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The Story of My Hand-Knit Wedding Dress

Recently, Green Wedding Shoes published a lovely blog post about our wedding. So I thought it was time to tell you the whole story about how I knit my wedding dress, step by step. Here it is: The idea came to me on the ride home from the Observatory. Moments before, as we gazed out at the oscillating sparkle of the Los Angeles streets below, Corey proposed. I said yes. And as we drove down the hills of Griffith Park towards our Silverlake apartment, I turned to Corey and said,…

read more July 13, 2017

Wheel Winner = New Spinning Wheel

Hey folks! Last time we talked, I was encouraging you to watch me on Wheel of Fortune. Well, spoiler alert… I won! In addition to winning a car, I won cash and a trip to Maui. Pretty happy I solved that puzzle. Thanks @wheeloffortune for this fabulous vacation! I'm loving every minute. #wheelwinner #wheeloffortune #prizepuzzle A post shared by Laura Birek (@iwriteplays) on Apr 29, 2017 at 9:32pm PDT Wheel of Fortune was so fun, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to appear on the show. I’m loving my…

read more June 26, 2017

Watch me on Wheel!

I’m trying to compose a thoughtful, witty blog post about this, but all I really want to say is: AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! I’m going to be on Wheel of Fortune!!! Tuesday, January 3rd (that’s tomorrow!) I’ll be on Wheel. After it airs I’ll actually be able to talk about it, too! Let me know if you watch! (Check your local listings — it’s on at different times in different markets.) Thanks for cheering me on!

read more January 2, 2017

Ombre Giganto-Blanket SAMPLE SALE

Just in time for Christmas, I’m doing a flash sample sale of my newest ombre Giganto-Blanket. This is ready to ship! This won’t last long! In fact, I’ll be taking it down on Thursday, December 15, 2016! Buy on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/485099002/sample-sale-ombre-giganto-blanket-ready

read more December 13, 2016

Interview: Yankee Smartass

It’s less than a week since the election, and I’m not ready to talk about it quite yet. Just know that it left me stunned and heartbroken, but I’m trying not to lose hope. Before the election, though, I did an interview with Emily at Yankee Smartass, where I talked about my various creative pursuits and waxed poetic about living a creative life. You can read the whole interview here, or here’s a little taste: For the longest time I was somewhat embarrassed by all my different types of creative…

read more November 14, 2016

Full Freak-Out Mode

Last night I got the following email from a lovely lady (and possibly “nasty woman”) Emily: Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I made your “Stronger Together” pattern for someone… and they wore the finished products to a rally in NH, and Hillary herself saw them and asked the secret service to take a picture with them!   Um, you guys, I’m trying not to freak the f out. But holy crap, THAT’S OUR NEXT PRESIDENT STANDING NEXT TO MY DESIGN! And for real, not like that…

read more October 25, 2016

New Giganto-Blanket Instructions

Hi everyone! Quick update here: I have exciting news! I’ve completely updated the Giganto-Blanket pattern to include instructions for prepping non-superwash wool. Now you can avoid stomping the wool in the bathtub altogether if you have a garment steamer — hopefully this is helpful! Click here to buy now! If you’ve already purchased the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry, you can go into your accounts to download the new version.

read more October 8, 2016

Sheer Madness

Lately I’ve been trying to get back into sewing. I was doing a bunch of quilting, but have lately had a hankering to start sewing garments for myself. Specifically, I wanted to make myself some blouses. I feel like I’m really late to the game on blouses. I never though they’d look good on me for some reason, so I always stuck to cotton shirts and jeans. But then I joined Stitch Fix, and got a couple amazing blouses from their stylists, and now I’m hooked. (BTW, if you don’t…

read more September 12, 2016

Back to Basics

When I decided to knit my wedding dress, I knew I was embarking on an ambitious project.  It took months to complete, and required meticulous charting, and laser focus. This post is not about anything meticulous, though. It’s about these super-simple socks: Sometimes you just need to knit something simple, right? These were the perfect palate cleanser. These are knit out of Wollmeise Twin I bought at The Loopy Ewe in Fort Collins, CO. My brother lives in Fort Collins, so every time I’m visiting him, he knows it’s a requirement I…

read more August 24, 2016

Stronger Together Hat - Pattern

Show your excitement for Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential nomination with your very own “I’m With Her” hat! Wear it on November 8th (and then for the next 8 years!) and show the world that we’re stronger together!

view details Originally Published August 2016