A Few Asian Fashion Knits

Having grown up with the intense love of all thing Asian, not a day would go by when I’d ask a classmate where she bought a certain article of clothing. I’d cry a little inside when I was told that this sweater or those socks were bought in Japan, or HK even. Soon, I just learned to admire from a far and find dupes here where I could.

Enter the internet.

Stumbling upon angiehearts.net was like walking into a my old classmates closets, it’s the style that’s nothing like here that I’m still in love with. Angiehearts is like walking into a Forever21 for the first time. Sure, the clothes may be the highest quality (what is?), but at prices like this it’s prefect for that night out when you just need something new. ANYTHING NEW.

While amassing a gigantic shopping cart/wish list, these two totally knitable designs caught my eye.

beaded top
beaded top

Beaded Wide Sleeve Sweater: Tube body, two large rectangles folded down for sleeves, cute beads and you are set. I have a turquoise top like this that’s a clapotis dupe:


wide sleeve clapotis top

The second knit I loved is something I’d wear on vacation, or to the beach as a cover-up. Knitted Irregular Hem Sweater

knit asymetrical top
and on it looks like…
knit asymetrical top
How cute would that look over a bathing suit? Perhaps even done in a slightly looser gauge and larger needles for better air flow would be best. I’d make the collar bigger so that it falls off one shoulder readily. Yup, sounds beachy keen to me :)

Straw into Gold- WIP

I’m not sure what happened. I went into my LYS to look for sock yarn, I swear. And somehow, I came out with several skeins of Berroco’s Lumina, in Gold Coast:I have to apologize for the photos- I have been waiting for a really sunny day, so that you could truly see just how damn sparkly this yarn is, but it’s been rainy and cloudy and only seems to be sunny when I’m at work and trapped at my desk. So- semi-overcast shots. It’s a lot more sparkly in person. I bet you’re wondering what that mysterious shining gold thing is. And I’m going to be mean and not tell you anything, except that it is a surprise, and a design of my own. I will say this- it is very fun knitting with this yarn. It reminds me of the story of Rumpelstiltskin, how he spun straw into gold for the miller’s daughter. It’s how I imagine spun gold would really look! And feel. It’s a little scratchy, I won’t lie.

Must-Have Summer Knit: Quiksilver Womens Cable Vest


Quiksilver Womens Summer 2009

Lyndenburg

I think I’ve bought all the knits in the QSW line so far, and this will be no exception. The drape, emphasized racerback and intricate cables ooze out amazingness.

*update*

The Lyndenburg is now for sale in Europe, here are some more product shots:

QSW Lyndenburg

QSW Lyndenburg

QSW Lyndenburg

Trendy shaping, cute pocket and even more cables. I like it a lot! /ace ventura

FO: Honeymoon Swallowtail

I no longer wonder why 3,880 people on ravelry have knit this shawl.

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl

Needles:3.5 mm circular

Yarn: Alpace with a twist Fino

Mods: None. Zip. Zilch. Didn’t even add extra repeats.

Notes:Due to a Nothing Suitable to Knit meltdown twenty minutes before we left to go on our honeymoon, I grabbed a ball of laceweight alpaca I had been squirreling away for a shawl, grabbed the pattern for the Swallowtail Shawl that I had printed off more than a year ago, and stuffed it into my carry on. I knit half the shawl during honeymoon travel and beach time, and the other half on Easter weekend. My one complaint: knitting nupps in laceweight is not fun times. To the point where I consider myself unlikely to knit nupps again anytime soon (i.e., this calendar year).
But oh, it’s all so worth it when you’ve finished blocking and wrap your shawl around your shoulders for the first time.
Even little Yarn agrees. Although she did say the shawl looked better on her than me, that cheeky little scamp.

WIP: Shrug Shots


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This yarn (misti baby alpaca hand paint) is a dream to work with. I scratched my original idea for this shrug, and I couldn’t be happier, it just wasn’t working out like I had hoped. Another sketch jumped out at me around the same time so I dived into my trusty stitchionary and blamo. Eyelet Links. You can’t really tell by the photos but this piece is about 8 repeats wide. I added selvage stitches thank god, so now that I’m at the arm holes I can decrease 4sts on either side for extra shaping. I’m not going to leave the edges bare like in the sketch though, I’ll pick up the sts and rib around the same length as the bottom for extra finishing. I’m not going to curse myself, by saying it’s going by fast, but I am enjoying it.

Here are some links if you’re bored & Happy Easter if you celebrate!

Daily Sights & Sounds

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