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I did a little bit of sewing for myself the other day, and added some tweed elbow patches to a cashmere sweater of mine. This concept isn’t a new one, but it seems to be revitalized these days and I’ve come across it online a few times over the last few months. When I was little I often saw my dad in sports coats with leather elbow patches and I have had a fondness for it ever since. There is something both practical and playful about it – and it makes a simple sweater or jacket seem a bit smarter, don’t you think?

I enjoyed the hand sewing; it’s been a while; and I went on to dig out a few things I haven’t worn much, to see if maybe a new life with patches would renew them. I’ll be offering a few of these things at meadow + mark soon. Maybe even some cashmere. The vintage L.L. Bean cardigan is one I found just a few days ago. The patches are leather and the sweater is camel hair and lambs wool. Very cozy.  It’s available now, as are a few other things I added this week.

Have a great weekend everyone. I’ll be working in the garden as much as I can. The weeds have gone crazy with all the rain we’ve had. And, this might be a funny bit of news if you have never heard of vermiculture,  but we harvested our first tray of worm castings this week and fed it to all our plants. Our worms must be pretty happy because they are devouring our kitchen scraps and having worm babies like crazy!

7 Responses

  1. amber

    abby, i love the patches! (have you seen the latest 3191 Quarterly, they’re in there too)
    and yay! for happy worms 🙂

  2. Julie Alvarez

    I am wanting to sew a little for myself for long now, I might do it soon!
    I love all these pictures.
    Your hair is stunning! We have slightly similar hair, but mine is hard to grow. It takes me six years to get it long, and even then, it might never be THAT long after having Zoe and breastfeeding. It just doesn’t grow as much as it did anymore.
    Now…? I want to have LONG hair in a blink, tomorrow! (I am enjoying the short cut, but every now and then I miss the long hair, for a day or two…)

  3. Sonia {Cozy Memories}

    aww you are so darling, and the patches are such a beautiful & refreshing touch ! It looks definitely wonderful !
    I can only imagine the fun all the worms’ve been having ! Yay ! 😀
    have a great weekend, my friend oxox

  4. Thumbly

    Dear Abby, thank you so much for the comments on my blog: it’s an honour to have you in my little digital home. Your words mean so much to me! I LOVE the cardigan and I think the patches make it more precious. Congrats for the opening of m+m, I wish you great success! Have a sweet weekend, my friend. Ciao!

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