Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

         

123 Street Avenue, City Town, 99999

(123) 555-6789

email@address.com

 

You can set your address, phone number, email and site description in the settings tab.
Link to read me page with more information.

Blog

Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et. Curabitur blandit tempus porttitor. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum.

 

An Update on the Gray Sweater Project

LBHandknits

unnamed-8.jpg

I know I have a somewhat maddening tendency to mention projects in the works, then never follow up. This is only because working on said projects means I don't have time to write about them! But in the case of the gray sweater(s), I feel that it would truly benefit me (and possibly others) to document my process. And so I bring you my first update. It's nothing too exciting so far. But basically I have identified 3 core sweaters on which my summer wardrobe pivots, and which I want to replace with handknits. 

The leftmost sweater (and the one shown in my original post), is a medium-gray cashmere-lambswool blend henley. It is 2 years old and the youngest of the bunch. However, it is not in great shape, pilling constantly, and forming small holes near the hem. I love the overall style, drape, size, and colour of this sweater. But the fibre content is too delicate for my boisterous lifestyle, especially in such a casual garment. My hand knitted replacement will likely be in a wool or wool-linen blend, and will retain many of the stylistic elements - though will not necessarily aim for the same shade of gray (only because the colour of the first and third sweaters are very similar, and I want to create a bit of variety).

The sweater at the centre is a slate-gray silk-wool blend cardigan, with a neckline that is a hybrid between scoop and V-neck. Believe it or not, this garment is 15 years old! I bought it as a postgraduate student living in England, and it is still in very decent shape. The main problem with this one, is that I am no longer the same size as I was 15 years ago. And while the cardigan still goes over my body physically, I would prefer a roomier fit. With my hand knitted replacement, I will aim for a very similar colour in wool or a wool-silk blend, while possibly going with a more scoop, less V, neckline, of similar depth.

Finally, the sweater on the right is a wool crewneck pullover, 4 years old. It is from a Danish label, and has a very contemporary fit, with saddle shoulder construction and a wide semi-cropped bodice. It has worn okay for its age, but has quite a few stains on it now, as well lots of pulled-out threads, as it has an annoying tendency for the stitches to snag on things. I love everything about the style and fit of this sweater, except that the neckline is tighter than I would ideally prefer. With my hand knitted replacement, I will probably go with pure wool in a similar colour to the original, and will aim for a wider neckline while retaining many of its other qualities.

All three sweaters will be knitted in either fingering or light-sportweight yarn, from my personal stockpile. And my aim is not to replicate the garments in the same way as I would, say, for the Remake-Along, but rather to let them inform me as to what I tend to wear most, and why - then use that information to create the replacements. I am also going to try very hard not to think of these as potential pattern designs; the main goal here is to make clothes for myself to wear. 

Oddly, the gray colour scheme and the other parameters of this project - which I worried might be too rigid for me to enjoy - have felt liberating and exciting. In fact, I have already gotten started on one of the sweaters! And I will share my progress on that next time.