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.

What’s in My Knitting Bag

I have no fancy designer bag, but I do have a tote bag full of knitting and crocheting goodies!

Here is my spin on those popular “What’s in My Bag” posts, as a knitter.

Fun fact:  I have never bought a bag without zippers in my life.  Most of the time, I carry my knitting around in a freebie tote like this one from Urban Outfitters, or ones I pick up from work trade shows.  However, OtterburnPQ, offers some great bags designed specifically for knitters and their projects.  Storeowner and designer Jésabelle was featured in an interview here last year!

Inside my bag…

Current Project – pretty self explanatory, it is what it is.

Small Notebook – I love the office supplies at Muji, especially their pens and notebooks.  This one is so minimal and lightweight, plus blank pages provide more flexibility for when I feel like scribbling calculations or sketching.  I’m on the lookout for a small notebook with graphing paper, so please comment if you know of one!

Miscellaneous Tools (from left to right) –scissors, crochet hook and/or knitting needles, stitch holder, cable needle, tapestry needles, stitch markers

Those little tools are stored in the loveliest little embroidered bag gifted from a co-worker.

 Readers, what do you always have to carry in your knitting bag?

Comfort Fit

I am a big fan of dressing comfortably.  My closet is full of elastic waistbands and billowy blouses.  I am in the business of knitwear because it is so cozy and comfortable.

Designers at the fashion shows this season were showcasing their takes on comfort dressing.  Ranging from sleepwear-inspired looks to boxy and roomy silhouettes, you can feel inspired to roll straight out of bed and out the door in the mornings!

Daks SS ’16

Robes at Eudon Choi

Silky Simplicity at J. JS Lee

Feminine Slips and Uncomfortable-Looking Shoes at Givenchy

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

Woodlands

After seeing an abundance of lush forests on a mini road trip through Vermont last month, I came up with three new designs inspired by the scenery.  I am starting to get the hang of a true winter vacation, dreaming of redwood forests, snow, cozy log cabins, hot chocolate by the fireplace…and Sean Parker’s unforgettable wedding.

Here’s a look at the latest additions to the Ita Vero shop, and the images and places that have inspired them.

Ita Vero Cable Color Block Beanie

Ita Vero Ombre Cable Hat

Ita Vero Olive Knit Headband