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Monthly Archives: November 2012

-of monsters and men

my cousin introduced me to them back in summer time, and i have really been loving them recently. i have no idea what is happening in this music video, and i kind of love it.

sadly harmless
saw this artist and totally fell in love with them at renegade craft fair this year. it’s hard to tell from this image, but this is a shadow box, with lots of depth.

-the IT crowd
the it crowd
we’re a little late on this boat, i know. but we’ve been loving the IT crowd recently, and more specifically, moss. #moss4ever

ax + apple
awesome necklaces from ax + apple. they incorporate lots of vintage and found items in their jewelry, like coins and trading beads, and i love the mixed chains.

pitcairn islands
i was scooting around wikipedia when i found the statistic that pitcairn islands are the least populous jurisdiction in the world, with only 66 current inhabitants. not only that, but they are pretty much exclusively the descendents of the bounty mutineers and their tahitian companions! how cool is that?!


halo braid

halo braid

i saw this pin and wanted to recreate it, but when i tried to french braid the back of my head, my fingers got really confused, so i kinda winged it. and it turned out okay!


fun with my nails: teal fingernails with gunmetal on the ring fingers!


gratuitous kitty pic!

welcome to round 2 of quick knits leading up to the holidays! if you are anything like me, and knitting pairs of things means you need to knit something in between the first and the second, you should probably start working on your pairs now! thusly, it is time for the mitts!

[annepaalandet‘s mitts; worsted weight yarn, less than 200 yards, on size US 6 (4mm) & US 7 (4.5mm) needles.]

pattern is in the blogpost in the original norwegian, or, for those of you who don’t read/speak norwegian, translated care of google. the translation is a bit rough, but between the translation and the pictures, you can get all of the info you need. i have faith in you! anne is working on translating the pattern, and i will update this post as soon as it becomes available! (free free free!)
these are awesome and basic mitts. the nice thing about such basic mitts? you can modify them any which way you want! toss some cables on those puppies! how about stripes? embroider initials or flowers. or duplicate stitch some polka dots on the stockinette body (ooh, i want those!). sew a couple of buttons that serve no purpose but add a little style! or, heck, toss a random offset buttonhole near the edge of the ribbing, and give your buttons some function! why not?

[sushipie‘s hornet mitts; worsted, less than 200 yards on US 5 (3.75mm)]

bramble mitts (free!)
for those of you who get the cable urge, but don’t feel like going to the fuss of figuring it out yourself! feeling a little pressed for time? shave off a repeat at the beginning and save some yarn.

[redribbonfox‘s latte mitts & blog post; worsted, around 200 yards, on US 5 (3.75mm)]

susie’s reading mitts (totally free-stylin’! as a quick note: this project was made using an archived version of the pattern, but the pattern link is to the current version.)
love these mitts. they are the perfect mix of engaging and mindless. they start out with a fun picot edge, transition to a bit of easy stockinette, and end with the same fun edge.

[lolotte1409‘s plomb mitts, sport, 210 yards on US 4 (3.5mm)]

dustland mitts. $6 (USD).
i love these textured gender neutral mitts. these are another one, where if you are feeling pressed for time, or unsure if you have enough yarn, you could subtract anywhere from 1 to 5 of the different textured stripes from the arm.

[antler mittens; aran, around 200 yards on US 8 (5mm)]

antler mittens ($5 CAD).
excellent gender neutral cozy cabled mittens, for those of you who like over the finger coverage (nothing like grabbing the steering wheel in a cold car that has sat out overnight to make you want finger coverage!)

want some more suggestions? try last years post on quick knits: mitts & mittens. or, if nothing has caught your fancy yet, check out zombie vixen (free pattern, for your cousin/brother/niece who llllllloves the walking dead), muckle mitts ($5 USD for some colorwork fun), straightforward mitts (free, with a fun undulating twisted rib pattern), the woodsy association ($10 for 5 different options. make the badger ones for a hufflepuff friend!).

did i miss any of your favorite go-to quickly knit mitt patterns? share in the comments! thanks to all the knitters who were so accommodating with permission for me to show their work!

wiw: force from the world a patient smile

wiw: force from the world a patient smile

wiw: force from the world a patient smile

wiw: force from the world a patient smile

j. crew gingham shirt thrifted belt target grey skirt, ballet flats

i always forget that i actually really like november. when the trees first go bare, i love looking at the shapes they make in the sky, and the cold weather is more fresh and new than frigid and overlong.


i’ve been on a quest recently for the perfect shade of nude nail polish (still pursuing this). i was really excited about trying this shade, but less so once it was on. the sparkles helped quite a lot though. my quest might… still… be… on? i’m not sure really. i like having ridiculous little quests, though. so, if this does end up being the right shade, i’ll need a new one…


i saw this bridge while i was taking the outfit pictures, but it was a little inaccessible. i’ll try to get to it in the future though!

