On fashion

I thought I had written this post before. If I have, apologies. It’s still rumbling around in my brain.

A few months ago I checked out a library book (we love libraries!) about wardrobe and curating your closet.

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I’ve tended to make sweaters, shirts, dresses, pants based on really loving the fabric/color/design.

Except you know what I don’t wear? Design and Color. There’s a really lovely part of the book that asks you to narrow down your color choices as far as what you wear.

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You pick three colors, two coordinating neutrals, and then some accent colors. This is what you wear, not what your house is, not what you like to see. What you wear.

Here’s my pass.

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And can I tell you, finding non-neutrals was hard. I didn’t have to, of course. And really, I didn’t succeed. But these are the colors I feel most comfortable and confident in. Black, light black, lightest black. With Mid-black and Navy as my neutrals. Dude, inner goth, could you hold it down in there, I can’t hear myself above the bad poetry.

And actually, I don’t look that great in lightest grey.

But I’ll take the pops of maroon, grey green, turquoise green.

It’s really made me slow down and think about what I’m sewing. And buying. No more cutesy fabrics that are just too adorable in dress quantities. No more sweater quantities of variegated yarns. I’ll limit myself to smaller quantities to make accessories.

It means my crafting has slowed a bit, but I think that’s a good thing. No sense in putting massive amounts of un-wearble things in my closet.

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Slog

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The Brownberry Podcast is hosting a “Slog Along” over on Instagram. Man. This fantastic “Granito” sweater from Joji Locatelli is fitting into that category. This has become a total project knit for me; meaning I want the finished object. I want the warm, sunny hug of this project. I want the cool grey pocket backs.

I want to be done.

I started this at the beginning of the year and I can’t guarantee it’s not going to be an 18 month project. That totally qualifies as slow fashion. Snail slow. Sloth slow. Krista slow. At least it fits into “Project Sweater Chest” from the Knitmore Girls.

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Knittin’ Little

Over the summer I got to review a collection by the group Knittin’ Little. I was certain I was going to cast on the whale hat. It’s adorable! But when I tried, the yarn just wasn’t having it.

Instead I cast on for the Summer Sunset. I had some appropriate yarn in my stash that wasn’t a color I would wear…but also was a bit bland. So I gently boiled it with some Kool-Aid and ended up with a nice tonal yarn.

A little winding and I had it ready to cast on.

The knitting was pretty straight forward. I opted to omit the lace on the front of the tank. And my first time connecting the “sleeves” to the body got twisted and I had to rip out. But it’s a pretty smooth, easy knit.

And it grew pretty quickly.

And went for a bath and then got laid flat to dry. I wove in the ends pre-soak but didn’t attach the buttons.

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Et voila!

I used this to participate in the Knittin’ Little Summer KAL and won a prize! I’ve sent off my address and am awaiting my yarn 🙂

Hello, BlogHer!!!

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Today’s post is coming at you from the past! As of 5AM I am driving down to Los Angeles and the JW Marriot Live to attend the 2016 BlogHer Convention: Experts Among Us!

Hello, fellow bloggers, thanks for checking me out!

My name is Krista & I have been a crocheter since 6, a knitter since my late 20s, and have recently taken up some scroll sawing. I also occasionally pull out my sewing machine, fire up the oven, or look up fun ideas on pinterest.

I have two pugs and a chug who often appear in my photos for my different crafts.

Leroy, the male fawn pug, is my 13-1/2 year old “grumpy old man” and is the opposite of everything a pug should be. He’s anti-social, demanding, and independent. He’s my heart walking around in dog form.

George is my female black pug. She’s 8-1/2 and starting to slow down. But she is the original velcro pug. Sweet, docile, but going blind and stubborn as heck.

And we just added Maggie. She’s half pug/half chihuahua, all puppy. As of 3 months she is velcro like a pug, and does the “hearts shooting out of her eyes” at her people like a pug, but mostly looks like a short, black chihuahua. We adopted Maggie through Central Coast Pug Rescue this year after looking for a third pug for several years.

Most of my knitting is hats and socks and shawls as we live on the central coast of California and it’s not exactly winter here, ever.

I like my hats simple but interesting, my socks on double point needles, and my shawls long but thin (a glorified scarf). I prefer to work on fingering weight yarn except for children’s hats, which are generally worsted. I usually knit for myself or my loved ones, only occasionally taking on a request or commission.

I do, sometimes, work on sweaters and blankets. I’m still hashing out the fit of sweaters and prefer to crochet blankets as it goes faster.

& I like to talk about “knitting adjacent” activities like baking, wood, or sewing.

