Amidst all the Summer sewing I've been doing recently, my evenings are starting to be spent preparing for the colder months to come...
|the beginnings of my Go Vest from Pickles|
These days I like to get a bit of a head-start on a season. That way I can really take my time with a project and enjoy the process, especially the big or ambitious ones, spending long evenings taking care over my stitching, and actually getting to enjoy my finished piece for longer. I learned this the hard way - casting on for a jumper or blanket in the depth of Winter, only to run out of steam halfway through as the days began to warm up. In fact, I can think of two such jumpers and one such blanket still incomplete hibernating somewhere at the bottom of one stash or another. So this year I have put my list-making mania to good use and settled on a handful of wintry projects that have been on my mind for a while, which I now seem to have suddenly gathered the perfect materials for.
1. Go Vest - pattern from Pickles, one of my all-time favourite knitting blogs. These guys make me want to move to Norway. For this cardi I'm using the cherry red baby Alpaca yarn I bought from Loop at Jane Brocket's book launch.
2. Herringbone Stitch Cowl - pattern from Purlbee, my other all-time favourite crafting blog. This is something I've wanted to make for ages, but it calls for a lot of yarn... Then the other day my lovely neighbour friend (Prom Dress Jess) gave me a Maxmara cardi she was throwing out - horrible shape but delicious yarn - so now I'm in the process of unravelling it...
|the unwanted Maxmara cardi...|
3. Three pairs of Elfin Slippers - tutorial from Maya*Made. So far I have picked out the colours for the uppers and linings from some old cut up cashmere jumpers to make a minty-green pair for the little boy, a navy pair for the Papa, and a red pair for me, la Mama. These have been washed and shrunk to create a denser and sturdier fabric which will be easy to cut and sew, and will be a lot more durable than an un-shrunk cashmere jumper. Now I need to have a rummage through my leathers to find some soft suede for the soles.
4. A Swing Jacket - Butterick 5222 vintage pattern. I've been wanting to make this jacket for years, and being an unprinted pattern, the only thing stopping me before was my lack of sewing confidence. I am now raring to go with this, and I am also very happy to be slicing up and giving a new lease of life to my very old, very loved, and now very decrepit bordeaux wool cape. For added yum, I plan to line this with the same nude silk crepe I used for my Silk Sorbetto... oh, YES.
|my cape, soon to be swing|
5. As the days start getting colder - two pairs of Snowy Mittens - pattern still to develop. Using some Debbie Bliss Como I bought last winter, in duck egg blue and stone, I'm planning to make some adult sized mittens with a simple fairisle cuff. If I'm happy with the pattern, I will of course publish it here!
There. So I reckon I have plenty to keep busy with, and no doubt some other things will manage to sneak themselves into my lists... They always do.