Welcome! I'm Holly Chayes.

This online space has been around in one form or another since 2010, it focuses on making, creativity and living a curious life, plus a lot of clothing.

Some of the projects I've worked on in the past 10+ years include...

Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes

An interview podcast that's all about clothing (and also, not *really* about clothing at all). Find all the details and listen to conversations about comfort, style, change and shopping here. Or search for Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes wherever you listen to podcasts.

Who Wears Who?

A personal style coaching and content practice devoted to helping you own and wear your clothes intentionally, instead of being worn by them. Discover your own style guidance, and learn more about the practice of intentional style at WhoWearsWho.com

The Self-Made Wardrobe Project

Predecessor to Who Wears Who, a year-long challenge in 2014/2015 where I only wore clothes I made. That year would have been a lot easier if the clothes had magically made themselves. Learn more about The Self-Made Wardrobe Project and explore the archives here.

The Shawl Geometry Book Series

Enough shawl shapes to keep you knitting for a lifetime. A multi-year exploration of math, shape and space in knitting, where I documented traditional shawl shaping, and iterated on those traditions to create new recipes of shawl shaping. Ultimately this lead to 75+ shapes, and 400+ pages of common and uncommon shawl shaping instructions. This project was inspired by a dozen individual shawl designs, each encapsulating a love of geometric lace design. You can find The Shawl Geometry Series here.


Thank you for being here with me. –Holly

Days Three and Four

Yesterday’s hour of paperwork was spent charting the pattern for the “Orange Spicy Scarf,” and “J’s Christmas Scarf ’09” (a better name to come), and starting writing the pattern for “J’s Christmas Scarf ’09.” Then today was spent finishing the write up and charting, then swatching, then ripping out the swatch for a triangular birdy shawl/scarf. No pictures of the swatch, silly me. Hopefully I’ll finish the chart and swatch either tomorrow or the next day, and then there will be pictures. The art/craft from yesterday is a pair of ATCs. They were quick and fun, and I like them. Today was just a doodle of an eye with swirls. I feel kind of meh about it, though it might make a cool stencil or notebook cover. I’m toying with the idea of taking Mondays off for the rest of the semester, just because of my classes, and how my...
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Day Two

Hopefully in a few days I’ll start coming up with more interesting blog titles than “day one,” “day two,” “day three,” etc. Today’s paperwork hour was spent fixing little things in the pattern for “Climbing Trellis,” a small, simple, zig zag scarf, great for using small amounts of hand spun yarn. As well as writing a description for “The Arrowhead Stole.” Decorated front and back inside covers of my small sketch book. The front (the brown and green) was done yesterday, and the back (red and orange) today. The colors are slightly more vibrant in real life, but over all these are pictures are fairly good representations. Holly No related posts.

Day One

So far so good. I spent today’s designing hour organizing and sending out emails. While that wasn’t the plan, but I’m letting it go. The plan was to spend around 20 minutes organizing and making to do lists, and then start crossing things off the to do list. In reality the making of to do lists took between 45 and 50 minutes, and so I just spend the last 10 or 15 minutes sending emails. I didn’t realize just how many projects I have in the works, but it’s a whole hell of a lot. Maybe around 20 or so in varying states of completion. I mean I knew there were a lot, just not that many. Looking on the bright side that means I won’t run out of things to do. As today’s piece of art I decorated the front inside cover of my small sketch book, however it’s...
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