Thursday, October 17, 2013

Styling Fun: Fallow Cowl 3 Ways

I wanted to try something new. First the podcast. Is it gone? Am I done? I don't know. I had heard that Blip, which I use to host the videos, was deleting podcast accounts. I haven't tried to upload anything since that started. It has become a challenge for me to find time to podcast. So I might do a video again sometime, for now I'm taking a break. From that.

But I've been thinking a lot about clothes and knitting. And how to dress with handknits. People who see me everyday (like the other moms who walk their kids to school) are probably surprised that I am interested in fashion because I usually dress in yoga pants, t-shirts and sweatshirts. But I love to think about clothes and fashion and what I would wear with my knits. One of my favorite things about looking at knitting magazines is seeing how they have styled the models. What kinds of clothes is she they wearing with that sweater? How does the hat complete her look? Because, of course, we don't usually (though I am sure there some exceptions!) fit our wardrobes into our knitting. It's the other way around. We knit a cute hat and then wear it with the clothes we have. 

So, I'm going to take a stab at putting together outfits for items that I am knitting or have knit in the past. I am not trained in fashion or style. You might think what I put together is butt ugly. That's OK! We all have different styles. I might not wear each look (for one thing, I don't own any skinny jeans! It's just things I like and think would look good on someone, whoever that might be.

When I was a kid, I LOVED playing with paper dolls. I played with them until I was at an age when other girls were playing with makeup and hair stuff. And now thanks to Polyvore, I get to play paper dolls again!

I need to give a shout out to Twist Collective for introducing me to Polyvore. I love what Carly does with Twist Style Friday. She takes a Twist Collective pattern and styles it in different outfits using Polyvore.

So here is my first attempt. These are three jeans outfits I think would work with the Fallow cowl I knit last year. First a picture of the cowl:


And then the Polyvore set with three pants outfits. Since most of us have just one awesome handbag, leather jacket and killer pair of boots, I envisioned those accessories with the first look working with all three. But I threw two other fun handbags (because I have lots of small handbags for mixing things up and I really should get them out more often) and two other jackets. I'm so not a cat accessory person, but I have to admit that I kind of want that clutch in outfit number 3! Also, please note that I really didn't pay attention to prices on these items. I think the beige skinny jeans are ridiculously expensive. But I also think that items like these can be found at most price points.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Episode 35: Where Was I?

What I'm Wearing:
Cobey by Katie White in Karabella Yarns Aurora 8 with Rajkovich Designs shawl pin

Twice Born by Magdalena Kubatek in Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn

Basic Socks by Ann Budd

Bee Leaf Half Pi Shawl by Kimberly Pacini  in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Maisonette

Knit three challenging things this summer between now and Sept. 2. Or whenever. What projects would be your swim, bike and run? I'm going to knit three sweaters.

Started two:
Walk in the Woods by Universal Yarn in Universal Yarn Eden Silk

New York Cardigan by Erin Harper in madelinetosh pashmina

Finished Loop bullseye bump in Voices in my Head 
ThreeRavens bump

Shawn the Sheep bag from StarKnits

Two mini bumps from Babesters Arts

Spindle from Kate's Cauldron

Two braids from Taylored Fibers

Magnets from Tina Seamonster

ThreeRavens bump

Neon Lights yarn from Wild Hare Fibers

Batts from Hobbeledehoy

Two braids and two skeins of yarn from Into the Whirled

Dragon Sock from Dragonfly Fibers

Sheep mug and delicious jam from The Lion Potter

Sheep wineglass from Feederbrook Farm

I'm attending Amy Herzog's retreat in Sept. in Maine.

Contest from last episode to win 2.5 skeins of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande and the Fallow Cowl pattern to make your own! I gave this away (plus a few extra patterns b/c I felt bad it was so long) on Ravelry group.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Episode 34: Where I Cough a Lot

What I'm Wearing
Sassafrass Creations earrings


Basic Socks for Henry in Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks

More Basic Socks for Henry

Cobey by Katie White in Karabella Yarns Aurora 8

Twice Born by Magdalena Kubatek in Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn

Contest! Win 2.5 skeins of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande and the Fallow Cowl pattern to make your own! Enter on the Ravelry group by March 24.

Babble That Wasn't
I wanted to mention that the Homespun Yarn Party is March 24 at the historic Savage Mill in Savage, Md.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Episode 33: Bag Full of Yarn

What I'm Wearing
Linen Stitch Scarf

Birthday socks for GeofBasic Sock Pattern by Ann Budd in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Heavyweight


Tons! Too much to list

Homespun Yarn Party March 24 at the historic Savage Mill in Savage, Md.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Episode 32: Back from Break

What I'm Wearing
One Row Handspun Scarf
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in Handspun - Dragonfly Fibers BFL  African Daisy
Nalu Mitts by Leila Raabe in madelinetosh tosh dk in Cobalt

Two pairs of basic Ann Budd socks not shown.

Homespun Yarn Party March 24 at the historic Savage Mill in Savage, Md.  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Episode 31: It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

What I'm Wearing: 
a thousand splendid suns by cecilia florin in Squoosh Fiberarts Rapture Sweet Potato

Geoff's Christmas socks in The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos

Autumn socks in Socks that Rock Vine Maple

Henry's Christmas socks in unknown stash yarn

French Press Felted Slippers by Melynda Bernardi in Louet Riverstone

California Variegated Mutant -- 4 oz

Babble/Getting to Know Your Podcasted:
I love Christmas! I start the Christmas season in November to spread it out because December is usually crazy busy with travel and other preparations. Starting Christmas celebrating earlier means I have more time to do everything and to enjoy it and that means less stress.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Episode 30: I Bought Yarn!

What I'm Wearing;
Infinitude Scarf by Jeni Chase in Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.

Simple Lines Baby Hats by Heather Tucker in Louisa Harding Yarns Kashmir DK

a thousand splendid suns by cecilia florin in Squoosh Fiberarts Rapture Sweet Potato

Geoff's Christmas socks in The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos


Book I talked about:
Heritage Collection: WWI & WWII: Two Wars. Two Needles. One Extraordinary Response to War by Rohn Strong.