Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bodies In Motion >> Remixed Thrift Store Shirt(s)

This month I am finishing up with reworked remixed thrift store t-shirts.  I posted about my recent 1/2 off thrift store purchases here.  All-in-all this shirt (excluding thread, machinery, and fabric scraps from previous projects) cost $.99 (as it took two shirts, 49 cents each).  I used one shirt for the front and back pieces, and then I used the second shirt for the sleeves and collar.

Life is full of compromises.  So, I spruced up my shirt with a lace insert in the back.  The cold air may brush up against my barely clothed shoulders and back, but lace is always worth it!  The lace is from the same curtain panel that I used to make this dress.

Final word(s).  Shirts are very practical and necessary things to have around.  This shirt feels soft against my skin and fits pretty nicely.  I patterned the shirt on a black and white shirt (seen here) that I love.  The construction was pretty easy from there.   On my next go I plan on nipping the sides in a bit, working on getting my two-needle topstitch more even, and my sleeves a little more centered on my shoulder.

Stuff >> boots (not pictured), glasses
Thrift(ed) or Free >> gray leggings, skirt, pearl collar necklace 
Me Made or (Re)Made >> lace insert t-shirt

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winterizing the Stag >> Simple Button Update

stag |stag|
1 a male deer.
     • [usu. as adj. a social gathering attended by men only a stag event.
     • a person who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a partner.

Keeping on my "cozy" theme for the month, I decided to (re)imagine a peacoat that gets worn to death.  This is evidenced by several missing buttons, some of which have even managed to leave behind metal hardware.  But, as the wind begins to blow harder and the cloud coverage is at its peak, I have decided that it is time to work some life back into a coat that was looking more than a little worn.

Amazing what a few buttons and some lively fabric can do to spruce up the dull and the drab.  Now, if I am out and about, traipsing alone in the snow, I can at least look fresh and green.  

Stuff >> shoes, tights, coat
Thrift(ed) or Free >> shirt, dress, necklace  
Me Made or (Re)Made >> mittens, petticoat (underneath dress), buttons, party hat, party stick

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Time Travel and the White Rabbit >> How To: Gift Late

Admittedly, I am not the best at gift giving.  It's not that I don't make the gift.  It's that I never seem to get around to giving it, even with pressing due dates.  I am not sure what Emily Post would say, but I have this sinking feeling that a gift made but not given is just as bad as not making and giving a gift at all.  Perhaps worse...

That being said, when I do get around to giving a gift I try to add a little something.  This time it was homemade garland.  An easy, colorful stash buster, if ever one existed.  I even made myself one because, let's be honest, I deserve a treat for doing something I said I would do ages ago.

I decided to forgo a traditional card and to stick with picture that says it all.  The white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland (dutifully stylized from a public commons pic from Wikipedia).

Friday, November 9, 2012

Midwestern Morning Song >> Cabled Mittens

On my blog, I want to start sharing more of the "flavors" of wherever I happen to be.  Currently I reside in the Midwest.  A region full of surprises.

Being from the South, I had no idea what to expect.  The Midwest always existed in my mind as corn fields and cow pastures; just as I am sure for a lot people the south might exist as cotton fields and swine trenches.

Some things that I have come to love:  beautiful, intense fall colors, gray winters broken by unexpected bouts of sunshine, wind that fluctuates between breezy and upending, the clear distinctions between seasons--each transition finalized by beautiful and stark changes.

I also cannot stop my knitting needles.  I have added new cabled mittens to my collection.  I used some new techniques--mainly, two-at-a-time on one circular needle.  

Stuff >> shoes, tights
Thrift(ed) or Free >> sweater, shirt, skirt, necklace, watch, earrings  
Me Made or (Re)Made >> hair bow, mittens

On another note, I wanted to post a picture message for a friend, mentor, and surrogate mother who passed away this week.  In the photo, I couldn't help smiling when I thought of one my last memories of her, sitting in the beautiful garden of Eden that she and her husband helped to create, with the most cotton candy, bubble gum pink hair I have ever seen.

She was a unique thinker, a renegade, and a cultural warrior.  I know that she wasn't a huge fan of tears and sighs of regret, so I will continue to smile and think happy of thoughts of the woman I was extremely fortunate to have in my life.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crow Calls At Dawn >> Mitten Progress

Every morning I awake to the caws of the crows.  A little eerie and a little reassuring.  I am almost finished with these mittens to keep my fingers from getting too chilly.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Grunge Effects >> Two Hats From Two Skeins

I am normally not a child of the grunge, but all the layers and knits had me feeling feisty.  This is the first year where I can come out and say that I am indeed a "fair weather" knitter.  As in, I only knit when the weather is fairly pleasant.  Too hot or too cold and the needles stay safe on a shelf (where I can see them).

Finishing up a birthday request in time for a birthday seldom happens (despite my good intentions).  So, when I do, I get a little happy.  I made up this pattern to suit my needs, but I feel like basic hat patterns are a dime a dozen nowadays--which I love.  Also, love how I found plastic blond weave at my thrift store.  The possibilities are endless. 

Stuff >> shoes, jacket
Thrift(ed) or Free >> jeans, shirt, fake blond hair 
Me Made or (Re)Made >> crocheted bra top, knit fingerless gloves, blue hat, white hat

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

You're A Good Man >> Beginnings of the Charlie Brown Hat

Blustery weather has reminded that it is time to finish up some promised winter gifts.  At this rate, perhaps I will make a set.