be warned: lots of pictures. it was too gorgeous out, i had a hard time limiting the quantities!
thrifted blazer, scarf, j. crew sweater – target grey tee, booties – ebay madewell jeans
the colors this autumn have been amazing! i can’t tell if it’s this beautiful every year, and i just forget, or if they are especially incredible this year!
do you have the problem where you selectively forget how beautiful autumn is?
i’m starting to work on scoping out my selections for my holiday quick knit round-ups, and yesterday i asked for input, so if there’s anything you’d like to see, make sure to leave me a comment!
… when the world falls in love! every song you hear seems to say…
welp. halloween is over. in america, holiday season has already begun! i was out shopping with a friend today, and target has full holiday collections out, their seasonal section is already dedicated to holiday decor! which means! it’s time to start my annual quick(ish) knitted gifts round up! (previous installations include: slippers, toys year one, mitts/mittens, cowls, hats year one, last minute knits. shawls, mitts, toys year two, cowls, hats year two)
so i’m here to ask you if there’s anything else you want to see? historically speaking, slippers, last minute knits, toys, and cowls have been the most popular, but all of them have been among my most popular posts of all time.
i pretty much copied my potential list from last years poll, because it mostly still applies:
- hats (there will always be hats in these round ups. because they are my very favorite!)
- toys (i think these are pretty classic)
- cowls OR scarves
- accessories (knit jewelry, or small knits that don’t really fit into another category)
- last minute knits (for that special someone you straight up forgot. or could never find the right gift for)
- baby/kid knits
- shawls (probably only low yardage ones or larger gauged ones)
someone last year asked for headbands instead of hats, but i would probably toss a small selection of those into the hats post, or into the last minute knits or accessories (so many options!).
let me know if you feel strongly about anything in particular! i’ll do my best! also, if there are any projects or patterns you’d like to nominate to see on one of my round-ups, feel free to holler at me about them!
i hope you all had a treat filled halloween, with only a few (fun) tricks. i got more than my usual amount of scares this halloween, but they were spaced far enough apart that i have not turned into the ‘creeping-in-fear’ version of eliza.
as i was walking back from the bookstore the other day, (ugh, they did not have what i wanted to buy, though i did finally find a moleskine 2014 calendar planner: mineallmine!) i passed a loft store advertising 40% off of everything! i rarely shop at loft… it’s less of a choice and more that there isn’t one in the mall where i do the majority of my first hand shopping (which is still pretty rare, y’allll). but here i was, and there was the bright sign, doing it’s job, luring me in! spoiler alert: i didn’t actually buy anything. but, i got a lot of ideas and added a few things to my wish list.
what i was going to show you was the soft drapey cardigan i fell in love with at the store. alack, it doesn’t seem to be online! but while i was searching for it, i kinda fell for this beauty:
i’m a total sucker for sweaters with multiple techniques. it can be easy, as a knitter, to think: this will be a striped knit. and then not look beyond stripes for possibilities. so combining variations of stitches really gets me excited.
stripes on cables is definitely something i wouldn’t think of! but with the soft overall pattern of cabling on this sweater, i love the extra graphic punch of the stripes!
i can’t find what appears to be an original source for this image… this tumblr post is the furthest back i can trace it.
when i first saw this, i fell madly in love. dense lace with a neckline edging of delicate cable? ohmygosh! so pretty! someday i will try this!
similar story here, unfortunately, but different tumblr
i think this sweater is practically perfect in every way, and i want to recreate it, maybe with a slightly less pink oriented color scheme.
this whole cardigan strikes me as kind of a play on expectations! rililie really excels at thinking outside the box when it comes to knitting. this is my very favorite detail on this cardigan, but really, the whole thing is lovely! this one doesn’t follow a pattern, but she has several other patterns that definitely would fall into this category!
everytime i look at this FO, i have to run to my stash page to see if i have any appropriate yarn. i feel like i say that a lot, but i do only share my very favorites with you guys ^__^.
so! which of the above is your favorite? or are there any beautiful inspiration sweaters that you want to share with me? what’s your favorite combo? are you a stripes and lace? colorwork and cables (ooh, i didn’t find any of those!)? what’s your huckleberry?
