this and that.

so i said i have been making lots of hats, berets to be specific. this lovely orange number is one of the many i’ve made in the previous month or so. it’s made of orange handspun wool that i found at san francisco’s amazing imagiknit.
one of many berets
in order to make said berets, i had to teach myself how to use double pointed needles. i’ve been knitting for three years (as of new years or so) and i have learned and done a LOT of near magical things knitting-wise, but had not done the DPN thing because i was scared! now? i’m ADDICTED. they seem sort of beastly and like this weird, uncontrollable creature at first, but once you get use to them, you get this amazing rhythm going…

speaking of which, i was thinking about this recently: the act and process of knitting really does seem magical. two sticks, a ball of yarn, some specific movements of one’s hand, and voila: you’ve made something. and really, the same things goes for any other fiber art: sewing, crochet, needlepoint, weaving, etc. it’s so freaking cool, if you take a moment to actually ponder it.

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i just bought this book on hatmaking/millinery by hatmaker eugenia kim. i’m obsessed! now that my hair is in this short little pixie style, i’ve been daydreaming about purchasing and wearing and making all sorts of hats. not many people wear hats so much anymore, really! they really make a statement, if one can pull them off and make them an intregal part of their wardrobe. it’s so funny that years ago, if one did not wear a hat when in public, it was scandalous. now people usually just wear hats in the winter, like knitted ones. but what about lovely cocktail hats? fabric berets? felt cloches? gosh and golly, there are so many hats one could wear! the options are endless.

saturday night hat by eugenia kim

this mini beret pattern from eugenia’s book is so adorable, and is SO getting made and worn by yours truly.
mini beret

this is eugenia in her NYC studio (from the WWD accessories magazine). when my hair actually grows out again, i’m going back to something like what eugenia is rocking here, hair-wise. the bob is a classic. it’s like a cute little helmet of hair.
eugenia kim's hairstyle

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a future project i’ve given myself: embellishing this thrifted dupioni silk dress with a touch of hand-embroidery. to take it in another, more *me* direction.
thrifted green silk dress

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i love these colors together: red-orange, acid yellow, and aqua blue. these are skeins i picked up today, and could not resist. i could just look at them forever and be content, but really, they’ll become something soon enough. my mind is already dancing around a few ideas…
yarns

20 comments

  1. bess

    totally know what you mean about the magic of knitting.. sometimes I look at something and I’m like, wow, that is ONE piece of yarn!

    love the beret color and decrease pattern!

  2. Casey

    Ooh! I’m so glad there is someone else who loves working with DPN’s like I do. 😉 lol. I really have to find a new project that uses those… hehe. The beret is adorable, btw. I really want to try and knit myself a beret before winter is all gone…

    You’re the second person to have posted about Eugina Kim’s book this week! Hmmm… Maybe some the fashion fates are trying to tell me something? lol. I’m not much of a hat person, mostly because the hats I like are those little cloche-like numbers, and I’ve been told for years with my short forehead and round face it doesn’t work. But I may just have to track down that book and at least look into making something for myself. Like you said: not enough people wear hats anymore and they’re such statement pieces!

    That dress you thrifted is *gorgeous*!!!! You will show us pictures of the embroidery you do when its finished, right?? I keep finding these great ideas for taking thrifted treasures to the next level; embroidery is definately going on my list pronto! 😀 hehe.

  3. Ashley

    I love the beret pattern! Where ever did you find it?

    It’s also refreshing to see someone else loving the red-orange & aqua combo. While slightly different, I recently picked up bold cherry red and turquoise towels– only to be struck by how wonderful they looked together. If I could only find clothing & accessories in those colors, so that I can wear it instead of drying off with it… 😉

  4. andrea

    Thanks for mentioning that book! It looks like a good resource. I love hats. I think it’s a shame people don’t wear them often enough.

  5. Gina

    Hello. I did not introduce myself as part of your request for national delurking week, but I’ve commented here before. I found your blog through Wardrobe Remix, and I am a frequent reader — even though I don’t always comment.

    I share your love of hats! I’ve taken millinery classes. Check out these NYC milliners:
    Lisa Shaub http://www.lisashaub.com/
    Jasmin Zorlou http://www.unizorlu.com/

  6. Kelly

    Lurker here! I’m a seamstress/knitter/fashion-devotee/jack-of-all-trades that subscribes to your LJ feed. I very much enjoy your knitting posts, although everything else is very fun as well. Wonderful work!

  7. a.

    hi! i originally found you via flickr. thanks for sharing all your wonderful work. i adore eugenia kim’s creations. i was first introduced to her work when i happened upon a fedora hat many years ago that i simply just fell in love with. 🙂

  8. rhonda

    That mini-beret looks like a plaid areola + nipple, but it’s SO CUTE!

    Oh yeah, and HI Trish! Give Petie a kiss for me!

  9. ambika

    I love the bit of silk dress we’re able to see. And can’t wait to see how you’re going to embellish it.

    I definitely marvel sometimes at how it’s possible to create a pretty, useful thing out of a ball of yarn–and when I see how some people also make their own yarn, I marvel even more. I *just* picked up a sewing machine–hopefully I won’t blow my own mind 😉

  10. Caitlin

    Hi I am I suppose a lil lurker i like to see all the things you knit/crochet and your wonderful colors. I live in Baltimore. And I have a question. Do you know the brand name of that acid yellow yarn? That’s my most favorite color. My friend had the exact same yarn and she couldn’t remember where she got it/ what the company name was. I was hoping you might know. Thanks.

  11. tricia

    hahha, yes, the little beret does look like a nipple! too funny. i still like it, though! 😛

    caitlin: the yarn is malabrigo kettle dyed pure merino wool in miner’s gold. it’s from uruguay, and *super* soft.

  12. crys

    Hi
    I got the saturday night hat book for christmas! I have been reading your blog for about a month and a half- I love wardrobe remix, I think i found both from another website that has street fashion, thanks for the inspiration

  13. Jennifer Perkins

    Hey there,

    Natalie from Coquette just sent me your way because I told her I was trying to start a Stylehive profile. Thanks for the tip about the hat book it looks adorable, I just added it to my Amazon wish list!

    xo,
    Jen

  14. tricia

    hi jennifer! yet another stylehiver, yay! spread the word. it’s quite addictive… 😀

    p.s. the book is very cute…it makes me want to make a myriad of hats! you’ll love it.

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  17. Jess

    The green silk dress is beautiful. I’d love to see what you added to it! I also wonder if you might be selling it, and if so, at what price? Please get back to me as soon as you are able. Thanks!