Sunday, October 5, 2014

Knitting Failure

I love knitting, but sometimes working from vintage patterns isn't all it's cracked up to be. I have been working on and off on the lovely sweater pictured above for over a year and a half now, and was really excited to finally finish it this week. Unfortunately, the collar (i.e. the reason I picked this pattern in the first place) looks nothing whatsoever like the illustration. 

What the?! What happened? I re-sized the pattern but kept all the original dimensions of the sweater. Everything fit perfectly together like a puzzle, so I know there wasn't a mistake in my calculations. But somehow the collar illustrated looks nothing like the final result. There are two points on the collar, but even after blocking it twists oddly so the bottom point disappears. Also, there is no way the collar can stand up like in the picture. Just not possible. It also sits much farther back that illustrated. So all and all, nothing like the picture.

It's quite disappointing when so much work goes into something and it turns out sub-par. Other than the odd collar, I quite like the fit of the sweater so I'm trying to come up with a way to alter it. I don't have enough yarn to knit a new collar though. Anyone have any suggestions?

I'm going to have to do a more fail-proof project next to lift my spirits. Maybe a hat?

To make up for this rather grumpy post, here is a pretty illustration from 1914

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Games Night Outfit

Last weekend, I got together with Britt and some others for a games night. We all sit around playing old board games and eating snacks. It's a lot of fun and great for a (cheap!) Saturday night activity. Of course, I just had to dress up. I made this dress a few weeks ago for a birthday party, but the weather was too cold to wear it. Luckily, we seem to be having one last heat spell before the cold weather hits. 

The dress was inspired by a 1920's design. I was experimenting with some different construction techniques, although I'm not entirely happy with the final result. I think this dress will remain a prototype and I won't make any for the shop. That being said, it's super comfy and will be great for the hot days next summer.

I paired the dress with my favourite 1920's inspired heels, some thrifted beads, and a pair of colourful tights. I've been experimenting with bright coloured tights lately. I bought a couple pairs on sale and they add a lovely pop of colour to an outfit. This pink pair matched the roses in the dress fabric perfectly. 

Everything else has been same as usual around here. I've been trying to get back into a few of my old habits though. One of those things has been exercising. Britt and I started a Pilates class a couple weeks ago, although personally I'm more of a yoga fan. I've also been going for more walks. I used to walk quite a lot, but life got in the way and my long walks fell by the wayside. I'm making a point of waking up earlier so I can fit in an hour walk before I start my day. I snapped this picture the other day on a walk around my neighborhood. I've always loved the old "County Registry" building. It's been empty for years but I've always felt it has a romance about it. 

I also bought myself a present. Isn't she cute?

She's a modern turntable, but she works quite well and is portable. Now I can finally listen to my record collection in my room! My room doesn't actually have space for the player (too many books on every single surface...), but now I can have a listen then tuck her back in the closet. 

I hope everyone is having a great week!

That's All.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September Fashion (1923)

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An "Almost Circle" Skirt

Autumn is in the air. These last few days have seen a drop in temperature that is making it really start to feel like fall. While I'm no longer in school, being a tutor I still feel very much part of  "back-to-school". Which I suppose explains my "collegiate" inspired look the other day. The top was made from a 1940's pattern, and the skirt is an "almost circle" skirt I made on the weekend. I say "almost circle" since I was tired and accidentally cut an oval instead. At least it gives it an interesting looking hemline, 

I hope everyone is having a great week!

That's All.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Free Silent Stars Knitting Charts

Now that I'm getting back into knitting a little bit, I've been browsing Ravelry quite a lot. It gave me the idea to start playing around with making some knitting charts myself. As it will be a while before I am able to use any of them, I thought I might as well share them with all of you. These haven't been tested, but I've charted Greta Garbo, Mary Pickford, and Clara Bow. I use free patterns a lot so it's nice to be able to contribute something myself. If anyone tries them out please let me know!

Free Silent Stars Knitting Charts

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Clara Bow

Greta Garbo

Mary Pickford

If anyone wants more let me know. They were a lot of fun to make and if anyone has any requests I'm willing to give it a shot! 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Day Trip

Hello everyone! Just got back from a week at the cottage. Everything has been so hectic lately, that I had to jump on the opportunity for a mini vacation at the last minute. I had planned to finally make some more youtube videos while I was up there (that hopefully would not be deleted by my computer this time....), but I had a weird allergic reaction (in the form of horrendous migraines) to something in the cottage. I never did figure out what was causing it and had to spend most of my time outside. It was great during the day as it forced me to find different things to do and we had a bunch of fun day trips, but at night it was rather boring (it was also pouring rain a lot...). 

