Wednesday, May 04, 2016

knottygnome crafts podcast Ep 36.1: Penny is my Co-Pilot



There's a new format for the podcast. I will record every two weeks but I'm breaking the episode into 2 parts which will be posted weekly. Come back next week for part 2 of this episode.

No shop update until May 20.

The Specklealong runs from March 15-June 30. Use the hashtag #specklealong on social media.

Finished Objects
Works in Progress
Storytime

Stitch Fix Review #2

I am finally getting around to posting my Stitch Fix Review for April. I had a new stylist this time, Kristin. Let's see what she picked out for me.

Loveappella Deanne Printed Maxi Skirt $58

Stitch Fix #2
Styled with: Gap Jean Jacket, Uniqlo tank, Kelsey Dagger Bucket Bag, Kendra Scott Necklace (from Rocksbox: Use code sarapbff2 for a free month)

When I looked at the preview, I was not at all impressed with this. It's purple and orange which is definitely outside my comfort zone, and I don't have too many tops to wear with it. However, I was so excited to find a maxi skirt that I could wear without hemming that I decided to keep it. It has a really wide waistband that can be folded down so I can wear it with flats or heels.

Verdict: Keep

Market & Spruce Suva Cargo Jacket $78

Stitch Fix #2
Styled with: Madewell Tee

This is a double-breasted unlined jacket that closes with snaps. I really didn't need another spring jacket, but I mostly liked it because it's red. It probably won't be my go-to jacket for spring but it'll work with some outfits.

Verdict: Keep

Kut from the Kloth Kate Boyfriend Jeans $88

Stitch Fix #2
Styled with: Madewell Tee, Kendra Scott Necklace, Gorjana Bangle (from Rocksbox: Use code sarapbff2 for a free month)

I had been looking for a pair of light wash jeans and these are perfect. Stitch Fix had originally sent me a 4P that were too big, but I asked for a size exchange and luckily they had it. I was really pleased with their customer service. These jeans are very soft and comfortable but they do stretch out with wear. I still liked them enough to buy another pair in white from Amazon.

Verdict: Keep

Market & Spruce Diller Crochet Sleeve Knit Top $48

Stitch Fix #2

An aside: Stitch Fix has no idea what crochet is. Pretty much any top with lace is labeled "crochet." anyway.

This top was too big and it emphasized my broad shoulders. I didn't want this top but it made more sense to keep it for the 25% discount. I ended up listing it on a Facebook B/S/T group and it sold right away, which is why I don't have a nicer styled photo of it.

Verdict: Kept for the discount, but sold on FB

Steven Genna Suede Lace Up Flat $119

Stitch Fix #2

I had pinned a very similar pair of shoes on my Pinterest board and I was thrilled that my stylist was able to find them for me. These shoes are actually pretty comfortable. I admit that tying them can be kind of a pain but once they are on, they're perfect.

Verdict: Keep

With the discount my total ended up being $273.25, and after selling the top, the total was $237. This was my first 5 out of 5 fix (sort-of) and I couldn't be happier. I have asked to keep Kristin as my stylist for future fixes.

Linking up with Crazy Together

If you are unaware, Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service. You fill out a style profile with sizes and preferences, pay a $20 styling fee, and your stylist chooses 5 pieces to send to you. In addition to the clothes you get a personal note and style cards with ideas of how to wear the clothes, a price list, and a postage paid return envelope for whatever you send back. Then you have 3 days to try on the clothes and decide what you want to keep. If you keep at least one item, your $20 styling fee applies toward your purchase, and if you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount on the total. You can also choose when to receive your box--whether it's by scheduling automatic deliveries or simply ordering a box when you want one.

This post uses referral links. If you are interested in trying out Stitch Fix and sign up using my link, I receive a $25 credit. This is not a sponsored post--I am a regular subscriber of the service, and I promise to only give my honest opinions of the clothes and the service.

Monday, April 18, 2016

knottygnome crafts podcast Ep 35: Reverse Mullet



Next shop update is Friday, April 22 at 10:30 AM EDT. Previews will be up the day before. I will ship out orders from this update on the following Tuesday.

I redraw winners for the Fashionably Late K(C)AL at the beginning of this episode.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Andi of Andre Sue Knits
Erin of Holland Handmade
Ellie of ColoRings by Ellie

The Specklealong runs from March 15-June 30. Use the hashtag #specklealong on social media.

Spoiler alert: I show the April shipment of the Nest Fiber Club in this episode.

Finished Object
Works in Progress
Spinning
Guilty Pleasures

Monday, April 04, 2016

knottygnome crafts podcast Ep 34: Fiber Unicorn



Next shop update is Friday, April 8 at 10:30 AM EDT. Previews will be up the day before.

Winners of the Fashionably Late K(C)AL are announced at the end of this episode.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Andi of Andre Sue Knits
Erin of Holland Handmade
Ellie of ColoRings by Ellie (Use code KNOTTY10 for 10% off purchase of $10 or more. Valid through April 15th.)

The Specklealong runs from March 15-June 30. Use the hashtag #specklealong on social media.

Finished Object
Works in Progress
Spinning
Guilty Pleasures
Stash Report

March Totals:
1049 yds yarn used
2671 yds yarn removed from stash
18.6 oz fiber spun/removed from stash

2016 Totals:
+17439 yds yarn / 12.55 lbs yarn total
+5.13 lbs fiber total

Storytime

Monday, March 21, 2016

Show Notes for Podcast Ep 33: Blankets & More Blankets



Shop update is live!

Join the Fashionably Late K(C)AL in the Ravelry Group

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Andi of Andre Sue Knits
Erin of Holland Handmade
Ellie of ColoRings by Ellie (Use code KNOTTY10 for 10% off purchase of $10 or more. Valid through April 15th.)

The Specklealong runs from March 15-June 30. Use the hashtag #specklealong on social media.

Works in Progress
Spinning
Cross Stitch
Guilty Pleasures

Monday, March 07, 2016

Show Notes for Podcast Ep 32: Winners at the End



Stick around for the end of the episode. I announce the bonus winners of the Fashionably Late K(C)AL chatter thread for February. My Ravelry pattern store is here.
Join the Fashionably Late K(C)AL in the Ravelry Group

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Andi of Andre Sue Knits
Erin of Holland Handmade
Ellie of ColoRings by Ellie (Use code KNOTTY10 for 10% off purchase of $10 or more. Valid through April 15th.)

Finished Objects
Works in Progress
Spinning
Cross Stitch
Guilty Pleasures
What I'm Watching
Stash Report

February Totals:
3608 yds yarn used
-2361 yds yarn added to stash
-4 oz fiber added to stash

2016 Totals:
+13719 yds yarn / 10.34 lbs yarn total
+4 lbs fiber total

Friday, March 04, 2016

#stylinghandmade 03.04.16

This week's #stylinghandmade features two more finished objects: my second hitchhiker shawl in Knit Picks Felici, and my never-ending knee socks.

Pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Tea Party & Fanciful
Rav Project page

#stylinghandmade 03.04.16

Styled with: Old Navy pink long sleeved t-shirt, skinny belt from ASOS, Sewaholic Hollyburn wool gabardine skirt (also handmade), Cobb Hill Oxford heels

#stylinghandmade 03.04.16

Knee Socks (no pattern)
Yarn: Wool 2 Dye 4 platinum sock undyed
Rav Project page

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Small shop update

shop update 3/3 shop update 3/3

Just a quick note to say that I posted a handful of new bags to the shop today--mostly project clutches and one OOAK patchwork spindle bag.

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