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

moving still sucks

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. There’s something surreal about putting everything you own in boxes, moving those boxes a couple blocks away, and then taking everything out of boxes again. The objects are the same, the neighborhood is basically the same, but everything is in a slightly different place. And what’s fairly simple on paper (things into boxes, things out of boxes), takes an incredible amount of time and energy. At this point, many of the boxes have been emptied, and now it’s all about finding spaces for everything. Shawl Geometry Book 3 should be back from the proof editors end of this week, which means it (fingers crossed) very, very close to done. No related posts.

moving sucks and is disgustingly time consuming

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. I know I say it every time I move, but moving absolutely sucks. It’s stressful, irritating, time consuming, and is also apparently fascinating for the cat. Because every time I start packing another box she comes out to give me a look of “what are you doing human?” But that is what most of my last week has been, and what the next week will be as well. Other than packing boxes, I got Shawl Geometry Book 3 off to the proof editor who will (thankfully) get it back to me after I’ve moved, so I don’t have to really worry about it again until then. And though it seems really boring to type out, that’s pretty much all I’ve been working on. No related posts.

Short and sweet this week: Shawl Geometry 3 is still with the tech editor, and I’m getting ready to move again

Each Wednesday, I post a snapshot of the projects I’m working on, and where my brain is at. Short and sweet this week. Shawl Geometry 3 is still with the tech editor. I’m been playing around here and there with some handspun yarn and crochet swatches. I’m working on various back end & admin things for releasing the third updated Shawl Geometry Book. And also getting ready to move at the end of the month. So my week (and I expect the next couple weeks) will be all about running around doing lots of little things, but we shall see. No related posts.