Fall Favorites (& Gift Ideas): Knitting Edition

Hello Lavender & Explorer Knits

Above: Knitting a pair of vanilla socks with Explorer Knits yarn and Hello Lavender stitch marker.

It feels crazy to be thinking about the holidays already, but I find myself starting to plan both Christmas and birthday gifts (winter birthdays are very popular in my family). We’ve sadly accepted the fact that we won’t be seeing family in-person. Gone are the days of large Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chinese New Year gatherings.

So in lieu of the “normal” gifts I would normally buy, I’m thinking something handmade might be a nice change. You get a sock, and you get a sock! And maybe a small quilt!

Recently, I’ve purchased some “necessary” materials for these projects from awesome BIPOC makers and business owners. Some of these can take a few weeks to a few months as they’re made-to-order. If you’re starting to think about gifts for a maker in your life, these could be perfect if timed just right!

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Ogden Cami & Crop Pattern Review

Ogden Cami Pattern and Crop Review

When perusing sewing hashtags on Instagram, I consistently came across the ubiquitous Ogden Cami from True Bias. This pattern has over 17k(!) posts tagged with the #ogdencami hashtag. Side note: I love browsing pattern name hashtags on Instagram, it’s a great source of context and inspiration. I decided to give the pattern a go and see the hype for myself while the weather is still warm.

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Axis Dress & Skirt Pattern Review

Axis Dress Skirt Pattern Review

Papercut Pattern’s Axis Dress & Skirt first caught by eye back in May, when browsing through the various #memademay2020 posts on Instagram. Since then, I’ve completed one practice muslin dresses, two dresses and one modified skirt, all in the pencil skirt silhouette. I very much enjoyed the process of putting these together, and hope this review helps you if you are looking for a new dress pattern to try out.

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Everlane Denim Shorts Review

Everlane Denim Shorts Review

I received these shorts a few months ago, prior to the information that came out about Everlane’s toxic culture, which now has a subsequent NYTimes follow-up. I promised to review them, and I will. However, I’ll also discuss my view on their culture and steps moving forward at the end of this post.

While we are already in August (seriously, how?!), there are still plenty of warm days left in the season and early fall. As mentioned in my prior Easy Chino post, I’ve been slowly swapping my older (and much shorter) shorts for versions with a slightly longer inseam. I am obsessed with my easy chino shorts and wear them 3x a week – so I was interested in trying Everlane’s denim options as well, given my good experience with their authentic stretch jeans.

Today, I will be reviewing two styles that are somewhat similar: The Denim Short and The Cheeky Denim Short.

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