Category Crafts

knit birthday circlet

Sometimes knitting a less practical item makes me very happy. I pinned an image of a little girl wearing a knit birthday circlet and I just HAD to make Jude one for his upcoming 5th birthday. Because, you know, I’m crazy. Turns out, the circlet was a free pattern! The pattern was quick to learn so in my bits and pieces of stolen time, I worked on it. And finished it! The yarn I used was worsted weight so the crown turned out a bit less dainty than intended, but I think that it works for a little boy.

Totally impractical and I love it just the same. 🙂

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a bit of crochet and plans for knitting

I recently finished up a gift for a coworker that is having a baby boy any day now! She already had all of the supplies for this cute crochet pattern and I gladly took them off her hand to crochet up the Suspenders and Bowtie Diaper Cover Pattern. I think it turned out pretty cute! Can’t wait to see the little one wearing these items. 🙂

I’m still working on finishing up my Kage Sweater, but I have lined up my next project. Since Jude got a sweater, I have a sweater and one almost done, it’s time for Jason to get a sweater! He picked out the Slade Sweater (Slade, also known as Deathstroke, a DC Comic super villian – quite appropriate if you know our love of comic books). Pretty dapper:

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We picked the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Prussian Heather, which is a lovely navy with hints of grey and lovely heathered bits of tan, green and silver.

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I’ve only had the chance to swatch but the yarn is really wonderful to knit with. I’m looking forward to knitting some more with this yarn!

swatching slade sweater

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Stitch Fix #3

It seems I am only blogging once monthly right now. Y’all, life is full right now.

On to the third fix.

The first item was an instant yes – the Hazel Claire Fit & Flare Polka Dot Dress. It’s navy which is super versatile and I see myself wearing this in a variety of ways. It was comfortable and flattering. And it has pockets!

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And a cute v-neck back!

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Next up, the Lilly Calla Solid Swing Skirt in navy and the Lily Lexa Abstract Print Cowl Neck Top. They are both made in the US and that was the only thing I liked about them. I do not like cowl neck shirts. And the skirt was that exact thin fabric that shows everything you don’t want to show: rolls, belly buttons, underwear lines. Both are going back.

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Finally, the TCEC Denissa Tribal Detailed Key-Hole Tank and the Emperia Avalon Two Tone Tote with Stud Detail. I didn’t like the tote, the colors were fine, the stud detail was ok (although only on one side which is why you can’t see it in the picture)… It felt cheap, especially given the price and just a bit too small. The tank is super breezy and comfortable with lovely detailing – I can see myself wearing it with a maxi skirt, a pencil skirt, shorts, rolled up boyfriend jeans… I like the versatility. I’m keeping it!

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So overall, I didn’t feel like my style was nailed by the stylist this time (unlike last time) but I got two pieces that I really like that I think I will use a lot. If you think you want to try out Stitch Fix, would you consider using my referral link?

What do you think about the items I got this time?

 

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Stitch Fix #2

I had my second fix. I think the anticipation of getting your next box of item is so much of the fun!

When I opened up my box, I was super excited to see a mix of patterns and a lot of my favorite color family – blues and greens. Right from the start, I felt like my style was a bit more understood than the first fix.

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The first item I tried on was the 41Hawthorn Capitola Fit & Flare Tank Dress – very practical for our hot Texas weather and a great item for board meetings: professional, classic and a versatile navy blue. Jason really liked this dress – when I came out he was all excited about going on a date! It is a bit pricey, but I’m thinking it may be worth it to have such an elegant dress in my wardrobe.

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The second item, the Delmare Elephant Print Cut-Out Detail Blouse. It’s a lovely silky material with cute vintage elephants, and in theory I like the cut-outs…. BUT 1) I don’t care for peasant blouses, they feel frumpy on me and 2) who wants to wear a strapless bra with a shirt that looks like you should be able to wear a regular bra! It’s going back.

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Next, the Jordanne A-Line Skirt. It’s green! And my favorite shade of green! It’s got some neat detailing at the waist and is nicely lined.

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I took one of their other suggestions on the style card and paired it with my polka dot chambray shirt. Pretty cute!

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On to the Locklyn Ruffle Detail Tribal Print Tank. I really like the detailing on this tank, the sheer top panel, the loose billowing ruffled back. Jason didn’t love this though and I’m not certain it is as flattering on as I would like. Although, looking at the photo may change my mind… (Oh but those leather Madewell green flats? Denim and Stripes Insta Shop for a steal!)

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And finally, the Ritz Mixed Pattern Front Pocket Knit Shirt. I really like the mix of stripes, polka dotted back and floral pocket. It’s loose fitting and I could see this getting a lot of wear during the summer. I’m going to have to think on this one for a bit because it feels very trendy and I don’t want to spend a lot of money on an item that will be ‘out’ next summer. Oh but stripes… 🙂 And a special shout out to The Newest Wrinkle – TX for the lovely Gap skinnies! If y’all haven’t heard about instagram thrift shopping… don’t blame me for telling you about it! Thrift shopping from your phone is dangerous… and many shops support awesome causes with their sales, like adoptions!

