Wurm by Katharina Nopp

Yesterday, it was 75 degrees in East Tennessee. And here I thought it was December… Instead of indulging in cozy sweaters, I’ve been reduced to daydreaming of flurries and all the handmade knits I desperately want to wear. Still, in the face of unseasonal weather, I’d like to share one of my favorite knits of all time. *Drumroll* May I present, Wurm by Katharina Nopp.wurm profile

I finished my beloved wurm hat when I was still living in Chicago. Those grad school days were long and stressful, and knitting this quirky hat was a fun way to unwind. In the future, I’d love to experiment with color to play up the shape of the pattern.wurm wurm stand up 1 wurm rolls

We’ve had lots of adventures together, most notably Snowpocalyse 2011. You might know this epic blizzard by another name, such as Snowmaggedon, Snowzilla, or, my personal favorite, snOMG. I think you get the point – there was a lot of snow.

The day after the storm had passed, I took the opportunity to run out onto frozen Lake Michigan. As the sun set over my beautiful, snowed-in city, I stole a great photo of the skyline from atop a frozen wave. In the other direction, it was iced-over lake as far as the eye could seechicago skyline snowpocalypse lake michigan snowpocalypse

Danielle’s Wedding Flip-Flops

When my friend Danielle asked me to help her decorate plain sandals for her destination wedding next month, I was honored and totally ready for the challenge. The task at hand was to transform classic Old Navy flip-flops into a comfy, but bridal-worthy reception shoe. Her dress is totally perfect for a December beach wedding, and she needed something that complimented her frothy layers and delicate embroidery.detail B&W

So, after some lunch and a trip to AC Moore, we armed ourselves with a glue gun and jumped right in. She’s thrilled with the results, and so I couldn’t be happier.

#NailedIt

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Danielle reasoned that white or off white shoes could look dingy by the end of the night, so she opted for a soft brown that has a slight mauve hue. I’m so glad that she dared to be different since the color acts like a background for the pretty ribbons that we added. I doubt that we could have had as much impact with a more traditional bridal shoe color.finished

For those interested… we started by hot gluing the beaded trim on the bottom of the shoe. We began on the inside edge and kept gluing all the way around. The trim lined up nicely both times and only overlapped by 1/4 of an inch.trim 1

Once both shoes were dry, we tacked the cream and champagne ribbon with hot glue to the inside of the flip-flop strap and began wrapping. When finished, we secured the other side with more glue and let it sit.wrapping

Then, we tried out different places for the embellished flowers – which, by the way, are actually scrapbook stickers. When Danielle was satisfied, we hot glued (notice a trend here?) the flower directly onto the ribbon.

I fully understand wedding DIY, but sometimes going cheap can venture into tackyland. I might be bragging, but you’d never guess that these chic flip-flops cost a whopping $8 including supplies. But this is more than a DIY victory. Danielle is going to be down-right stunning on her special day, and I am happy that I got to contribute.

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Turban(d) by Amélie Bernier

Poking around on Ravelry this week, I stumbled upon this delightfully chic and oh-so-wearable project: Turban(d) by Amélie Bernier. With cold weather on the horizon, I took the opportunity to whip up a cozy headband with some beautiful, hand-painted yarn that I’ve had stashed for quite some time.turband

Quick, easy, and definitely gratifying, this was a perfect mid-week project.turband detail turband profile

Much to my dismay, Cascade has discontinued their Pastaza Paints yarn… but i love it! It’s a shame because the 50% wool / 50% llama blend was a pleasure to knit and purl. It’s a double shame because I can’t get enough of this “Snowden Hill” colorway. Fairly certain that these colors would match every single winter outfit I could come up with.turband ball o yarn turband twist 2

Nuts & Bolts

It’s early yet, but I wanted to make my sis a necklace that had some holiday flair. You know, something dark and luxe that would look good with cozy sweaters AND party dresses. I wasn’t envisioning anything in particular, until I discovered these gems.toggle

Talk about hardware! This toggle set is way too pretty to be hidden in the back, so I decided to make it the center piece.DIY tassel necklace

I loved the idea of combining a deep forest green with black to offset the gleaming gold of the toggle. The trendy color combination pops against a cream and adds some visual interest to a basic noir. Oh, and Kendall loves green. Bonus points!houndstooth sweater with DIY tassel necklacecashmere sweater with DIY tassel necklace

I can’t stop making tassels. Seriously. Is it really a problem though?DIY nut bolt tassel necklace

I’ll be packing this DIY creation up and shipping it off to Chicago, but I’m thinking of making one for myself. Have any color scheme ideas?