You can find me on Ravelry (if you do fiber craft and haven’t discovered Ravelry for forums and pattern database, you are in for a real treat!), Instagram, and Twitter as knitonepugtwo.

& if you’re a fan of stitch markers, or even just pins, I’m bringing some with me to give away!

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Maggie is modelling. The finished object is double sided on a little pin.

 

Glasses for socks

People on ravelry often talk about what they’ll trade for knitting time. Often it is “if you’ll clean my house, I’ll knit you that sweater.” And that seems unbalanced to me. Unless someone really enjoys scrubbing houses, or perhaps enjoys handknit socks more than they dislike scrubbing houses. Because while knitting is a skill, it is also one a lot of us do happily. I always found it more, for lack of a better term, fair, to trade another craft/art/something someone enjoys doing. Like a painting, a sculpture, a well turned wood nostepinne or ceramic bowl.

Lucky for me, my girlfriend agreed. This time I didn’t trade for her artistic talents, she makes beautiful glass beads, but for her more well-traveled life. She was heading to Switzerland to visit family and I asked for Nutella in a decorative glass in exchange for a pair of socks. We have one such glass from when my sister & her husband did a big European tour and it is the prized drinking glass, the one every fights over. A glass, not even a handmade one, may seem like a small prize in comparison to the hours in a sock, but I figure the distance traveled made up for the discrepancy.

Unfortunately for me, Nutella is now using plastic jars. But my girlfriend rocked it and found, as she said, “a very Swiss” pattern on a pair of Dijon Mustard jars. Not only are the jars adorable, but the mustard is good, too! Now that’s what I call a fair trade.

Anyone else got some trade-able skills want a pair of handknit, custom socks or hat? For now the only ones for others on my docket are likely to be donated to the kids’ school.IMG_20160722_131211.jpg

Embroidery, Mr. Robot

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Way back in March I reviewed a few books from the library. Specifically, I looked at the Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Embroidery. After thinking about it, checking it out, thinking, needing to reference it, I finally bought it from Amazon.

And usually after I do that the books sit on the shelf untouched. Not this one!

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First I referenced it to add an embellishment to the required class project in my 3 week sewing course. Day one was mostly listening plus starting this bag, identical to everyone else’s. My little trio of flowers should help distinguish my finished project. Plus, so cute!

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Then, because every knitter feels a compulsion in their DNA to clothe babies, I had to make a baby beanie for a blogging acquaintance. After frogging a baby hat knit on the wrong yarn, I knit up a simple grey beanie. And after searching Pinterest for line drawings, referring to my new favorite book, and pulling out the floss – Ta Da! Adorable baby boy gift.

Splurge

Scanning through one of the many articles that pops up on SheKnows Media, who put on the BlogHer event, I came across an article about splurging and what women splurge on. I like the term splurge. Though now I’ve typed it a few times it sounds weird in my head and maybe a little dirty. Still. The word itself implies less bad feelings than “guilty pleasure.” Because most pleasures aren’t things you need to feel guilty about (I feel slightly guilty not sharing the last bit of ice cream with my husband). But splurging seems to imply that you’re maybe spending a little more than most people might, but that you aren’t sending yourself into bankruptcy for a treat.

I’m generally careful with a budge and the more grown up and adult I’ve become the more I like to save. To put off and make do. I’ve always enjoyed mending. And I like old things. My dresser was my mother’s. Our headboard was re-made from bits of our wood ceiling. Our desk is a Craigslist find. Not to say we don’t have new things, but re-use is high on our list.

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See that corner of desk above the pug?

And treating myself has become more important since quitting my job and becoming a mother. My “me time” is shorter. And knitting is more important. It centers me, grounds me. I don’t like yoga. And weight lifting has to be done at the gym. Even wood working & sewing are limited by the machinery. But knitting? I can do that in the car. On the couch. Walking around Home Depot.

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Being the do-it-yourself types, this is our family’s second home

While I buy yarn that I like, I don’t often truly blow the budget. I’m frugal by nature. And I’ve started really considering what I want. Both in my knitting and in my home. That gorgeous variegated skein with all the colors may be gorgeous, but I’ve yet to be 100% happy with a knit up item out of one of those skeins.

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That yarn is pretty, but is it me?

I much prefer self striping or tonal finished objects.

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Purples and pinks may not be me but the mix is fabulous and subtle. Me? Not so much subtle.

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Self striping & geeky? BB-8 on my feet!

I think my frugality has stretched my creativeness. And it allows me to splurge on the tools, yarns, fabrics, woods, and new hobbies that really appeal to me. And I don’t feel guilty about being a creative person with a lot of things rolling around in her brain just waiting to get out of her finger tips.