Saturday, October 25, 2014

What I'm Loving Right Now: Weekend Pretties

Edible sugar doilies add sweet whimsy to a simple cup of tea.

First up, I came across these sugar lace doilies on Pinterest - they're sold by a shop called SweetDejaVu on Etsy! They're pretty pricey, but I love the idea of floating an edible doily in my tea. Aren't they pretty?

lacy elastic into cuff to prevent sliding?

Another bit of lacy inspiration via Pinterest! I love these socks and actually attempted to make them once. I still plan on figuring out something similar, but until then I just enjoy looking at them. 


These mittens - wow. Another Pinterest find, but I actually know the woman who made these! She has a wonderful Instagram account and keeps a blog called Dottie Angel - I encourage you to check her out. She makes some absolutely beautiful items, and her style is so unique.

messy braid bun

Whoa! That's not knitting OR crochet! No, but it's a hairstyle I can't wait to try, from a blog called The Way I Tend to Be by a pretty girl named Hanna. Love it.

Fair Isle

I've also had a minor obsession with Fair Isle knitting lately. I love these. 

Hope you enjoyed a peek into what I've been inspired by lately! Happy weekend :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Upcycled Shirt Collar DIY

The other day I decided this black crew neck shirt I have was just too plain. So I decided to decorate it a little bit! 

I hopped on Pinterest and found this easy, pretty chart for a crochet edging. 

Courtesty of Celenaa (owner of a French blog and Etsy shop. She may have gotten this chart from somewhere else, but the point is, I take no credit for it whatsoever!)
I crocheted two strips of this edging in a soft white sock-weight yarn (actually salvaged from a Goodwill sweater) and sewed them together by the flat edges. 

The collar is all sewn on, but I haven't sewn the buttons on yet. I think they finish it really well, but I'm not quite sure about the green. We'll see!

Try this easy upcycle on one of your own tees for some old-fashioned lace charm!

Telluride Aran, Interweave Knits Winter 2014

This is my current 'big' project. I originally made a vest out of this yarn, but decided I didn't like it - I didn't use the right size needles and it wasn't working for me. Then I found out our library carries Interweave and snagged a few copies for a few weeks. In the Winter 2014 issue, I found this lovely sweater:

(c) Interweave Knits

Mmmm. Gorgeous!

(c) Interweave Knits

So I'm totally making it. 

I actually haven't crocheted/knitted a project from another designer's pattern in quite some time, so this has been really nice - just to follow along, not having to worry about writing down instructions as I go or anything like that. I may have to leave off the sleeves due to a lack of yarn, but it would make a cute sleeveless vest to wear over a floral button-down, right?

Eesh. It's going to look a little rustic, I'm afraid. I sized up the needles because I wanted it to be a little chunkier, and I'm using pre-used yarn which is all bumpy and squiggly, so my stitches are a wee bit wobbly. Oh well! I'm loving the cables.

If I finish this, I'll be sure to post about it. :)