What is it about Tom Scott that captures my attention? Whoever would think to take the traditional cardigan, flip it around, and call it fashionable? Tom Scott! AND, whoever would think to design a garment that is knitted from the bottom to the top, but is supposed to be worn sideways? You would think that designing a sweater would be challenging enough, but Tom Scott clearly takes it to the next level. Here, you can see what I mean.
Finally and finished! This has been on my mind since turning the page of that exquisite Vogue Knitting Magazine Issue, way back in the Spring of 2013. Smitten with this Tom Scott beauty and Tom Scott’s designs, in general, I ordered the yarn immediately thinking that the yarn and my working it up was just around the corner. Well, you’ve already heard the saga of the yarn purchase and it is now a year and a half later and I’m just now posting the finished garment. As they say, better late than never. I do love this piece and glad I stuck to my guns in seeing it to fruition. I tend to fall in love and commit to a project without reading the how-tos and where-fors FIRST to see if the project is actually feasible. Rather, I tend to say to myself, “Whatever it takes…”. So, the first thing I noticed when I actually decided to READ the directions is that the entire piece is knitted in the round. UGH. Most of you probably love that however, …
I am not sure if this post ought to be called A Guide on Gauge or Gauge Guiding. In either case, I have become a huge fan of knitting up gauges! To the uninformed, the process of taking time to work up a gauge might seem like an unnecessary and/or optional step in working up a hand knit.
Unlikely knitting collectible two become one in pursuit of an image planning, traveling, reflecting enjoying the experience without whom are separate. Unlikely knitting collectible dear friends reunite after many years sharing in fashion once again they may look like twins. Unlikely knitting collectible suggestion made professional keynote speaker was that my name? in time of comfort and sorrow and she doesn’t even know.
Now, the question becomes who thought of this motto first, VK or me? The motto I am now seeing heading the instruction pages in recent issues of Vogue Knitting: plan, make, finish, wear has been my mantra for the last 35 years or so whether it be in knitting or sewing (my personal predecessor to hand knitting). I have always aimed to wear what I make and I do!
It began with the yarn this time, which for me, is very unusual; beautiful Rowan Felted Tweed DK mostly in navy and a variety of other colors that were in my stash. I have quite a collection of this yarn due to sales, left over from projects, and some from projects that have been reconsidered. And recently, I’ve made a concerted effort to deal with some of these balls of yarn that have been hanging around now for some time. So, I set out looking for a pattern that involved multiple colors and, of course, would work up to gauge. Figuring it was Rowan yarn, I set upon looking for a Rowan pattern predicting I would have quite the choice. And, I suppose stripes were on my mind as I have been noticing an abundance of striped projects recently flowing through on Ravelry. Of course, fair isle lurked as a possibility, as well. When I saw Julia Frank‘s short row pullover with a 70’s graphic theme, I knew that my search was over.
This could easily be a three part series: storage of yarn as part one, the management of the process of work(s) in progress, and the final ‘keeping site’ of finished projects. And, for me it is that final step in this series that is capturing my attention as the number of successful finished projects continues to grow.