Aiken sweater knitting pattern by Andi Satterlund Reb Stevenson

Knitted: Aiken Sweater

Even though it’s clearly moving away from sweater weather here on the west coast (*ducks from the snowballs the rest of Canada is throwing at her*), I was drawn in to Andi Satterlund‘s “Selfish Sweater Knit-a-long” this past month.

Aiken sweater knitting pattern by Andi Satterlund

Internet knit-a-longs by designers you like are pretty much like crack when you become a knitter. The second other knitters start posting pictures of their projects online or on Instagram, you feel like an outsider if you don’t join in. Yes, you could just lurk – but that’s akin to hanging out on the sidelines at the high school dance whilst everyone gets their slow dance on (been there, done that). You need IN on that action, man!

I made the Aiken sweater, which actually shows a daring amount of cleavage if you peer through the lace panel on the front. But it’s all, like, concealed in yarn so you can get away with it without seeming like a trashy ho.

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This is how you feel when you finish knitting a sweater. Or when you get a black wine gum. ^^

Pattern: Aiken Sweater by Andi Satterlund

Yarn: Knit Picks Reverie in “Potion.”

Location: Beach Drive in Victoria, B.C.

Ravelry page here.

Honey Cowl Madeline Tosh

Knitted: Honey Cowl

Mustard has an abundance of personalty, both on a hot dog and around your neck.

Recently, I finished knitting the Honey Cowl in an electrifying shade of orangey yellow.

 

Honey Cowl Madeline Tosh

 

The reasons for my choice are twofold:

1. Mustard looks good against my navy blue coat.

2. This choice enables me to eat sloppy hot dogs and drip mustard all over my scarf with ZERO CONSEQUENCES.      right…..?

Pattern: Honey Cowl by Madeline Tosh

Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK in “candlewick”

Ravelry page here.

Vividworks Hats

Lovely Little Shop: Vivid Works (1920s Hats and Headbands)

I found myself at a rather chaotic craft fair over the weekend. The scent of handmade soap mingled with artisanal curry sauce, and never have so many dollops of homemade jam found their way onto crackers and been thrust in strangers’ faces. But amongst the predictable wares, there was a beacon of unexpected artistic beauty and vintage deliciousness: Vivid Works.

1920s style scarves

If you have a Great Gatsby fashion fetish or fancy yourself a babe from the roaring ’20s who was born a century too late, then you need to add a few of these items to your wardrobe. The stunning felted hats, scarves and headbands are crafted by a creative Englishlady named Den in Comox, right here on Vancouver Island. She makes bags too. 1920s headbands

On her website, Den says:

“Sculptural, Textural and an element of stylish fun are the starting blocks for these Designs. Other influences have been drawn from the styles of the 1920s – 1940s and an inate love of ‘doodling’.”

I am awed by these gorgeous pieces, which will instantly catapult your style into the art deco age. Are you swooning, too, old Sport?

Click here to check out Den’s site to see 1920s hats and headbands (and more),