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Donegal Tweed Fair Isle Scarf (PDF) by Rosemary Drysdale: Free pattern from Tahki Yarns.
-Available in 14 different scents and colors plus 6 unscented colors, so you are sure to find one (or many!) that you'll love!
-Scented with organic and natural oils, NOT artificially scented chemicals which can be absorbed into the skin or burn if rubbed into the eyes.
-Conforms to ASTM 4236
-Conforms to ASTM Standard Consumer Safety Specification on Toy Safety, F963
-Tested for lead content. Complies with 16 CFR 1303
* Since this toy can be molded into various sizes, choking hazard - small parts, not for children under 3 years old.
Wendy Knit bootie in black, can be worn pulled up (shown), or folded down. Sizes 7, 8, 8.5, and 9 are still available. These boots are gorgeous.
For the more cost conscious, these Jessica Simpson knitted boots can be worn the same way, and have a nice cut out detail on the shoe. Available now in sizes 6-11.
calypso lace jacket Loop-d-Loop Moss
This cardigan (i call most garments a "cardigan" if it hangs over the shoulders easily and especially if it has no buttons) is so boho grandma chic to me ;) but I really love it. It's very eye catching. It looks old fashioned but very wearable, and would be so cozy on Christmas morning, or around the fireplace. It is knit in a DK weight yarn called "Moss" (see link below the image), 85% extra fine merino wool, 15% nylon blend and is available in 9 different colors. You will find this pattern in the Loop-d-Loop pattern book by Teva Durham , Volume 2.
Stitch Diva - Endless Knitted Cardi Shawl pattern
This beautiful piece is one of the most versitile knitted cardigan/shawls you will have in your closet. The best thing about it is that it is at an easy level of knitting, which means most people will be able to accomplish this project with little to no problems at all. When I saw this I thought "...wow, I could really wear that for so many occasions."
What the hell is flannel and why would anyone ever want to wear it? When I hear the word "flannel," the first thing that comes to mind is a plaid flannel button down shirt from the 90s. However it is so much more than that, and is so comfortable.
"Flannel is a soft woven fabric, of various fineness. It usually doesn't have a nap, and instead gains its softness through the loosely spun yarn it is woven from. It is commonly used to make clothing, bed sheets, and sleepwear." (source)
Hermes Fall 2009 Ready to Wear collection.
The pants in this image are made of flannel. Check out this entire collection on Style.com (see the link above, under the image). There are some glorious knitted sweaters and stunning leather skirts and dresses. The colors of the leather (of course Hermes is a well known name for luxurious leather goods) are divinely earthy and look soft, supple, and flowing on the body.
zigzag scarf @ shopeileen.com
Similar to a Missoni, but only $15!
All three of these looks layer knitwear under an outerwear piece such as a blazer or jacket. In reality you are hiding your knitted garment, but it does make people more inclined to want you to take off that jacket, and show them your cardigan.
Great tip from my Lion Brand e-newsletter today:
- Works for knitting or crochet: I like to use bobby pins (the straight kind) to mark my rows, my stitches, and also to put articles together. To keep track of a lot of stitches, I count out 10 stitches and place a pin and continue. Then I only have to count by 10s. - Anonymous
New free pattern @ Berroco - Mayer
Kimchi Blue Sweater Cuff Wedge at Urban Outfitters
Become is a really cool website, featuring the best deals on products you want to buy, right now. For example, if you click on a category, you will see various products, with comparisons of the same types of items, all laid out for you to see, easily. When you find something you want, you can click over directly to the merchant's website. This saves you time instead of opening and closing separate websites (we all know how frustrating that can be). You can even save your favorite items for future reference. Check it out when trying to decide on your next purchase!
"Become.com has been recognized as being the best comparison search engine, designed to help consumers doing product research on the web. Become.com crawls over 3.2 billion web pages specifically from guides, expert reviews, consumer reviews, articles, specifications, forums, merchants, and a variety of other useful information to help consumers make better buying decisions. Become.com also has a "Nearby Stores" feature that allows users to plug in a zip code and get store names, addresses, phone numbers, hours and Maps."
