WIP: Hortencia

As I mentioned previously, I am doing some more pattern testing for Andi Satterlund’s latest design. It is going by wonderfully with no major problems. The body portion went by relatively fast. I feel the longest part of the pattern may be the sleeves because they are full length and wide. It would be nice to finish the sleeves this upcoming weekend but, usually my weekends turn out to be very full. So, we shall see…

I really look forward to finishing this because I have this perfect holiday dress that I think would look perfect with it. I would like to wear it to my college’s Annual Christmas Concert, which is on December 8. So, even though I have until December 15 to complete the pattern I am aiming for December 8.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

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OAN: The hat I am wearing was made by sister April from the book, The Crochet Boutique. I made the pattern also in green and turquoise but, I find myself wearing the red hat the most.  It’s called the Bonnie Beret and with the new Bonnie & Clyde movie coming out soon I really enjoy wearing it. This pattern is also available for FREE.

Vintage Books

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In the previous post, I talked about the new books that were added to my personal library. However, I completely forgot to mention the vintage knit/crochet/sewing books that I found while on vacation in Panama City, FL.

We stopped by the Salvation Army and I was kind of aimlessly browsing around. Then, I decided to check out the book section. Lo and behold there were all these vintage books there! The era was the early 1970’s.  There seems to have been some sort of series put out by “Make it Yourself” and there were so many different volumes. I wish I could have gotten them all but, I did practice some restraint. My sister  picked up a few. And another lady saw what I discovered and she was literally hovering over my back so, I decided to choose the volumes with the best patterns. And she got the rest.

These books are too cool for words. There are many wearable projects in knitting, crochet, and sewing. Although, for the sewing the pattern sheets that probably came with the book aren’t available. The only thing I don’t like is that they didn’t list yarn weights for that time. They just show a picture of the yarn so, you can see the size. However, they do list gauge so, I can judge from there.

Below are just two pictures from a couple of the books to give you an idea of the patterns. I would actually like to scan my favorites so you all can really see just how wonderful these patterns are. So, expect that in the future…

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It is my goal to create at least 1-2 creations from these books before the year is out. So, I will share.

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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Book Review: Sweater Girls

Sweater_girls_lgI have been purchasing quite a few craft books in the past few months. It is for that reason that I am now on a break from purchasing more. (Even though, I have been really wanting to purchase Blueprint Sweater by Robyn Chachula)

But, on to the review. If you know me, then you would know I love all things vintage, antique, old, whatever you may call it. So, when I was browsing the books in the Needlecraft section of Books-A-Million I knew I had to purchase it. They took old patterns from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and they put them in this book. I think there are about two new designs in the book but, they also have a vintage feel to it.

Pros:

1. A nice number of vintage sweaters. There are also some gorgeous knitted stockings, a fair isle hat, a lace skirt, and some elegant wristers.

2. Nice instructions (I have read over a few but, I have yet to do a pattern yet.)

3. Very diverse. As aforementioned the patterns are from the 1940s – 1950s so, they are all the same style.

4. Beautiful and inspiring photos. They kept with the vintage feel but, still you can really see yourself wearing the style in today’s era.

Cons:

1. All of the patterns use fingering yarn except, the wristers (sport yarn). So, for me that means I have to order because there aren’t really any yarn stores in my area. I am limited to the department stores. But, KnitPicks really answers this call.

2. The patterns are mainly worked flat so, there will be a bit of seaming and a lot of finishing.

Future projects from the book I plan on making are: Clara Bow Panel Sweater, Vivien Sweater, Great Lacy Wristwarmers

Below I have featured a few of my favorite designs:

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