Finished Object: Snoqualmie Sweater

I got my hair trimmed today, so it seemed like a good day for some pics of my finished Snoqualmie sweater!

(Except that I don’t have a good mirror for finished object selfies. Making my own clothes would be easier with a full-length mirror…) I was OBSESSED with this project while it was on the needles–it’s pretty much the only thing I did in August.

I’m quite happy with the final results–I added pockets, as well as a little bit of length, so it’s even more coat-like than the original. I’m not sure how much wear I will get out of this–it’s just too warm for me in Vancouver–but I am so in love with it, I don’t care.

I’ve actually been leaving it draped over a chair in the living room, so that I can admire it like an objet d’art.

I’m super happy with the fit across the bust and hips. I knit mine with less ease than recommended by the pattern, and the closer fit through the body works well for me. The arms, however… ended up long. I think the problem is that the armscyes are too deep. I’m not sure if this is something I screwed up, or if the pattern is written with too much length through the armholes. This is actually the first set-in sleeve sweater I have made; the armscye depth is something I will pay more attention to next time.

I actually knit the collar twice… At first I cast off the back of neck according to the pattern instructions (“bind off by knitting 2 stitches together out of every 4 stitches over cables”), and once the whole thing was seamed up, I found that the sweater had a tendency to slide down my arms. The shoulders/ back neck felt very loose, resulting in a sloppy-looking sweater. So I actually ripped out the collar and the back neck bind off, and then bound off by knitting 2 stitches together out of every 3 stitches instead. This cinched up the back neck, and vastly improved the fit of the whole sweater. Definitely worth re-knitting the collar to achieve this.

I had debated using some cool antler buttons, but decided that the sweater needed something larger, with contrast, in order to really look finished.

This was a very satisfying project! I’m currently working on an improv henley using recycled yarn, but the newly released (and maybe a little less warm) Charley is calling my name… Really into this style of sweater right now.

Full project deets on Ravelry.

Links 96 to 112: So Many Things

So many rando links lurking in the drafts folder, so many open tabs… Let’s tidy that up, shall we?

96. Kara Walker’s latest artist statement made me cry. It is a STATEMENT. (via Jez)

97. David Wong Louie on (not) eating after cancer. Heartbreaking.

98. Tracing an amnesiac’s identity in the digital era.

99. Luvvie talks about her experience on the NYT’s best seller list.

100. A subject near and dear to my heart.

101. I’ve never watched Bachelor in Paradise, but I have been following the scandal all summer long. “Why are you watching this?” is a great question, but what I really want to know is what has happened to the producer who made the initial complaint. You know that person doesn’t have a career in tv anymore, despite doing the right thing.

102. I’m still trying to figure out eyeliner. I read this “review” [advertorial, lol] and immediately ordered the brush (from Nail Polish Canada, actually–ships free!) because I’m a bit of a sucker. I suppose it’s helpful for wings, but no good for smudging into your lashline, which is what I’m trying to do. So: not a total waste of money but not the answer to my liner woes. I think part of my problem is that the Tarte liner I’m using is quite dry…?

103. I’m not going to make this–I just don’t need another blanket–but, damn, I want it.

104. But I might make this? I may have suitable fabric… if I don’t try making a Fen top. Depends on the yardage I have on hand.

105. At one point over the winter I was thinking about sewing with sequins. I chickened out (wised up?) but if I ever do tackle sequins, this looks like the advice to follow.

106. If I don’t rent forever, these tiles are going in my house.

And … I do want to write about my own particular clothing philosophy–at some point. In the meantime, some links on wardrobe planning and the meaning of clothes.

107. Karen Templar asks her readers about wardrobe planning.

108. On uniform dressing.

109. Also from Racked: less serious but if you feel like conceptualizing? (And yes, I did mean to share that in May. But no reason you can’t make this kind of statement for autumn or winter.)

110. If I were going to break away from my denim-and-handknits winter wardrobe, I’d go for something like this, I think.

111. I feel a certain push and pull when it comes to dressing in a feminine manner (eyeliner, right?)… I definitely identify with this piece, even though I don’t do full-on femme.

112. And one more Racked link, because Tracey Robey and because there are all kinds of ways clothes can be powerful.

Retail Therapy

My therapist gave me permission to shop (yes, she’s the best), so I have been doing my best to stem the tide of shattering grief by buying things. I suppose it’s working, considering I’m not crying my face off right now?

Here’s what I bought:

stuff

Two black tees. I’m taking a little vacation from that denim-shirts-as-performance-art thing I’ve been doing for a while now, and have decided that my summer look is going to be a tight t-shirt tucked into a denim skirt. I wasn’t planning on all black tees–one is linen, the other is a cotton/ modal blend–but so far haven’t seen a v-neck in the right grey. V-necks don’t seem to be in at the moment?

Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn in Lady Grey. I’m normally not a fan of superwash yarns due to the texture, but this stuff is lovely–really nice feel, soft halo, gorgeous colour. I’m also not normally a sock knitter, so this will end up as a scarf. I’m even hand-winding the ball, just to maximize the textural pleasures.

Papa Recipe Bombee Ginseng Red Honey Oil sheet mask. No idea if I’ll like this mask or not, but I’ve heard good things about Papa Recipe, so my hopes are high(ish).

Missha Shower Towel. This promises “Best Quality & High Life” on the package, and you know I love the high life. I use an epilator, which requires an on-point exfoliation game. I’m hoping this scratchy thing–it has the texture of a pot-scrubber–will do the trick.

Atelier Cologne in Figuier Ardent. This perfume blends fig leaf from Provence, bergamot from Calabria, and tonka bean from Brazil. Fuck knows what a goddamn tonka bean is (this? [actually this is kind of interesting]) but this perfume is a favourite of mine–green and fresh, yet sultry at the same time. It is gorgeous and interesting. (I do not know how to talk about smells.) This is actually a re-purchase; my first 7.5mL travel spray lasted about a year and a half (I rotate between 4 or 5 different scents). I do think the full size is worth it, but in the context of this weekend’s shopping-for-happiness thing, I decided that 100mL would not make me happer than 7.5 mL, so here we are.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Black. Using that handy Wayne Goss technique, I’ve been using a black eyeshadow to line my eyes, and generally managing to not make a total hash of it. But the shadow does not stay put–especially if I’ve been dancing and getting sweaty–so I’m hoping to use the Goss technique with this Tarte liner for smudge-free fun times. The Tarte liner was recommended by Tamara at the Robson Sephora, and she seemed like a trusty little gal. Also I love the gold lid–so shiny!

Link 85: On 1D Drag

I really (really!) don’t listen to One Direction, and don’t listen to any of the boys’ solo efforts, either. (I made it about a minute into “Sign of the Times” before turning it off.) However… there is something very entertaining–very compelling–about 1D fans, and their relationship with the band.

This piece from Racked about fans dressing like the band is a super interesting read. A “respect for the femme” is perhaps what I find so enjoyable about following the boys’ celebrity, even if I have no use for their music.

I’ll Have to Make This Someday: Bettine

I’ve been in a little bit of a garment sewing mood since returning from my trip. This means I’m doing a little sewing, and a lot of looking for inspiration online.

It’s not really the season for a light little dress like Bettine, but I am definitely going to make this someday. I have a very similar dress from Modcloth that I wear a lot, so I know it will work on my body. Having a homemade version (or two) would be fab.

There are many lovely examples of Bettines on Pinterest for inspiration. I particularly like the two versions made by this lady (found via the Curvy Sewing Collective).