Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Obsessions

Spring - Summer Obsessions

For once this month didn't feel like it whizzed by, which is slightly odd considering that February is the shortest month of the year.  Maybe it's because I got a fair amount of sleep in between the nights that I didn't get to sleep?  Hmmm...

February was definitely quite the exciting month for me.  I released my very first pattern for sale, I got some fabulous invites, I got inspired, and things with the Munchkin have seem to take off (in the most wonderful of wonderful ways).  Let's just hope this excitement continues on into the rest of the year!  

In the meantime, here are five things that I obsessed about during this month of love:

1. Wollmeise Lace-Garn


I destashed some more yarn this month, but this time it was a few hanks of my Wollmeise laces.  Destashing these hanks meant that I actually had to go through that part of the stash and suss out the situation.  I guess it's not a bad thing since I discovered 2 hanks that I totally forgot that I had and weren't added to my stash page on Ravelry.  Sweet!  Could it be that my snob-a-rific yarns are multiplying on their own??  I can only dream of that possibility!

Going through my lovely Wollmeise laces made me remember why I started collecting buying them.  Not only are the colours vibrantly amazing but one of these bad boys is an astounding 1700 yards.  Yep.  That's your big boy right there.  And don't let the word "lace" scare you off.  Wollmeise's lace is more like a light fingering weight than your standard lace weight.  I have cardigan and pullover patterns lined up for some of my hanks.  And now, after seeing what I have in the stash, all I can think about is (finally) knitting with it all!  I can foresee several projects being knit up with Lace-Garn before the year is over.


2. Viajante


Speaking of Wollmeise Lace-Garn, Martina Behm of Strichmich has done it...again!!  Earlier this month she released another shawl pattern that I just can't stop thinking about and am wanting to cast on for...pronto!  In case you haven't heard of Martina Behm, she's the designer behind the mega popular Hitchhiker, Lintilla, Trillian, and Nuvem shawls.  Her newest design, Viajante, is sure to be right up there with them.  Viajante is seriously Martina's most ingenious design to date.  Now, you're probably thinking I'm overly exaggerating, but I'm not.  Viajante isn't your typical triangular shawl.  It's a three-dimensional piece of art that is knit in the round and can be used as an over-sized cowl, hood, as well as a large shawl.  What did I tell you, ingenious, right?  Make sure you check out the Ravelry pattern page to see the various ways you can wear Viajante.  But then again, maybe you shouldn't.  Cause you just might get the uncontrollable urge to want to knit it too!

I've been thinking about this pattern non-stop ever since the second I laid eyes on it.  It's been toying with me, begging me to knit it.  I've been unravelling hanks of Lace-Garn trying to decide which of my hanks want to become a Viajante.  I've been trying to make up my mind as to whether or not if I want to make one in a pink/red colour like the sample shown in the pattern, or if I should make it in a neutral like black or grey so that I can guarantee myself that it'll go with everything in my wardrobe.  I've been scouring Ravelry stash pages searching for possible colours.  I'm a woman possessed.

You'd think after knitting Nuvem I'd be turned off of a project of this magnitude.  After all, it's A LOT of mindless knitting.  We're talking black hole knitting here.  But for some reason, I'm not.  Rather, I'm intrigued as to whether or not if I can undertake such a knit again.  Do I have the mind set?  The stamina?  Am I crazy?  Don't answer that.  

I'm going to go look at the pattern again.  Don't judge.


3. Leather & Cables


I've been obsessed with this TopShop faux leather with cable knit sleeve biker jacket ever since I saw Franky wear it in episode 9 of season 6 of Skins.  Sadly, by the time I caught wind of this killer jacket, TopShop and all affiliate shops had already sold out of it.  Heartbroken, I made myself forget about it.  That is, until I got American Netflix and I watched season 6 of Skins all over again (Canadian Netflix only has season 1-5).  I searched all over the 'Net again for this jacket, but could only come up with ones that were either too big or was going to cost me my first born.  Total bummer.

