“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
1 John 3:18
Happy Hump Day! I am really feeling on fire today. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately. The winter blues was kind of holding me down a bit. But I give God glory because after church service this past Sunday I felt like I got a second wind. And in good timing too. I have a lot to get done.
In today’s post I am sharing with you all my second look from the January gallery night and day exhibit. If you missed the 1st look you can read about it here. After I made my brighter side chunky yarn cropped sweater, I knew that I wanted to make a second piece with the same color story and concept. Which gave birth to this crochet duster.
The inspiration for this piece came from European street style. I was seeing all kinds of crazy and colorful oversized knit sweaters and dusters on european blog sites and the desire to create a crochet version of these insanely cool and fun looks was ignited on the inside of me. One of the things I was loving about my inspiration images was that they didn’t weave in the yarn ends from color changes. It gave the pieces a more rustic and laid back vibe that felt artfully imperfect (Not to mention that it gave me an excuse not to have to weave in my yarn ends).
I entitled this piece “Laid Back Cool”, because I could envision myself walking down city streets window shopping, sight seeing, or just meeting friends for coffee or lunch.
To bring the look together I paired the duster with my favorite fringe hem skinny jeans, a Ralph Lauren Polo man’s button down shirt that I thrifted, a crossbody bag, my favorite tassle earrings that I purchased from Mendy’s ( she’s great and I love her pieces. You can get a better look at the earrings here and shop her site from here). The shoes were a recent acquistion from Forever 21. I caught a post christmas sale. I normally don’t engage in Fast Fashion but from time to time because of my budget, I entertain it. These shoes were on sale for $15 so I bought a pair in rust and a pair in black. For the shoot I wore one of each because I thought it added to the eclectic vibe of the outfit.
I used a chunky weight wool/acrylic blend yarn, a single crochet stitch to create a simple textured fabric and a jumbo size Q hook in order to maintain a drape in the fabric. It features bold and bright color blocking tempered by stripes in a neutral black/cream colorway.
Photocredits: Latoya Gale Photography