My first scarf!
(Right – My first scarf!)
If you are like me, after browsing through the beautiful array of art-knits offered at Peruvian Connection, you may become inspired to make something for yourself. I have some hard learned "purls" of wisdom for the new knitter:
Beginner Knitting Tip #1: Make a scarf. A scarf is a practical first choice because one size fits all and it becomes useful in a short amount of time. It’s a low-risk way to hone basic stitches and experiment with new ones as you develop your skill. I recommend a skinny scarf in a stockinnette stitch.
Beginner Knitting Tip #2: Knit something for yourself first. It’s inspiring to wear your own handiwork. Once you’re hooked, you’ll produce more than enough scarves (or hats, or socks) for your friends and relatives.
Beginner Knitting Tip #3: Choose yarn you love. You’ll be looking at it for a long time. Buying cheap yarn to "practice" with is fine but choose spectacular yarn for your project and you will stay motivated and actually wear what you make.
Beginner Knitting Tip #4: Heed this cautionary tale. A friend asked a yarn store clerk to help her pick out the perfect yarn for her first scarf project. When she got to the register with two lovely skeins, her bill was over $70! She was too embarrassed to tell the enthusiastic clerk she no longer wanted it.
It is certainly relevant this time of year to entertain ideas of magic, divination, spirits and concoctions. These may seem too dark or even silly for you but the witches of La Paz, Bolivia, and their patrons, take it quite seriously.
Read more about the Witches Market of La Paz, Bolivia in our latest e-Newsletter.
Men: You are not mediocre so why should your clothes be?!? Whenever I put away my husband’s clothes after a fun-filled weekend laundry session, I can’t help but think of how lucky I am as a woman to have so many choices in clothing styles. We have tops, jackets, skirts, dresses, trousers and can change any look with an endless selection of accessories. My husband’s conservative closet singularly consists of long-sleeved button down shirts in your basic woven cotton blend. (yawn)
At PC we are always trying to find new ways to breathe some life into our menswear collection. In the past, we have successfully offered men ethnographic and bold patterned options as well as the more subtle knits and textures. But we admit we are still trying to capture that perfect formula of quality, comfort and the unique character we are renowned for.
One of the many jobs that I have here at PC is casting the models for our catalog. (A pleasant task indeed – see above.) While models always look good in our men’s designs I’m curious what some of your suggestions might be for our men’s collection. What would you like to see? Please feel free to share!
Shooting on location in Turkey
We just returned from an island off the coast of Turkey where we photographed our Spring 2008 catalogue. As we looked at the film upon our return we are again struck by the beauty of our island hideaway and it’s charming yet primitive amenities. It was the perfect backdrop for our new range of woven apparel that will be introduced in our Spring catalogue this January. Get ready…paired with our stunning knitwear collection, these new woven designs will blow you away!
Similarly, while on the shoot our hair stylist tries to tame the windblown hair of our model as they stand on the crenelated wall of a Roman castle. Annie lends an extra hand of safety at her waistband (see above).
Plaid Overall Dress
Now that the cool winds of Autumn are upon us, it’s time for me to put away my warm weather madras plaid and bring out my wooly tartan plaids. Plaid has long been a staple in this Scottish household (Lochsloy!) and while my devotion to our lineage is earnest, my clan colors are not always (how shall I say this?) fashionably relevant.
Fortunately, I have found the answer. I can begin my transitional season dressing with our Plaid Overall Dress. Unlike my own clan tartan, this plaid is a subtle blend of menswear hues made from our exclusive lightweight alpaca/wool blend fabric. This design makes me feel like Meg Ryan in "You’ve Got Mail" walking around New York with an optimistic school-girl sophistication. Perhaps it is the fondness for of all-things Autumn but it could be the simple nostalgia for plaid, bringing back the memories of parochial jumpers and our carefree days of youth.
If you are ready to tap into the sentimental nature of plaid then take a look at these designs: