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Wearing My Own Handknits

January 24, 2012

It’s strange.

Stupid thoughts always flood my brain. Does it look handmade? Does it look like an amateur made it? Does anyone recognize the pattern? Do I look like an old lady? AM I MORE APPROACHABLE NOW?!

I wear things I’ve sewn all the time but it’s different. I guess I just have more confidence in my sewing skills because I’ve been doing that for so long.

And you know what else is strange? Taking outfit photos. Nova was onto something when she did hers in pieces.

In case you don’t recognize it I’m wearing my Akoya cardigan. I have pictures of me in my Beatnik sweater but those have to be retaken.

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  1. January 24, 2012 6:58 pm

    I love that sweater! I always feel better about my hand knits when people don’t ask about them, because that must mean it either looks embarrassingly awful and they don’t want to bring it up (which I’m reasonably sure isn’t the case) or it doesn’t look handmade at all. I’m all about inner satisfaction, I guess!

    • January 24, 2012 7:16 pm

      Agreed! But sometimes it’s flattering when they ask and I’m wearing the most epic cabled sweater that is way beyond my skillset.

  2. January 24, 2012 7:16 pm

    Let’s see: looks handmade? No. Recognize the pattern? No. Looks amateurish? No. Looks old-ladyish? No? Makes you more approachable? Yes (I’d approach you to ask where you got your sweater!). Adorable? YES!

    • January 24, 2012 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much, that just made my night :)

  3. January 24, 2012 8:38 pm

    I’m such a show off that I love when my stuff is recognized as hand made. The terrible stuff I made in high school definitely looked hand made, but I still wore it and bragged about it. Hand made clothing is impressive! Not a lot of people can even make poorly made clothing let alone a rad cardigan.

    I think it looks great on you and it looks like it fits nicely with your style. I don’t think it will attract any unwanted comments. =)

    • January 25, 2012 4:43 pm

      Thanks Andi! Oi, just got flashbacks to when I would give my friends handmade gifts in middle school and they all were so gracious… Maybe that’s why none of them turned into crafters!

  4. January 25, 2012 9:27 am

    It looks so cute! Love the outfit as a whole. In my experience, 90% of people who do not know you would never guess that you made that. The other 10% is split – people who know you knit, but it still doesn’t occur to them that you knit A SWEATER, and the people who know you knit and are awesome at it, so therefore might ask you about your sweater if they don’t have something more juicy to talk about, like wine or gossip or television.

    Oh, I guess you could say there’s also the .5% of people who are like us and compliment each other heavily on every knit we’ve seen online!

    • January 25, 2012 4:47 pm

      You’re right, it’s just hard to see that sometimes!

      And huh. It is a bit strange how online compliments are easily taken but in real life it’s like, “SHE MUST NOT MEAN IT AND IT’S REALLY A BACKHANDED INSULT!!!” (with me atleast).

      And thank you!

  5. January 25, 2012 10:18 am

    I am the same way! I get super nervous and look around seeing if anyone is staring at my hat, gloves, cowl, scarf. One time this guy came up to me and said “I love your hat! where did you get it?” “Oh um I made it” “………oh you did? cool….” yeah that didn’t make me feel any better ha. I also hate hate hate taking outfit photos, I always feel weird and wonder “why the hell am I even taking these? Who cares about what I wear? What if people on the internet spread it around and say “look how ugly she is/her clothes are!!!!!” maybe I just worry to much haha

    I truly love love love that cardigan and wish I had your mad knitting and sewing skills. I cant sew to save my life.

    • January 25, 2012 4:57 pm

      I’m pretty sure “cool” is the standard response from non-crafters whenever it is revealed to them something is handmade. I did get a, “Yeah, I can tell” once…it was from my Dad :(

      Thank you! :)

  6. January 25, 2012 10:41 am

    It’s really cute! :)

  7. January 25, 2012 12:20 pm

    Beautiful sweater!
    It doesn’t look handmade to me, in the way that the sweater I knit (my first) screams of handmade-ness as it rests sadly on the chair in my bedroom (I can’t imagine wearing it out of the house, honestly; I’m proud of finishing my first sweater, but no need to lie to myself – it is not pretty!). But rather, your sweater looks handmade in the sense that it boasts gorgeous detail and looks like it was bought off the rack at a cute, hip clothing boutique! I’d wear that piece all the time, proudly!

    • January 25, 2012 5:03 pm

      My first sweater was a hot mess too. Sat in my closet for a year before I frogged it…it never saw the light of day. Thank you so much for the kind words! :)

  8. January 27, 2012 3:38 pm

    You did a beautiful job with the sweater. It is so gorgeous. If you ever get tired of it let me know, I would wear it all the time. Your knitting is awesome. I took up knitting back in June and just can’t tell you how much I love knitting. If I could ever knit as good as you, I would be one happy person! Your mother must be so proud of you.

    • January 27, 2012 5:05 pm

      Thank you Cathy! I still have a lot to learn though :)

  9. January 29, 2012 6:46 am

    I don’t think you give yourself enough credit regarding your skill set. you are whipping up cardigans and jumpers like no one business! i would love to be at that level. be proud! show off a little ;)

  10. January 29, 2012 8:00 pm

    i think it looks badass. definitely not handmade looking at all. :D love your style chica.

    • January 30, 2012 1:22 am

      Badass. I like that. And thank you! :)

  11. February 6, 2012 5:05 pm

    Fabulous. The sweater, the photos, the look, everything. (why not put it on tumblr, too?)

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