Monday, March 2, 2015

FO: Arctic Circle

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Long before I started working at The Fiber Gallery, I was a pretty regular customer - it was my main source for cool books and patterns, with the occasional yarn dalliance thrown in. One of those dalliances was this stunning green Fibre Company Tundra, with the accompanying pattern for the Arctic Circle cowl. The shop has a beautiful mint green sample, and I fell hard for the subtly textured design and the rich, buttery softness of the yarn.

It sat neglected in my stash until a little over a week ago, when I was itching to knit something fast. I cast on, and knit it in less than two days. It took longer for it to dry after blocking than it did to make! The color and shape is exactly what I wanted: the perfect jewel-green to wear as an accent piece, the fabric cozy and warm against the neck. This would make a great quick gift knit, and I expect I'll be making more of them in the future.

Details on Ravelry here.

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 27, 2015

On Loss


These last few weeks, my heart has been full. Death as a matter of course makes us examine our own lives, to draw warm things and people nearer to our hearts. In realizing the fragility of others, we hew to patterns of comfort; we take time to stop and count each moment as a blessing. We tell ourselves that this has changed everything, though we will forget this lesson soon enough. Unthinkingly, we will return to our daily procrastinations, even while those closest to the loss cannot.

The familiar heft of that feeling sticks in my chest, though my copy of it is old and worn.

 As I stand at the outskirts of that pain, it seems unfair to feel grief when the full magnitude has only hit me in the smallest of ripples. But still, there it is: a flood of memory, and gratitude, and sadness; of anger, that the world should be upended upon two people so dearly, wonderfully kind. Of that overwhelming feeling of wanting to do, when there is nothing to be done.

And so I turn to the things that I can. To my husband, who makes tea and holds my hand without my asking. To my ratlings, who are jolly and round, and who cheer me up just by existing. To wool and words, as in my incapacity to do I can still retreat into the methodical and the generative, in the perhaps vain hope that by makeshift cloth and love, I might protect all of our hearts.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FO: Minnie Blouse

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In preparation for my Matcha blouse, I decided to make a functional muslin in some medium-weight cotton I inherited from Sparklepants' stash. I fell in love with this step of the process during ballgown, when I constructed a fully lined and finished version of the bodice before I cut into my final yardage. It gave me more confidence in my techniques, and helped me figure out some of the nitty-gritty construction details in $3/yard cotton instead of $60/yard silk.

Although this weight of cotton isn't usually suited to garment sewing, this classic print seemed in keeping with the '40s aesthetic of the blouse. It has a cute, Minnie Mouse vibe to it, without being too frilly or costumey, and the bright print keeps it from veering too far into scrubs territory.

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It just so happens that I had these buttons in my stash, bought during a trip down to the LA garment district a few years ago, as well as matching thread and interfacing left over from the fashion show in 2013. I wanted to make this entire project out of stash, and I succeeded!

Overall, I think this will become a summer wardrobe staple - the shape is very flattering, the fit is neat but comfortable, and the length is good for wearing with jeans or skirts.

Pattern: Colette Patterns Sencha
Size: Size 6 shoulders, graded to a size 2 waist (with size 6 length & waist line)

Modifications: No significant changes other than the size mods. A lot of people have commented that the neckline is a bit too high, but I didn't have a problem with it.

My measurements, for reference:
Full bust - 36.5 inches
Underbust - 29.5 inches
Usual bra size - 30DD/E
Waist - 28.5 inches

Monday, February 23, 2015

FO: Socks for a Lumberjack

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My poor Lumberjack-y companion. We've been married for a year and change, and together for over four, and still he is woefully short on knitted things. I mean, that's supposed to be the advantage of entering a legally binding commitment with a knitter, right? You might have to put up with skeins of yarn jumping out of unexpected cabinets like tribbles, but in return, they keep you decked out in sweet, sweet woolens. (It's a pretty fair trade, if you ask me.)

Until recently, I have been positively remiss in my duties as Knitter on Call. But what's this? Wham, bam, pair of custom-made socks? Hello, new bargaining chip!

Uh, Cory, why is there a stack of pink laceweight on top of my video games?

Shhhh... I knit you socks, remember?

Har. I'm the worst.

(Details on Ravelry here.)