Friday, October 20, 2017

While I was knitting...10/20

I've been sick so I've had more time to catch up on shows and podcasts.

WATCHING

  • Lore: I've heard a few episodes of the podcast, but I'm not a regular subscriber. I read a few reviews of the show that intrigued me, so I decided to check it out. I only have one episode left in the series to watch. It's good, cheesy fun. The re-enactments are goofy and it can be a jolt when you see an actor you recognize. it's a great release for Halloween, if you're into that sort of thing.

LISTENING

  • Stay tuned with Preet: I heard about this podcast from Pod Save America when Preet was a guest. He's very engaging and thoughtful, and he's had some really great interviews. I believe his podcast is fairly new, so it shouldn't take long to catch up if you want to check it out. I also appreciate that his episodes are relatively short.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017: Week 3

Sorry for posting late this week. I've been sick since Friday.

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Day 12: I love aqua and red together. This woven scarf is still one of my favorites.

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Day 13: My first time wearing the Starting Point wrap. it's very warm and cozy. i'm sure i'll get a lot of use out of it this winter. it was quite chilly but with the wrap i didn't need a jacket. There's extra shoes/bags that aren't pictured b/c I had dinner with a friend from out of town and changed for going out.

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Day 14: The past few days we've had abnormally warm weather again. I didn't even really need the hoodie.

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Day 15: Pretty sure it was in the high 70s. Even this outfit was a bit too hot.

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Day 16: back to work. it was much cooler. i finally got to whip out some fall layers.

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Day 17: Stayed home sick. I'm proud of myself that i bothered to get dressed at all.


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Day 18: Another sick day. this outfit is actually pretty comfy and close to the feeling of wearing pjs.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Quiver Socks and Sale

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My newest pattern release is the Quiver Socks.

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I'm always looking for sock patterns that will work with handpainted and speckled yarns. This cuff-down pattern uses a very simple texture that keeps you entertained but is easily memorized. The pattern is written with the texture on both the front and back of the leg, and it has a contrasting eye-of-partridge heel flap and round toe. The pattern comes in seven sizes from Child up to Adult XXL, so you should be able to find a size that fits your needs.

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Quiver Socks is on sale for $4 through Sunday, no code necessary.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017: Week 2

So far overall it's been a warm October. I haven't had to pull out several of my jackets/cardigans, instead opting for lighter layers.

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Day 5: Button-down shirts are so versatile. I often wear them open like this over a tee, but also buttoned up under a pullover sweater when it's colder. This green/blue plaid is one of my faves.

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Day 6: This outfit turned out to be a bit overly warm with the scarf. it's a cotton/silk scarf from modcloth. i like it but i'd really like to eventually make a hand-knit replacement.

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Day 7: Unless we end up going out to dinner, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to weekend outfits. throw on comfy jeans and a tee and call it a day.

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Day 8: more weekend comfy casual.

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Day 9: I did successfully take in the waist of my skirt and the fit is much better now. Unfortunately it rained heavily in the morning and I forgot my umbrella, so I was pretty cold and miserable all day. fortunately it doesn't show in the pic, but i only wore the jacket to take the picture as it was completely soaked for most of the day.

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Day 10: Finally, I got to wear something hand-knit! though to be honest it was really too warm to wear this outfit. i'm a big fan of the burgundy/olive combo.

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Day 11: It's actually quite chilly today. i kind of wish i had added an extra outer layer. otherwise i'm really loving this outfit. i like how the sweatshirt is so versatile and can be dressed up or down.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

St Mungo's from the Magical Maladies Collection

St Mungo's

The final pattern from the Magical Maladies Collection has been released. Magical Maladies is a Harry Potter-inspired collection of four sock patterns that feature texture and simple traveling cables. All patterns are written for both cuff-down and toe-up socks and come in four adult sizes.

St Mungo's

St Mungo's has a double garter texture flanked by simple cables that cross in the center of the sock. I was reminded of the logo for St Mungo's, which is a crossed wand and bone. The instructions are a bit more complicated on this one but it's fairly simple to work once you get the hang of it. I used amazingly gorgeous yarn from Spun Right Round in the Shock Star colorway with Knit Picks Stroll Brights for the garter short-row heels.

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The collection is $18 for all four patterns and individual patterns are $6 each. Come join our Ravelry group and participate in the knitalong. We have so many fabulous prizes, and a grand prize for those who knit all four patterns. The KAL concludes November 1.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017: Week 1

It's a short week since October 1 was on a Sunday. Please consult my past fall capsule posts for details on the specific pieces in my capsule.

