Have you ever looked in the mirror one day and realised that it was time to review your personal style? Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who constantly updates their style, but it struck me the other day that time has come for me to do this!
For the past couple of years, I have lived almost exclusively in jeans and sweater. In summer, if it’s hot, it might be a skirt, a t-shirt and a cardigan. This has been the general ‘casual’ look for the past decade. Very simple garments, easy care, low on fuss, big on practicality. Most likely caused by having a young family to run around after. However, I sense a change in the wind now that the children are older, and I’m much less likely to get mucky looking after them.
A sense that it’s time to start looking ladylike and perhaps investigate wearing dresses, skirts and more adventurous sweaters has taken over me. So into the planning for winter knitting (and learning), some thought has gone into how I can update my style. To begin with:
A Gym Slip Dress from the book “Knit 2 Together” by Mel Clark and Tracey Ullman. It’s very cute and I especially like the lace detail at the waist. I think it will go fabulously in some non-commercial charcoal grey alpaca/merino blend that I’ve been attempting to knit for a while now. I especially like how it was modelled with a pair of tall boots. This is good, because I like my boots, and I did not have many opportunities to wear them this winter! I will do the waist lace panel in a wool crepe though to give it more strength and definition.
Although I have a few cardigans, I only possess one hand-knitted one. The others are also beginning to look decidedly tatty. A good excuse to have a go at the Windsor Cardi perhaps. I had a quick look at how it turned out on others in Ravelry, and it looks universally flattering. And it’s different to anything else I wear.
However, I still haven’t finished the V-Yoke Cardigan that has languished in my WIP pile for a few months, probably because I started it in winter when it was cold, and I preferred to knit heavier yarns. Now that Spring has rolled around, I’m feeling the need to start it again. I already have the pretty Zealana Kiwi yarn for it, and have started the project, so I think I shall complete this before starting any others. Oops, did I say that? I did, perhaps, start something new today…
It’s in Noro(!) and another yarn that I shall tell you about later; it’s quick, and it’s so addictive to knit!!
I mentioned in my last post that I had printed the shopping list from my Ravelry queue. Now I’m working through the list to match yarn to pattern with a view to avoiding any more yarn purchases if possible, until I have the yarn that I’ve got down to more manageable levels. I’m not calling it a Yarn Diet yet, although it is beginning to look like it!
I don’t think I’m too unhappy about it though – I have so many beautiful yarns stored, it’s about time I use them. I’ve done enough admiration, now I want to enjoy wearing them. Here are some of my swatches for these future projects: