It’s cold outside. It’s freezing outside. Actually, freezing is an understatement, because it is below freezing. The high for today is 9 degree, with a windchill of -5. I like the warm weather anyway, and dislike cold, but honestly, anything under 20 degrees is just torturous. I wanted to go to pick up some fabric from the store. Despite the weather, I have a bit of cabin fever. Since I quit my ‘day job’ I have been working from home. While its nice to not have to commute, especially in the winter, working from your couch doesn’t afford you much in the way of scenery. Fortunately I took pictures of myself all layered up before I tried starting my car. Apparently my car doesn’t like the cold either.

Frozen frozen2Cold days are good days to be a knitter, though. I’ve got my Celtic Slouch Greenbriar Hat, my Scalene (love Carina Spencer’s designs, btw), and some fingerless gloves I whipped up, no real pattern for them. The key is layers, and as many layers as I can add the better. The good thing about scarves and gloves is that they cover up all the little cracks of skin that sometimes get exposed to weather. The shirt, also, is a recent construct of mine, thanks to this article, but it’ll have to wait to model, because it’s sleeveless cotton jersey. It super comfy though, and I’m wearing it right now. I dyed it ombre, where its a light blue on one end, and charcoal grey on the other. It’s also reversible in the sense that I can wear it upside down, and have a white cowl on a charcoal shirt.

The only problem with layers is I never seem to be able to layer my bottoms as much as my tops. Sure, you can always throw on a couple more scarves, or sweaters, but you can’t really add extra pants, can you? And if you do layer, with tights or something, you can take them off once you get to your friends house, like you can a coat.

Anyway, those are my musings about layers. I have retreated back in to the warmth of my house, and am thawing nicely with some grilled cheese and tomato soup, along with old episodes of Buffy.



Protecting my Baby

I finished my Moso Netbook Sock courtesy of Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. My BIL and SIL gave me the book for Xmas, and I love it so far. I wanted to adjust this patten to fit my 15″ MacBook Pro. I ended up using Brava Sport Yarn in Cobblestone Heather on US 4 needles to size it up. I didn’t swatch, I just winged it. I also used Sew Mama Sew‘s Simple Laptop Sleeve pattern to create a lining for the inside of my sleeve. I really liked the grey corduroy, and I like how it looks with the grey yarn next to it. The green button was just a little touch of color. The lining was quick, it only took a morning to make. The knit sock I started on the road trip back from Florida, but it only took a few days concentration to finish. Along with the lining there are two layers of batting sewed in as well. Overall, the lining turned out a little snug, it just barely fits over my laptop. Which is fine overall, since I didn’t want the cover to be too loose. It’ll be perfect for travel.



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Rebuilding my closet

One of my resolutions this year is to be more precise with what my ‘style’ is. My closet is an amalgam of everything I’ve bought in the last 5 years, yet in spite of that (or perhaps because of it) I have a surprisingly small wardrobe. I rarely donate clothes, because I wear them into oblivion, and then they just stick around in my wardrobe unworn. So I wanted to take some time to think about my wardrobe and and what style I like, and then slowly build on to that throughout the year. I don’t have thousands of dollars to just drop on a new wardrobe all at once, but I figure I could build over time, as well as sew and knit some things. I also shop at thrift and consignment shops a lot, and I think that will be a major focus of things I buy as well. 

I’ve mostly been using Polyvore and Pinterest to create outfits I like, so that I can get a better sense of what I want my wardrobe to look like. Then, earlier today, Leeleetea bogged exactly what I had been looking for. Her 12 Outfits Project is dedicated to making 12 outfits this year. That is a little ambitious for me this year, but definitely something I’ll be following, and aspire too. Maybe next year? She did however mention both A Verb For Keeping Warm’s Seam Allowance goal of making 25% of your wardrobe handmade, which led me to Project 333‘s goal of only putting 33 items in your wardrobe to be space savingsimplifying, and provide piece of mind. Another inspiring story is Sonya Phillip’s 100 dresses. I especially like that she make simple, bright dresses that can be worn over jeans. When I think of making dresses, I think something from Modcloth, and how those are way to complex for me to even think of making. I’ll also be relying on Putting Me Together‘s Remix Basics to decide how I can use clothes in multiple ways, so I’m not wearing the same out fits over and over.

Here are some rules (more like…guidelines) that I want to follow in my goal for this. I reserve the right to edit and change the rules as need be. They are my rules.

1. – Starting officially in March (for the duration on March/April/May) I will pare my wardrobe down to 33 items. (this is tops, bottoms, scarves, and shoes) (not including necklaces and bracelets or undergarments/socks)

2. – At least 25% of the 33 items in my wardrobe (8-9 items) will be handmade, either knit or sewn. This does not count items I have bought and repurposed they have to be made completely from scratch.

3. – The purpose of this is to simplify my wardrobe, not bust stash. I can/will purchase fabric, yarn, and accessories as necessary to complete my wardrobe.

4. – The handmade items in my wardrobe can be items I have already made. They count toward my 25% handmade goal, but they also count towards my 33 items total.

Those are the only rules I think I need so far, as I don’t necessarily plan on swapping clothes in Project 333. I think I’ll start wearing a lot more dresses/skirts and leggings, and I can’t/don’t want to make jeans, or most pants, really. I will keep you all updated on what is going on with my project here from time to time, as well as on instagram (lilacsnwool).