whispering pine tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2009://1 2009-02-12T20:15:56Z a knitter's journal Movable Type 3.2 12 hours in tokyo tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2009://1.303 2009-02-11T18:58:48Z 2009-02-12T20:15:56Z on my way back to the states, i had about 12 hour layover in tokyo. immediately i knew what i wanted to do: shopping for fabrics! it has been a very long time since i was in japan last,... blossom everything

on my way back to the states, i had about 12 hour layover in tokyo. immediately i knew what i wanted to do: shopping for fabrics! it has been a very long time since i was in japan last, but joujouka had agreed to chauffeur me around town. we had a few email exchanges before my departure, checking train schedules and even the shopping itineraries are drawn up. i was so hyped about my adventure in tokyo!

joujouka met me at the shinjuku station early sunday morning, immediately we took another train to ebisu for a visit to check and stripe. we took a short walk to the store front only to discover the shop was now closed. oh well. at least i have this picture showing what a lovely little shop it was!

we also stopped by Nimes Cloth House. joujouka told me this was also a zakka store. they carried some stripe knits, as well as cotton fabrics. and all the lovely things you would expect to see from a japanese zakka store: pottery, tiny spoons, linen handkerchiefs, bundles of linen fabrics, vintage children’s books... etc etc.

i ended up not getting anything from there, but it was a nice zakka moment in japan.

next, we took another trip to kichijoji, where we visited cottonfield, probably my favorite fabric store to date. it was unbelievably sweet, with rows and rows of japanese fabrics, trims, notions. two storey full of wonders, which we only had probably 45 minutes to spend. i would have gotten (a lot) more from this store if they accepted credit cards! i ended up getting some beautiful wool gauze and a traditional checkered print which you see a lot in japanese craft books. apparently this print was popular in japan, there was a bin with bolts of this pattern in various weight, fiber content and texture. it was difficult to have to choose just one.

cottonfield

finally, we visited yuzawaya. the best craft store ever. period. i literally can spend a whole week there! i love their liberty fabric selection (though i did not get any), craft books, notions and ribbons... and nani iro!

ribbons :: linen and cotton
nani IRO

needless to say, it was probably the best craft hours for my trip. by the time i was getting used to the idea of shopping in tokyo, i was already on the train back to the airport.

we did not go by avril, but joujouka gave me a couple of their yarns. beautiful as always. and i also received a stack of traditional japanese fabrics from my brother, when he was in kyoto sometime last year.

avril
japanese fabrics

fabrics, are definitely souvenirs for my travel.

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hello singapore tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2009://1.302 2009-02-09T21:23:03Z 2009-02-10T11:36:21Z i have been to singapore a few times when i was still living in new zealand. it was a perfect stop over destination between auckland and taipei. the perfect blue sky, exotic cuisine and culture did not hurt either. i’ve... blossom i have been to singapore a few times when i was still living in new zealand. it was a perfect stop over destination between auckland and taipei. the perfect blue sky, exotic cuisine and culture did not hurt either. i’ve always loved visiting singapore and this trip was no exception.

the purpose of the trip was to visit my sister and her family, they have been living there for the past few years. and to visit my parents, too, as they were traveling back to australia. i also made an effort to visit some museums, tourist spots and tasted as much cuisine as possible. it was always nice to reconnect with families. i had a great little get away from the snow in new england. singapore was a lovely little tropical city. everyday is bright and sunny, and very very hot.

and i remembered these the most:

singapore river
:: the charming singapore river ::
the almost daily morning walk along the river, the cruise by boat, the walk with my dad from the asian civilization museum back to clarke quay. the river is both beautiful during the day as it is during the night.

national museum of singapore

streets of little india
:: museums, gardens, ethnic districts and the beautiful euroasia air ::
i think singapore has really nice, modern, well organized museums that celebrate its colorful history and culture. not to mention some very delicious cake at the museum cafe. singapore might be known for being a shopping paradise, but i adore the euro-asian past and all those beautifully preserved colonial architecture. during the new years holiday, i joined erin and her parents for a visit to the istana. that was quite an experience.

chilli crab
:: cuisine from a cultural melting pot ::
it is no secret to many but asians take their meals very seriously. i think my sister and i talk about what and where we are going to eat every morning, and sort of plan our daily events around that. i have been wanting to try the famous chilli crab, so that was the first thing we had when i arrived. and it was delicious! we had it again at a different restaurant later, it was still as delicious as the first time. i love having the chilli crab with fried little buns.

