Vogue.com ran an article this week covering up and coming knitwear brands as sweater weather approaches. These designers have such a refreshing approach to knits and I’m already eyeing a few of those dreamy cozy hoodies and sparkly sequined cardigans!
As a knitter, I always look forward to this day, but there is something special about summers that evokes freedom and outdoor activities missing in colder temperatures.
Here’s a glimpse of the NYC summer vibes I’ll be dreaming about as I huddle under the covers in January.
Rockaway Beach and Long Beach are probably my favorite ones in the city. Both are easily accessible via public transportation and allow for a welcomed escape from the sweat-infused concrete jungle.
Afternoons in the Park
Despite being full of skyscrapers, New York has quite a few parks all around the city. I’ve been spending much of my free afternoons laying around in the grass in Central Park and working on knitting projects. The warm breeze and heat of the sun on your back is the ultimate relaxation.
When the weather does not disappoint, you feel so much more motivation for exploring areas outside of your city. Hiking and other travel options are just a short drive from the city, making for great weekend getaways. This year, I went hiking in the Poconos and visited Washington D.C., both for the first time!
What colors do you think of as we transition from summer to fall? For me, it’s all about muted, dusty beach tones for some reason. It reminds me of a scene at the beach when it’s about to storm. Pops of wine and soft pastels also come to mind. As I clear out and edit my yarn inventory, I’m trying to figure out which colors, yarns, and textures to incorporate into the next few pieces.
Image via Linen, Lace, Love
Here are a few color inspirations I’ve been looking through. What inspires you about color? Which colors come to mind when you think of the end of summer?
I also love the freshness of a warm fall tone with creamy neutrals, as seen on Thrifts and Threads.
What are your favorite colors to wear during this transition?
Believe or not, this little blog and knitwear line has been around for over a year already! Almost as hard to believe as me becoming a quarter of a century old as of Monday.
It is a bit of an odd feeling to both hit your mid twenties, and to have blogged this long without properly introducing myself. Twenty-five is an excellent age to self-reflect and I feel that this blog will become more than just a creative space and exploratory addition to Ita Vero. I have big plans for this little space on the inter webs, and I would love to make it just a bit more personal.
I’m Tiffany, the creator and maker of Ita Vero. I live in New York City where I currently live paycheck to paycheck in a tiny apartment I probably can’t truly afford because I have never wanted to live anywhere else and refuse to lower my pride. Knitting has long been a part of life, from the time I picked up a pair of needles and a ball of yarn when I was nine to hand-crafting my senior thesis, it is both a professional and creative inspiration.
I started Ita Vero, because I was looking for a creative outlet outside of my full time job. I’m still figuring out the business of crafting, but I enjoy every part of it, and I hope you readers share the same experience!
My comfort zone color palette may be soft pastels and cozy neutrals, but I actually love metallics. Especially when worked into knits, I think the contrast of the yarn’s softness and the hard edges of metals make for an eye-catching combination.
Antonio Berardi Pre-Fall
Weaving with a pop of gold from All Roads
Whether it’s a metallic dye treatment, or a piles of metal hardware connected to sweater knits, it is a feature I would love to explore more in the future.
Esther Paleologos creates knit art from various metal wires all from a domestic knitting machine.
This week, I found a bold metallic blue yarn deep in the archives of the Ita Vero yarn stash. I thought the brightness and futuristic element of the color would pair surprisingly well with the worn-in denim look yarn I had been saving for a special project. The “Mercury Cowl” is an ombre metallic textured knit cowl made from those two yarns. The soft drape and simple silhouette will be a stylish addition to any fall/winter wardrobe.