Since New Years Day I have had a pretty bad cold and mainly staying at home (I finally sucked it up and went to the doc yesterday though. I think I haven't been to a GP since I was a teenager...). Anyway. The upside of this illness is that since I haven't been partying or socialising at all I have been sewing, sewing, sewing. I've been very productive in the last two weeks.
I've been trying to make the perfect loose-ish sweater pattern for myself for the last few months. There have been a lot of bad patterns and wasted fabric. And sometimes I was just too tired while drafting patterns that I made things which look ok, but which are a bitch to sew up.
For example this sweater which was meant to have raglan sleeves. Except it was very late and somehow forgot what raglan sleeves actually are (yeah, I don't know how either) and made sleeves caps which come to a point.... They look fine though and it fits great but I wanted something just a little easier to sew.
|My phone can take pictures if I say CHEESE!|
It couldn't be left so plain so it got a little sparkle. I know it would be useful to have a few more solid basics in my wardrobe but it is oh so very hard to achieve. Maybe one day, when I'm a real adult. For now though, sequins are still one of my favourite things in the world. I love them almost more than chocolate. Almost.
|Robots in the snow|
So after that drafting mess I had a go while wide awake and made a pattern (with actual raglan sleeves) that I looooove. I've used it three times this year already! I only have pics of one of the versions so far though. I bought these two lovely grey fabrics years ago. Only 75cm of each so not enough to make anything just from one fabric but they match perfectly. It's nice and light but still warm and cosy.
It's the Classic Cuffed Hat from Purl Soho. I really recommend this pattern if you are a beginner who wants to expand your skills. I learnt so many things from this. It was my first time using circular needles and knitting using double point needles in the round (which I was always very intimidated by). And I learnt a new cast on! The Long Tail Tubular Cast On is something I wish I knew about years ago, it's so useful!
I used Malabrigo Rios yarn in Sand Storm. Such a nice wool to work with!
|Doesn't this look terrifiying! FIVE NEEDLES!|