i stayed in singapore for a little over a week. i had delicious ramen noodles at waruku, dumplings and fresh made shrimp shumai at dintaifung, more dumplings at crystal jade. a delicious indian meal at the banana leaf apollo, and various lovely little eats at the food republic and other places i can not remember now. but most of all, i finally had the famous singapore sling at the raffles hotel long bar. this was the “it” thing to do while in singapore. i also want to say, my sister cooks a few nights and she was quite a brilliant cook. i went to bed stuffed every single night! my trip to singapore almost qualifies as a trip for the foodies.

portrait 5
::friends and families ::
but mostly, this trip was all about seeing the family. and it was really nice to see the families again. i also met an old friend of mine whom i have not seen in 10 years, we had the most lovely chat, i love seeing old friends. this trip was also about meeting new ones. joujouka from japan was so graciously agreed to meet with me in tokyo during my layover, so i can go fabric shopping. thank you so much joujouka! we’ll talk about my fabrics from japan next.

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the lightness of grey tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2009://1.301 2009-02-06T20:56:58Z 2009-02-06T21:12:50Z pattern: built by wendy 3835 difficulty (1-5): 2.5 pattern size: 10 fabric: seven island's grape vine in grey i took a short trip to singapore, visiting family (and a couple crafters along the way). i returned to connecticut late... blossom built by wendy 3835

pattern: built by wendy 3835
difficulty (1-5): 2.5
pattern size: 10
fabric: seven island's grape vine in grey


i took a short trip to singapore, visiting family (and a couple crafters along the way). i returned to connecticut late sunday night and went to work the next day. this week was like walking on the cloud for me. i am looking forward to the weekend to unpack and just sit around and do nothing.

and to find time to post pictures from my trip. along with some fabrics i got from a short stop in tokyo.

this floral top was made right before the trip, i was hoping the lightness of cotton would be perfect for singapore. well... it was still too much for a country situated just one degree away from the equator.

i'm thinking of wearing it in the spring- hopefully it is around the corner.

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zipped raglan cardi tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2009://1.299 2009-01-03T16:22:47Z 2009-01-03T17:17:32Z pattern: last minute knitted gifts - men's zipped raglan difficulty (1-5): 2.5 size: 46 in yarn: rowan's rowanspun aran tweed in flame knitting specs: us 8 cir. there were already a lot of information on this project before i... blossom LMKG zipped cardi

pattern: last minute knitted gifts - men's zipped raglan
difficulty (1-5): 2.5
size: 46 in
yarn: rowan's rowanspun aran tweed in flame
knitting specs: us 8 cir.

there were already a lot of information on this project before i even started, and i have read many of your pattern notes and they all have been extremely helpful. i am actually very happy on how this had turned out for me (and husband). he obviously loves it and i think he looks pretty good wearing it, too. however, this was probably the most tedious project i have ever worked on... and it's really all because of the zippers.

i have made a few modifications on this project, and i think all of them had contributed to a more polished look for the cardigan. so first, the size. i knitted size 46 instead of 42 (which was husband's actual size) after studying pictures of most finished garments on ravelry, i feel that the fit was a rather tight one and was not quite the look i was going for. i also added a few inches to the body and sleeves to accommodate for rowanspun's tendency to shrink with washing. looking at the pictures, i think if i had knitted size 42, the sweater would have been way small. i haven't washed the cardigan yet, but i hope it won't change the fit too much. we both like the fit of the sweater, as is right now.

LMKG zipped cardi
LMKG zipped cardi

another thing i did was using blue blog's pattern note for ribbing alignment for the raglan decrease (thanks alison!). it worked out really nicely as you can tell from the pictures! pattern alignment is one of those things that gives a more professional and polished look. so if you are thinking of making this project, i would really recommend you taking a look at alison's note before casting on.

zippers

the last major modification i did was the zippers... i can't tell how much thought was put in to this. i never liked the look of zippers on the wrong side of a knitted garment, with zippers all exposed. so i've decided to knit facings with same patterns as the front after the zippers were secured. despite the fact that this arrangement generated a ton of extra knitting and sewing, i really love how it looks in the end. and with all the zipping back and forth, i am quite happy with how secured it is.