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Day 1: It was a bit chilly so I put together a nice casual weekend outfit with my new madewell sweatshirt.

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Day 2: I felt a bit "meh" about this outfit until I put the jacket on. Loving all the neutrals together. I'm also wearing my new necklace from Stitch Fix.

Other Outfit Details:

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Day 3: The weather has been quite a bit warmer the past few days, so including a few short-sleeved tees and my mule loafers was a good move. For some reason, I enjoyed wearing an outfit that was basically an inverse of the one from the day before. I'm still loving my new Stitch Fix tee. I'm a bit disappointed in the Topshop jeans. All the reviews said to size up so I did, but after washing they've stretched out significantly. I definitely would've been better off staying with my normal size.

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Day 4: It's supposed to be in the 80s today so I had planned to wear my faux suede skirt. First lesson of the challenge learned: try on the pieces in your capsule if you haven't worn them in awhile. I've lost a bit of weight recently and when I put on the skirt this morning, it slid right down my waist and would barely stay up. This weekend I'm hoping to do a little skirt surgery and see if I can take it in. It's lined, which makes the task more challenging but I think I can do it.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Stitch Fix Review: September 2017

After my last box was a fail, I wasn't super eager to try another Stitch Fix. However, I ended up with a $25 credit (thank-you, person who knows who you are!) and I received an offer to waive my styling fee. So this box was risk-free. Sorry, but I didn't have time to take modeled shots this time.

Quick rundown if you aren't familiar: Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription box. You fill out a style profile, pay $20, and are sent 5 items picked for you by a computer algorithm and finalized by a human stylist. You have 3 days to try on the clothes and decide what to keep. Your $20 styling fee gets applied to any items you buy and if you keep all 5 items you get a 25% discount.

In my notes I had asked for a casual weekend fix. I have quite a few work clothes, and I was hoping for some cold-weather items that I could cozy up in on the weekends. I was thinking joggers, cute sweatshirts or hoodies, and comfy cardigans.


Laju Kinchi Pocket Duster Cardigan, SIZE XS: $88

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I had asked for a long open cardigan with pockets in a neutral like camel or olive, so they did listen to my request. But this particular cardigan was super heavy and felt like plastic-y acrylic. It was also huge and the sleeves were way too long. I felt like I'd been swallowed by a 1970s afghan. Not a fan.

Verdict: Kept for the discount, sold to a buyer on Facebook


Current/Elliott Stach V-neck Tee, SIZE XS: $78

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First, let me acknowledge that a $78 t-shirt is inherently ridiculous. But honestly I kind of fell in love with it. The color is the perfect marled grey, it fits perfectly--loose and comfy but the vee isn't too low, and it's so soft in that already worn-in perfectly sort of way. I would not have paid full-price for it. but with the credit and the discount I felt it was worth it. I actually did a last-minute switch with another grey tee and included it in my fall capsule so you will be seeing more of it this month.

Verdict: Kept (but feel slightly embarrassed about it)


Look by M Alpine Plaid Wrap Scarf, One Size: $38

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I was hoping for a square blanket scarf but this one was a wide but not that long rectangle. I actually have a scarf very similar to this that I was hoping to replace (b/c it's too wide and not long enough) so this one didn't work out.

Verdict: Kept for the discount, sold to a buyer on Facebook


MPG Sport Malibu Laser Cut Detail Legging, SIZE XS: $54

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I will hand it to Stitch Fix that they found a pair of leggings short enough for me. These hit me right at the ankle. Unfortunately, I already have several pairs of black leggings, including a pair very similar to this. It's really hard to see the cutouts as they are very subtle, but they were on the ankles (shown) and on the waistband.

Verdict: Kept for the discount, sold to a buyer on Facebook


Gorjana Leucadia Beaded Fan Necklace, One Size: $90

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And lastly, my favorite item from this box. when I saw the preview, I didn't think i'd like this at all. But in person it grew on me because it's like a statement necklace but a bit more subtle. Again, I probably wouldn't have wanted to pay full price, but with the discount I thought it was reasonable.

Verdict: Happily Kept

I did not receive any long sleeve sweatshirts or thicker pants but for the most part they listened to my requests. I ended up with 2 new things that I'm happy with. After selling the other items plus applying the discount + credit, I think I ended up paying roughly $55 each. I'm not terribly unhappy with Stitch Fix, but I think after my buying moratorium ends I might try Trunk Club again.

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