Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What I wore Wednesday 08/23/17

Thanks to a slightly colder and rainier week, I have quite a few outfits to share.

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So technically, I did not actually end up wearing this outfit. Shortly after this photo was taken I spilled egg salad all over myself (don't ask) and had to change so that I wouldn't smell like egg salad all day. I still like the outfit and hopefully I'll actually get to wear it someday.

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My stepmom makes jewelry and she gave me this handmade necklace for my birthday this year. I love how the cobalt blue looks with olive.

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  • BP Twist Tee | exact
  • Handmade necklace (gift) | similar
  • Old Navy boyfriend jeans with DIY distressing and step-hem (from poshmark) | similar here and here
  • White Keds | exact
  • Gorjana ring (old)
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This gingham dress is one of the few self-stitched clothing items I still have and wear. it's one of my favorites.

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Today I'm wearing another handmade necklace from my stepmom. Sorry the photo is so blown out--I had to pick the one with the Ellie photobomb. The necklace is silver and minty green.

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  • Madewell Fleet Jacket | exact
  • Halogen knot front tee | exact
  • Zella High Waist Crop Leggings | exact
  • Saucony Originals Bullet Sneaker | exact
  • handmade necklace (gift)
  • Madewell mini transport crossbody | exact

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Friday, August 18, 2017

While I was knitting...08/18/17

WATCHING

  • Game of Thrones (HBO, Amazon): I've been keeping up with the newest season. It's not over yet, so I won't say it's official but I think S6/7 have me back on the GOT train. They've gradually mostly let up on the sadistic horror. So there's that.
  • Fargo S1 (Hulu, Amazon): I've always wanted to watch this series, but hadn't ever gotten around to it. Spicy and I are really enjoying it. The homage to the Coen brothers is pretty well done, and the show is darkly funny but man it moves sooo slowwwly. I think we're halfway through the season now. The episodes just seem extraordinarily long. I'd like to keep watching beyond Season 1 but I think we may need a break once it's over.

LISTENING

  • Myths and Legends Podcast: This is not a new to me podcast, but I am catching up on some episodes as I had fallen behind on listening this year. Right now I'm on the story of Sinbad. It's always an entertaining podcast and I highly recommend it.
  • Book suggestions?
    I have a few audible credits but I just haven't been in book listening mode. I can't find any books that I haven't read before that I'd like to listen to right now. Does anybody have recommendations for a good book that they've read lately?

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

knottygnome crafts design: Rugby Shawl

Rugby Shawl

I came up with the design for this shawl back in 2015, right after I had published the Confetti Cake Shawl. I was in the mood for striped crescent shawls with lace. I charted the lace edging pattern combining stitch patterns from a few of my stitch dictionaries and wound up some lovely Brooklyn Tweed Loft that I had purchased right after Rhinebeck. All went well until I made a mistake on the edging and didn't feel like tinking back to fix it. Fast-forward to 2017 and I finally dug out the shawl, unpicked the mistake, and finished the knitting. Fortunately I still had all my notes and charts, even after a computer hard drive failure, so it wasn't too much trouble to reconstruct the pattern and get it published.

The Rugby Shawl is currently available for purchase on Ravelry. It begins at the neck with a garter tab cast-on and increases in wide stripes until the edging. The lace edging is an applied border worked sideways so there is no lengthy bind-off. The pattern comes in 3 sizes and has both charted and written instructions for the edging. The sample is shown in Size M. It's quite a big shawl, even in the medium size, and it will be perfect for chilly days.

Rugby Shawl

The pattern is available at a 25% discount for one more day with the code fallseason. Offer expires Friday, August 17 at midnight EDT.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What We Wore Wednesday 08/16/17

This week, I only had one thing that was more of a DIY than an actual make, but I did make a sweater for my daughter that I wanted to share.

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I've been seeing cute basket purses this summer that were decorated with pompoms and tassels. I really wanted one but they were often $100 or more. I found a simple basket purse on Amazon and made my own pompoms with the 2" clover pompom maker. I used up a little over 50g of leftover cotton yarns. I hardly ever knit with cotton so it was nice to be able to use up some of that stash. I went with a blue and cream color scheme to keep it fairly neutral. The basket is just the right size that after summer is over, I will use it as a small project bag until next summer.

