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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Great Northern Blog Tour - Support the Kickstarter!

Hi friends. I've come out of my blogging hiatus at just the right time: to support the Kickstarter for my knitty friends Teresa Gregorio and Leah Coccari-Swift in their newest project, Great Northern.

Yes, a knitwear collection INSPIRED BY TWIN PEAKS. Do I need say more? No? I'll just link you to the Kickstarter again, ok?

I fell in love with Twin Peaks a few years ago after finally giving into the goading of my well-meaning, artsy friends. And I definitely fell - the dreamy landscape of the Pacific Northwest, combined with the murder mystery and strange characters, captured my imagination. It's directed by the surreal David Lynch, and I love that Teresa and Leah have incorporated so many of my favorite aspects of the feel of the show into their designs!

I can't decide which garment design I'm more excited about, which directly correlates to the way I can't decide which Twin Peaks character is my favorite. I'm super excited to see the finished designs of these three sketches:

I love the vintage, cozy, mysterious inspiration behind all the pieces in the collection. These ladies have perfectly captured the small town, noir-feel that is Twin Peaks. Even if you're not a fan of the show, there is something in this collection that will resonate with you! 

So head over to the Great Northern site to check it out, and back these lovely ladies on Kickstarter, here. There are lots of fun incentives to make it worth your while!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cedar Glenn Mitts Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Cedar Glenn Mitts Giveaway!

The winner is:

Amy, I will be in contact via Ravelry! Thanks again, everyone, and enjoy the beautiful Holla Knits Accessories Collection!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cedar Glen Mitts! Holla Knits Accessories Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Well, it's been over a year, but I finally designed a new knitting pattern: the Cedar Glenn Mitts!


These modular knits, which are part of the Holla Knits Accessories 2014 collection, are the perfect thing to use up the odd ball of special yarn in your stash!

The pattern is super customizable - I've included instructions to knit the Cedar Glenn Mitts in both DK and Fingering weight yarn, and you can knit them in one or two colors!

These mitts are such a portable little project - I even took them backpacking! I knit up one of the samples while camping at Cedar Glen campsite in Angeles National Forest, hence the name.

The pattern is $4 on Holla Knits, or you can enter to win a giveaway of the pattern and yarn to make a Fingering weight version of your own, just like this sample:

To enter the giveaway, go check out the other Accessories 2014 patterns and come back and leave a comment, telling me which is your favorite pattern (second to the Cedar Glenn Mitts, obviously.) Remember to leave your name and a way to contact you (email or Google), and you will be entered to win the Cedar Glenn Mitts pattern, and the gold and grey yarn to knit them up! 

I'll announce the winner next week, but before then, be sure to check in with the rest of the blog tour:

Nov 7: Karen Whooley

Nov 10: WeaverKnits

Nov 18: Angry Knits
Nov 19: Baah Yarn

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Holla Knits Fall 2014 Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Holla Knits Fall 2014 giveaway! has spoken, and the winner is Lindr! 

I completely agree! There are so many gorgeous patterns in this Fall Collection!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Holla Knits Fall 2014 Blog Tour!

Have you seen the new Holla Knits for Fall?

I am totally in love with Cape Vertigo by Leah Coccari-Swift. How gorgeous would this be in a monochromatic color scheme like two greys or two browns? I have a feeling it could double as a winter coat here in LA. 

What about Axial by Kirsten Singer? It's an oversized boyfriend-like sweater with a unique construction. Look at that back panel! Gorgeous! 

And Velma by Allyson Dkyhuizen. What a textured, classic beauty! The perfect Fall sweater (and I love that garter stitch neckline).

There's a lot more textured, sweater-y goodness in the Fall 2014 collection, so hop over to Holla Knits to check it out. Then come back and leave me a comment for your chance to win the pattern of your choice! I'll randomly draw a winner on Wednesday, October 1st. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for giveaway fun:

Sept 10: Klever Knits
Sept 11: Berroco
Sept 12: Canary Knits

Sept 16: Life on Laffer
Sept 17: Knits in Class
Sept 18: Makewise Designs
Sept 19: Anzula

Sept 22: Ruby Submarine
Sept 23: BoKnits
Sept 25: DoogKnits

Monday, September 1, 2014

Finished Ikat Alder Shirtdress

Happy Labor Day, I finished my Alder Shirtdress

Ikat Alder Shirtdress

I love love love this pattern. I love love love the way this dress turned out. I hate hate hated sewing this fabric.

I knew when I picked this slippery rayon, I'd have troubles. But the drape! So soft! I just kept imagining the dress it could be, and I decided to go ahead with it anyway. And it's definitely a wearable dress, but it was a bitch to work with. 

What a lovely yolk!
(look at my road rash! it's so healed!)

The way the yolk is hanging, the mis-matchy ikat on the front, the slightly rumpled button band - these are all symptoms of working with this fabric. But it hangs nicely on the body so I can ignore most of those problems, and it's light and breezy. I already wore it to work this week and it is the perfect work uniform.

I would definitely categorize this under "wearable muslin." As you can see below - I skipped doing the full bust adjustment and that was a mistake. I cut a size 16, and I should have cut a 14 and done the FBA. I'll never wear this without a tank top underneath, so it's not a huge deal, but I'll go for a better fit with my next Alder. 

Ugh, low armscye!

I also skipped my planned side seam pockets because the drape-y fabric would not have held up well. I cut the chest pockets, and then ended up skipping them as well because the ikat fabric was already so busy. Like I need to give people another reason to examine my chest...

I did shorten this by about 2" (and I'm 5'8"), because if I am going to wear what looks like a large shirt, it better show off those legs! This makes it the perfect length for wearing with boots and feeling sassy, but it did, however, make it a bit too short to belt. Meh, I guess one cannot show off both legs and waist. 

Alder Shirtdress Back

All in all, I love it and I can't wait to make more. And check out Allyson's version and Laura's version - both turned out so rad! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chambray Skirt from eShakti - including crop top.

Having a blog is fun when companies want to send you stuff to try out, right? Well, eShakti contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to try out one of their garments, so I chose this chambray skirt:

Chambray Skirt

It's actually no longer available on the site, but is very similar to this belted poplin skirt

The fun thing about eShakti is that you can modify any of their products to specifically fit your body. Originally, this skirt was supposed to be just-below-the-knee, and I requested it be lengthened. I first heard of eShakti when I was looking for bridesmaids dresses for weddings - how fun would it be to have bridesmaids in slightly altered versions of the same dress?

Twirly Skirt!

So they sent me this pretty skirt, and I love it. I've been wanting a longer, light skirt like this, and it pairs perfectly with this crop top I bought on a whim. Trends!
The fit is great - I should have gone down a size, because of the elastic waist on the back, but the belt helps cinch it. I love that you can customize down to the exact waist measurement. The fabric is thin, but that's not a bad thing in LA, right? 

If you want to try outeShakti for yourself, you can use the code "redumbrella" to get 10% off your order (until 9/16/14) and check them out on Facebook and Pinterest!