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

bits & pieces, and a sweater body

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. This week has been one of those weeks where I feel like I’ve done a ton of things, but the only thing I have to show for it is more progress on the body of a sweater. I feel like everything else this week has been tying up loose ends, or making tweaks, or waiting on something to come back with notes, or running errands, or other small bits and pieces like that. And it’s amazing how much time those things take! Regardless, I’m still managing to add a couple inches to my sweater each night, and so it’s coming along nicely. No related posts.

all in all a quite week of knitting

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. Pretty quiet week this week. I spent a couple evenings working away on my Fairchild sweater by Bristol Ivy. I’ve split for the armholes, and am now working on the increases in the main body of the sweater. This pattern is fantastic mindless knitting, because it’s stockinette in the round with occasional increases, but there are some interest construction details to look forward to. Shawl Geometry Book Three edits continue. They’re progressing, but agonizingly slowly. No related posts.

Halloween costume, book edits, and a new sweater

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. Fall has arrived, and I cast on for a new sweater! I got a sweater knitting itch a couple nights ago, pulled out a bag of Classic Elite’s Inca Alpaca and cast on for Bristol Ivy’s Fairchild sweater pattern. This might be a bit of a knitting adventure, since my stitch gauge is spot on, but my row gauge is pretty far off. Or it might turn out perfectly, since I like my sweaters on the longer side anyway. Either way, I’m loving having a relaxed knitting project on the needles. It’s making a really nice break between doing the final proof of the third Shawl Geometry book. Yesterday was Halloween, and over on Who Wears Who I pulled together a last minute low-key Halloween look, find out more about the look...
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