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Just as an aside, I bought this new matte topcoat for my nails and now i want to matte-ify everything. i'm late to the party on this trend, but i'm absolutely obsessed with it. (with opi nail polish)

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In other news, I finished a project for the #readyforwinterkal. I made my dog Penny another handspun sweater. She gets really cold in the winter and having only one sweater is inconvenient, so she needed another. I modified the free Harness-friendly dog sweater. I almost have the formula just right for her size, and I'd like to maybe make her another one someday out of scraps. it would be so stripey and fun.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Stitch Fix Review August 2017

I haven't ordered a Stitch Fix box in a long time, but I've been looking for some fall work items and I thought I'd give it another try.

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.


WAVERLY GREY Nola Ruffle Neck Blouse, SIZE XS: $118

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This was my least favorite item from the preview. I thought that the print was a bit old-ladyish. I assumed that it was so expensive because it was silk, but I was wrong. It's a polyester top. I don't think I would pay $118 for even the nicest polyester top. I liked the style of the top more than I thought I would but this was a definite no. I styled it a couple of different ways, including throwing on a blazer I got from a previous fix.

Verdict: Return

NIC+ZOE Julie Slim Straight Leg Pant, SIZE 2P: $128

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I really need skinny black pants for work but these didn't fit well. The fabric was oddly shiny and stiff and it bunched in weird places.

Verdict: Return

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NAPEAN SEA RD Sondy Ruffle Detail Blouse, SIZE XSP: $64

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I do need a white blouse but I thought this one was a little boring. I did consider keeping it because it's not sheer and it's not completely plain, but the sleeves were a little too long and fit too tightly on my forearms. I think the tightness would always bug me so I'm sending it back.

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SOLE SOCIETY Cammila Suede Loafer, SIZE 6: $79

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I kind of liked these shoes. I assumed that the pointy toe would be tight on my wide feet but they actually fit well and I could wear them with my supportive insoles. I theoretically loved the mustard color. But when I put them on, I felt like my skin tone blended in too much with the yellow color of the shoes and my feet just looked weird. I really like the gold glitter ones so I might ask for those in a future box.

Verdict: Return

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GILLI Haven Textured Knit Dress, SIZE S: $64

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This was probably my favorite item from the box. I love the polka dots, it fit reasonably well, and the style was very me. Unfortunately the fabric was really scratchy and the unlined skirt was see-through. I'd have to wear a slip with it, which I would never do, and therefore I'd probably never wear the dress. I styled it with and without a red suede moto jacket, a statement necklace, and classic black pointy toe heels, which gave the outfit a fun 50s feel.

Verdict: Return

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What do you think I should have kept? Am I just being weird about the shoes or the dress? I'm disappointed at not finding anything but I figure it's better than keeping something I won't wear. Let me know your opinion in the comments.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

While I was knitting... 8/11/17

WATCHING

  • Adventure Time (Amazon, Hulu): I've recently fallen in love with Adventure Time. If you haven't seen it, it's hilarious. Jake the dog is my favorite. Now I want AT cross stitch, and tote bags, and yarn.
  • Beware the Slenderman (Amazon, HBO): This is a documentary about two 12 year old girls who stabbed their friend in order to impress a fictional meme character on the internet, Slenderman. It's pretty difficult to watch and a tragedy for everyone involved, but it brings up issues of internet responsibility, mental illness, the prison system, parenting, and others. It was a very well-made documentary and I highly recommend it.
  • The Americans (S1 Amazon, S2 Amazon): I had started watching this show ages ago and just picked it back up. I finished S1 and just started S2. It's very addictive, well-acted, and sadly relevant to our current times. I'm looking forward to watching more.

LISTENING

  • Pod Save America / Pod Save the World: I continue to listen to these podcasts every week. This week there were some interesting guests, on PSA a man who wrote a book about Steve Bannon and managed to make him sound kind of interesting, and a truly sad tale on PSTW about Sergei Magnitsky and the Russian sanctions that made Putin really mad.
  • Presidential / Constitutional: I am finally almost caught up with Presidential. I had quit listening post-election last year b/c I just couldn't stomach hearing about presidents anymore. I now only have one episode left, the Donald Trump episode, and I don't know if I'll make through that one or not. The same people have started a new podcast, Constitutional, about the people and events who've shaped the Constitution to make it what it is today. I've only heard the first episode, but I like it so far.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday 8/9/17

It's been chilly in the mornings, so I've been able to wear a few wooly things.

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Comfy weekend wear.

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