Inked

I’ve always toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo since the hardest part is deciding what to get inked on my body.  It’s difficult to find an image or symbol that can represent my passions, regardless of whether those dreams are long term.  Tattoos are reminders of the energy and focus I had or currently have towards goals/dreams/moments and that in turn, embraces the value of life and how I choose to live mine.

The interesting thing is, about six months ago I suddenly felt such a strong determination to get a tattoo of some sort by the end of the year.  That feeling lasted a grand total of 48 hours.  But in that time span, I was able to really narrow it down to which motifs I would have chosen, if I were to get inked at all.  It came down to the two dreams that tugged the most at my heart.  I decided that I wanted a minimal line-based Manhattan skyline and a pair of knitting needles (ball of yarn optional).

While I still fluctuate about placing permanent art on my body, here are a few tattoos of inspiration and sources of major tat envy!

Love the tiny heart at the end!


Unexpected and awesome placement


Great detail and shading


Nice graphic quality – bold, yet simple


Playing with typography

I always love hearing tattoo stories, so please share yours (if you have any) below!  Or if you fluctuate on whether to get inked or not, and why?

And…just for laughs, here’s an interesting article where tattoo artists are asked about which are the “worst popular tattoos” they’re sick of doing.

I would love to hear about any readers’ tattoo stories!

Boyfriend Style

Last weekend, I crocheted a hat for the first time, for my boyfriend!

I’m always a bit surprised at how quickly crocheting goes, this little accessory was completed in just one afternoon.  It’s a simple and basic hat pattern, but I’m hoping he’ll be able to wear it on chilly evenings on his walk home from work.

This is opens up many possibilities for a men’s section in the shop!  In the meantime, here are some menswear knit style inspirations.

Surroundings

After a long day of work or city explorations, I look forward to coming home to my little bedroom.  I was lucky enough to find a space in the heart of downtown Manhattan that fits into my budget and offers a beautiful view of the city, not to mention the Empire State Building!!  It’s kind of funny, because I always associated the Empire State Building as an icon of the city.  Every time I catch a glimpse of it from inside my home, my heart swells up a bit and I feel so fortunate to be able to live in the city where all my dreams are coming true (yep, that’s super cheesy).

Here are a few details that make my bedroom a cozy space for re-charging from hectic city life.

I invested in a neutral platform bed so that it would be a furniture piece most likely to fit in with any NY space, considering how often I’ve moved.  You can never go wrong with white sheets.  I sometimes even eat in bed, and am never afraid of stains.  Buy cotton based sheets and you will never have those fears either since they are machine-washable.  I managed to score the pillowcase and duvet cover set on Amazon for just $34!

My candle obsession began shortly after I began dating a dreamy fellow who always lit them at his place.  A trio of candles provides just the right amount of warm fuzzy feelings while saving on electricity bills.  Sometimes it’s nice to live life like the 1890’s (any Portlandia fans out there?)

Nothing tops a room with a view.

Readers, what is your favorite part about your bedroom?

New in Town

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!

Lauren Maloogian – Perfect autumn chill outfit

Spencer Vladimir – Cozy Rockstar Vibes

Which designs caught your eye?

Color Palettes

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?

Mark Rothko

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?

NYFW Spring 2016

Lovely knit looks from this week’s shows.

Wispy Knit Layers at Ohne Titel

Cocoon Sheaths at Sally Lapointe

Sexy Stripes at Sally Lapointe

Funky printed ponchos at Alice + Olivia

Playful crochet at Alice + Olivia

Translucent at Vera Wang

Which were your favorite shows from New York Fashion Week?  I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Metallic

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.

Mercury Cowl – available for sale in the store

Ita Vero Knits on Etsy