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OK, y’all, thoughts on the items I got this round? I am a little bummed that I didn’t receive any items that were made in the US this time – everything was made in China. That will make some of the items easier to send back. I’ll have to mention that in my comments for my next fix.

Do you want to sign up? If you do, I’d love it if you use my referral link!

 

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My First Stitch Fix!

OK, y’all, this was so much fun! If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix (referral link, I get $25 if you sign up!) it’s a mom’s best friend. Because really, who wants to bring their kids to a store? A personal stylist picks clothing out based on a style profile you fill out! In addition to the style profile, you make a pinterest board with items that you like and they send you a box full of goodies. You go through the items they send you and keep what you like, send back what you don’t and only pay for what you keep!

I asked my stylist to pick items made in the USA so that it is much more likely that the items were made by folks 1) not in slavery 2) paid a fair wage for their hard work 3) not children. I also asked her to pick clothing that would transition between the work world and mom world, but with a sense of style and adventure. It is pricey, but since I only thrift the rest of my clothing, I feel ok support companies that make stylish clothing in the USA. Voting with your money and all that jazz.

Well look what showed up today:

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I was beyond excited to open it up. I have been itching to get my first fix! And to see houndstooth as the first item! Squeee!

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I opened up the styling tips and got to work trying on the items they sent me. I decided to try on the items doing my best to match some of the tips they sent me. Every single clothing thing I paired with my Stitch Fix clothing items were purchased at the thrift store (the shoes were not). 🙂 And of course, the majority of the jewelry I’m wearing is Noonday… Because I <3 Noonday.

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This first item I tried on was the 41Hawthorn Montgomery Solid Belted Shift Dress. This is a Stitch Fix Brand but is made in China. I like the neckline, it is super comfy, versatile, lightweight (which is perfect for working during our hot Austin summers) but it does feel a little plain… I haven’t made up my mind if I’m keeping it yet. I have three days to decide! 😉

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Next up was the Kut From the Kloth Simmons Bootcut Jean, also made in the USA. They fit perfectly, super comfortable, but are a little long. I just don’t wear heels any longer. I will likely be sending these back.

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On to the Pomelo Ivy Tulip Print Tab Sleeve Blouse which appears to be another Stitch Fix Brand, which hopefully means it is also made in the US. Super comfy! I’ve been trying to purge out some of the pink in my closet (there is SO MUCH PINK at the thrift stores) but I dig this pink with the cobalt tulips. Makes it feel less ‘girly’.

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Another way the style guide suggested to style the shirt – with a black pencil skirt. Makes it pretty versatile, eh? I’m pretty sure I’m keeping this one.

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Next up, Kut from the Kloth Marquis Slub Knit Dolman Sweater. Generally speaking, I tuck shirts into my maxi skirts, but I thought I’d give it a try untucked and I think I like it. It feels very hippy and it would make the maxi skirt a little more wearable during Austin’s ‘colder’ months.

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And here it is again with something a little more in my comfort zone. I’m thinking about keeping this one too, but I’m a little worried because white + being a mom = often ends in disaster.

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And finally, the item that made me excited to tear into the box, the Pomelo Jay Houndstooth Print Swing Skirt. I love the print so very much, but it gathers a bit unflatteringly (is that a word?) in the belly area and I can’t seem to escape the feeling that I could quickly sew up a very similar item myself. Undecided on whether I will keep this one.

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If you have feedback for me on what you think I should keep, I’m all ears! I haven’t made up my mind on a couple of items and I have a couple days to decide before I have to commit to sending back or purchasing.

I’m totally scheduling my next fix after this great first experience! If you are undecided about whether it would be good for you, check out some more about it on their website. And I would totally love it if you used my referral link. 😉

 

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Starboard Sweater

I finished Jude’s Starboard Sweater! Here was the progression of finishing:

Starboard sweater progression

It’s quite big, but hopefully that means he can get a couple years of wear out of it before it is too small! I am wondering if I should pick up some stitches around the neckband and make that a little smaller. I’ll wait until next winter, when hopefully it fits him a little bit better!

Jude in the Starboard Sweater

Handsome boy!

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Thrift Store Haul

I’ve shared most of my thrift store finds here (see first, second and third times) and most of those times I was trying to find wearable, comfortable, ‘mommy’ clothes that weren’t too frumpy. I was transitioning from a full-time office job to staying at home. I owned no shorts, no tank tops, very few t-shirts. This time, I needed to find some work appropriate, but also Texas weather (read: heat) friendly clothing. Turns out after a couple years, my work clothes… didn’t fit any longer. So, back to the thrift store I went and I had some awesome success. I didn’t spend more than $12 on anything and most items were $4 or less. Can you tell I am on a green kick?