LMKG zipped cardi

so this is my last project for 2008 and i am so glad it is all done!

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new year, 2009 tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2009://1.298 2009-01-01T23:44:06Z 2009-01-01T23:57:07Z hello readers! happy 2009! i can't believe it is now 2009; this year has gone by so so fast for us. i remembered the same time last year, we had just moved from atlanta to connecticut. not really sure... blossom LMKG zipped cardi

hello readers! happy 2009!

i can't believe it is now 2009; this year has gone by so so fast for us. i remembered the same time last year, we had just moved from atlanta to connecticut. not really sure how things would worked out for us... but luckily, this has been the best year, we love connecticut, love new england, love our friends, and everything else in between. though i haven't been blogging, knitting or sewing as much as i would have liked, i did managed to finish joelle hoverson's zipped raglan cardigan for husband on christmas day. can you tell he likes the cardigan? i think he looks great in orange tweed.

we just got back from a skiing/snowboarding trip (i'm now in love with skiing). so maybe tomorrow, i will find time to take pictures and tell you more about this cardigan. and maybe 2009 will be a great year for all of us.

love,
b

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tutu bunny tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.297 2008-12-14T15:13:08Z 2008-12-14T22:29:21Z i made this wee wonderful's kitty for my niece mimi a while ago, when she was a wee baby. since then, i had plans to make all three characters, with matching outfits. i went so far as to put together... blossom i made this wee wonderful's kitty for my niece mimi a while ago, when she was a wee baby. since then, i had plans to make all three characters, with matching outfits. i went so far as to put together the bunny, cut out the bear (using the softest cashmere!)... but they have been tucked away in my drawer for god knows how long.

as a crafter, nothing makes you smile more when you receive feedback for things you have made. my sister in law tells me, mimi loves the kitty that she sleeps with it every night! mimi also was wondering if i could make a couple outfits for her kitty... well, what do you say to that? of course!!

my brother's family was here with us during thanksgiving, so i made a sweater (from hilary's freebies) and a couple outfits for the kitty, and quickly finished the bunny, along with a bag. everything is cuter with a bag!

buuny details
tutu bunny
bunny in a bag
mimi and her toys

mimi decided to call the bunny tutu, as bunny in chinese. so there you go, tutu bunny in a bag, with a sweater, a dress and an apron. she's ready to play.

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planning tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.296 2008-11-03T17:32:51Z 2008-11-03T18:04:51Z new fabric stash i recently bought some fabric with plans to make some floral tops and a winter quilt. i love the cashmere quilt i made last winter as it is probably one of the favorite things i have... blossom piles of liberty
new fabric stash

i recently bought some fabric with plans to make some floral tops and a winter quilt. i love the cashmere quilt i made last winter as it is probably one of the favorite things i have ever made. working with liberty prints was like a dream! though the quilt was thin, it was extremely warm. and i think the cats enjoy the quilt more than i had.

what made me want a new quilt was because a few weeks ago, after we had returned from our trip to portsmouth, i found my quilt had been peed on by one of the cats (i think i knew which one... well). as a result, i had to wash the quilt for the first time, with bleaching, too. it was a pretty sad scene for me. fortunately, with a couple laundering, i was able to clean the quilt completely, but the cleaning process had somewhat destroyed the batting (or shrunk the cashmere). either way, it needs repairing.

in hindsight, i probably should have stabilized the quilt by sewing lines across, which i did not do. just like i did not expect the quilt had to go through such rigorous cycle of cleaning to begin with.

one of these days, i may be able to find a saturday afternoon for such task. but right now, i'm thinking about my new quilt, planning the layout in my head. i think it will be full of liberty prints, and lots of purple.

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yellow clapotis tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.295 2008-09-15T11:09:41Z 2008-09-15T21:02:44Z pattern: clapotis by kate gilbert difficulty (1-5): 2 size: n/a yarn: malabrigo merino worsted in frank ochre knitting specs: us 10 dpn it feels like i have been talking about wanting a yellow scarf for a long time, since... blossom yellow clapotis

yellow clapotis

yellow clapotis

pattern: clapotis by kate gilbert
difficulty (1-5): 2
size: n/a
yarn: malabrigo merino worsted in frank ochre
knitting specs: us 10 dpn

it feels like i have been talking about wanting a yellow scarf for a long time, since this spring, actually. clapotis in malabrigo seems like the perfect choice, if i were to have a warm, curly, handknit scarf to wear this winter.

