8:30: the First Eight Days

I’ve already learned SO much about my wardrobe since I started working on the 30 in 30 wardrobe remix, it’s amazing. For example- I own mostly solid colour items, very few prints. Which makes for a seriously dull wardrobe, if you ask me. How come I never noticed this before?! I don’t even own a patterned blouse. Seriously.

Also, I apparently do not like having my photo taken every day. If G was available, we snapped a shot on the patio, and if he wasn’t I used the tripod and my point and shoot camera in the library. 

My creation

Also, I still haven’t chosen all my 30 items, because it is now clear I only wear about 15-20 items in rotation. My wardrobe is in a rut! This is a lot more work and not nearly as much fun as I thought it would be. I have a lot of work ahead of me.

Modification Monday: Idlewood +

Original Pattern: Idlewood


Knitter Extraordinaire: Traci (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Added lots of colourwork, eliminated the pocket, added ribbing to sleeve and body hems. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I was blown away by this gorgeous sweater when I first saw it- the colourwork is stunning, and I love the muted palette Traci used to create it. The charts are from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s The Opinionated Knitter, Leaflet #3, and I think the  whole combination is just dynamite. I want to a sweater just like this now! Looks perfect for layering.

Modification Monday: Paper Daleks

Original Pattern: Paper Dolls

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rebecca (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Charted out a whole new colourwork yoke to feature the main characters (and the famous daleks) of Doctor Who- Including charting out text, which is tricky! Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when people really personalize their knits, and what better way to personalize than with a colourwork version of a beloved TV show?! I think this is such a clever use of colourwork, and it’s not often I see text in knits, either- another reason to love this one-of-a-kind pullover. Just so awesome.

FO: Autumn in Ombre

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Pattern: Ombre Cardigan

Yarn: Tanis Fiber arts Pink Label in ‘Chestnut’ and ‘Brick’

Needles: 4 mm circulars.

Mods: None.

Notes: This is one of those perfect sweaters that you know will be a wardrobe staple. I love the easy fit and clean lines, and the ombre effect is the perfect amount of interest- not too much, not too little. It’s totally a wardrobe classic.

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It’s knit using two strands of laceweight held together, which was nice- it knit up pretty quickly and it was fun to watch the colour shifts.  really enjoyed using one of the brand new TFA colourways, too- Brick is a really gorgeous shade, just right for fall. I can tell I’ll be wearing this a lot!

The kitties were really keen on getting in on the photoshoot action (or at least just wanted my attention), but then refused to sit pretty when I tried to include them:

Ombre Cardigan, with cats
Cats. What can you do.

30 in 30: Wardrobe Remix

I first heard of the 30 in 30 Wardrobe Remix from Eliza, a friend and blogger who decided to put her closet to work and create 30 different outfits in 30 days, using only 30 items. She is going to do it again this fall, and I’m going to participate as well- starting tomorrow!

My reasons: I get lazy. I’m not a morning person, and that’s typically when I get dressed, so it’s easy for me to get into an outfit rut and not think creatively at all about what to wear. Also, like many women, I have a tonne of clothes and probably only wear about 2% of my wardrobe in any given week, and I can admit it- I’m boring with my wardrobe. Pants and sweaters, accessorized with a necklace.Yawn.

The rule I’m going to dress by:

  • 30 items, which will consist entirely of visible clothes (obviously undercrackers, socks, etc. won’t count).
  • I’m not including shoes into this, because I’m not a shoe person and I know perfectly well I’ll either wear black flats or rain boots for the next 30 days, without fail. 
  • No outfit can be worn exactly the same way twice. 
  • Accessories are not included, and will be used as much as possible to punch up the existing clothing choices. It’s about time I make the most of all the scarves and handbags I own, for goodness sake.

I’ve been reviewing my Pinterest Style Board to get some ideas of the sort of things I’d like to be wearing, to ensure that those are the items that make the cut for the next 30 days. Let’s see how well I do. I’m giving myself extra credit if I manage to do stuff with my hair, too. Sometimes long hair is such a lazy cop-out, it’s so easy to do absolutely nothing with it.