Thursday, February 28, 2013

Back In Time

Lately I've been busy studying American Literature. While learning about all these amazing authors and seeing all their pictures, I've become inspired by the fashion in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These self-portraits are the result of my inspiration. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Dress

I got this lovely striped dress the other day! I love how it looks with slouchy I think I'll be wearing it a lot.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Turquoise and Pink Knit Tank Top

I finished my striped knit tank top...and I love it! It only took me a day to knit (no joke!) and though the straps took me a long time to get right, it was very easy to make. Here's how I did it:

I used:
a round needle size US13
3 balls of Knitpicks cotton yarn (which you can find here: KnitPicks)
and for the straps I used US9 needles

I doubled up the yarn (using two different colors at once) and cast on around 100 stitches on my round needles. I knit 4 stitches and then purled 4 stitches back and fourth for the bottom of the tank. Then I just knit until it was the length I wanted, occasionally decreasing stitches. I ended up with 80 stitches at the top of the tank top. I then just cast off.

For the straps, I used my size 9 needles and cast on 5 stitches. I knit until the straps were the length I wanted (around 50 rows) and then sewed them onto the shirt.

If you have any questions about how I knit this tank top, please just leave a comment below!

Friday, February 22, 2013


Sometimes even dead flowers are beautiful! I wanted to page press these lovely flowers but didn't do it in time, so I took pictures instead. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Knit Tank Top

Last night I began knitting this lovely turquoise and grey tank top. I'm anxious to finish it so I can wear it while I'm in Florida. When it's finished I shall take lots of pictures. Anyways,  I've quite the story from last night.

I was in Martin's (our local grocery store) where I was supposed to meet my friend. She ended up not making it so I was going to be alone for a few hours. I then looked over and saw a friendly group of  older ladies knitting together. My friend and I had seen them there before and they said I could join their group anytime. I was alone, I had my knitting in my purse, and I had nothing better to do. So I took them up on their offer and joined their knitting group! It was fun to talk to people who loved knitting like I do. We had a great evening discussing Ravelry and Downton Abbey.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spring is Sure to Follow

"No matter how long winter is, Spring is sure to follow."

 The ground at my house may be currently covered in snow but I keep reminding myself that spring will soon come! I've recently created this new Pinterest board with inspiring spring images: Lexalex: Spring 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

13 Ways To Wear a Knit Headband

I'm always trying to find easy new ways to wear my hair with a headband. 
Here are 13 of my favorite ways! 

1) Headband Over Hair
Simply throw your headband on over your hair. This is probably the most popular way to wear a headband

2) Headband Under Hair
This is anther popular way to wear a headband. You pull the headband down to your neck and then pull it to the top your head.

3) Pony tail
Here's a cute way to wear a headband! Simply pull your hair into a pony tail and then put a headband on. This is great for keeping the hair out of your face.

4) Low Up-Do
This is a little more difficult. I put my hair into 2 loose pig tail braids and then arranged them in a low up-do with bobby pins. This hair style reminds me of the 20's.

5) Pigtail Braids
 Just separate your hair into 2 parts and braid away! 

6) Side Sock Bun
For this hair style, it's best to have wavy hair. You'll also need a sock to create your sock bun! I love this hair style for special occasions. 

7) Headband Under Messy Side-Hair
For a messier look, you can tease your hair, brush it all to the side, and then pull on your headband.

8) Headband Over Messy Side-Hair
Do the same thing as the previous style, just put the headband over your hair rather than under.

9) Side Pony Tail
This is pretty easy! Just put your headband and then pull your hair into a side pony.

10) Side Braid
I like to braid my hair to the side before I put on the headband. 

11) Sock Bun
This is like the Side Sock Bun but it is a little less fancy! Once again, you'll need a sock.

12) Pony Tail Braid
This hair style is great if you want to make a fashion statement. Put your hair in a pony tail and then fishtail braid it. 

13) Side French Braid
You'll need to be able to french braid for this hair style. I started with my hair like it was for the messy side hair. After that, I began to french braid it. 

Hope this gave you some ideas for the next time you wear a headband! What are your favorite headband hair styles? 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

For Valentine's Day this year, I made a layered chocolate raspberry cake! It was rich and delicious (plus it was gluten-free!) I found the recipe for the cake here: Fudge Mountain Cake

I ended up changing the recipe a little. First, I only made two layers and I used different frosting. I also put a white chocolate raspberry frosting in between the two layers. It turned out SO good!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Giveaway Winner

I'm excited to announce that Robyn has won the Valentine's Day Giveaway! Congratulations! I hope you all have a fantastic Valentine's Day. If you didn't win but still want one of these bracelets, you can purchase one here: Knit Outta the Box Bracelets 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Half-Braid Hair

Here's the hair style I decided on for my Birthday a few days ago. My hair is now to my hips (quite past my bellybutton!) I love this half braid because it keeps the hair out of my face but I'm still able to keep it down.

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