While sewing is my first love, knitting comes a close second. The best thing about knitting is that it is very portable. I can knit while watching TV with my hubby, I can knit in a coffee shop with friends, and I can knit while traveling.
Two good friends and I wanted something that we could do together on a regular basis, and we decided to learn to knit. That was almost exactly 10 years ago and all three of us are quite experienced knitters now…and one of us (not me) even raises alpacas and has her own yarn shop. Definitely the over achiever among us. We are so proud of her!
In the middle of the table of fabric that I picked out to create my Chicago capsule is yarn representing the knitted items I’d like to have included. This is all Madeline Tosh yarn – one of my favorites. The pink is the color Pop Rocks and the aqua is Button Jar Blue.
My favorite sweater pattern is Boxy by Joji Locatelli. If you look this very popular pattern up, you’ll see that it is a boxy fit sweater that is supposed to be very oversized. I started my first one as written, but quickly decided that I didn’t want that much positive ease. So instead of the normal medium or large size I usually knit, I did the math and created an XXS size that gave me the amount of ease I desired.
I’ve knit two Boxys so far. One in a merlot color yarn, and one in Pop Rocks shown below that will be part of my Chicago wardrobe. What I love about this sweater is the slightly cropped boxy shape that layers well over dresses and separates. And this color. It pops over black & white, doesn’t it?!
I also have a Boxy in progress in the aqua color (Button Jar Blue); however it may be next spring before that one is ready to wear. I’m a good knitter, but not a fast one. Here is a picture of my progress to-date.
If you knit and aren’t familiar with the Boxy pattern, I’d encourage you to take a look. It’s easy to find on Ravelry.com. Ravelry is self-described as “a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and patterns information, and to look to others for ideas and inspiration.”
I love being able to add knitted items to my wardrobe.
Bye for now! More sewing progress next time.
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