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Today, I wore #08 Peplum Jacket by Debbie Bliss. The jacket is supposed to be knitted in stockinette but I used a slip-stitch pattern I devised instead, inspired by the wrought iron doors I saw in Paris. You can read all the details about the jacket here. Yesterday, I wore Temperate by Kim Hargreaves for a short time. But I had to take it off because that mohair haze yarn creates a REALLY warm fabric! Wow! I will definitely reach for that top in the middle of winter, but not before! This is my cat, Manju, curled into a little... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Fashion: Yarn Style
What do you think of this top by Kim Hargreaves? I am excited it is finished in time for fall! This close-fitting pullover is knitted in Rowan Mohair Haze. I do like the yarn and its lovely, soft halo, but find it extremely splitty. The yarn was created to replace Rowan Angora Haze, but that yarn fiber seemed much higher quality to me. I think, if I could do it over again, I would have knitted this pullover the next size up. It fits perfectly but it is extremely fitted, and I am not sure that is really flattering. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Fashion: Yarn Style
On day 61, I wore Belarus by Kaffee Fassett. It is knitted in stripes of different colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze. The sunset color scheme of this cardigan is rather gorgeous. I would wear it more if the shape of the garment were more manageable. The loose folds at the front were designed to contain a lot of extra fabric which completely disguise the waist. So I find that I have to pin it at the waist and make it into a wrap in order for it to work for me. These are probably the last strawberries of summer for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Fashion: Yarn Style
Today I am wearing Madeline by Kim Hargreaves. It is knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto dk. Yesterday, I wore Elizabeth by Kim Hargreaves. It is my go-to knitted blazer whenever I need a professional look for work. I was meeting with a parent and all her son's teachers to craft a support plan for the year to set the student up for success, so I needed to wear a business-friendly knit. The jacket is knitted in Rowan felted tweed aran, which wears like iron. It has lasted six years so far and will probably last another sixty. I have completed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Fashion: Yarn Style
Yes, very true! After knitting all of the pieces it is satisfying to find a way to cobble them into a garment that works. :-)
I am kind of love with the Star Wars bag too! It is for a little boy who is obsessed with Star Wars and there is a Pikachu hidden inside it. :-)
Today I am wearing Bay by Kim Hargreaves. It is knitted in Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo. Yesterday, I wore another favorite: Striven by Jennie Atkinson. Now that fall weather is approaching, I can wear a great variety of knits, and I am really enjoying it! Striven was made using a duplicate stitch technique with felted tweed to create the “plaid” panels in the body of the jacket fronts. I love the look of the woven-seeming fabric. This is one of the jackets I wear the most often as soon as the air grows crisp! I just finished the gauge swatch for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Haha! You totally made me laugh!!!!
Oh I will definitely check that out on Ravelry!
Thank you for your input, I always admire your good taste. :-)
Thank you so much, Kerrie! Well I suppose I enjoy knitting a lot and find it relaxing so I try to do it when I can, about 2 hours/day if possible. But some garments take months, some much less, depending on how complicated they are. :-)
Doing my best! Thank you for the birthday greetings. :-)
Yes, the cream design is rather like antique moldings, isn't it?
Today I am wearing Interval by Shellie Anderson. It is knitted in Rowan Calmer yarn. This was a challenging pattern due to the finishing instructions, but by dint of turning the garment inside out and re-seaming it, I was able to create a successful garment. Note to self: never knit another purl stitch pullover without setting up 2 knit rows on each edge to assist with seaming. Lately, I have been obsessed with the drawstring bag sewing tutorial Kay Jones posted for Bakery Bears patrons. I have made 5 of these already, four of which are gifts. The snoopy bag... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, due to a birthday celebration that went past midnight with some dear friends. Now I have to play catchup! Today I am wearing Eva by Martin Storey. It is knitted in Rowan Angora Haze, which is discontinued. Martin Storey is a wonderful designer who often uses vintage inspirations for his patterns, and this whole pattern booklet was wonderful! I still want to knit more of those patterns. Isn't the evening light creepy in this photo? There is a transparency effect on the pant legs due to the light filtering through bamboo leaves. Yesterday, I wore... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Oh you are right, the colors are like Wedgewood! I would never have thought of that! You have a great eye! Phew. 50 days gone already!
Aw, thank you SO much!
Today I wore Jen by Kim Hargreaves. It is knitted in Phildar Soie, a long-discontinued yarn. I wish I had bought more of this yarn on sale when it was discontinued—this cardigan has lasted for seven years and is still in excellent shape! The fabric is still as lustrous and brilliant as ever, and yet it is durable as well. Yesterday I wore Adelphe by Sarah Hatton, knitted in Handmaiden Sea Silk.yarn. It is humbling photographing my outfits every day because then I found out everything that is wrong. For example, when I looked at myself in the mirror in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Today I completed Longbourn by Kay Jones. It has been so fun to wear my new shawl today! This design is a tribute to the book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The beautiful cable edging shows the intertwined lives of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. There is also a gorgeous panel in the middle back (can you tell I haven’t blocked my shawl yet?) which features a butterfly design detail. Elizabeth loved to walk in the country, so the designer, Kay Jones, incorporated that exquisite stitch. The pattern is very easy to follow and extremely well-written so I think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Yesterday I wore Alexi by Kim Hargreaves. If I could only have one cardigan in my wardrobe, I might choose this one. It is so elegant and versatile, I wear it all the time for work! It is knitted in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, which is a favorite yarn of mine. It is quite light and soft against the skin yet doesn't pill much, in my experience. Today I wore Andrea by Sarah Hatton. I am not entirely sure it works with this collared shirt underneath. Upon further examination, I think the shirt collar is so high and the cardigan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Yesterday I wore the Shapely Tank by Joan McGowan-Michael. It is knitted in Rowan Calmer yarn. I’ve been dealing with my shock about the flooding in Houston, Texas brought on by Hurricane Harvey by baking pies recently. Some of my relatives have really been affected by the hurricane and it's hard to watch and not be able to do much to help. So instead, I am making pies. This year our Yellow Newton Pippin, Fuji and Sentinel Columnar apples produced a big crop, so we made five apple pies yesterday. I used Alton Brown’s Apple of my Pie recipe, which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Today I am wearing Embrace by Kim Hargreaves. My husband cleverly used the reflected light fixture to create the illusion of a little halo, thank you! Embrace is knitted in Berroco Pure Pima which was an enjoyable yarn to knit with, and the cardigan has stayed in good shape after seven years of wear. Yesterday I wore my Crocheted Braid Bracelets by June Gilbank because it was 110 degrees outside! Even inside the restaurant the machines were not working well because of the heat, and I had to send my dinner back. So I am really glad I did not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
It is fun to see so many hand-knitters gathered together wearing their own garments, isn't it? It makes one feel that making anything is possible!
Ah, yes, I wished you could have been there with me. Britex is going to be moving around the corner, next to Gump's so that could pose even more temptation for unwary shoppers!
Thank you for these wonderful recommendations! I will definitely check these out! :-)