knitting it up in a big way

Monthly Archives: August 2012

OR: what i got!

look what ness made me:

Ness's Mitts

pretty pretty mitts! (ravelry project page, ness’s blog post)

Ness's Mitts

the lavender-grey-blue is the yarn what made me swoon, by the way. it’s madelinetosh tosh dk in ‘steam age’, and it might possibly be *perfect*! the alternating stripes are fangrrl yarn sherlock worsted in buckwheat, which ness recently waxed poetic about, so i was very flattered that she would use that yarn for me!

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ness also threw in some nail toys for me, knowing the massive crush on coral that i’ve been nursing this year, as well as my penchant for fancy nails! can’t wait to try them! as soon as i get decent-ish results, i shall shares pictures!!!!

thank you, ness!

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thrifted scarf & belt gap thrifted blazer j crew white blouse pink thrifted jeans galleria grey wingtips

i’m getting to the point in the remix now where i’m really starting to miss access to the rest of my wardrobe. don’t get me wrong, i still have some outfits up my sleeve. (more than enough, in fact. i’m kinda thinking about doing a mini photoshoot at the end of any outfits i didn’t get around to wearing for this remix, actually.) but there have been a couple of days where i have had to haggle myself into wearing something more interesting than jeans and a comfy shirt. there’ve been several times at work where i’ve thought longingly of all the woolly sweaters i own that aren’t in this remix.

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j crew coral blouse, belt, skirt h & m navy tights target wedges

i like colored tights, right? but about half the time, when i try to wear them, i feel like i didn’t get it *quite right*. like here… the coral shirt and the navy tights aren’t quite jiving for me. i can’t tell what should be different, though. or is something else throwing it off? thoughts?


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j. crew cardigan thrifted belt forever21 skirt that used to be a dress bertie’s thrifted

i did actually wear the cardigan backwards for a few hours, but the back of the neck rises up a little bit, and it was touching my throat, and i could only deal with that for a few hours. i really don’t like things touching my throat. we all have things, right? anybody else with me? i think i only own one turtleneck for this reason. i still like the idea of a the backwards cardigan, though, so i might give it another shot with a different cardigan?

i’m surprised it took this long for this skirt to make it into the rotation. i love jersey skirts in the summer. like several other skirts i own, this one used to be a dress. a dress that let a little more of my business out into the world than i am generally comfortable with. but i loved the calico pattern. so i chopped off the very (very very) low cut bodice, which also effectively lowered the hemline, and voila! super comfy jersey skirt!


sit back, get comfortable, i’m gonna tell you a little story.

*ahem*

once upon a time there was a knitter who bought a bunch of gorgeous yarn. she made it into a gorgeous sweater and hat, over which i swoooooned. that yarn! soooooo pretty! so when she posted another FO and casually mentioned that this gorgeous yarn was never-ending, i saw my opportunity and leapt in with a selfish suggestion that we do a swap, and she would have the opportunity to use up every inch of that yarn on ME if she wanted! i know, i’m just the soul of generosity, yeah? but i do love me a good swap!

well, she accepted the challenge to a knitterly swap, so i went venturing forth to look for inspiration for what to knit for her, and lo! i found a fair isle hat in her queue, and what’s this? aren’t fair isle hats just one of my favorite ever things to knit? why yes, yes they are! so then i went diving into my stash of fingering weight yarns. turns out i like blues, greens, purples, and greys! who would have guessed? so i swatched up a couple of color ideas:

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the blues and greens were good, but as soon as i saw the purples & greys together, it seemed obvious to me that they were the winner. after my first swatch, i realized i got confused about the color relationships, so i had to reknit those swatches to what they were originally meant to be. and then i carried that swatch around with me everywhere i went and asked anyone i encountered their opinions, because i liked them both. the more graphic one (the lower one with the black outlining) got more votes, and i actually cast on for the hat intending for the to be the color sequence.

but after i thought about it for a little while (while knitting 1 x 1 ribbing on tiny needles), the more graduated color sequence (the top one) just felt more like ness to me.

FO: Kiss with a Fist

one of the things i like about swaps is that you are knitting for another knitter. when i am knitting for a knitter, i really cannot be lazy about it. i don’t cut corners that i might otherwise. when the instructions asked for a tubular cast-on, i didn’t think petulantly about my previous failed tubular cast-ons and decide that my favorite cable cast-on would be just fine. instead i mulled over my previous attempts at a tubular cast-on and did some research until i found a method that sounded like it would suit me (this one from knitty, for the record). and you know what? it suited me just fine! new knitting skill acquired, thanks to a knitterly swap!

FO: Kiss with a Fist

FO: kiss with a fist <– ravelry project page

pattern: the seasons hat by jared flood
yarns: sadnes garn lanett (the primary grey, purchased from the fold several years ago and used in several projects)
nature’s palette fingering in orchid (purchased in spokane, wa when visiting my dad)
colinette jitterbug in velvet plum (still one of my favorite purples, even five years after buying it on my first trip to what is now my favorite LYS!)
elitespun fingering in charcoal (purchased in toronto on my yarn store tour with julie, and first used in these mittens)
i have no idea what the black yarn is, but it definitely leans a little more towards sport than fingering. that’s okay!
needles: US sizes 1 (2.25mm), 2 (2.5mm) and 4 (3.5mm)

FO: Kiss with a Fist

the project, by the way, is named after the florence + the machine song, because ness has a habit of naming her FO’s from song lyrics, so i thought it only appropriate to name a knit for her with song lyrics. and the colors are a little bruise-y. in the prettiest possible way.

FO: Kiss with a Fist

coming soon: swap! part two! the swappiest!


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forever 21 striped dress old navy black scarf j. crew purple sweater bertie’s thrifted boots

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target striped tee canvas rust cords galleria grey wingtips

i can hardly believe that i’m already up to 21! this remix is going so quickly!

quick, before it ends, does anyone have any outfits they’d like to see? go take a peak at my picks and let me know!


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old navy thrifted grey tank canvas basic black shorts unisa thrifted orange huaraches

-cleaning the apartment (the apartment is never cleaner than when jake is working on the show nights & weekends)
-stressing out about the possibility of moving
-destressing because why would i ever want to leave our fabulous apartment?
-knitting away on the cowl (totally obsessed)
-honing my video editing skills (i’ve taken over primary care of the updates so that jake can focus on the show even more.
-getting trounced at scrabble
-seeing friends who are in from out of town (& friends who still live here)
-wearing the same shirt two days in a row (admit it: we’ve all done it!)

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old navy thrifted tank top thrifted cowboy belt (i think? i have no memory of where this belt came from) target thrifted maxi dress turned skirt target wedges gifted purse

sorry my hair is wet. i didn’t feel like waiting three hours until it looked properly dry. i really like the way this purse goes with this skirt! i promise i didn’t forget how to count. i owe you outfit 18! but these two were my weekend outfits, so i thought i’d lump 18 in with another work outfit!

rebecca, ness, and tara


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crewcuts striped tee forever21 red belt gifted purse anthropologie skirt unisa thrifted shoes

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whoo! i’m a little scattered right now, so this is a short post. but i made you a gif, so you’ll forgive me, right? i’m trying to get a lot done this weekend; wish me luck!



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