Just kidding. Sort of.
So, handknits. I think I've worn something I've made almost every day this week, even if it was only a pair of socks. Today, as it's extra cold and the first frost of the fall, I'm wearing three different pieces - socks, a cardigan and a shawl.
The shawl is one I made for my wedding, ages ago, while Chris was away in Alaska and I was on my own planning the event and stressing over everything. I settled on this drooping elm stitch pattern, and found a hand-dyed yarn online that I thought fit the colors of the wedding.
|I think this is the only picture I have of me |
wearing the shawl on my wedding day.
|She put her slippers on and came outside even though I told |
her she couldn't unless she put actually clothes on as it is
literally, freezing cold outside. She listens well, this one.
|Shawl styling straight out of Lark Rise to Candleford, which is an |
awesome show and showed me an incredibly useful way to wear a shawl.
It's been a pillow, too, a tissue, and whatever else it's needed to be. And today it's back to being a shawl. It may have a couple of holes in it, but I just tie the ends of the broken yarn together and go about my day.
I want the things I make to be useful - not precious. If I make your child a sweater - don't put it on one time and take a picture, then never let the poor, cold thing wear it again. They are meant to be used. They are meant to be loved because I love making them.
The cardigan I'm wearing is the Georgia Cardigan by Jane Richmond. I think I messed up on gauge, which I haven't measured yet because eh - not important. But the neck is entirely too wide, as is the rest of the sweater. I wanted a fitted cardigan, but I got a loose, sort of awkward one. Also it's entirely too short. However, that hasn't stopped me from wearing it over and over again. I took it camping when we went and it was much appreciated for warmth. I still love it, and I wear it often, but I think I may try to make another one sometime in the future at a smaller, longer size. Or maybe just check the gauge and do some math and actually knit the right way! Ha!
I could always take this one out and do it over, but that's a lot of work. We'll see.
Yarn is Knitpicks Stroll sock yarn in Black, leftover from the ridiculous amount of gloves I knit last Christmas. Apparently I am a poor judge of yarn amounts because I had enough left over to make a whole sweater.
I'm wearing these socks, which I made a year or two ago, and which I was sure that I've already showed you but can't seem to find a post on them.
It's my own, plain, short-row heel and toe pattern that I use for all the socks I make. The yarn is a German Sock Wool from my Mother-in-law.
So right now I'm thankful for all the handknits I have, and the ones I can dress my children and husband in. Chris is wearing the first and best sweater I made for him. He wouldn't let me post a picture of him in it today, but it's this pattern by Jo Sharp and looks exactly like the picture - same color and everything. And if Adele ever lets me dress her, she's going to be wearing this Plain Tunic today - provided it still fits as I haven't tried it on her since last spring.
And I have hats to make and my children both need more socks and I've got a hooded vest picked out for Sebastian and a comfy sweater for me and, and, and ...
I'm so happy it's cooler again.