Fallen Leaves

It’s been quiet on folklore these past few weeks, but I’m still here! DJ and I both managed to catch a cold and work has been bonkers, but things should settle down… for a bit. When I can get around to it, I have many projects in the blogging queue. Until then, here are some crunchy and brilliantly colored leaves to hold you over.fallleaves

PS: how adorable are those flats? I snagged this ladylike Tahari pair at Marshall’s for $35.

A Charmed Life

Two weeks ago, I started tinkering around with beads and some embroidery floss. I wasn’t thrilled with the result, so I put the project away for a bit. We have been very busy lately and taking a break seemed to be the natural and wise thing to do.

I revisited the unfinished necklace this weekend with renewed creative spirit, and much to my surprise, it didn’t need much work at all. In fact, all I did was swap out a small charm for a giant tassel. Et voila!

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Tassel & Charm DetailThe necklace consists of three tassels of various sizes and textures, purple and grey seed beads, a light gold spike charm, and an embellished gold charm. All of the pieces are pulled together by the blue-grey thread for an eclectic but muted look. I can’t wait to layer this with other long gold chains!

Oh! It turns out, this necklace is incredibly soft. Who would have thought?

Liebster Award

I am delighted to accept a Liebster Award from alittletypical! Thank you kindly for this wonderful surprise!

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The Liebster Award recognizes and promotes sites with less than 200 followers. Once you have received the award, it becomes your turn to show appreciation for those that inspire you. The rules are simple:

  • Acknowledge the thoughtful blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 10 questions s/he has asked
  • Nominate 10 other fabulous blogs for the award
  • Whip up 10 questions of your own – get creative!
  • Notify your honorees of their nomination

Again, thank you alittletypical for recognizing FOLKLORE. Now, it’s my turn to fulfill my duties as a new Liebster Award winner.

Questions asked of me:

  1. Are you a dog- or cat-lover? Dogs. Nothing against cats, I’m just allergic to them.
  2. Are you a diehard Apple, Android mobile phone user or neither of them? Apple all the way.
  3. Are you a morning person? Sure. After a delicious cup of Earl Grey, I am ready for anything!
  4. What is your favourite colour? I do love a light grey, but navy is my go-to color.
  5. What is/are your pet name(s) called by your family members? I go by many names, but my brother calls me “Lomens” and I find it most amusing.
  6. What is your best childhood memory? Why? When a dirty, little stray beagle showed up at our house on a snowy February day. She was the color of a bright copper penny. We named her Lucky and she decided to stay for 12 years.
  7. Name one thing you could never (or have a difficult time) forgive someone for. Ugg boots.
  8. Who is the most important person of your life? DJ – my partner in life and in mischief.
  9. Write about something that you learned recently. There are two main varieties of paprika.
  10. Use five adjectives to describe yourself. Creative. Spunky. Enthusiastic. Loving. Intellectual.

My nominees:

Yes, that’s only 8. But those are 8 blogs I truly enjoy.

My questions:

  1. What is your favorite pattern (plaid, houndstooth, stripes, etc.)?
  2. Breakfast, lunch or dinner?
  3. If you had to pick only one album to listen to for an entire year, what would it be?
  4. What is your favorite planet in the solar system?
  5. How would you describe your ideal weather?
  6. Where would you like to travel next?
  7. What’s your favorite animal?
  8. If you were a DJ (emcee), what would your stage name be?
  9. Who is your favorite author?
  10. What inspired you to create a blog?

Congratulations to the nominees! If you do not choose to participate, that’s quite alright. I just wanted to recognize some of my favorite sites. Keep on posting!