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It was a bit of an adventure, wasn't t? Thank you so much for your comments and support, they mean so much!!
I really appreciate you accompanying me on this journey! Thank you so much for being a part of it!!
Thank YOU so much for reading and cheering me on! It has been great fun hearing your thoughts along the way!
I think you nailed it, Karen! You are right! It must be the garter stitch which is flaring out the edge. Next time I will use fewer stitches or a smaller needle. Thank you SO much for pointing that out!
It creates a kind of peace, doesn't it, knowing you have as much time as you need to refine a garment since there is no desperate "need" to crank out pieces every month. :-)
Thank you very much, Kerrie! Your version of Lily is so beautiful too, I would never have thought of choosing those darker colors but they are so harmonious together. :-)
How fabulous that you are going to London! I hope you have a wonderful trip, and that you were able to get into Loisivethé!
It has been wonderful to have you with me on this journey! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, it means so much!
Wow, what lovely words! Thank you SO much for your support and kindness. :-)
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity in being such a consistent reader and commenter. I could not have done this without your support!
Phew! The hundred-day challenge of wearing hand knits during the summer has ended. And just in time for the first real cold day of fall this morning! This last cardigan I wore for the challenge is Uist by Jennie Atkinson, knitted in Rowan Pure Wool dk yarn, which is now discontinued. But, as you can imagine, I am also wearing a sweater today. Hey, it’s cold and I have all this great knitwear in the cupboard! Day 99 This is a houndstooth pullover pattern designed by Anny Blatt. If you want to knit it, it’s called The Dinky Pull and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
We have just arrived, still clutching neck pillows from the plane. We took a taxi directly from the airport to Laduree tearoom. We only had two and a half days to spend in Paris, as the other two days were spent traveling back and forth. So we enjoyed every moment to the maximum, especially the croissants! In case you are wondering what those little green and gold packets are in the pastry basket, they contain perfect room-temperature French butter. There are also tiny jars of apricot and raspberry jam to eat with the warm rolls. Ah, Lauduree, how I love... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Today, I am wearing Lily by Marie Wallin. The cardigan is knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed yarn. I made extensive adaptations to Wallin’s pattern. For one, I cut out the crocheted lace edging which seemed too cute, and removed the bottom ribbing in the washed-out clay hue, which I felt diluted the fair isle colors. Also, I added waist shaping to the sweater, which is designed to be a boxy shape which is not flattering for me: On the back piece, I reduced 26 stitches from the hips to waist and then added then back in for the bust. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
I am continuing to wear my hand knits every day! Some issues with neck/arm/back pain have been keeping me away from my computer, so I have been just posting the daily photos on instagram: #yarnstylist. Here are my photos, starting with today: This is my first knitted ensemble, which consists of separate top and skirt patterns by Kim Hargreaves. The skirt is River and is knitted in Rowan Lima. The design for the top is named Leah and it is also knitted in Rowan Lima. Day 88 of the 100 Day Summer Challenge Yesterday was a super crazy day. I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you very much, it is so kind of you to say so! I do treasure this one. :-)
Betty, it is so impressive the way that you sew your own tops and dresses! I wish I could do that too! Perhaps some day?
What a thoughtful comment, Kerrie! I really appreciate your feedback. That kind of reflection is so helpful, isn't it? After all, we are spending a lot of time and money on this hobby, so things might as well look right! A while ago, I went onto Ravelry and looked at what other knitters were doing until I discovered Marymealittle on Ravelry. All of her knits fit her so well, and really suited her. I found it really helpful to look at what she was doing on her project page and think about how I could do the same for my (shorter and curvier) figure. Now she has become a popular designer, Mary Annarella!
Today, I am wearing #09 Skirt by Debbie Bliss. The skirt is knitted in Rowan Frost yarn, which has been discontinued. I spent this morning darning a hole in the edge of the blouse I am wearing, which is designed by the Italian brand, Save the Queen, which I purchased secondhand after a three-year search. One of the challenges of purchasing small designers that feature artisanal details such as the distressing (artistic tears) in the central section of a blouse is making them last. With every hand washing, the “distressing” gets more distraught. Today, when I was getting ready to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Yes, I think I knitted most of Ciao Bella in Germany! I am slowly slogging through the second sleeve of Lily. It is taking a while!
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2017 on #Slowfashionoctober 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you so much, Agnes! I really appreciate the fact that you are still reading and encouraging me. Congratulations on all your gorgeous bags!
Today, I am wearing Aislinn by Amy Herzog. This is officially Day 76 of the 100-Day Challenge of wearing handknits all summer long. And yes, it is 80 degrees here! Aagh! So far, during this challenge, I have worn Aislinn more than any other cardigan. Why? It is in a neutral color, it has a flattering shape that defines my waist, and it is knitted in the soft, durable yarn, Rowan Calmer. I have found the perfect recipe for a long-lasting versatile cardigan at last! Day 75: Yesterday, I wore The #11 Lace Tank by Nancy Cassells in Vogue Knitting.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
The colors are stunning, aren't they? It was a really generous raffle prize! I am going to either make a striped tee for summer or a lavish shawl, like Melanie Berg's two colors shawl. On reflection, I will probably wear a shawl more often as I only own a few. :-)
Ciao Bella by Laura Bryant October is with us at last! I am so grateful for the cooler weather! In the California Bay Area, autumn brings refreshing cool after many hot months. Fringe Association’s #slowfashionoctober also offers an opportunity to reflect on why I spend my free time making clothes. As you can see, I am not doing it because my wardrobe is bare. Few of us really NEED much clothing any more. So why are we still buying it? For me, the process of making clothes brings a sense of balance, calm, and beauty, reminding me to be grateful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Today, I am wearing Lintilla by Martina Behm. This is officially Day 71 of the 100-Day Challenge! As with any real-life challenge, there are always bumps in the road and the past four days I did not feel well so got behind posting these photos. However, I am up to sitting at the computer once again so here they are! Day 70: This is my second Wisdom cardigan by Kim Hargreaves, knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed in the Scree colorway. Back in 2011, I didn’t have a lot of handknits I could wear for my job as a realtor and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
I looked it up and it is totally gorgeous! LOVE your color scheme!