clapotis is enormously popular, and it’s really not difficult to see why. i had a great time knitting this, and you probably can’t even tell that i adhered to the pattern somewhat loosely. in the end, i think the decrease/increase were all really out of alignment. but you really can’t tell, which is another reason to love knitting, so forgiving.

and i have been knitting quite a bit, next i’m going to finish zipped raglan cardigan for husband, then… i’ll be knitting a cardigan with more malabrigo, in frosted gray. i’m thinking central park hoodie. it’s just so perfect for a fall weather.

leaves are turning yellow - my new favorite color this year.

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summer thus far... tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.294 2008-07-11T19:38:31Z 2008-07-11T19:46:36Z the weather is beautiful outside this friday afternoon, a little humid perhaps, but i love the smell of summer air. it smells like vacation. it’s probably not very nice to admit, but life without blogging or crafting had been fun... blossom the weather is beautiful outside this friday afternoon, a little humid perhaps, but i love the smell of summer air. it smells like vacation.

it’s probably not very nice to admit, but life without blogging or crafting had been fun for the past couple months. work has been busy but i just love how fulfilling days have been for me. we have been doing lots of little excursions around new england area- visiting families in boston, an afternoon in newport, fresh lobsters in gloucester. fireworks and broadway shows in new york. we are not even half way through summer yet.

summer is also about reading. reading steph*nie’s twil*ght series to be precise. i can’t tell you how much i’ve enjoyed reading these books. it’s such a compelling story. i am now one of the followers of her imaginary world. i am sure there are a lot of people out there, waiting for the final book to come out in a few weeks.

oven mitts

oven mitts

pattern: oven mitts by denyse schmidt
difficulty (1-5): 2
pattern size: n/a
fabric: bits and pieces of leftover fabrics of all kinds
notions: bindings

i also did a little bit of crafting, a pair of oven mitts for a coworker who bakes the most incredible cakes. this project also gave me an excuse to work on denyse schmidt’s pattern and to use up some of my fabrics. again, i enjoyed the process of piecing together fabric pieces more so than the actual sewing part.

next time i’d probably use a heavier batting. other than that, i’m quite happy with the end result.

tomorrow, we are catching a train to spend a weekend in philadelphia. i’ve never been there, not sure what to expect, except having a big philly cheesesteak.

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shifting tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.293 2008-05-12T18:19:34Z 2008-05-12T23:40:54Z it has been almost three months since we arrived in connecticut. it is now spring. we see flowers and leaves everywhere. everyone is out on the street, hanging out. cotton prints, floral skirts. it’s wonderful and we are loving... blossom clapotis

it has been almost three months since we arrived in connecticut. it is now spring. we see flowers and leaves everywhere. everyone is out on the street, hanging out. cotton prints, floral skirts. it’s wonderful and we are loving every bits of life in new england.

i had also take on a new position. and i’m thrilled to be where i am right now. this is probably the best place i can be in terms of having a career, and i’m really loving it. as such, i have shifted my focus away from craft. my knitting and sewing are no longer governing my life. i suppose it has its pros and cons, but surprisingly, i’m very much at peace with the transition.

this change of routine had led me to really think about what i want out of my craft. i think i want them always be something i would enjoy doing, and this portal would be the place where i would share them. i don’t really want to deviate from that, at least for now. and that probably includes not feeling somewhat guilty of letting this blog run dry.

it has been incredibly rewarding and humbling, being part of this online craft community. i have made several really good friends here and had the pleasure to meet a few in real life. hopefully, this interaction would only continue to grow and enrich my life as a crafter.

knitting was sporadic for the past couple months, to say the least, but my clapotis was progressing quite nicely. sewing wise, i was trying to hem a pair of jeans on my now two year old sewing machine, which did not go over very well. i’m starting to accept the limitation on my machine; it is after all, a beginner’s machine, not really designed for heavy duty fabrics.

this summer is going to be busy. my brother and his family will be in boston for work. they will stay for a few months. it’s going to be fun, spending time with family and exploring the loveliness of new england summer. we have a lot to look forward to.