i like this idea. there are other blogger-ly things i like, such as end of the month check ins with instagram and stuff, but i can barely manage to get my years worth of knitting in within the first month, so quarterly kind of things feel slightly more attainable. once more inspired by a girl named leney, here’s a list of some of the things i’d like to do before it gets proper wintery:
make chili from scratch
-also sunday night stew
-cups of tea
-dinner with family
-finish aidez cardigan
-see the book thief & catching fire in theatres
-start christmas knitting & shopping
-try making candles
-walk in the rain
-i’ve been coveting deep red mums this autumn, but we’ve been so dang busy, and now it’s freezing at night so that won’t happen, but i still thought i’d mention it here, because what is a wishlist for if not a smidgen of wishful thinking?
what’s on your to-do list? or your wishful thinking list?
thrifted ALL OF IT! – but more specifically: swapped thrifted blouse – mudpony vintage shoes
i love it when i have an entirely thrifted outfit! especially an outfit like this. this could be my uniform. i love every part of this: sweet blouse, chunky cardigan, basic palette, some favorite accessories.
i swapped with a friend for this shirt. i had the idea when i was weeding my closet, and i realized i was pretty much over my sleeveless lacey blouse. i remembered a beautiful sleeveless blouse that a friend of mine had, so rather than send the blouse packing, i thought i’d offer up a swap first! she agreed, and now we both have new(/old) blouses! i think this is a fun way to extend your wardrobe.
and indeed it is. we had our first frost last week, and i am suffering mixed feeling about it. on the one hand, the hoar-tipped greenery is quite pretty, and freezes should be bringing an end to my autumnal allergies, with have been especially active this year. but on the other hand, we started filming all of the external scenes for pops episode 8 so that we wouldn’t have to film outside in the frigid freezing ridiculous cold. only, we’re starting to have to do that anyways. in october. yeesh.
FO: winter is coming <– ravelry project page
mods: well, this is a mash-up pattern. i prefer to knit socks toe-up, two at a time, although i don’t use the two circular needle method, just grab 8-10 of my scads of size 2 double pointed needles and switch back and forth between the two socks. i feel that i have more control knitting toe up, in terms of using yarn up evenly, making the two socks identical, avoiding second sock syndrome (i have two or three single socks hanging around my wip basket). but i miss the gusset from top down socks. short row heels without a gusset always feels like it’s really pulling at the heel. this is the first time i’ve tried the instructions from the humble sock goes toe up. they aren’t the only toe-up with gusset pattern out there, but they were definitely the first ones i ever saw!
these have rekindled my interest in knitting socks, and i’ve already cast on for another pair (the hermione’s everyday socks that i mentioned). however, i’ve worn these twice since finishing them, and it’s reminded me of the reasons i am ultimately less of a sock knitter. while i love the ability to create useful objects, the soles of these are felting after two wears… which feels a little defeating. i guess socks just have a smaller lifetime then other knits, and if i’m going to knit socks, it’s just something i’ll have to get over.
book thief trailer! have you read it? are you excited for the movie? i adored this book, and this trailer really excites me!
i’ve expressed it before, and no doubt i will repeat myself in the future, but i have the highest respect and enjoyment for kate davies’s jaunty researches into the history of garments, and this one on the pocket is no exception!
i am a huge fan of julie‘s style and knits, and her most recent autumnal solaria is an absolute knock out. i’ve been wanting to knit one of these since the pattern was released, but i haven’t quite managed to get around to it yet. you’d better bet this FO made it climb the queue quite a few spaces! i’ll be quiet about it in a second, but this fall i am having a major love affair with deep bricky reds. i’ve always been a fan, but now that it’s fall, it’s all i want! oh, and please please please follow the link over to her blogpost, because the pictures of her baby girl’s displeasure at apple picking are PRICELESS. plus the family pictures look straight of a glossy model catalogue.
two videos in one post?! ah, but how could i not? i loved loved loved the lizzie bennet diaries (i went to the panel while we were at vidcon!), and was very pleased when they announced that emma was next project they were taking on, and now! now it has begun!
what are you into this week? anything obsession-worthy popping up on the internet? any fun weekend plans? we’re carving jack-o-lanterns tonight! if they turn out well, i’ll document them for you!