Lovely sweaters for sweet, sweet autumn

This is one of the prettiest sweaters I’ve ever seen, even if it’s not really a sweater (the pattern calls it t-shirt, actually). I found it yeasterday on Whip Up and fell in love with it right away. But you know when you see something that kind of rings a bell in your head? So, I was under the impression that I had seen it before, even though I knew I had not. But when I went into Needled to look for its pattern, I spotted the wonderful sweater below.

Look at those cute owls! I loved this pattern ever since it came out in mid-January and am dying to make one version for myself. This, as well as the Paper Dolls’ one, will be perfect for the autumn that has just arrived here in Brazil. I only need some spare time to get back into action.

All photos taken from Needled.


Cheating on Eça with Albee

So I kinda cheated. I started reading “A Ilustre Casa de Ramires”, but remembered then that I had not finished “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, by Edward Albee. I took it up once again and, well, I cannot say I liked the storyline. I love Romanticism and hate Realism / Naturalism, so this may explain it all. Still, I loved the way it was written and can appreciate the fact that Albee was one of that authors who really know how to use language to achieve their literary goals. This is the kind of thing that awes me: some people just have a way with words, like Saramago, that leaves me breathless with his prose.

Anyway, now I’m back to Eça de Queirós. Oh, well. Can you feel my excitemente?


A 70s-flavoured bag

There’s no way of denying it anymore: I’ve been bit by the 70s bug. It is a bit too late, indeed, but better late than never, if you ask me. It’s been sometime since I’ve been digging 70s-style blouses and pants, actually, but only today I realised the extent of the “damage”. I’m in love with this colourful crocheted purse I found via Craftzine anf that looks almost exactly a handbag I’ve seen in an old picture of some hippies.

It was originally posted in the Craftster forum where it received many deserved compliments. I loved its bright colours and the way it seems to scream “I’m happy!”. Gotta make one, asap. My father is going to die when he sees me with it, though. He, like me a few years ago, is totally against the use of knitting and crochet for purses, and considers it tacky. Who cares, really?

Oh, and be sure to click the link above to see even more pictures. The lining she used is superb and totally matches!


DIY vintage headband

Event though I find it hard to keep hair gear on me all through the day, I have to admit that I love (almost) everything designed to embellish heads. I’ve been looking for ages for basic headbands to adorn with ribbons and bows, other two items I very much like. Anyway, I came across a wonderful project over at Craftzine: a vintage style headband. At the same time it looks a bit sophisticated, it is colourful and over the top. I mean, please, with such an item in your head, you don’t need much else to make a cool outfit. And who wouldn’t want to strutter down the street with that beautiful thing?

Below, the lovely embellishment in detail. Oh, this side has a clover, but the backside of it has a exquisite vintage button. Check the original post at Craftzine for step-by-step instructions and more photos.

* All pictures taken from the Craftzine blog!


Sidebar updated + Oasis in SP

So I finally updated that side bar with everything I’m currently doing. Had to start reading Eça de Queirós for college and now I hate it that I never took the time to read it before. I have a huge pile of papers and books to read and this book is kinda boring and kinda long, a fatal combo.

I also stopped knitting that cowl because I had to go back to the pattern all the time and it is a bit impossible doing that in a bus. The Lady Parker Beret is way easier, so it’s fitted for this situation.

And I’ve been watching True Blood for quite some time now. It got me hooked right from the beginning and it has a great music theme. With all that teen hype surrounding Twilight, I was a bit doubtful about this show. I mean, I like vampires since I was little but this whole Edward-Bella drama… Well, let’s just say that if I had to pick a vampires’ book to kids and teens, it would be Vampirates.

Finally, as you can see, I’m still in love with Kings of Leon. I had this phase where I totally hated their last album, Only By the Night, but eventually that feeling fade out and now I adore it very much. I still think Aha Shake Heartbreak is the best ever, though.

And since we’re talking about music, I have to say I’m over the moon with joy. Oasis will be playing in São Paulo on the 9th May, just seven days after my birthday. For a few reasons, I’ve been saving every single penny that comes into my hands, but this is a super special occasion, most certainly, and I’ll be sure to get extremely good seats. Hopefully, we’ll be already having cold time to make everything even more perfect.

Below, check out the video for I’m Outta Time. Not my favourite Oasis’ song, but still quite cute. (This is a strategy ’cause I just don’t have the time to make a post with pictures and all that.)