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sew :: weave tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.292 2008-03-25T13:20:01Z 2008-04-04T11:18:29Z pattern: amy butler's barcelona skirt difficulty (1-5): 2 pattern size: small - medium fabric: 1.2 yd of wool and cotton notions: invisible zipper a while ago i asked brooke if she would be interested in swapping some of her... blossom wool skirt :: lining

pattern: amy butler's barcelona skirt
difficulty (1-5): 2
pattern size: small - medium
fabric: 1.2 yd of wool and cotton
notions: invisible zipper


a while ago i asked brooke if she would be interested in swapping some of her amazing weave works for some handmade items from me, she agreed to my proposal. naturally i was delighted, for i have been following her journey as a weaver. while not able to indulge into this craft myself, owning a piece of a fellow crafter's weaving art seems like a much better end of the bargain.

that being said, sew something for another person was challenging, fitting in particular. i like brooke's almost monochromatic photos and details in her work very much, and i wanted to make something that would fit in. so a piece of textured charcoal i have in my stash was chosen to be made into a skirt. i also wanted to incorporate my take on her style, so i added the bright cotton print as lining. it adds the moment of unexpected joy. which really is my belief in style and fashion in general - moments of unexpectedness, hiding out of sight, only reveals to those who also appreciate such wonders. she did like this little pouch with a pink patch i made before, so i don't think she mind the splashed yellow underneath the charcoal.

and the weather was getting warmer as the swap was progressing. spring is really the time for cotton and washed denim. i was really inspired by the textural work of brooke's weaving. so i thought of waves... waves of fabrics folded, creating interesting shades. lines were created to stabilize the creases, sometimes they would be out of alignment, but that's the point of waves, a little bit unpredicted. handles were hand stitched.

waves in bag

pattern: wave bag (my own)
difficulty (1-5): 2
pattern size: medium
fabric: 1yd of denim
notions: cotton for lining, a pair of handles

more pictures can be found here and here. the beautifully woven tree top shawl from brooke arrived at my doorstep this week. it is as light and airy as the photograph and has now become the most amazing shawl in my closet. thank you so much, brooke!

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paper thin tunic tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.291 2008-03-13T16:10:45Z 2008-03-13T16:02:28Z pattern: paper tunic (inspired by butterick B4684) difficulty (1-5): 2 pattern size: small fabric: 2 yd of cream egyptian cotton notions: linen/cotton biased tape, bits of fusible interfacing this piece of cotton was with extreme fine weave. when i... blossom cotton tunic

pattern: paper tunic (inspired by butterick B4684)
difficulty (1-5): 2
pattern size: small
fabric: 2 yd of cream egyptian cotton
notions: linen/cotton biased tape, bits of fusible interfacing

this piece of cotton was with extreme fine weave. when i saw it in the fabric store, it really did not stand out from the rest of the pile. but the touch, the softness only cotton can give, was obvious. like liberty's cotton. i also love the cream color. white is lovely, but too stark. if i want this tunic to be part of my summer, i can do without the starkness.

i was really hoping to have this tunic done by last summer so i could wear it on our cruise vacation. that never happened. but it worked out in the end, as now i had a lot more time to sew carefully, french seamed all parts. and enjoy the loveliness of cotton.

what i love about sewing - oh there so many things i love about this craft - is really how much you are willing to step outside the norm. i'm absolutely sure that this fabric was really meant to be used as bed sheets. but i love it as my tunic. i was at mood fabric couple days ago (more on that later), looking for corduroy, which was with the upholstery. the lovely cords i found were probably meant for seat cushions... but they will become my winter skirts. i love that the fabric has no limitation in my sewing world.

not very good with self portrait. to show how lovely this tunic is for a breezy summer day.

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winter crafting tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.287 2008-03-05T22:14:35Z 2008-03-05T22:42:46Z with the house progressively being set up, i am having more crafting time during the day. in fact, i have been sewing these past few days! so wonderful, the first thing i do in the morning this week has been... blossom with the house progressively being set up, i am having more crafting time during the day. in fact, i have been sewing these past few days! so wonderful, the first thing i do in the morning this week has been cutting fabrics, ironing, threading... while listening to music.

bloomer set

today i was making the dress/bloomer set for my niece. it's red and white mostly. with sock monkeys all over the place. my sister suggested that i made a little quilt to go with it, too. i'm still thinking about that one.

orange tweed

and this orange cardigan is for husband. i tend to work on this when we are watching tv. progress is slow and winter is slowly moving away. oh well. i heard connecticut has long winters, though.

what i really want to knit is a pair of socks, but i really don't like casting on for socks. it's so cumbersome in my hands. i'm still meditating on what yarn/pattern i'm going to work with.

we went ski/snowboarding in vermont this past weekend. i finally learned how to ski properly, after three lessons, i went down a few green slopes. the snow was so powdery in vermont, every skiier was in love with the condition. i'm still too new to this sport to truly appreciate that.

icicles

vermont was completely covered in snow, i don't think i have ever seen this much snow in my whole life. we were also completely fascinated by the icicles. winter takes on a completely different meaning in new england.

