Monday, July 24, 2017
pattern by Sonya Philip has been in the back of my mind, and sometimes in the front of it, ever since she released it. I love the idea of these simple pants so much--two pattern pieces + a few yards of linen fabric + a little elastic = instant gratification wardrobe staple. These are the pants I want/need. This is what you wear with those long-ish dresses and tunics I keep seeing everywhere, but that cling to my cotton leggings like a hungry bear. It feels like these will fill a little bit of a gap in the wardrobe. This test pair, made in about an hour (sewing, I love you!) out of a piece of thrifted linen, are the perfect lounge-y, pajama-y pants. I am wearing them right now. I want to wear them all the time.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Granito by Joji Locatelli. Such beautiful simplicity, that thing. Those pefectly placed pockets. The skinny sleeve/baggy body combo that I'm so into right now. Even though I suspect this otherwise very good yarn (Holst Supersoft) is not a good match for the pattern--Supersoft is quite rustic and a little bit scruffy and light as a feather, which is ordinarily one of it's big advantages, but it isn't going to drape at all, and Granito seems to need drape--I had some Supersoft in the stash and this pattern was crying out to me. It may work out just fine, but somehow that isn't the point right now. I have reservations, indeed I had reservations when I set out, but I am enjoying it anyway, and I might surprise myself--it could be perfect. It might! We knit on the porch, Catdog and I. She offers advice and suggestions, and raises an eyebrow slightly at me now and then, when I make an ill-considered yarn substitution, but for the most part she is intent on the arrival of the garbage truck or the mail carrier or somebody going by on a bike, and can't really be bothered with my yarn problems.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Ecktorp sofa from Ikea, which we bought I think back in 2012, and I had two plain white slip covers for it. (Guys, don't get a white couch without getting a spare slipcover. Serious. What are you going to sit on while the only slipcover you have is soaking in OxiClean?) Anyway, after awhile, one slipcover had gotten pretty grubby--and also, I get bored and like to change everything around about every five minutes-- so Michelle and I cooked up another vat of indigo and without any hesitation, I dunked it. Oh goodness, I love it. Its the color of blue jeans [obviously] and I think it will fade in kind of a gorgeous blue jeans way [also obviously] and I can hardly wait to watch that happen. I love that old-blue-jeans-grayish color. I await that, and also all the other fading iterations of indigo blue this slipcover will undergo. They are all good. Indigo dyeing is so much fun. Everything white that isn't nailed down suddenly looks like a good candidate to be indigo. I still have the other slipcover, which is still white (for now, for now...) and so will probably alternate them, which should keep me entertained for awhile. Camaro-inspired rainbow palette across the body and sleeves. Those stripes! Bliss. I feel like this is something I would have worn in 1978, while watching Starsky and Hutch [speaking of which, hoo! That show was so full of handknits.] I feel like my first boyfriend Bobby from next door had this shirt. It makes me think of the Brady Bunch and my Huffy ten-speed bike and spending entire fall Saturdays reading comic books. Next time I'm gonna lower the stripes about two inches, which will make it totally perfect, but this one is nearly there. The collar is huge. Ultra. Mega. It's 11 1/2" tall, meant to be folded over for a double-thick, no kidding, all-the-way-warm turtleneck. My neck is pretty long and I am always wishing for more collar on a sweater like this. It looks a little bit like a neck brace, but I'm telling you, when the wind is howling (just a few months, friends) I will be enjoying that super tall, ultra mega collar very, very much. Developing these sweater template patterns that are just right for me has been the most rewarding project I can remember.