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I found 1 dress, 1 leather belt, 6 shirts, 3 tank tops, 3 skirts, and finally 6 button-up shirts. I feel like I found some clothes that could transition from office to home pretty well!

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Next up, I signed up for a Stitch Fix (that’s a referral link)… I have had several friends sign up to have Stitch Fix deliveries with great results… We’ll see how that goes for me! I’m excited because you can tell them what you are looking for in clothing, like Made in the USA!

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albra alba, starboard & mojave

The Abra Alba Wrist Warmers are a free knitting pattern and you may remember that I knit these awhile back as one of my first knitting projects.  I was a VERY novice knitter and didn’t know how to make simple adjustments to the pattern. I had plenty of the Classic Elite Yarn Liberty Wool  left over and I still love the colors, so I decided to knit it again changing the order of the colors. I made some adjustments this time – I used size 5 needles to adjust for the worsted weight yarn and the magic loop method instead of DPNs. I added extra rows here and there to make the wrist warmers a bit longer. I also added P1,K1 ribbing at the finger side because I think it looks a little more finished.

I was inspired to knit them again because 1) Austin had an ice day (yes you read that right) and the whole stinkin’ city shut down, so what better to do on a day stuck inside than knit! 2) I am going to a women’s retreat in a couple weeks and these are going to be a part of some giveaway packages. They fit perfectly and I hope that whoever wins them at the women’s retreat giveaway enjoys them!

Alba Alba Wristwarmers, take 2

The other project I’m working on right now is the Starboard Sweater for Jude. He had been asking me to knit him a sweater for awhile so after Christmas, we sat down and he picked out the sweater pattern as well as the color and type of yarn he wanted. I am using Knit Picks City Tweed in Basil and it is absolutely lovely to knit with – so very soft! I’m knitting it in a size 6 so that he can wear it for a couple of years, because really, in Texas, you only need a wool sweater 2-5 times a year!

Starboard Sweater knitting progress

Maybe someday I’ll actually finish my Kage Sweater and Mojave cowl although I’ve made a bit of progress on the Mojave:

Mojave Cowl progress

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Charm Squares Baby Quilt

A friend of mine had her first little boy recently and I had the honor of sewing up this little quick quilt for her! It’s Elizabeth Hartman’s Charm Squares Baby Quilt.

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

I’m really happy with how it turned out – I hope she likes it too! I tried to go with colors/patterns she said were in her nursery.

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

There’s also a grey chevron nursing cover to go with it all, because after all, I do love the practical things in life! 🙂

 

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Word of the Year 2014

This Triangle Wheel Quilt Block is definitely an example of how difficult simplicity can be to achieve. Somewhere along the line, I must have measured something wrong, but I did my best to fix it and I’m pretty happy with the results! Someday I’ll get better at making triangle points align…

Word of the Year Quilt Block

I’ve had my word since January 1 this year but hadn’t been able to pick a block and find the time to sit down to make it. (A review of past years: 2013 – Deliberate, 2012 – Gratitude, 2011 – Belief, 2010 – Trust). Jude and I baked some cookies and then I sent Jason and Jude out to deliver them to neighbors which lead to much needed silence and alone time. Ahhh.

I started this 2014 year exhausted, tired deep to my bones. Often at the start of the new year, I feel invigorated, ready to kick some tail and start the year off with a bang. Everything seems possible. It all feels new.

This year, I hardly wanted to get out of bed. 2013 sapped me dry. I feel empty. I guess planting a church can do that to you. I promise, eventually I will sit down and write about this experience. There has been a lot to process, so many roller coasters.

Becoming a hermit sounds excellent to me right about now. 🙂

Word of the Year Quilt Block

Which leads to my word of the year: balanceMental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior. Equilibrium.

Doesn’t that sound nice?

There is so much to balance in life, marriage, parenting, work, faith, friendships. Food, cleaning, social media, blogging. Sewing, knitting, TV, movies. Often everything feels totally off balance because I have a problem saying ‘no’ to things.

This year, I will say no without guilt. I won’t go to everything, even if I can go. I will aim to adopt a slower pace. I will focus on enjoying the little moments. I won’t allow myself to be defined by exhaustion or how full we make our schedule. I will give myself space to think and process.

But I won’t become a hermit, I won’t withdraw from relationships, I will keep working at the things that matter.

I know this is a hard to achieve lifelong goal, but I think this is a good year to fixate on this word. Things are only going to get crazier and I have to have some framework for balance. So here we go. Let’s pursue some equilibrium.

Word of the Year Quilt Block

I used the stem stitch to embroider the word on the block, turning the equilateral triangle on it’s point, as if to … balance.

Do you have a word of the year? Something to help you focus on the year ahead?

 

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