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WIP Wednesday | A Slower Making Year

March 16, 2016 No Comments by Heidi

Late last year I took stock of my crochet and knit items along with my stash. It was a color stock take rather than quantity because I realized, I didn’t wear many of my makes. It’s not that they aren’t lovely, more that I (impulsively also probably yarn fumes were involved) chose yarn colors that made me happy without considering my everyday wardrobe.

Combined with my new found garment confidence and a better idea of my colors, I started organising my Rav queue for this year with purpose and these 3 guidelines in mind.

  1. Make garments for myself.
  2. Check colours against my existing wardrobe.
  3. Give myself plenty of time to work on them.

At first I thought 3 sweaters or cardigans and a few shawls was a reasonable amount of makes in one year, however since starting an adult cardigan I’ve realised, that is madness. So I’ve scaled down and decided on 3 cardigans and possibly 1 shawl for the year. That’s a realistic 4 months per cardigan and no stress. Cause it’s meant to be fun right?!

Here’s the 3 cardigans I chose, bar Alyssium all the yarn is coming from my stash. First up is Mama Vertabrae. I loved making Kelly Brooker’s Puerperium Cardigan so much and found the pattern very well written that I thought why not go with who you know for a 1st adult garment. I’m using up a bunch of slate grey yarn for this one. I’d say that I’m 3/4 of the way through and it’s a really relaxing knit.
Mama Vertebrae
Next is Alyssium Cardigan by Joanne Scrace. Most of you will have noticed, I’ve not done much crochet in a while. I kind of got lost in the newness (to me) and technical aspects of knitting. So I wanted to do something with my gateway craft that I would wear and enjoy for years. Joanne’s crochet designs are lovely. And I’m so glad that I discovered her and The Crochet Project’s work at a time when my crochet love was starting to flag. I’m still hunting for the right color and if it I can’t quite get it then, I’ll do this up in black. Black screams boring and that I could just get a shop bought one but I do want something that will work for the clothes I own.

The last cardigan is Twenty Ten by Veera Välimäki. This one has been on my radar for a while and the want of many of Veera’s designs was a big push for me to learn knitting. There are so many aspects of this card that fit with my style; short sleeves, pockets!, and a cowl neck. Total winner for me. I’ve set aside my Mirasol Sami in Riverbed. This will work perfectly with the jeans and t-shirts part of my closet.

These blues are yummy

These blues are yummy

There are 3 other cardigans and a jumper that I’d love to make but they will have to wait until next year. In no particular order; Miette by Andi Sutterland, Lush by Tincanknits, Audrey by Jane Richmond, and Boxy by Joji Locatelli.

So many lovely patterns and possibilities out there and so little time!

Hope you all have a lovely week.


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