Emerging fashion designers are being summoned to enter the SUPIMA DESIGN COMPETITION. Supima is a luxury cotton company and for the past two years they have challenged emerging designers with a fashion competition.
Supima is holding an OPEN CALL event at Bloomingdale’s (NYC, 59th Street) on October 21st from 10AM to 6PM.
Six finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges to show their designs in the Supima fashion show in January!
Although knee high boots, and open toe shoes are fashionable, and luxurious, your boss really doesn't want to see them, on you. They're pretty sexy and distracting, especially to your fellow male coworkers. If you want to be known as a sex symbol, that's is your business, but if you want to be taken seriously on all levels, cover up, even if it is just your feet. On a side note, heel height, in my opinion shouldn't matter (meaning between flat to about 5 inches should be the highest you go. If you go higher than that, then you are a brave soul, with a high tolerance for pain) and can make most women's feet and legs look better in those dress suits. Best wishes on your next job interview.
Here is a screen shot of the colors you can choose from, that are featured on the Sliminizer website. As you scroll over the colors, and click on them, an image appears, showing that color, on a model with almost the exact same skin tone!
"The Color Match system by Sliminizer is modeled after the color-based system used to create foundation make-up. Kate Liegey, owner of Muse Creative Group, came up with the idea after noticing that a lot of shapewear only comes in the colors of black, white and “nude,” which do not cater to the realistic skin tones of many women, particularly women of color."
“Fifty-five percent of the American consumer will be Hispanic by the year 2025. With the strong African American and Hispanic populations, shapewear doesn’t work in anymore in black, white and nude. Being in this industry for 25 years, I felt there was a strong need to address the varying ethnicities of women,” said Liegey."
"Liegey has created intimates for designers Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole Miller and has also worked with celebrities like Nicky Hilton, Jessica Simpson and Tyra Banks. Now branching out with her own line, Liegey’s Sliminizer provides shapewear options for the real world."
"The Color Match system by Sliminizer includes several styles such as a strapless bra, boy shorts, cami and tank body shapers, high-waisted shape underwear, Capri pants and control briefs—all providing smoothing and shaping effects. Items from Sliminizer allow for innovation and design to re-emerge while finally delivering fashionable and affordable shapewear apparel."
NOS Shoe Boutique opened their doors to the public with a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009. The chic boutique stocks an assortment of women’s and men’s shoes and accessories ranging from $150- $500.
The NOS Shoe Boutique is located on 68 Jay Street between Front Street and Water Street. The boutique is open on Mondays-Saturdays from 12-7 PM and Sundays from 12-6 PM. The boutique will also be available for private shopping. For additional information, please visit the website or call 718-422-0095.
Are you making any holiday gifts this year? Have you ever used fleece? I like this material because its very warm, and you usually only need to wear that layer with maybe one shirt underneath.
Fleece is made up of napped synthetic fibers. Your regular fleece that you can buy at almost any store, is actually known as polar fleece.
Even though some fleece is very cheap feeling (think the snuggie..you know that thing with the armholes, that acts like a blanket?), you can find some very nice, non synthetic fleece at shops like BlueFly.com, and Nordstrom.
Marios Schwab Fall 2007 Collection - fleece sweater
Hancock Fabrics is having a big fleece sale right now: http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Fleece_stcVVcatId537261VVviewcat.htm?extid=HAN_EML_20090921_CT_biggestfleeceeventAlso, Hancock Fabrics is celebrating their 52nd anniversary, so enter for your chance to win a $52 gift card from Hancock Fabrics, here:
Fleece Queen - solid colors are #3.75 a yard.
"Pretty Stitches" via Free People
The following are found in Lucky Magazine, October 2009 issue:
Wool - blend knit tunic $209, Ella Moss, Select Saks Fifth Avenue - (800) 347-9177
Chunky knit alpaca blend scarf, Heritage by Banana Republic, (available early Nov.)