I'm kind of hoping and keeping my eye out for a nice pleather classic biker jacket that fits me well and is priced just right so that I could possibly doctor it up and make my own version.  Complete with bobbles.  And trust me, I'm not a bobble person.  But on this design, I can be.  So far though I'm coming up short.  All the jackets I've been coming across have some variety of studs or weird patches of lycra on it.  I guess the search continues.  But one day, I WILL have a jacket similar to this.  Mark my words.  One day.


4. Crochet Hearts


I don't crochet, although I would like to.  I just find myself confused as to where to start counting from, which stitch is which (I always get English and North American terminology mixed up!), and after a while my wrist starts to hurt.  But I'm so in love with these über cute crochet hearts that I'm kind of wanting to just bite the bullet, take out my hooks, and start making a bunch of them!  What would I do with them though?  Make a garland?  A mobile?  A pin?  Who knows.  I really don't care either way.  All I know is that I want a mason jar full of them.  Aren't they just so sweet?  I don't even care that February is over.  Who says you can't have a little crafty love throughout the rest of the year?


5. Atlantic - Pacific Blog


I had actually discovered this fashion blog ages ago but as is life, when I get really busy my blog reading time goes down the drain and I usually end up über behind on all the blogs that I follow.  Sometimes I get so behind that I have to close my eyes and pretend that I'm not "cheating" by skipping all that I've missed and just start reading from where I currently stand with that blog (and in the end I usually miss a ton of stuff).  I hate doing that but to save my sanity and to keep blog reading fun I think it's best to not stress and get involved in the vicious circle of playing non-stop catch up.  Especially when there are blogs out there that post more than 3 times a day.

But there is one blog that I just have to play catch up on, and that's Atlantic-Pacific.  Luckily this blog doesn't involve any reading.  Unless you count the garment list so that you can try to track down the same piece.  Otherwise the lack of reading material makes this blog mega easy to catch up on.  And of all the fashion blogs out there and that I follow, Atlantic-Pacific is a MUST for me.  I seriously worship Blaire.  I wish I knew Blaire.  Heck, I wish I was Blaire!  Or at least I wish I had her closet.  This woman just reeks style and fashion.  I love her ability to mix high-end with generic labels.  I love her use of accessories.  I love the fact that she's not afraid of colour, or to mix and match prints.  She makes wearing head to toe black exciting (it's all in the accessories!).  I wish I had the guts (and the bank account) to dress like her.  Maybe one week I should try to take a page from her stylish book and give it a try?  But for now, I'm content with my uniform of plain ol' jeans and t-shirts and I'll stick to admiring her fashion sense from afar.


Thank you February for being so fabulous!  Here's to a Marvellous March!  ♥ 

8 comments:

  1. Melissa, I totally feel your Viajante obsession - I was all set to make a Featherweight with my skein of Lacegarn, but as soon as I saw Viajante I thought "Oh my god, I need this." I'm not much of a drapey shawl person, and the reason I backed off of my original plan to make a Nuvem was that I was worried I wouldn't use it enough, but for some reason the Viajante seems perfect. Really flexible, really gorgeous, and I'm dying to cast it on.

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    1. Hahaha Jacqueline, I had a feeling you would appreciate and love Viajante as well! I think you should cast on for a Viajante, there are so many uses for it, why not?? If you do cast on, let me know! I want to see progress photos! :)

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  2. I too, am feeling the Viajante obsession, I look at the pattern daily. Now to just get my paws on some Lace Garn!!

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    1. Me too Christina! Not a day goes by that I don't look at the pattern/project page at least once! I have the Lace-Garn, but not the right colour. I think I'll be on the hunt soon... ;)

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  3. oh dear... you've got me looking at viajante again... but then i'll need more lace yarn! ;) xoxo

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    1. Hahaha...oops! Didn't mean to get you thinking about casting on a Viajante as well! But you know... ;)

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  4. Oh man! I'm totally obsessed with Viajante too. I don't have any lace yarn though...what to do?
    As for the hearts...it doesn't hurt to try! they would look cute scattered on a mason jar cozy. just sayin'

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    1. I honestly think Viajante would suit any and every body, all the ways that you can wear it...

      I think I'm going to have to try my hand at crocheting those hearts. I can't stop thinking about them, and the only way to get them off my mind is to make a bunch! And after seeing your darling little girl holding one...that's it, I need to make some! ;)

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