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Knit Dress Ideas: Afternoon Reading Dress

Ok, I’m STILL looking at ModCloth for sweater dress ideas. I really like to use my own ideas when knitting things by hand. I usually follow a pattern, or at least use one as a starting point, but I’ve been trying to knit things on my own more & I see so many things I love! Then when I go to start knitting, I can never remember what it is I wanted to knit! I spend 99% of my time online drooling over yarn porn at Ravlery but they don’t really have a good place to put things like this so all the pretty pictures of beautiful expensive knit things are going to start getting posted here on my blog!

I found this so called “Afternoon Reading Dress” but I’m sure I won’t be reading anything in the afternoon while wearing it. It comes in a couple different colors but I like the blue the best. The other colors seem to have some weird pooling of the black flecks.

I think the darker base color of the yarn looks a lot better. When you have something knitted over a large area, like this dress, or even a sweater, the contrasting darker color can start to do weird things. When you keep the finished item small it doesn’t have the opportunity to create pools or lines. That’s one of the reasons I have problems with most variegated yarns. I love the colors & the combinations when it in the skein, it just looks weird once it gets knitted up certain ways. So by keeping the base color dark, the contrast isn’t as apparent so it doesn’t matter if it stripes or pools. Just to keep on babbling, one of the ways to get around that is to NOT knit in the round. By going back & forth across the rows, which is what you do when you make a seamed sweater, it breaks up the issues you get when knitting round & round. Sometimes that doesn’t work either & it really depends on the yarn, the pattern, the gauge & even when you start within the color cycles in any given skein. I knit up some BEAUTIFUL Dove Roving yarn that had some issues with the color variegation  I added a second yarn, held double, of a lace weight black & that kind of masked the color variations a little to give some color consistency throughout the stitches. It turned out beautifully & I’m planning on making a pullover with it soon. I learned that trick this summer with a cardigan I made with the yarn held double with two different colors. You can see an example of what it looks like here (this is different than the variegated yarn I was just talking about).

My Summer Sweater

My Summer Sweater

Anyways, back to the dress. Here’s a few pictures of it.

ModCloth: Afternoon Reading Dress (front)

ModCloth: Afternoon Reading Dress (front)

ModCloth: Afternoon Reading Dress (back)

ModCloth: Afternoon Reading Dress (back)

Some of the reviews complained of it being a little too see through. You can see the weight of the fabric in this photo here so maybe they just didn’t realize it (or something, I don’t get people sometimes)?

ModCloth: Afternoon Reading Dress

ModCloth: Afternoon Reading Dress

I really like the featherweight type knits. I’ve made quite a few over the summer & am completely in love with them. Yes,  I do wear a tank top or t-shirt underneath. But they are so comfortable & you can get really incredible drape with thin knits like this. You can also create shapes & form that you can’t get with thicker weight knits. Plus they don’t add bulk & are REALLY comfortable to wear while still keeping you warm. Alpaca is a great fiber to use when knitting with a light weight because even as a thin yarn, it still keeps you surprisingly warm. I used an alpaca silk blend yarn in that cardigan pictured above. I can not describe the feeling of that cardigan! You just have to feel it to experience how unique & soft it is.

Anyhow, back to the dress, AGAIN, I really dig the collar & how the buttons go around & over the shoulder. I also really dig the cute little pockets. I love pockets. I also love hoods, but this one doesn’t have a hood. That’s ok though, because at least it has pockets.

ModCloth: Afternoon Reading Dress (pockets)

ModCloth: Afternoon Reading Dress (pockets)

I’m still looking around for a great sweater dress pattern & am making observations like these, saving pictures of dresses I like, so hopefully I can come up with something soon so I can make it while the weather is still cold!

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Knit Dress Ideas: New Angle Dress

For how much I hate shopping, I do a lot of clothes scoping online. I think it’s more of a voyeuristic enjoyment, where I can say “oh that outfit is so cute” & look at all the shopping everyone ELSE does as opposed to really getting myself to the mall & looking at clothes in person. Plus when I peep other people’s style I can get more ideas for outfits & styles I’d never come up with myself. I’m always a big fan of getting other people’s opinions on any kind of creative endeavor even if I don’t end up agreeing with any of it. It’s kind of like if someone says “good god that outfit is really out there!”  but that’s what I was going for, even if the other person hates it, that confirms it that I want to wear it cause “really out there” is exactly what I was going for. Does that even make sense?