Wool blend sweater, Mimi & Coco, Lyn Evans, Wellesley, MA, (781) 235-0096
Wool blend vest, Rare Woman. Rouge, Los Gatos, CA, (408) 395-8995
Knit hat, DKNY, (800) 231-0884
Wool blend sweater, Nicolefarhi.com
Hooded wool knit jacket, Gudrun & Gudrun, Beyond 7, NYC, (646) 619-6857
Wool "Raita" scarf, Diane Von Furstenberg, (646) 486-4800
Cable knit wool tote, United Colors of Benetton, (800) 535-4491
Merino Wool "Poncho" dress, Jillian Lewis, Beyond 7, NYC. (646) 619-6857
Mohair blend sweater, Sisley, (800) 535-4491
Deborah Lindquist alpaca sweater dress, Order at http://www.deborahlindquist.com/, and enter "lucky8" at checkout to save 35% off.
Autumn Fashion collection at H&M
Angora tank, Jill Sturat Collection, (212) 343-2300
Viscose "Xinia" Knit wrap, http://www.elizabethgillett.com
Have you ever wanted to work directly with a high fashion designer to create your very own one of a kind piece of furniture?
After 10 years working as a knitwear designer for a number of international fashion brands, including Burberry and Pure Collection, Melanie Porter has turned her expertise to furniture, creating one-off contemporary designs from chairs sourced from auctions and markets across the UK. Melanie undertakes the entire process herself and everything, from the restoration and upholstering to the felted woollen panels and individual, crocheted buttons, is done by hand. The result of this incredibly labour-intensive process is a stunning and unique, but hard wearing, work of art, destined to be a future family heirloom.
“Although I loved my job in fashion, I really missed the hands-on creativity of actually making something,” explains Melanie. “I also wanted to learn upholstery – it’s something that has intrigued me since I was a child and would watch my grandfather repairing chairs. I am actually still using the tools that I inherited from him.”
Each project starts with the chair itself – anything from an antique Victorian nursing chair, to a 1970s Egg chair – which is painstakingly stripped back to the frame, before being restored and reupholstered using traditional techniques. This blank canvas is then covered with a series of hand-knitted, felted panels, especially created for each chair.
“To a certain extent, I let the chair lead the design and knit structure,” says Melanie. “I’ll sketch a rough idea but it’s quite an organic process and so I allow myself the freedom to change things as I go along.”Melanie also takes on bespoke commissions and, in this instance, the process is a bit different. “Sometimes a customer has a chair they want me to reupholster, sometimes they’ll ask me to source a frame. Then I’ll talk to them about what they’re looking for in terms of colours and designs, and show them sketches and swatches before I start work.”
For more information visit the website, or call +44 7770 941 305.
"This collection of 17 distinctive styles features jackets, shrugs, coats and the ultimate in sweater dressing."
Beulahveda has a beautiful selection of vintage sweaters to choose from. Some are hand made and some are designer labels.
Check out a new trend featured on Elle UK. These are easy to make as well, with a circular knitting needle and your favorite chunky yarn.
Missoni Fall 2009 RTWRead an article about snoods, here, by Emma Sells, Junior Shopping Editor.
"Drift" cardigan pattern, knit with Vintage yarn. Vintage yarn is an acrylic, wool, nylon blend. You can either view the pattern online, or download it as a .pdf file. I like the colors "Fennel" and "Sloe Berry".
Crocheted Bikini seperates at Old Navy for $9.99 each.
Restricted Dynamic Woven Slingback Platform available in sizes 5 - 8, and in two colors. They remind me of the high fashion label Missoni, and can be considered a knockoff, by some. I am not a fan of stacked wood grain heels, but I adore the wood grain heel and platform design on this particular shoe. These shoes are really one of a kind, and are extremely hard to find. The knitted design is almost never available on most websites. Believe me, I have looked. I actually found these first, and then found the high fashion version.
Here is the Missoni designer version, which is also stunning. However, I personally prefer the previous because it looks a little more feminine and delicate.