but I’ve at least been busy constructing things that I can now share.
First, Wenlan Chia came out with her 3rd book, Twinkle Town & Country Knits, which led me to knit this:
It’s the Belle du Jour Tunic made with 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Brushed Suri in French Roast on size 15 circular needles. I had a really tough time finding yarn that fit in with my 2008 yarn goal (the eco/socially conscious thing). The only one I found was Be Sweet’s mohair, but I couldn’t find the right color. Knitch had it in black, but each skein was $24, which was not acceptable given that it was thin enough to require the double stranding recommended by the pattern. I settled for this (which did not require double stranding), since it has bamboo as part of its core instead of acrylic or nylon. Also, BSA is a company I respect given all of the organic products it sells.
I also sewed the dress underneath on the fly, which is made of a paper silk I bought a few years ago in Bhopal, India. It’s a simple cami dress with gathering at the back waist and a grey chiffon lining, which extends out on the bottom. Both were worn together on top of a flowy black silk skirt to the opera the other night. It all turned out pretty well I think. Although to be completely honest, this was my second version of this. The first I made a little too long and big, but the hairiness of the yarn doesn’t really allow for frogging. So in literally 5 hours or so, I made a new smaller, shorter version. I like both for different purposes/occasions and overall it wasn’t a huge splurge for the yarn given that it only takes 2 (or 3 at the most) skeins of the yarn.
I’ve also been sewing more since I’m absolutely in love with my sewing machine.
This skirt is a modified version of the Sidonie skirt from Burdastyle. It uses a beautiful heavy silk, kind of almost like canvas. I’m not sure what the type of fabric is called. It’s woven I think. The buttons are gorgeous glass vintage ones I found for like $3 on Ebay. It turned out pretty well…just needs a little ironing maybe.
As does this creation:
This is a wool suiting fabric and a lovely plastic button I got at Mood a couple of years ago. I used the Alexis pattern from Burdastyle. It’s a good office skirt, but the fabric isn’t my favorite. I’ll probably make this skirt again out of a nicer fabric.
I’ve strangely not felt the urge to blog lately…I honestly care about this election to the point where I feel like I won’t have my normal perspective back until this is all over. And I can’t wait.