Gallery of a costume change wedding.

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So a little less than a year ago, I posted some early pictures of dress choices for our wedding. Of course, I knew at the time that there would be more than one (or even two) dresses, since Asian weddings just don’t work that way. Combine that with my wardrobe mistress background and the help of several lovely attendants, and you have a costume change wedding. Selected photos from the event and some dress pictures, mostly because people have asked. I’m still in the process of putting up the official gallery website with all the guest photos, so hopefully this …

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Hands down.

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When it comes to accessories, few things are as gratifying to wear as a well-made pair of gloves. There’s just so much detail and construction that goes into making them, y’know? Fingers are always the first to go numb and the last to heat up when the temperatures plummet, and that can be a real nuisance when the majority of your time is spent doing things that require high levels of dexterity. There are many wardrobe pieces that one can skimp on and still find perfectly suitable knock-offs. A good pair of leather gloves is not one of these. Back …

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Wall o’ Scarf.

I have a lot of scarves. Even before we moved to Finland, where you actually use them for more than half the year, I had a lot of scarves. My mom was paranoid that way. Back in Cali, however, they tended to just sit in a giant pile that was occasionally rummaged through on a windy day. As we enter my second Finnish winter here, though, I decided we needed a better system for making winter accessories easily accessible. Thus, the wall o’ scarf. It’s a IKEA belt/scarf/tie hanger nailed to the wall. Right next to the coat rack and …

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Muskox. I wants.

Today, I’d like to share with you a small fantasy of mine. It involves going to Alaska and smuggling home a muskox. See how fluffy and cute they are? Aren’t their noses just adorable? Who wouldn’t love that face? Besides being cuddly and decorative, muskoxen produce a highly valuable wool fiber called qiviut. Much like the muskox it came from, qiviut is ridiculously soft, warm, and durable. Since the Inuit collectives who farm these creatures probably would not take kindly to my trying to kidnap one of their four-legged income sources, I will probably have to settle for merely obtaining …

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The What Could Go Wrong Sweater lives!

I just finished making this. It is my first sweater. It is also the first full thing I’ve ever knit. I’m rather happy with the result. It actually looks more boobtastic on me because I tend to wear my belts a bit higher (short torso and all) and have a bit more curve than this form does. So my recent crafting timeline looks something like this. Two months ago, I visited my buddies in Turku. We visited a local yarn store and talked a lot about yarn, crochet, sheep, and general winter craft stuff. I returned home with a deep need …

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That Confusing Double Sweater

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  Last up in my sweater show-and-tell lineup (for now) is Sleeping on Snow’s Fisherman’s Companion Sweatercoat, which was my big Anthro splurge from this past December. Yes, there is definitely a pattern here — I typically only find must-have-now items in Anthro’s  autumn/winter collections. Probably because their choices for outerwear are always so pretty and different. Anyway, this sweater makes me smile because everybody who has seen me in it automatically asks if they should be turning up the heaters, before I explain to them that it’s just one sweater made to look layered. Yeah, it’s kinda fun. It …

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Red Riding Hood

Moving right along with my “Greatest Hits: Sweaters That Make Me Happy” theme of the moment, another item from that same Anthropologie December 2009 batch. The Juxtaposed Sweater Jacket in red. Another felted wool number that works perfectly for mild winters. This one doesn’t really do well under jackets, because of all the cabling, bobbling and ruffling, so it pretty much only made a couple of appearances last year during our very short autumn season. It’s proving to be great for chilly spring mornings now, though, and the very bright true red definitely combats the greyness of fog and drizzly …

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Sweaters loved and lost.

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You know that purple wool pullover I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks? The one I’ve aptly named the What Could Go Wrong sweater? After getting more than halfway through this past weekend, I had to completely frog it and start over because I seriously messed up the neck hole (no, really — did something weird and turned it into a keyhole… and didn’t notice until four rows later). Why didn’t I just pull it apart past the neck, you ask? Because I had knitted the whole thing so tight that the yarn shrunk back in on …

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And the coat spree continues…

Yet another in my coat-and-cardi wish list post series, partially spurred on my friend Karen’s similar obsession with outerwear. I do regularly go through online websites and pull photos of pretty stuff for my own files anyway, so it’s rather fun to share them with people at the same time. Went with Nordstrom today, because it was always the first place my mother would take me whenever I needed an article of clothing for one event or another. Shopping there always reminds me of her. Also, because I have a great fondness for Nanette Lepore and Elie Tahari, both of …

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Some autumnal window-shopping.

Yesterday’s post got me in the mood to look at more outerwear, so I swung by one of my favorite places to shop in the autumn, the US Anthropologie site. They always have such a pretty collection of coats and sweaters — even if the prices are sometimes a bit on the steep side, they’re great for inspiration. I haven’t made a jacket from scratch since design school, but I probably will get around to it one of these days, when I’m in the mood for doing something with finicky tailoring. Sadly, the European Anthro site always seems to be …

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