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hello from connecticut tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.288 2008-02-22T17:29:57Z 2008-03-23T16:40:10Z it snowed today, for the first time since we arrived last week. it's strange waking up to a totally different scene. it's also very cold. but i think we knew that before coming here. i also shoveled snow for... blossom snow

it snowed today, for the first time since we arrived last week. it's strange waking up to a totally different scene. it's also very cold. but i think we knew that before coming here.

i also shoveled snow for the first time in my life. i did not expect the snow to be so heavy, especially after pushing the shovel for a few feet. what a workout! cats are obviously not a fan of snow just yet. only one cat was brave enough to check out the snow up close, the other two were hiding.

but we love it here so far. i feel like a stranger in the city, looking around with a fresh pair of eyes. it's all very exciting. we can't wait to go snowboard/skiing.

craft room mess

my craft room is slowly being set up, it's a mess at the moment. i did manage to put a floor mirror in my craft room, this would ultimately make fitting and looking at myself a lot easier. and i don't care for the purple carpet, either. but i can live with it for a while, i guess.

just before we moved here, i bought some yarn for the first time since early 2007. i want to make a shawl/scarf, more precisely, a clapotis. in this beautiful yellow malabrigo! this color has been showcased here and here, i think it will look great with blue (you should all know about my color fascination by now, no?)

yellow merino

anyway, i'm also looking forward to some sewing. now that i am between jobs, which seems like a great opportunity to make a big project or some sort. another quilt, that winter coat i've been talking about and possibly some clothes for my cute nieces.

and more regular blog posting, for sure.

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what makes blue beautiful? tag:www.whisperingpine.org,2008://1.286 2008-02-04T14:45:32Z 2008-02-04T15:32:21Z i have been thinking a lot about colors lately, and a lot about why i would find certain colors attractive, and why i am drawn to certain hues almost invariably given the opportunity. i have no aversion to any color... blossom i have been thinking a lot about colors lately, and a lot about why i would find certain colors attractive, and why i am drawn to certain hues almost invariably given the opportunity. i have no aversion to any color families, i love them all, but most of the time, i end up with a stash full of blues, grays, creams and reds. it's really interesting, when you think about it.

however it gives me no aesthetic satisfaction or any sense of style, when i wear just blues, grays or reds. and i have such admiration for those high fashion girls who can always throw multitudes of colors together and accentuates the focal attention to that touch of bright blue, that spark of yellow... that unexpected violet.

so i started to think about complementing colors. what makes blue beautiful? is it yellow? or white? how about red? and how can i make gray not boring? do you think about those things when you pick up your favorite color to wear in the morning? or is it just me overly obsessing?

palma bag by drikaB

drikaB pouch

lately i'm very into bright colors, those suffocating, scream in your face type of bright colors. i'm drawn to yellow very much. and the boldness of yellow and purple and black and whites is just so amazing. and full of confidence, too. i'm also drawn to some greens. i'm never a huge fan of greens, but i ended up getting some of the most amazing handmade green bags from drikab. it's like spring, so effortlessly refreshing. drika is an amazing artist, the way she pairs up colors is ever so intriguing. and these whimsical bags are so beautifully made.

green & blue

and i found myself picking up these stack of blue/green cottons from kaffe fassett's collection. i'm not sure what the gingham is going to be, but they look so vintage. i'm thinking a pair of lounge pants with the green stripes, and a pin tuck shirt with the blue shot cotton. and one day, i'll make something yellowy to go with the blue.

green stripes, blue cotton, soft gingham

i also made an attempt to wear color tights, with my newly acquired bally flats. teal is beautiful by itself. but i think it looks even more teal with black. it draws you in. makes you love teal even more.

teal tights

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