Sunday, November 13, 2011

Calm Before the Dawn

I have a lot going on right now that I can't wait to tell you all about -- but you'll have to wait until the middle of next week or a bit longer. In the meantime, I have been working on some posts to share. Hang tight and I'll have something new for you soon!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wear Color

This might be one of my new favorite blogs! Wear Color (as you can see, I've added it to my blog roll) is a Tumblr blog that shows various people wearing colorful fashion! Sometimes it's just a splash of color, sometimes it's a whole outfit that is colorful, but either way, it is always an excellent choice. I am a massive proponent of wearing colorful items year-round, and I hope that this blog will continue to provide excellent inspiration for that! I also love that it becomes a one-stop-shop for fashion inspiration that otherwise you'd have to read many, many blogs to see!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

People Worth Pinning - Kristen Hanley Cardozo

photo courtesy of Kristen, pattern featured is Audrey Totter, The Bad Girl

I have known Kristen Hanley Cardozo both personally and professionally since around 2007, when I joined Ravelry and was an administrator for a group we had in common (The Malabrigo Junkies). Kristen is a knitting pattern designer who seems to blend this sense of 1920's ease with bold color and organic, lightweight detail. When I started looking for designers for the first year of the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project, Kristen was one of my top choices. She truly turned out some gorgeous work (have you seen Understory?) So of course, when she joined Pinterest, I had to add her to my list of people to follow!

I love that she pins all sorts of whimsical, natural, inspirational and colorful things! Kristen seems to really have a love for the delicacy of nature, and she pins a lot of photography, but also garment and clothing design that captures that floating, lightweight feeling. In addition, she has a great sense of humor that sometimes borders on the slightly dark, slightly Victorian - it's fun to see all of the creepy little things she finds.

A quote from Kristen about her style:
"The majority of my style is influenced by three main interests: history, nature, and color. My taste in clothing tends toward autumnal colors, fitted silhouettes, and a smorgasbord approach to styles past. The palette I'd choose for my home is brighter. I have a strong fascination with nature and designs inspired by elements found in nature, as well as updated versions of stylistic elements in old fashioned furniture. As a city dweller, I also enjoy those elements of nature that survive in an urban environment. There tends to be real discomfort with nature that lives easily with humans, so adaptable plants and animals tend to get labeled as pests or weeds. However, there is real beauty and interest to be found in urbanized wildlife, and I think some of my favorite visual elements are those that celebrate the mundane and marginalized."

Friday, November 4, 2011


I have finally photographed my Folded sweater. It's been finished for awhile but I just couldn't seem to find the time to wear it and take pictures of it simultaneously. I finally managed this morning. Having my mom play photographer means that sometimes the shoot goes from being in front of a blank wall to being all over the house, but it can be fun to switch it up!

Yarn: Hello Yarn Sock in Candied Peel
Malabrigo Sock in Ravelry Red

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Woolily We Go Along

(The neat Wovember header above comes from the Wovember website.)
I am so excited to tell you about this awesome thing I read today. Have any of you already heard of Wovember? It's a movement, a month, an idea, started by some very fantastic knitters who are well-known for their love of all things properly wooly. Jump over to the website and check out all the fantastic happenings.

Basically, the idea behind Wovember came from seeing a whole bunch of non-woolen items branded as 'wool'. They might be part wool, but were less than half, and maybe some of them weren't wool at all. You know, you've seen a sweater in a magazine - thick, luxurious cables - titled something like, "Wooly Warm Jumper', only to read the fiber contents and see 100% Polyester next to them. How is it possible that we, as knitters, can let something as sacred as wool slowly become a useless word? We can't! Wovember is a chance to show off our love of wool, sign a petition to change the requirements for claiming something is 'wool-like or woolen', and win prizes!

What are you working on right now that is wooly? I went through recently and pulled out 5 projects to work on in the next few months. And all of them are wool! You can see my list in the sidebar to the right - I went ahead and added all the projects on Ravelry. I might not get them done during Wovember, but I sure would like to work on them and share the wooly goodness with everyone around me.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Anthropological Findings

All items on, image mosaic made on Polyvore

Anyone who knows me well is aware of my guilty pleasure, Anthropologie. Although owned by the same company that owns the churned-out-hipster-mess that is Urban Outfitters, I like to magically ignore this fact by just never shopping at UO and pretending they're totally different companies. Ignorance is false bliss right? Something like that.

When the new Anthropologie came to my door I couldn't wait to thumb through it, sure that each page would be full of eye candy - I was totally right but I also spotted so many awesome knits! I pulled a few of my favorites - what do you guys think? Worthy of admiration and useful for knit-spiration too, right?