Sunday, November 01, 2015

november post 1: holland pattern & fibrespace classes coming 11/12&13

I am thrilled to be teaching at Fibre Space in Alexandria VA Nov 12 & 13th 
Thurs evening 6-9 : SmartPhone Photoclass . Not just for knitters, bring a friend!
Fri 10-5  Photo for Knitters & Makers - Tips, tricks, shooting, editing, critiquing - we'll do it all, click links for both classes' details. Limited spaces left! See you there.
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Now, on with the show. Maybe it's the weather or the time of year or the glut of  tempting new patterns going by my field of vision, but I am super inspired to be knitting/making stuff.  For example, I shot this sweater, Holland, designed by Maureen Clark for Green Mountain Spinnery in August.  It has so many good points.
I'll confess, I tried on the sample, I couldn't resist. As you may know, I am shaped not at all like beautiful Josephine, shown here. And yet this sweater somehow looks great on both of us.  That's point 1.
Point 2 - the swingy shape. It's fun to wear. The sleeves are not wide, they are slim fitted, which is Point 3, it doesn't have that saggy baggy overall effect- it works the way Boxy does. The wide  soft V neckline is Point 4- you can wear with a collared shirt or a tank top. A crisp V neck is too preppy for my taste. You could dress this up. Even I could dress this up. It's that good.
Point 5 Beautiful details. The unfinished rolling edge collar, raglan sleeve,  sleeve embellishment stitches. Point 6 it's DK weight, so it's not too heavy yet it'll knit fairly quickly. It's shown in Green Mountain Spinnery Sylvan Spirit, a western (USA) Targee wool and tencel blend. (If you aren't familiar with the Spinnery , you should check them out. They've been doing Grown in the USA and breed specific, thoughtfully sourced yarns for decades, way ahead of the curve).  I love the tweedy gray.  Whatever I knit this sweater in, it's going to need to be tweedy. Maybe in their Mewesic yarn, which is soft and tweedy wool and comes in a really good denim-y shade called Blue Bayou . 

All this sounds so doable- but I am embarrassed to say I've been taking for-eh-vah to knit a simple DK weight sweater that I started in, oh, I dunno, August?  I am only happy that democracy will come to the rescue of my knitting, as I should be able to get some serious sweater time in while working as an election official on Tuesday, during this quiet local-races-only year.
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I just learned that NaBloPoMo is a general thing (I read it on BlogHer) not just a knitblogging thing, as I'd thought. And it stands for National Blog Posting Month.  My track record isn't great but my intentions are solid. I did decently in November 2009. Having just read over the entries from that month, I am cheered by knowing it's possible to come close (I made 25 posts) and also touched by that glimpse into my own life 6 years ago. Only six years! So many changes. 
 Come back and check on me while you're surfing around.   I might just stick with this blogging thing, how about you?
 

9 comments:

Carole Julius said...

That is a great looking sweater. Welcome to the NaBloPoMo club, you're in good company with the rest of us lemmings.

Mary Lou said...

That is a gorgeous sweater. But finish the other one first!

margene said...

How fun to have you along for the ride. The sweater is beautiful and has great detailing. It's very tempting!

Vicki Knitorious said...

Yay!!

Sam said...

Start the new sweater. While I don't knit, I cross stitch, Navajo weave and design costumes at a local H.S. I always have 3 projects in cross stitch - needs major concentration but won't it be a thing a beauty the decade I finish it; I need a fast and easy project because I have no brain cells available and something in-between.
No one says you have to finish 1 project before starting another although it is a good idea. And thanks for blogging!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

That's a beautiful sweater, and the beauty of it is in the balance of loose and fitted. Perfect! I have to finish my worsted weight cardi before another sweater can be cast on. There are rules at my house! My rules. As for blogging, I'm keeping it! I love Instagram, don't Tweet much, but I like the opportunity that blogging gives you to stretch out and really say or show something. I do miss the comments; people don't comment as much through the blog any more.

Lee said...

Wahoo!! I'll take as many posts as you can manage. Always great to see what you are up to. And that sweater....

Ann said...

MOAR POSTINGS PLEEZ! You're always finding something lush and lovely. And, for some reason, your photographs are awfully nice. You ought to be a photographer or something ...

Tyche's Minder said...

That's a beautiful sweater.

I agree -- I'm always excited to see a post from you. Such a privilege to see your work and hear your ideas!