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Showing posts from March, 2014

Knock Your Socks Off

Back in 2011, like millions of thrifty fashion lovers, I camped outside (okay, I got there five minutes before the doors opened) my local Target waiting to shop the highly anticipated (and well-marketed) Missoni for Target line.  Weeks before the launch, I had scoped out the look-book and identified exactly which items I wanted to buy.  But despite having a disciplined plan of attack, all restraint, and apparently reason (my own, in case that wasn’t clear), was cast out of my cart, presumably so I could fill it up with things I had never planned on buying.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, after hauling my purchases home and trying to forget how much money I had blown, I then… logged onto the website – or at least tried to – to purchase even more zig-zag wares!  From there, the my insanity escalated.  Before I knew it, I was trolling Ebay bidding on overpriced merch that would make the seediest loan shark blush.  There I was at 2 am scoping out auctions, initiating bidding wars, and gettin…

It May Be Spring, but it Feels like Christmas in Paris

I’ve always been a huge Francophile, so it will come as no surprise that a yarn containing the words Paris, France, or any French landmark, will inevitably end up in my stash.  This was the case with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted Yarn - '13 Holiday Collection - Christmas in Paris.  I’ve been a huge fan of LL’s Shepherd Sock Yarn and have knitted many socks in their unique colorways, but this was my first foray with LL worsted.  I couldn’t have been more pleased.  The yarn was light, soft, and squishy. The linen stitch pattern I selected from Audrey Knight’s Reversible Scarves highlighted the yarn’s pastel, multi-variegated hues.  I’m so pleased with the end result, and because of the weight and texture of the stitch, the scarf is seasonless.  I’ve already worn it out with jeans and a t-shirt.  And with the fluctuating weather that we’re having on the east coast (they’re calling for 2-4 inches of snow on Tuesday – this after getting more than 8 inches last Monday), it pairs nic…