Hiding In Plain Sight

 

I almost forgot I made these. I had the clever idea of making a scarf to match a certain professional sport (that’s played mostly outdoors in the winter and is more known for the half time show) and the teams that play in it.

I didn’t quite get to all the teams but I got to a lot of them and I would say a fair number of them sold but going through my finished works, I ran into a handful that didn’t make it out the door.

It’s a shame because they really are yummy. They are soft, long and plushy. The question is whether they will go back into the shop. I am thinking of a ready to ship section. These would fit in there rather nicely.

LBA – Little Black Accessories

The Little Black Dress is a fashion stable. Every woman I know, even those that don’t like dresses, has a little black dress. Black works on virtually everybody’s  body. It can be casual and formal. It can be hard or soft.

For those times when the little black dress stays in the closet, you can have little black accessories to complete your look. Sometimes solid black and at other times black with a color burst can bring it all together.

The 24/7 beanie in black and white. Leather jacket and jeans with this and you’re rocking hardcore casual.

For a different look, the beanie in cranberry and black is sporty. This would be great with denim and long skirts.

The Cableret is still in the shop and a black one would look great with a long coat or a cape. It’s a beret that one buyer says,’Makes me want to go out and paint something.” It reminds me of an outfit in the first Batman movie. Kim Basinger wore a beret with a flowing coat.

The Rasta beanie is casual and playful and can go just about anywhere and fit right in. Jeans, leather pants, skirts and dresses can be paired with it and look fabulous. It has texture and flare that can take it to the museum or the stadium and not miss a fashion beat.

Finally, for that touch of glam and glitz, the Sparkle cowl can make an appearance at any formal of casual event and be the center of attention. It will capture the light from whatever source is there and twinkle in green and red with playful abandon. It can be in the foreground or the background and goes with a cloth, denim or leather jacket easily.

The Sparkle Cowl $27
Black and White 24/7 Beanie $32
Black 24/7 Beanie $22
Cranberry and Black 24/7 Beanie $32

Rasta and Cableret coming soon.

Lights On

I am not into making sweaters or tops (yet) but I want to make accessories that can be used fashionably as well as functionally.

This cowl is an acrylic wool blend and has a lot of sparkle. Green and red sparkles when it hits the light just right.

It’s really lovely when the light hits it – any kind of light: sunlight, office lights, night lights – which means it can add that shine and sparkle any time it’s worn.

This particular fiber, Plymouth Holiday Lights is no longer available. I grabbed about ten skeins of it and I think I might have six or seven left. There are other yarns with sparkle but this is the prettiest I’ve seen.

It will eventually make its way into the shop with some other cowls.

It can be worn with jeans and jackets for casual spark as well as long coats and dress shirts. Would really look great with a black top. $27.

 

All the Print That’s Fit to Knit

One of the things about technology is that it will reach into all kinds of places. Yarn is one of those places and the results can be fun.

This yarn creates its own print. Yarns can do seemingly random things and very orderly stripes but there is something cool about a yarn that brings the print.

I can imagine this yarn in a sweater – sleeveless pullover. I can also see it in a cowl or mittens with or without fingers.

This is a cute almost vintage looking print which is why I wouldn’t put it in a big project – like a substantial sweater – it would look too 70’s – 90’s. But it does make a cute beanie and if push came to shove, you can wear it reversed. It looks like blurry bunnies.

This beanie will not be sold in the shop but if you’re interested in having one, drop me a note and I will get a PayPal invoice ready just for you.

Easy Does It

Things are getting ready to go in to the shop. In the next few days, there will be hats, shawls, scarves and a slew of beanies in the shop for the enjoyment ( and purchase) of all.

I like how these items can go to the office or to the stadium. They help dress something up or down. The shawls can even do wedding duty.

The rasta slouch can be seen walking in to the office or a bistro. Pair it with a short jacket.

The arm warmers can stay on indoors and do double duty of keeping your wrists and arms warm without restricting your fingers and at the same time look completely stylish.

