Done! #OAL2017

 

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My #OAL2017 makes are finished!

The top is Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s Rondeur, courtesy of Knitty. I love a curved hem and the waist shaping promised, well, a waist.

Turns out the curved hem + the shaped waist was too much, so I frogged it up to high-hip level. This one might join Date Night in the Multiple Makes Hall of Fame (2011 was a good year for patterns).

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The skirt is a modified take Amy Butler’s Barcelona Skirt. I’ve sewn it before, but it always seemed too flared for my frame…because it was! After reading Dorothy Moore’s Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking, I realize that an a-line skirt is more than a real-life version of the triangle skirt on a stick figure. Different angles work for different hip measurements. Some math is involved.

I drafted an a-line skirt pattern using Moore’s techniques, laid it on top of the Barcelona, and modified the Barcelona to have a hem circumference that is proportionate to my hips.

I’d originally planned to use Kaffe Fassett’s shot cotton as a lighter alternative to denim; I wound up using Pepper Cory’s “peppered cotton” in Chambray because that’s what my local fabric store had. Frays like a mother, but amazingly soft and drapey right off the bolt. The lining is a solid aubergine lawn from Heather Ross’ Sleeping Porch collection.

When I asked the sales-teen whether they had any lawn in stock, I got a blank look. When I specified lawn fabric, she said “you mean like with grass on it?” #kidstoday #harrumph

 

Twinette

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I somehow squeezed this project in between my #OAL2017 sweater and #100days100blocks. Hashbrown-distractible, as Kimmy Schmidt would say.

Behold, the Twinette!

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It was a lighting-fast knit: less than a week between cast-on and bind-off.  Then it sat on top of a pile of fabric until I blocked it. One skein of fingering on size 5 or 6 needles. I forget. The yarn is from Etsy seller SockObsessionYarns and I’m smitten. Not even remotely itchy and it pools in the best way. Colorway is “Baltico.”

Now back to the OAL!

What’s distracting you lately?

 

Lift Off!

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After an untimely rotary cutter injury, I’ve finally been able to swatch the sweater for #OAL2017. It might skew towards what my friend Jolene calls “full-on clown car,” but I’m okay with that. Dressing like a member of the abnegation faction is starting to lose its appeal for me. My recent obsession with color feels visceral and I’ve decided to just go with it.

Is your wardrobe mostly colorful or neutral?

Seiren

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Central New Mexico rarely has “heavy coat weather,” but October-April is definitely “scarf season.” Temperatures rise and fall 30 degrees within a single day; mornings and evenings are chilly and afternoons warm-ish. A wool cardigan is enough to keep my arms and torso warm while driving to work and running errands, but my neck is always cold.

Enter Hiroku Fukatsu’s Seiren, an easy-to-memorize lace pattern done in fingering on size 4 needles (I used size 3).  A variant on the classic feather and fan, it’s reversible with a luscious, liquid drape.

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Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts red label in OOAK Laurel colorway.

I’ve typically shied away from fingering-weight projects because #windingandtangling, but now that I own a yarn winder I want to knit all the fingering-weight, drapey things, as soon as I get done making all the other things.

 

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What’s your favorite fingering-weight pattern or project?