Anyways, I'm back and having a bit of a rest after my holiday. It's funny how a holiday can make you feel more tired than before you left!

Britt and I managed to also sneak in a little day-trip to Port Perry before I left. We had lunch at my favourite coffee shop, followed by shopping, some great homemade icecream (from the same coffee shop), and then some yarn shopping. I donned a 1930's inspired outfit for the occasion. The skirt is thrifted and the blouse was made with one of the Vogue vintage pattern reprints of a 1930's blouse. The Steve Madden shoes are one of my favourite pairs, but I will admit I actually wore flats most of the day. The heels are over 4 inches high and make my feet go numb if I wear them too long. 

Our Lunches 

Britt wore one of my Phonograph Fashion blouses :)

I may have finally found a solution to my wrist problems. Stretching, massage, and essential oils for circulation seem to be helping a lot. I've actually been able to do a bit of knitting lately. I managed to finish my Men's Broken Rib Cardigan at last! It should have been a quick knit, but as I gave up knitting for quite a while in the middle, it took the better part of a year. August isn't really the best time for super warm, extra large, comfy sweater, but I'm sure it will come in handy in a couple months. 

The pattern itself was obtained through a book borrowed from the library. I'm so grateful my local library has an amazing knitting book selection! It's technically a men's sweater and I quite liked the pattern. My only complaint is that the sizing seems off. I measured and checked my gauge, but the final sweater is HUGE. I feel like I'm swimming in it. I just wanted it for an "around the house sweater" so it doesn't matter, but if I had of been making it for someone else it would have been quite disappointing.

Now off to start another knitting pattern! (This one. It's free and from the 1930's)

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Flowers in Hair

 A little early 1920's hair inspiration:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A (temporary) New 'Do

Hello everyone! Been a while since I last posted, as things have been crazy busy around here. I went about 2 months without even getting a full weekend off, which left very little time for blogging. I'm totally exhausted! I have to learn to say no to projects.... Although, it's hard to say no to work when you are self-employed, with a rather sporadic income. 

Things have slowed down for a couple of weeks, so I am taking full advantage. I'm trying to balance completing some personal projects (such as some much needed new clothes!) and relaxation time. Today was strictly a relaxation day, so I dressed up and went for coffee. Dressing up always makes me feel so much better, and even my mom commented on how much more cheerful I seemed today. 

You may remember this skirt, which I made from an old bedsheet. I love it's long length (it normally hits mid-shin), but fancied something a bit shorter today. Quick trick to change the length of a skirt: hike up the waist so it sits like a sleeveless dress, then put  blouse+ belt on top. The belt gives it the right shaping at the waist, and changes the looks of the skirt with no alterations needed! 

I paired it with my new set of tights. In the package they looked like an abstract floral design, but now that I look at the photos they rather resemble snake skin instead. Oh well, I have been in the mood for a slightly "edgier" look.

Speaking of edgy, did you notice my red streak? I have been dying to try something new with my hair for a while. Getting a haircut was a good start, but I really wanted to add some colour. I'm allergic to most chemicals, so regular hair-dye was not an option.

 I also have a love/hate relationship with my (rather abundant) grey hairs. They are from several hard years of University and I consider them to be rather like battle scars. I worked hard to get them and don't want to permanently cover them up. On the other hand, I'm only 24 and have been feeling much, much older lately. I'm too young to feel elderly! (My chronic hand/wrist pain is a lot of that. I've had to give up a lot of my hobbies and sometimes can't even hold up a book. My doctor still has no clue as to the cause).

So I did a lot of research into alternative hair colours. I tried some "natural" stains, made from ingredients from my kitchen. They did boost my colour a bit and made my hair feel amazing, but there wasn't a dramatic change. Then I read about hair chalk. "Hair chalk" is basically highly pigmented powder for your hair. Most products recommend wetting the hair and sealing with a hairspray. Many reviews I read said this didn't work, and besides hairspray isn't an option for me. 

Then someone on Pinterest posted an article about using eye-shadow in your hair. I tried it today and loved it! I picked a red shadow from my box of old products (saved mainly for use in photoshoots) and proceeded apply it to my grey streak. You basically just press your hair into the powder and pull it through your hair. It worked great! Even without hairspray it lasted all day. I think having my hair in an updo, rather than loose, helped to keep the colour in place. This is a photo of it after a few hours: 

It's surprisingly vibrant for just eyeshadow!
I went out and bought some "real" hair chalk, as well as a couple of cheap eye-shadows. I'm going to compare the results of the chalk, the cheap shadow, and a more expensive powder. I will let you know how it works out! I'm thinking blue or dark purple would look great in my hair. Anyone else tried experimenting with hair chalk/eyeshadow? 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
That's All.