Hello hello! As you may recall, I haven’t had a working sewing machine now for a few weeks. It’s not that the shop is even far from our house—I’ve just literally not had the opportunity to take it in! But oddly, that’s been kind of okay (well after I stopped being twitchy about it). Work has been particularly busy so I’ve had less time for anything, anyway. And in the meantime, I’m getting a lot of knitting, daydreaming and
scheming planning done instead!
Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. It’s when my knitting mojo returns, it’s when I get a little tired of summery clothes and start to pine for tights and boots and wool, and think about switching up things in my wardrobe. So what’s inspiring me right now? Polka dots. Stripes. Bright florals. Plaid. Alone and sometimes together perhaps. Cigarette pants. Relaxed cardigans and pullovers. Full dirndl skirts. Moccasins. Boots, clogs, or brogues with tights. Scandinavian and fair isle colorwork. My head is full of colors and textures.
So here are some of my knitting and sewing plans for the next several months. I’ve got lots more ideas tossing around in my head and of course, it being me, I’m equally thinking about jewelry, purses and other fun accessories (and some non-me-made clothing), too. So there might be a post on that in the future. I love the planning that happens around this time of year!
On the knitting front, this would be a good time to announce that I won’t be repeating Knit for Victory this fall. (Don’t worry, doesn’t mean I won’t do it again, just not this year!) However, I do have a follow-along type of project up my sleeves that I’ll be sharing soon. Hint: there’s colorwork involved. Oooh. 😉
But in terms of other things I might like to knit? I love the look of Kara by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. It seems like a great cardigan to layer over dresses! I typically go for more classic cardigans with thinner bands and buttons, but this one is appealing and a bit unusual, and I think it would still slip into my wardrobe well. (Plus it’s pretty cool that the sleeves are increased onto the body. Something fun and different.)
Source: Kara, copyright © Cecily Glowik MacDonald
But I do also want a green cardigan in a more classic style. I wear and love my Knit for Victory green bolero so much that I’m tempted to knit a cardigan in a similar bright green, too, as I know it would replace the bolero in colder months. Either that or baby blue. But for patterns? I’m not quite sure yet! Perhaps Que Sera by Kirsten Kapur, or Oscillate by Amy Herzog?
In my head, I’m favoring cardigans lately, but I know in the dead of winter I get really cold, and even with layering I sometimes don’t feel a cardigan is warm enough. So perhaps I’ll finish the Stitch Block Cowl I started last year (wasn’t enjoying the third stitch pattern so I lost steam), or I’ll knit another big warm and bulky cowl. The Leftovers Cowl by Wendy D. Johnson would be great and use up lots of oddments of yarn (my favorite term from 40s fair isle patterns). And it would work nicely with my nothing-really-matches and I’m-pretending-it’s-more-boho-than-hobo look that I invariably end up with as it gets colder.
Source: Leftovers Cowl, copyright © Wendy D. Johnson
But when it does get stupid cold here, I’m thinking I’d like to do a a worsted weight pullover as a take on the traditional Scandinavian pullovers that I always admire. I have plenty of suitable fingering-weight patterns, but let’s face it—if this winter gets anywhere as bad as last winter, even stranded fingering weight ain’t cutting it. So I like the idea of it being in a thicker wool. I’m first looking to my vintage booklets for inspiration, but scaling up the motifs would be easy.
But I suppose before I start planning all the new things I want to knit, I shouldn’t forget about the two sweaters that I started earlier in the year (Vashon, a bulky yellow cabled pullover I was going to finish before our Dublin trip in the spring—oops—and Mary Rebecca, an equally yellow cardigan in an alpaca blend). Now that sweater weather is closer, I’d like to get back to them. Eep!
Oh, and in case you’re curious if I’m planning to release any patterns: I’m really quite behind on this, I admit. But I have two slowly in the works that may or may not make it out this year. Stay tuned…
Onto sewing. My biggest sewing goal this fall is to learn to sew with knits. No reason for it to be a “big” goal, people sew with knits all the freaking time, right? But I haven’t been one of them, yet. I’d been toying with the idea for awhile, and having recently seen Liz (omg her latest dress!) and Michelle learn to sew with knits thanks to the help of unafraid Meg the Grand, I was doubly convinced I wanted to try. It’s been harder for me to envision sewing with knits as I don’t have a lot of non-wovens in my wardrobe: vintage, me-made or otherwise. But I do have a couple of vintage-inspired fit and flare knit dresses that I adore, and of course who doesn’t have armfuls of t-shirts (mine are mostly striped *cough cough* I’m the perfect candidate to sew a Coco *cough cough*). So I’ve become a woman obsessed. I can sew knits, and I can make them work for my style!
I’ve ordered the Moneta, Coco and Lady Skater patterns, and have been devouring Alyson Clair’s book with Colette Patterns, Colette Guide to Sewing with Knits. I’ve also been arming myself slowly with information and supplies. Since I can’t sew right now anyway, it’s actually good because I can’t just dive right in and get frustrated! The more I read and learn in preparation, the more comfortable I’m already starting to feel. And when I started to see things like polka dot jerseys, striped ponte knits and floral French terry… I’m in trouble. That’s all I have to say. I’ve been bit, and I haven’t even started!
Sources: polka dot jersey from Harts Fabric / French terry fabric from Etsy / striped ponte knit from Girl Charlee
On the non-knits front, I definitely want to sew another pair or two of pants, so I see more Gertie Butterick trousers in my future.
I’d love to do a pair in stretch corduroy, and I already have some lightweight stretch denim I’d like to try, too. I could pretend I’m not obsessed with finding a stretch polka dot bottom weight so I can be twinsies with Lauren (one, two, gah!) but that would be a lie. In fact, these Sew Over It photos of their Ultimate Trousers pattern started my lust over polka dot pants and re-invigorated my desire for cigarette pants period, so I can credit that for me ever finishing my red ones above in the first place! (And I’d still like to try their pattern, too.)
Source: Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers
Beyond that… I’m not sure! I know I have more knitting plans than one human can possibly manage in a season or two, but I think my sewing goals are pretty reasonable. I guess we shall see where the knitting and sewing winds take me!
So what are your fall plans??