Me Made May ’14 – Week 3

Wow! I can’t believe we only have 10 more days left in Me Made May ’14. I have really enjoyed it so far. Check out my outfit details from the previous week.

Day 15 (Thursday) – So, out of nowhere it turned cold in Alabama. However, I was kinda excited because I got to wear a pullover. I didn’t think I would get a chance to wear any of my pullovers because it does get suffocating in the hot weather we usually have in Alabama. This is the Aiken pullover, a design by Andi Satterlund.

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Day 16 (Friday) – Well, this is my version of casual Friday. I am wearing my handmade yellow skirt with my school’s shirt. The colors are perfect because it is Tuskegee University’s colors. I really liked this outfit.

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Day 17 (Saturday) – We had a Prayer Breakfast at my church and I wanted to wear something casual yet chic. This fit the bill. I really like this outfit because it is almost entirely pink and that is my favorite color. The Hetty cardigan is a another great pattern by Andi Satterlund and hopefully one day I’ll have time to make another in green.day 17

Day 18 (Sunday) – I am wearing the Hortencia cardigan with a purple dress. As you can see, this is my “lazy day” outfit. I just paired a cardigan with a dress. day 18

Day 19 (Monday) – I am actually off work this week but, I had to dress up to go to my niece’s school play. This past Saturday I finished my Miette cardigan. So, this was the perfect time to wear it. I really like the bright orange color. Expect a blog post on this cardigan in the future.day 19

Day 20 (Tuesday) – Well, the Casual Summer Top has reappeared. I went for super comfy on this day. I just put the top over a lightweight dress with some sandals. I like how the outfit turned out.day 20

Day 21 (Wednesday) – And this is what I am wearing today. My favorite polka dot pink dress with my very first knit cardigan. This is the Beulah cardigan and I still adore it to this day. Today, I had to go to my niece’s promotion exercise so, I went for casual yet put together.day 21Well, that concludes Week 3. I am kinda sad that Me Made Made ’14 is about to end. I need to savor these last few days.

 

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Knit Style: Bowtie Beauty

IMG_7190[1]Even though I am just trying on the bowtie in this picture (it is going to be shipped out), I really like how the style of this looks. This is the outfit that I am wearing today and the bowtie just fit with it so seamlessly. My outfit consists of a colorful plaid full skirt, a crisp white collared shirt, belted waists, and accessorized with bangles and bold earrings. Then, the bowtie adds the final effect.

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Finished Object: Ruffles Scarf

Well, last night after watching Downton Abbey I finished the edging on my Ruffles Scarf. This was a really nice pattern to work up and I really like the finished result. The style of this scarf has me written all over it. It’s unique, chic, and just fabulous.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Light Raspberry

Weight – Worsted (4)

Hook – F (3.75 mm)

Level – Easy

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Designer Spotlight: Double Stitch Twins

I absolutely adore Erika and Monika Simmons a.k.a. the Double Stitch Twins. Their designs are so unique, colorful, bold, and beautifully sculptured.

My love affair with the Double Stitch Twin’s designs began with the Trendy Top Overlay. After working up that pattern over a day. I was addicted. (WARNING: Their patterns are so addictive you will find yourself making the patterns back to back to back.) I had to force myself to take a break so, that I could focus on making patterns from my other books and magazines.

I have made quite a few of their patterns and all of them aren’t even listed on my Ravelry account but, here are the patterns I have made so far: Trendy Top Overlay, Springtime Circle Vest, Tailored Vest, Trippy Tunic, Two-Tone Shrug, Textured Wristers, Any Day Cardigan, Puff Sleeve Jacket, and Layered Chain Scarf.

Their patterns range from a level of Easy to Intermediate. Also, it doesn’t hurt that they have a very large collection of free patterns on Red Heart Yarns free website. Check them out HERE. Also, if you find yourself wanting even more Double Stitch designs check out their books: (1) Fashion Forward by the Double Stitch Twins (2)  Double Stitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista (3) The Crochet Fashionista Workshop.

I usually get many compliments whenever I wear one of their designs but, I must admit that their Trippy Tunic was VERY popular with everyone. I received so many compliments from wearing it that I even became overwhelmed. LOL. Not that I’m complaining 😉

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some of my favorite designs by them:

Here are a few pics of me wearing their designs that I made:

So, check them out if you haven’t already!

Knit (and a little crochet) Style: Beulah Cardigan

Today, marks the second time that I have worn the Beulah Cardigan, which is a pattern from the Knitscene Spring 2012 issue. I absolutely love this cardigan and feel it is just so flattering. But, I think I don’t wear it as much as I can because it’s definitely one of those cardigans that people remember. And I don’t want anyone to be like “She sure wears that all the time”. LOL

I usually like to pair the cardigan with navy blue and a pop of red. However, in the future I will play with different looks with this cardi. Also, I have yet to wear it with some jeans and that may look cute too.

I am also wearing some crochet earrings that I made from the Crochet Today May/June 2012 issue.

Outfit details:

Cardigan – Handmade by me (knit)

Skirt – Banana Republic

Top – Walmart

Shoes – Gianni Bini

Earrings – Handmade by me (crochet)

Crochet Style: Wintry Cowl

This outfit is actually from yesterday but, I didn’t get a chance to post it. This wintry cowl is from a pattern in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Crochet Today. I made this last winter and it worked up very quickly. It employs the V-Stitch. I used Lion Brand Hometown Solids, which is a Super Bulky yarn.

I like to pair this red cowl whenever I wear neutral outfits that lack color. It is something just so fab about a big chunky cowl in a bold color. Did I mention that this cowl is so snuggly and warm?  Well, it is 🙂

Outfit Details:

Dress – Ross Dress for Less

Boots – Plato’s Closet

Cowl – Handmade by Me

Designer Spotlight: Mari Lynn Patrick

If you buy as many crochet and knit magazines as I do you will definitely see this name pop up every time. Mari Lynn Patrick definitely makes the list as one of my FAVORITE DESIGNERS EVER! I love that her patterns are classic yet, so unique. And I love that she designs for both genres of knit and crochet.

The main magazines you will see Mari Lynn Patrick’s designs in are: Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today.

One of my first wearable pieces was designed by her. It was the Versatile Vest in the March/April 2009 issue of Crochet Today. I have worn it about 3 times this winter and I even made my mother one. The next design of hers I made was The Julia Jacket from the November/December 2011 issue of Crochet Today.

Great Fact: Mari Lynn’s Patrick designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting since the beginning of its relaunch.

Ok, I could go on and on about her greatness but, let me show you some brief pics of the items I made from her designs:

The Julia Jacket (crochet, Red Heart Super Saver)
The Versatile Vest (crochet, Red Heart Super Saver)
Some of my favorite designs by her:

Simply stunning!!

Photos Source: Ravelry