SLOW FASHION OCTOBER, week 3: LOVED

IMG_9203_1All though the temperatures are still high around here, for me this time of year is the time when I can start knitting again. The nights are not so hot anymore, sometimes you can even feel a cold breeze, last week was slightly rainy (yes….I love rain) and you can breathe again.

To celebrate the opening of my knitting season and share my thoughts about LOVED for slow fashion October I thought I’ll write about some of my most loved knitted items.

  When considered my choices I asked myself a few basic questions:

  • How much I wear this?
  • Why I love this?
  • How I felt during the process of knitting it?

So here they are:

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  1. Pattern: Strokkur by Ysolda Teague, yarn: Istex Lett-Lopi, wool from Iceland.

I loved this knitting pattern when I found it on Ravelry, it reminded me of the cozy Nordic sweaters many people used to wear when I was little, but in a good way. What is pretty about this design is the fitted shape, as opposed to traditional islandic sweaters that are usually bigger and bulky. I also like the delicate fair- isle pattern that circles just around the collar. Knitting this sweater was an enjoyable experience and I’m very much attached to it.

It’s my warmest sweater. At first I was a bit concerned that maybe it will be too hot for our weather and I won’t use it enough. Happily for me, in practice I wore this sweater every single week in the past few winters (that in Israeli terms were very cold).In winter months I reach for this one whenever I can’t decide what to wear, and that is exactly my definition for a most loved garment.

It’s true that the yarn is a bit itchy, but I wear it with a shirt underneath so I don’t mind. In addition it became softer with the constant wearing and washing over the years. If you look closer, you can see it’s already slightly worn out.

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  1. Pattern: Lady marple by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne, yarn: Cascade Yarns, Alpaca Lana D’oro in olive oil color.

I knitted this cardigan last year because I needed a warm cardigan. Immediately it became my favorite cold weather layering piece. I love the vintage style that reminds me 30s and 40s English sweaters, but in a contemporary color. The yarn color name is “olive oil” but to me it seems more like a shade of mustard.

I long thought of combining this color in my wardrobe but wasn’t sure if it will look good on me. Gladly I discovered it suits me nicely and also work well with many clothes I have in my closet.

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  1. Pattern: Abigail by Cecil Glowik MacDonald, yarn: Filatura Di Crossa, Gioiello.

This is a very simple cardigan knitted with a very light and soft fingering weight yarn. I received the yarn as a gift from Gs mother. I probably wouldn’t buy myself pink and purple with tinny sequins but as soon as I made the gauge I fell in love with the color of the fabric I made and I knew my mother in low made a perfect choice for me.  The simple shape of the cardigan emphasize the beautiful yarn.

I wear this cardigan all the time. I think it’s one of my most useful garments. I wear it in transition seasons, in warmer days of winter and in the summer days when the air condition is freezing me.

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  1. Pattern: Nashira by Julia Crawford from knitted Bliss, yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co., Loft.

The yarn I used for this scarf is a lace weight hand dyed yarn that is a blend of mohair and silk, dyed by the independent American yarn artist Krida Collins.

Generally I don’t knit scarfs, and I’m a little intimidated by lace weight yarns since I’m a slow knitter. I always prefer to knit sweaters, and I don’t wear many accessories. This one is an exception. I loved this yarn so much that I decided to devote my time and to make something nice out of it.  And it was a long process. It took me a whole summer of knitting (in the air condition of course) to finish this scarf.

The design is a beautiful lace pattern, not very complicated but you need to focus and be attentive not to mess the pattern. Until than I didn’t have the courage to knit a lace pattern (probably based on some unsuccessful attempts many years ago). Knitting this scarf slowly and patiently was a great lesson for me and also strengthened my confidence in my abilities. I’m very proud of this delicate scarf and I think it’s one the most beautiful garments I own.

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This week I made a gauge and cast on for a new sweater: Spring Lines pattern by La Maison Rililie.  So a new WIP was born.

One thought on “SLOW FASHION OCTOBER, week 3: LOVED

  1. It’s always so amazing to go back over your knits and evaluate how much you actually wear them- and I’m so happy that Nashira is one of them! You’ve made some beautiful things.

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