The knit cozy cowl in gradient yarn, is a neckwarmer or can be worn over the head and neck. Roll it over or wear it scrunched. Truly a fabulous, fun and functional piece.

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The rasta slouch available now $20
The Arm Warmers
The knit cozy cowl

Recognizing Red

I don’t have a lot of red in the shop but I do have a couple bins filled with red yarn – or variations of red. Cranberry was a hot color a few years back but I haven’t had much request for it lately.

I don’t see a lot of it in the summer, either. I think it’s a good three season color because it’s so bold and present. It appears in the fall colors and there can be no Christmas without red almost everywhere you look.

Even so, I don’t think it would be a bad thing for me to pull out some of that red yarn and whip something else. If for no other reason that fall is right around the corner.

 

The 24/7 beanie in Cranberry/Black
The 24/7 beanie in Berries
Boot Cuff in Cranberry

Practice Makes Perfect in Plaid

I am practicing my  knitted plaid. I don’t have a photograph to show you though there is some knitting on the needles. I am working up to this pattern. But, you know me; I’ve already changed the pattern a little bit.

There are several different ways of doing plaid but this one is good because it is reversible which means no ends – well hardly any and it looks good on both sides. My practice piece is in dark violet and lavender. I have no idea what the colors will be when I get serious about making something.

Watch for This Week in Yarn Porn because that’s where it will most likely be introduced.

Blank…Ok…White

 

The blanket was supposed to be white. I had two balls of white Bernat Blanket Yarn and when those were used up, I knew I would need another ball to get the size I wanted so I went and got it. Forgetting about the time lag between the first and second purchase, there was no way of getting the same dye lot. So winter white turned into vintage white so I had to add the charcoal to balance out the color difference.

It measures about 5ft x 6ft, it’s incredibly soft and I really do like it….

but….

I wanted to make a white blanket. So I went out and purchased four balls of winter white Bernat Baby Blanket to make another one.

I am hoping it will be a stunning piece and wonder if a monochrome can pull off ‘stunning.’

I think because of the stitch pattern and the texture, it can do it. I guess my real thought is whether I can photograph stunning so you (or a potential customer) can see it.

Yarns:
Bernat Blanket Yarn
100% polyester
White
Vintage White
Charcoal

In Praise of Boot Cuffs, Ankle Warmers and Leg Warmers

I recently saw a photo of Jenna Tatum wearing a pair of thigh high leg warmers and thought is was one of the sexiest photos ever. It just reaffirmed my thought of not just doing boot cuffs but also ankle warmers and leg warmers.

I just uploaded a pattern for my rasta boot cuffs and these boot cuffs are about to go on sale in the shop but I have the thought of expanding each of these into ankle warmers (a little longer than cuffs) and also full length leg warmers.

Boot cuffs fit in the with Faboulous, Fun and Functional line because they can be all three depending on how you want to wear them. They can be strictly fun or strictly functional and always fabulous.

The cuffs and warmers will be available in the shop in a few days.

 

The knit boot cuff in earth

The lace boot cuff in gray and the rasta cuff in white.

The scallop boot cuff in cranberry and the scalloped ankle warmer in gray

All will be available at designbcb.

Are Stripes Still In?

Indeed they are. And in my shop, it’s not so much as pure stripes as it is yarn that gives that stripe look and feel but still maintains all over color.

There are some new items coming to the shop that will have more distinct stripes – haven’t photographed them yet. But you can see here how the shawls, hats and hood have stripes within them but they don’t dominate.You want to be careful not to overdo – it makes for confusion and noise.

Something with a stripe creates interest and focus and can be used with solid colored accessories to make something striking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prayer Shawl in Lagoon
The 24/7 Beanie in Surprise
The 2017 Color Wheel Afghan
The Prayer Shawl in Nouveau
The Hooded Scarf in Earth

Part of the designbcb Fabulous, Fun and Functional 2017 line.

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