Friday 31 January 2014

What A Purl!

Trans seasonal fashion. A tricky one to master!! The unpredictable weather, the drops and rises in temperature, dressing comfortably and still looking nice is a hard one for me. I'm a bit of a 'throw on a big old jumper and leg it to the car' kind of girl, but I'm always on the look out for any tips or ideas to make life easier. I am by no means a follower of fashion, I don't believe in wearing trends for trends sake and I don't like being told how to dress, but I sure can appreciate when something catches my eye.


Taking inspiration from people you walk past or images you stumble upon is a fun way for me to gather ideas without panic buying things I probably wouldn't wear. And here are a few ladies that hit the right note for me, when it comes to working the drizzle of January;





Being the grandma that I am, I can't get enough of knitting right now, and taking the 'make it yourself' maverick approach to as much as I can these days, I decided to try my hands at a little piece that could fit nicely into a regular wardrobe, but brighten up an over cast day without looking like a snowman! Presenting to you wonderful people, my first knitted head band!








This was a really nice piece to make, I stuck with a simple repetitive pattern and just made up the design as I went along. It was so straight forward to knit that I could even watch American Horror Story without getting distracted and dropping a stitch!


This one in particular I made for a friend as a Christmas gift, but have also recently completed a grey cable knit one for myself and am working on a vintage inspired dark green number. It used up a small amount of wool, meaning I had tons left over, with which I played around and created some tiny knitted bows to put on hair slides as another gift. The design options with these beauties are endless, you really don't even need to buy a pattern, you can tailor the size, colour or stitches to suit yourself. With a short amount of time and with some basic knitting know how, you can produce some really lovely accessories to accompany your mid season outfits AND have something that nobody else will own.




8 comments:

  1. Beautiful post as always and you didn't drop a stitch while watching American Horror Story, impressed.
    Inspiration for me today is green, made of wool and looks like a 50s bow, Andrew Sisters suddenly spring to mind. from the three weardrobe.com certainly as some style - Best wishes and have a wonderful weekend - Alan

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    1. Now the Andrew Sisters, there's some great music to knit to!!

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  2. This is fabulous, check out you, you snazzily-talented lady!! (and oh oh, how are you getting on with AHS?!)) My Mum has tried to teach me to knit SO many times over the years but I seriously do not have the patience!

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    1. Haha! Well once you learn a few basics you're well away!! I recently plucked up the courage to stray from squares and rectangles (haha) and used a fancy pants pattern to knit a pair of bed socks for Rich! (AHS… LOVE. IT.)

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  3. What a great idea! *digs out knitting needles*, definitely gonna try this out, lovely colour also!
    I love knitting in front of the tv at the end of the day...there's something quite therapeutic about it!
    dimplesdiaries
    x

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    1. Woohoo!!

      Totally agree Hannah! : ) Although I'm known to yelp if I drop a stitch or lose my place...

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  4. I feel the same as you about trends - I'm not one for following them unless I see something I really like. Fast fashion is too expensive to keep up with and I think it's best to stick with what you're comfortable with, and know and love :) that slouchy cardigan in the second photograph looks like heaven! Your knitted headband is so pretty, you're so clever! I love the minty colour of this one you gave to your friend. How lovely to be able to gift something so personal. My mum's friend taught me how to knit once, but I could never imagine how I would turn those rows of knitting into anything other than a piece of knitting. When I move back to the area I grew up in, I'm intending to learn again :) my mum recently started knitting again and she's started by knitting a zoo! I don't know if you've ever read Jojo's blog (http://www.missjojangles.com/) but she is a wonderfully talented knitter too :) xxx

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    1. Oh Hannah you must!! You'll be amazed how quickly you can pick it up, and then the skies the limit!! Hehehe!

      Wow, your mum must be pretty darn good! What a great person to have to show you the ropes!! Make the most of that ; )

      My dearest, I'm heading over to Jojo's right this minute, thank you for pointing me in her direction!!

      (I'm still lusting over your polka dot dress!!!!)

      x

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