So today I was checking out some really weird sweater dresses on ModCloth. I like the idea of sweater dresses, I’ve just never had one before. Now that I think about it, I don’t really have a lot of dresses anyways. But sweater dresses work better for me than regular dresses, they seem more comfortable, less girly & more wearable. Plus since I obsess love knitting so much I’ve been thinking about making some one. Here’s the cutest one I found called the New Angle Dress. I’m not much of a red loving person (I refuse to wear red) but I really like the brown one.

ModCloth: New Angle Dress

ModCloth: New Angle Dress (front view)

ModCloth: New Angle Dress (back view)

ModCloth: New Angle Dress (back view)

But I think the one that really caught my eye was this picture here, styled with a little off-the-shoulder action! I’m really digging that whole showing a little shoulder Flash Dance 80’s style everybody has right now. See?

ModCloth: New Angle Dress

ModCloth: New Angle Dress

This looks like it could be knit up at a fairly loose gauge using a thin fingering or sport weight yarn. The only down side to knitting this is that it would be BORING! Look at that, it’s what, like 6 square yards of stocking stitch?! But I’m putting this up because I do love the shape of it, even if it was shorter & turned into a sweater it would be super cute.  I’m going to stew on this one for a while. . .

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Shoe Issues

I’ve written about updating my look a little & one of the BIGGEST problems I’m having is a serious lack of shoes. I see these girls online or on TV that go buy shoes, I love shoes, blah blah blah & I’m thinking how the HECK can you be so obsessed with freaking shoes? Honestly, forcing myself to buy a pair of booties last week at Target was the first time I’ve purchased shoes for any reason other than necessity. I’ve looked at things online & thought “Oh those are cute” but would choke on my bile when I looked at the price tag. My goal right now with my wardrobe is to create a closet that I love. Please don’t misinterpret that the wrong way: I am NOT a shopper. I do NOT go to the mall, I do NOT go clothes shopping. I hate it. I usually buy my clothes at the skate shop or when I’m at Target to buy groceries. It kills me to spend money on clothes. I can drop a hundred bucks on yarn without blinking an eye but it hurts to spend $40 on a pair of shoes. I know, I’m weird. Back to wardrobe building, I’m using a few guidelines pretty religiously. Here they are, in order:

  1. I freaking love it! If I go somewhere & see something I absolutely LOVE, I’ll buy it. I’m putting this as number one because it rarely happens & I’ve learned that if I pass something up I really really loved, I usually regret it. The one caveat is it also must be within my budget (I can hear the ‘AWWWW!!! MAN!!!” now)
  2. I really need it! I’ve learned socks only last a year or two. Same thing with tank tops & heavily worn t-shirts. These things need to be replaced on a regular basis & I hate doing it. I also hate buying bras so those fall under this category too.
  3. I need it to complete an outfit. I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten a really cute top only to get home & realize I need a tank top in a color I don’t have to go underneath or have a tank top but it hangs down 4 inches below the edge of the shirt. I went through my clothes, made a list & stopped by Walmart to buy said pesky tank tops in the necessary sizes & colors.

This number 3 is also where 99% of my shoe issues are coming from . That’s where I was going with that really long rambling side note, I was getting to my shoe problem. I’ve been writing down my thoughts on clothes for a few days now to try to come up with some ideas for outfits. Once I know what kind of shoes I want, I look around on the internet to see if I can find something that will work. I was looking on ModCloth for shoes. They have cute stuff but it’s really hit or miss & think some of their stuff is super overpriced. I’d rather just go down to the vintage stores on Broadway & get something REAL instead of an overpriced knockoff. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking them hard. I do like their site. BEHOLD, my latest shoe find:

ModCloth: Step into My Office Wedge

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