Tuesday Shoes Day – Elliana

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Jul 312012

Elliana front

backYou’ve gotta love Target; they have makeup, electronics, paper products – and cute shoes. These are Elliana by Merona, the house brand. A  chic cork wedge, comfy padded platform, and metallic cruelty-free straps – what’s not to love? They go with all those light, summery dresses AND look great with skinny or straight jeans too. Plus I could walk a mile in them since they feel so great, which is of high level importance; you never know when you might have to walk a mile, so better safe than sorry.


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Jul 242012

Kelpen cover | The Knitting Vortex

An easy-to-wear long tunic tee featuring a deep V-shaped back neckline with twisted cord ties, Kelpen is a simple topdown seamless knit from provisionally cast on shoulders. Stockinette stitch with no body shaping and a textured, drapey yarn focus attention on the details; the wide front and deep back neckline are finished with a casual rolled edge, and ribbing forms the short cap sleeves. Casual for daytime or just enough to keep off a little evening chill, Kelpen can also be worn with the V-neck to the front – just omit the ties or tuck them inside.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, increasing, picking up stitches, twisted cord.

Size: 31.25 (33.5, 36, 38.5, 42.5, 46.5)” bust. For a relaxed but neat fit, choose a size with 0-1” positive ease; sample shown in second size with no ease.

Garment Measurements: Bust & Hip: 31.25 (33.5, 36, 38.5, 42.5, 46.5)”.

Sleeve Cuff to Sleeve Cuff: 19.5 (20.75, 22, 23.25, 25.25, 27.25)”.

Length: 23.75 (24.75, 25.75, 26.75, 28, 29.25)”.

Yarn: The Fibre Company Acadia (60% merino, 20% silk, 20% alpaca; 145 yards/50g); 6 (6, 7, 7, 7, 8) skeins, shown in Kelp.

Other Materials: US 5 (4mm) 32” circular needle; US 4 (3.5mm) 16” circular
needle or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop method, for neckline and armhole edging; Stitch markers (1); Stitch holders; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows/4” in stockinette stitch with larger needle, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

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Tuesday Shoes Day – Zodiac

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Jul 032012

Scholls Zodiac sandals

There’s nothing like a big buckle shoe for instant impact. These are my daughter’s favorites, although it looks like perhaps they aren’t fitting her quite as well as one would hope. No matter, a toe thong isn’t my first choice so I haven’t worn them much myself.

Despite the thong issue, they’re very comfortable – as one might expect from Dr. Scholl’s – “feel crazy good” it says. One might NOT expect a cute little 2″ stacked heel and that nice metallic pebbled leather, but there it is! shoes and purse

I do love silver metallic leather, which was probably my whole reason for buying these in the first place. Look – they go with my purse. Not that I’m all about matchy-matchy, but still . . . more like a snapshot of the kind of accessories I like best.

I could see these for a casual summer patio meal, as long as the wearer isn’t the one running around serving.