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Cozy Up for Fall in Big Sweaters with Big Appeal
October 24, 2014

Alpaca blend cardigan, 'Cinnamon Caress' (Peru)
Alpaca blend cardigan, 'Cinnamon Caress' (Peru)

Over-sized, loosely knit sweaters offer cozy style.

Knitters have a special advantage in hand-making exactly what they want in the color they want in patterns that might cost hundreds of dollars to buy.

Knitting has become a craft passion. For example, Trucker and Driver reported an increase in knitting among truck drivers in the USA in May 2014.

Ann Hood edited Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Each essay describes the writer's unique perspective on the craft.

If you don't knit, here are some suggestions.

Sequin Sweater Champagne
The alpaca blend cardigan, top left, is a great way to get this season's look of big sweaters without the boxy profile that can emphasize large hips and a pear-shaped figure.

The open front cuts away to draw the eye upward. The beautiful rib design creates figure-flattering chevrons. Nutmeg color is warm yet neutral and will enhance casual and dressier looks alike.

Casual yet festive, the sequined sweater in champagne – or cream, or oatmeal, if you prefer -- teams well with leggings or softly draped slacks for an at-home gathering or an evening by the firesiade.

It is availale in other colors.

Below find two other sweaters perfect for layering -- a deep-collared belted cardigan and another with a lovely loose stitch in yummy pastel blue.

Country Weekend Sweater - BLACK
Country Weekend Sweater

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"Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion. A runway is spectacle. It's only fashion when a woman puts it on.

"Being well dressed hasn't much to do with having good clothes. It's a question of good balance and good sense." – Fabled fashion designer Oscar de la Renta

The quotation appeared in the the New York Times this week.

No matter what report you read of the death of Oscar de la Renta, you are likely to see the word legendary in close proximity to his name. The designer who built a fashion empire was 82 and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Mixed Stitch Flyaway Cardigan
Mixed Stitch Flyaway Cardigan

De la Renta dressed celebrities and royalty, most recently designing the wedding gown worn by Amal Almudden for her marriage to actor George Clooney on Sept 27.

The New York Times called him "the last survivor of that generation of bold, all-seeing tastemakers."

RIP, Mr. de la Renta.


Goddesses are my way to focus on the characteristics of being a powerful and wise woman; human role models also are important to inspire and emulate.

This interview with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich describes the Pulitzer and MacDonald (genius) Award winner's life journey from homemaker to noted historical writer.
Needlework projects for stitchers

If you share my fabric fetish, we have a kindred spirit in Prof. Ulrich.

She states, "I counted threads on an awful lot of sheets, just to learn what a homemade blanket looked like versus what a commercially made blanket looked like."

She continues that The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth "is probably my least popular book, but it's a book that a lot of people who are really into material culture enjoy.

"It's [my husband's] least favorite book because it's not as much of a story. It's episodic; it's fragmented. But it was a really daunting research project.

"I always was interested in the material fabric of life."

The last statement resonates with me.

Does our wonder at the textures and colors of textiles mirror fascination with the textures of the soul, the colors of the human personality, and the homespun wonders in the warp and woof of the world?

Please enjoy a moment to nourish your sense of wonders and miracles today – and the next day, and the day after that.

Kindly yours,

Enid Sefcovic, Publisher, Fashion After 50
3700 Inverrary Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL

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