Me made March day 25: Damask

25 Mar

Shawl: Damask, handknitted by me

Cardigan: 525 America

Dress: Simplicity2848

Shoes: Bass

This outfit could be called “I have new things, so I wore them all at once.”  I’m trying to break in the shoes (which I would likely not usually wear with black tights, but they are a tad big, so I want to be sure they are broken in before I give them a chance to cause blisters.)

I knit the shawl on size 4 needles (I am a loose knitter.)  It does require attention, because the entire thing is charted, but I would describe it as pretty low stress for lace knitting.  I didn’t get it to block into pretty scallops because I was trying to stretch it larger.  I may reblock it without pins – I’m not thrilled with the points.

I had a heck of a time getting photos of damask:

It’s very, very pink.  Which I actually like.  I wore it out to walk to the coffee shop today, along with my white shoes and this coat:

which is actually even brighter than it looks in this photo, believe it or not.  The guy who made my coffee said “wow, that’s some bright outfit.  You’re like dressed as a cartoon.”  Um, thanks?  Whatever.  I like my bright colors!  Just because, here are the new shoes:

Love them.  I wanted something that had the look of an oxford to wear with dresses for walking.  I don’t really think that traditional oxfords are very flattering to the leg, so I got these.  They aren’t as high cut (don’t go as far back on the top of the foot) as traditional oxfords.  They’re also very comfortable!  I would say they run maybe half a size large – I ordered my usual size, and ended up having to put in heel inserts to make them fit perfectly (they were close enough that I didn’t bother exchanging for a smaller size.)

I have no exciting weekend plans other than sewing – yes, we are social animals around here!  I have my studio recital on Monday night, so I’m putting a lot of time and energy into preparing for that.  Recitals are stressful, and I will be glad when it’s over!

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11 Responses to “Me made March day 25: Damask”

  1. Sarah March 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Ooh, the damask is yummy! I really love the bright colour! :) Love the shoes, too.

  2. lindsaybobindsay March 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I love that pink scarf! Also, I totally agree that oxfords make legs look shorter and feet look longer (not ideal, last i checked). These are a wonderful alternative! When you first mentioned them I only saw the black option and wasn’t wild about it, but the white are adorable! I’m off to check if they have pink yellow or seafoam green too…

  3. msmodiste March 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Your Damask turned out so lovely!

    Also: where on earth did you find those shoes? They’re fantastic.

    • msmodiste March 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      Oops, scratch that! Found the link in the earlier post!

  4. Amanda S. March 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Great Damask! The color is so cheerful.

  5. canary March 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    So, like, what’s it to you, Mr. Fancy Coffeeshop Coffepourer? The nerve of some people!

  6. sulovessew March 26, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    I am so glad that you are knitting again, your knitting FOs are so beautiful, kind of miss them :)

  7. Genki March 26, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    Just had to say I love those shoes! And your pink scarf is gorgeous.

  8. clare March 26, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    OMG I can’t believe you knitted that scarf! I’ve just started knitting. I am so impressed.

  9. Kristin March 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Hello Jessica! I discovered your blog a few months ago and have been following ever since. I think you have great taste and a knack for seeing things that may be unconventional but nevertheless, IT WORKS! It’s a gift. But then, this comes from another person who was at one time told that she looks like a cartoon character.
    Happy Sewing!

  10. Tara Miller March 31, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Love, LOVE both scarves! Coffee guy was jealous.

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