Shiny and New
I've been designing and creating some new summer knits. Here's a peek:
Paule Trudel Bellemare used a photo of me for inspriation for her latest print.
It reads: "En Avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil..."
Which is roughly translated into : "Till April's dead, change not a thread"
Well, folks! You'll be able to find me a Renegade Craft Fair this summer at McCaren Park in Brooklyn.
I'll be splitting my booth with the everlovely Nicole Linder and am tremendously excited!
See you there!
Fetured in Eigenwerk-Magazin
YesJess was recently featured in Eigenwerk-Magazin. This is a brand new German publication that focuses on fabric, thread, wood, paper, and stone. It's beautiful and available free online! Click the magazine cover below to read it.
Gigantic Pom Pom How-To
Fancy ladies and wonderful gentlemen, would you like to know how to make a huge pom-pom? Let me show you!
It's quite easy to create little pom poms using craft store pompom makers, or household items such as forks. But how do you go about making the absolutely MASSIVE pom pom that adornes the top of one of my most popular winter knits: The Massive Pom Pom Hat.
1. Get a skein of yarn (170 yards) You’ll be using it all.
2. Cut out some cardboard doughnuts . These are 7” in diameter with a 5” diameter cut out.
3. Sandwich some yarn inbetween the two pieces and leave the tails out, those will be used to cinch all the yarn together. Wrap the rest of the yarn all around the circles. Over and over and over and over. Be sure to leave the tails out!
4. Grab a scissors and cut the yarn along the edges of the cardboard. Don’t snip the tails!
5. The tails will now be used to tie all the yarn together. Pull it tight and tie a knot. Use your muscles!
6. Slip the cardboard pieces off, trim her up, and you’ve got a lovely and massive pom-pom!
And I'm busy knitting up knit heart pins just for the occassion!
Warming the Windy City
I love the thick and cozy textures that accompany winter knits. Enormously tactile and visually complex. I love winter! <3
Not Your Average Yeezy
Merging my eternal love to all things knit/all things Yeezy/all things kitchy, I created a little bespoke 808 & Heartbreak heart.
Kindness in Knitting
These knitting needles were recently gifted by the lovely Paiva Artisan Crafts!
They've been helping me to fly through my Autumn and Winter orders, so I'm so greatful to her!
Renegade Craft Fair Chicago
I took part in my second Renegade Craft Fair on September 11th & 12th and it was lovely!
I started out in Penn Station and took the train alllllll the way to Chicago.
My lovely booth and I in Chicago <3
Some of my favorite vendors included:
Red Prairie Press (I got a shirt from them at the Brooklyn Renegade and wore the heck out of it all summer long)
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hello. Thanks to all the amazingly creative vendors that I met while out there. And thanks to Renegade Handmade for y'know...just being lovely.
Art + Craft Fair in Iowa City
After Renegade, I schlepped over to Iowa City for the First Annual Art + Craft Fair in Iowa City.
Found the best tip jar in all of Iowa City...
Set up my booth & helped some chilly Iowans become a bit less chilly. <3
Fall Harvest Festival
On September 19th, my knits and I were at the Fall Harvest Festival in Waterloo, Iowa!
My booth was next to this guy.
Knit Bow Ties at Fred Flare
You can now find YesJess Knit Bow Ties at Fred Flare!
I remember sitting in my old aparment in Cincinnati and paging through the Fred Flare online store. Now they're carrying something I make! Eeep!
Knits + Folk Pop
Two of my favorite things. Throw in Nutella and it's the Trifecta.
Anyhow, I recently sent off a package of knits to an amazing indie-folk-pop band, Forest City Lovers! Check them out.