Maker notes, no. 1

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Ahhh, just in time for incredibly hot weather.

I finished my sweater last week, and am finally getting around to blocking it today. A few notes:

  • Pattern: Criss Cross by Isabell Kraemer
  • Yarn: Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in White
  • Modifications: knitted the sleeves to three-quarter length (I knew I would be short on yarn, and I really like three quarter length anyway).
  • Size: I went with the 38″ bust, even though my high bust measurement is 41″. I recently tried on a few knitted samples, not of this sweater, but of other handmade sweaters, and liked the way that the 38″ fit through the shoulders. Also, I don’t think I have ever worn a cardigan buttoned up. Trying it on pre-blocking I was happy with it, though it did feel like a bit of a squeeze, but I have knitted with this yarn before and I know it gets looser and drapier after a good block, so I am hopeful it will be perfect after blocking.
  • Other: I clearly did not check my labels and therefore my sweater is colorblocked in two different shades of ivory. Dyelot woes! It doesn’t bother me overmuch, but I also really wanted a mustard yellow sweater, so I am considering overdyeing it at some point. I am thinking pomegranate and marigold? We will see how motivated I am after it’s blocked.

On the cutting table:

I recently completed what would have been the world’s most perfect skirt, in my eyes, if only there had been more wrap in that wrap skirt. I gave it to Maya (she is now the very happy recipient of two of my skirt snafus) and though the side seams are pretty skewed forward, it’s a wrap skirt after all, and what was a midi length on me is actually a very nice maxi length on her. Maxis are her favorite. So all’s well that ends well, but I am eager to give the wrap skirt another go. It was super simple to alter the pattern; I graded up two sizes and also added 3″ to the front wrap. I am hoping that does the trick. I am just in the process of cutting it out of some fun vaguely tribal/native design looking linen my husband chose for me. And then I will wear it with flowers in my hair.

Other projects in the wings:

  • working on an indigo cardigan for my husband, but I can only work on it at home because the indigo does come off on my fingers while knitting.
  • thinking about doing another cardigan for myself, possibly an improvised top-down?
  • cutting out a rayon Carson dress
  • making a Willow tank muslin
  • the middle two girls could use some summer dresses (read: no closures to fiddle with). Current possibilities: I have adapted the Playtime Dress to have no closures, and no sleeves, and it is always a winner. I remembered how much I like the Hummingbird dress after seeing Rachel’s post. This book has been the source of some of the girls’ favorite clothing (the tiered skirt alone has provided years of happiness), so perhaps something out of there. The sizing is generous!