities Iv'e been using any free time I have for Christmas festivities and gift making. I'm so glad I was able to finish making all the Christmas gifts I planned on knitting. I was really getting worried that some of my projects wouldn't be completed in time. That's the thing with Christmas knitting, you usually have to start making gifts in August for them to be ready by the 25th of December. Oh, the joys of handmade! I was unable to take photos of all my Christmas makes but hopefully I can photograph them soon with there recipients and share them in this space. Aside from the knitting I did a whole lot of baking and quite a bit of gift wrapping. I truly enjoy taking the time to make and wrap gifts. Every handmade gift is so personal and much time and thought goes into each one. During the process of making something for someone they are constantly on my mind.
Well, I do hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. I wish you a Happy New Year! xo

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gift Making

These days any spare time I have is spent working on gifts for friends and family. I adore both gifting and receiving handmade gifts. I think it's so wonderful to be able to give a unique and one of kind present. This weekend I finished a quilt for one of my favorite littles. I hope it will be something she will cherish as time passes. I chose to do the most basic and simple quilt pattern there is. Six by six inch squares sewn together. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It is sewn with some of the same fabrics I used in the clothing items I've sewn for her this past year. Looking forward to sharing more photos of gifts I made this holiday season. I just have to get them to friends and family first before I share them on the blog. I don't want to ruin the surprise for them. Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 5, 2014


A couple of snaps from the day.
1. Spun some Carole King (Tapestry). A well worn album I thrifted a couple years ago.
2. Scored this hand painted beauty thrifting today.
3. Christmas projects in the making. So much to knit so little time.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Esther Marquis Sale

Today I was able to photograph many of my pieces and list them in my shop. I have even listed a few items discounted up to 50 percent off in the sample sale section. Now through 12 pm 9/2 all regular priced items are 20 percent off with code "esthermarquis20" Please do stop by the shop and check out some of the new pieces. The two bonnets below are some of my favorites. I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Happy Christmas!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Knitting Lately

I spent most of the day working with my hands. Blocking, Knitting, and Pom Pom making. I have gifts that need to be made and bonnets that I need to finish for my shop. My hope is to have them listed by tomorrow. As Christmas quickly approaches I'm worried about not completing gifts in time. Thats the thing about knitting. Sometimes you have to start working on holiday gifts in August to have them finished by December! I tried to capture all the different textures and colors of the knits above, hence the up close photos. I love the unlimited possibilities knitting allows you. Isn't it great?

Friday, November 28, 2014


My heart is full. Yet another lovely Thanksgiving with those I hold near and dear. I spent my day prepping the house with my mom for our delicious feast. Like last year I contributed Challah bread. It's becoming a thanksgiving tradition which I don't mind one bit. I think it's the prettiest bread there is. I mean you really can't go wrong with a braided loaf. This year I made 4, 5, and 6 strand braids (pictured below).

On another note, the weather was quite warm today. We had a high of 90 degrees! I have a love/hate relationship with LA weather. We have so many warm sun filled days that it always has me craving cooler weather. I mean I'm quite grateful for the beautiful weather but sometimes you just need a nice long break from it. At least enough time for me to start to miss it and start to appreciate it again. With that being said we spent a bit of time hanging out in the front yard before our feast. My cousin Jackie (pictured in the second to last photo) was gifted the same camera I have for her birthday. I started to teach her a few things and she snapped the photos on the bottom of the page. Well I hope everyone had a lovely day celebrating Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Spent part of my day working on knits for the shop. I ended up giving the bonnets Iv'e been knitting a nice soak in a eucalan wash. I added some lavender oil to the wash for a lovely scent and it's moth repelling abilities. Now I am waiting for them to dry so I can properly photograph them for the shop.

I also spent some time working on organizing nearly done knits. It seems that the moment I cast off on a project I immediately begin a new one. This results in sweaters with out buttons, bonnets without ties, and pants without drawstrings. But I am determined to finish these projects now. I'm sure i'm not the only one who does this, right?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Knit List

1. Tynd / Woolfolk Yarn found here.
2. Triangle gauge found here.
3. Addi Click Lace Set found here.
4. Yarn Swift found here.
5. Wild Color found here.
6. Knit Wit magazine found here.
7. PomPom Quarterly found here.
8. Spinni (Wool I) found here.
9. Ondawa Pattern found here.
10."Knit and let knit" tote found here.

Such a lovely list isn't it? A bit of everything- yarn, magazines, books, patterns and tools. You really can't go wrong. I would love to try and knit the Ondawa sweater. Isn't it stunning? It certainly looks like a time consuming and challenging project but so enjoyable. I do always like a good challenge. Oh and the Woolfolk yarn is simply stunning. I can't wait to get my hands on some. What's on your knitting wishlist?
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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Spent the morning at church and the rest of the day tidying up a messy room and doing a bit of knitting. I've been working on making my own, very simple, knitting patterns. It's been quite challenging but very rewarding. If anyone has any recommendations for books about designing knitwear please do share. The last photos are of some recent finished projects. I am so happy with my Sibella Sweater. Ive already got a chance to wear it a couple times. It's so soft and comfortable. I'll need to have someone snap a photo of me in it soon. Well I hope everyone has a great week. I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving! xo -es

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Hello there! Let me introduce myself. My name is Esther and I am lover of both vintage and handmade. I adore traveling and am always daydreaming of some distant place. Sewing and knitting are a couple of things I enjoy immensely so surely there will be a lot of that going on here! Recently I channeled my passion for both into a clothing line. You can find my handmade pieces in my shop This space was created to document my travels, work and day to day life. Thanks for stopping by!
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