Rearrange

via Daily Prompt: Rearrange

marbling with paint
An experimentation with paint swirls/marbling

I’m in the process of finishing up several major projects, and am in the mood to rearrange and start new things. I want my studio back in order, and fresh inspiration. Because of my Etsy shop, and because of this mood to rearrange, I have been taking time out to do some reading and surf blogs and Youtube with no particular goal in mind. I don’t do this very often, but when I do, I always find things that strike my fancy. I hope you enjoy browsing this list as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

  1. If you just feel like playing with paint and color, this is a great place to start. I did this with my kids for art, and the above photo is from this – I’d love to actually play around more and do a whole painting. However, it does take some experimenting as the colors will get muddy very easily.
  2. If you need a place to go and feel the vibe and soak up inspiration, may I present this little quilt shop which is now on my list of places I’d like to go.
  3. For the photographers among you, check out these mountain goat photos. They are black and white, but these photos are full of texture and line.
  4. I’m a Continental knitter, but I have a friend who knits with this flick technique, and I could sit and watch her knit for hours. I’d love to learn and make it look as beautiful as she does.
  5. This is gorgeous – feast your eyes.
  6. These shower puffs are perfect – better than what you buy at the store, and I’m thinking they would be quick to make and be such great little gifts to have on hand for the holidays.
  7. Along the DIY gift giving theme, here are more beautiful ideas.
  8. Travellers, this looks like such a burst of color and inspiration! Count me in.
  9. As I’ve mentioned before, I think it’s so important to learn to style, because when you put the time in to make things by hand, you want to be able to enjoy it for a long time to come. Great ideas here!
  10. This book may not be easy to come by in the US yet, but I want!

 

Back to Styling

Not too long ago, I posted about learning to style your knitwear. It has been on my mind to follow up that post with ideas and tips for my own patterns. To begin, I will start with the free chunky fringed scarf I posted last week.

People come in the shop all the time saying they always buy the same yarn colors and need “to break out of their rut”. And while I am all for constant experimentation and expanding my horizons, I have to say that I don’t like to see people feel ashamed of buying their favorite colors. When you crochet or knit with your favorites, you are guaranteed to end up with lots of pieces that work together that you will love year-round. Styling is all about being able to swap items in and out of different outfits. As you may have already figured out, I am very drawn to reds (although that could change). This scarf is now going to serve me well no matter what season it is (and if you’re wondering, yes, it was about 95 degrees the day I shot these photos, so the winter look is here just for your benefit!) Hope you enjoy!

My go-to look so much of the time! Printed tank top, denim shorts, metallic sandals and a hand-knit accessory!
My go-to look so much of the time! Printed tank top, denim shorts, metallic sandals and a hand-knit accessory! And a pedicure, of course!
Yes, that's my knitting bag! I often wear a plain tank top because I don't like to detract from the handknits, but in this case, I think the black and white print sets off the bright color well.
Yes, that’s my knitting bag! I often wear a plain tank top because I don’t like to detract from the handknits, but in this case, I think the black and white print sets off the bright color well.
I never get tired of a winter whites look. In Los Angeles, I can only wear this much warm about 1 month out of the year, but I always get compliments when I do a winter white look.
In Los Angeles, I can only wear this much warmth about 1 month out of the year, but I always get compliments when I do a winter white look.
Varying shades of cream with a shot of color is a simple way to look pulled together.
Varying shades of cream with a shot of color is a simple way to look pulled together.

 

Styling

As most of you probably know by now, I am a fashion girl. Not that I have much time to read, but when I do, if it’s not knitting magazines, it’s probably fashion blogs and magazines. The two are closely connected, but one thing I’ve noticed a great deal of in fashion and not so much in knitting, is styling. I’m not sure why that is, but considering how much time it takes to knit something, I’m surprised we don’t talk more about this. Styling is, in my opinion, way more important than following trends, and is the best thing to learn if you want to maximize your wardrobe! Learn to style, and you can take a whole bunch of basics and get way more mileage out of them instead of buying new stuff all the time! And since most of us knit things to keep for a long time, it is especially beneficial to knitters so they can get more use out of the items they spent so much time creating! I plan on keeping this in mind and will post more about this subject as I figure things out. But to get all my fellow knitters started, here is a tutorial on 25 ways to style a scarf, as demonstrated by Wendy!