since it’s been a really long time since i last showed you any kind of knitting, how about a wip pic?

london fog

i started this stockholm scarf (yeah, another one) on our trip to england, and it’s been my carry-around knit ever since, getting a few minutes of attention here… and then a few more minutes a couple days later… the yarn is actually from a thrifted sweater, so it’s all ramen-noodle-looking. i’m kind of excited to see the big transformation at the end, when i block it out all proper like. at the rate i’ve been knitting it, i might finish the cowl before the new year.

whoo! welcome to the first in a series of quick knits in preparation for the holidays! over the next several weeks, i’ll give you guys a small selection of easily accessible knits that (in my opinion) would make good gifts, and should knit up fairly quickly!

first up: shawls!

shawls are nice dramatic layering pieces, good for looking chic whilst bundled up in your winter coat, or good at home on chilly evenings, or as mini lap blankets. but this isn’t the spot for multiple lace patterns on cobweb yarn, we need shawls that knit up a little faster, so:

[textured suri by wovenhand, a little over 600 yards of blue sky alpacas suri merino on US size 9 (5.5mm) needles]

textured shawl recipe (free ravelry download, y’all! holla!)
while 600+ yards is a little hefty for a quick knit, i have heard from multiple sources that this shawl knits up quickly and is pretty addictive. if you are feeling flush with cash (a la tom haverford and jean-ralphio), go for this yarn. it is every knitter’s dream. ALSO: it doesn’t have to be this big! the original is actually just 330 yards. so. easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy!

[hey, good eyes, this is totally my knit. lavendulus marina by ifandany, clocking in at about 410 yards on US size 6 (4mm) needles.]

schieffelin point shawl (free ravelry download, what-what?!)
this shawl isn’t too much of a time investment. with a garter based body, this starts out as a great TV knit. then the lace border is knit on perpendicularly, which adds a little bit of excitement, and you really don’t need to worry about binding off too tightly.

[annis by anneleterme. approx 240 yards on US size 6 (4mm) needles]

annis (free pattern from knitty!)
shawlettes are great bang for your buck. they use less yarn, and can be styled like a scarf, which some recipients might find more accessible. i also think this would look great in a heavier weight yarn. or, if you’re feeling adventurous, use the crescent shaped stockinette base, and add a different edging, like perhaps this one with the echo flower edging.

[sometime before midnight by juneberrystar. two skeins of malabrigo, or 420 yards, on Us size 11 (8mm) needles.]

sweet november shawl (free free free)
this is one of jill’s most worn knits, and i really love how dramatic it is, with the bulk and the fringe. the yardage above includes the fringe. i’ve been meaning to make one for a couple of years now. open & airy, all-over lace on large needles means this will knit up fairly quickly. just be sure to give it a really stretchy bind-off!

bonus round: these are only a few ideas among the dozens and dozens of patterns available to you! the ishbel shawl is incredibly popular, and it is addictive and intuitive (though not free). the echo flower shawl in it’s original form is a little intense for a last minute knit, but i think this worsted weight version is an absolute knock-out, and it makes me want to cast on this very moment. the citron (free, and makes for fairly mindless knitting), gingko shoulderette (free, and i love kessanlin’s version), holden shawlette (free, lovely, xanniex made a beautiful, sunny version) are all fabulous options!

what about you guys? do you have any quick shawl patterns up your sleeve? share in the comments for anyone seeking inspiration!

-kate miss’s cast bronze necklaces:

(photos by kate miss herself!)

the winter collection was just released, and i’m reminded of my love of her jewelry. i LOVE the bronze crescent necklace, and i’m pretty obsessed with her stand-by, the bronze drops. obsessed.

sakura snow‘s kirigami snowflake cards/envelopes:

how pretty are these snowflake printed cards? i have yet to successfully send out holiday cards, but maybe this is the year? they are available in her etsy shop

-the color that john and sherry painted their bathroom:

grey-purple/purple-grey is a color that makes me a bit swoony. so moody, so dreamy! i kinda want to repaint the bedroom this color.

-the hush sound is getting back together!

(wine red, from their second album, like vines)

they are one of the top favorite bands at casa ifandany, and we were super bummed when they went on ‘hiatus’ four years ago, as that is usually the kiss of death for bands. mais non! they have resurrected! and are working on a new album! w000000000t!

cabin in the woods

have you seen it? i’m not a horror movie fan, but i LOVE this movie. then again, it was co-written by drew goddard & joss whedon, and directed by goddard. so… there you go.

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