The Art of Manliness and Du Jour believe that it is time to bring back the daily boutonnière for suit lapels, and we agree. Worn above your heart, your choice of flower can either convey a secretive message, or it can handsomely accent your attire. One can use fresh flowers, or knit hand-made ones such as these felted flowers. All you need is a suit with a lapel buttonhole. If the buttonhole is unopened, slit it open carefully with a blade and trim any loose threads. Attach the flower by carefully threading the stem through the buttonhole, and fastening it with a tiny safety pin on the lapel underside. A more debonair method is to sew a silk loop one to two inches underneath the lapel button hole to balance the flower’s stem.
Category Archive: Knitting & Crocheting
Father’s day will be here in a few weeks. Knit ties are the latest fashion for the jaunty dad in your life. A pirate blue cotton knit tie would look perfect paired with summer whites while paddle-boating in Hyde Park on Serpentine Lake. This chic knit necktie is made using a garter stitch and one skein of fingering weight cotton blend yarn.
Any traditional fingering-weight yarn would be cozy and chic for these easy-to-make crocheted fingerless gloves. I picture them made up in a mohair blend for maximum supple softness. They would add a nonchalant air to any late-night café tryst.
Marie-Christine Mahe at Knitty has created this easy knitted faux fox stole, complete with sharp, beady eyes and limp, dangling paws. With just three balls of fuzzy yarn, some craft supplies and a little time, and you too can be a glamour-puss! Grrrr, baby…come just a little bit closer.
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Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at MOCFA SF returns! 2010 launches with an eco-savvy theme for the conscientious consumer. On Thursday, March 4th between 4pm to 8pm craftastic classes and schmoozing begins! One of our crafty Britex employees will teach folks how to crochet with recycled plastic bags, and there will also be guided knitting lessons. Sip locally-brewed refreshments, nibble on homemade baked goods, and visit the new exhibit Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali for inspiration. All skill levels welcome: materials and instruction will be provided. 51 Yerba Buena Lane. SF 94103.
Nothing says “I love you” like a warm heart, and what could be better than a fuzzy, hand-knitted one! Kristin Ledgett of knitty.com made this soft little beating heart pattern for you to make in time to give to your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.
To paraphrase Gertrude Stein in her poem Sacred Emily [pub. 1922]; “A sock is a sock is a sock.” Lion Brand yarn came up with this series of handy how-to videos so that even the most gimpy knitters (myself included!) can knit up cozy sock-a-roos in time for the chilly days of winter. I see this as an ideal way to use up rag-tags of yarn, so I end up both fugal and stylishly clown-ish.