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A Sweater for Me

This one is mine.

For all the time I spend making things, very little ever gets made (or mended) for me.  I may sew for a living, but my wardrobe is riddled with holes, frayed cuffs, and is frequently held together with safety pins.  In what was quite a departure for me, as well as an excercise in discipline, I decided to both knit down my stash and be the beneficiary of the enterprise.

My sweater is off the needles, though yet to be blocked— and it needs it.  It is something of a bastardization of the beautiful Hiro pattern.  I used inappropriate yarn, lengthened the cuffs and added thumb holes, widened the collar, eliminated any waist shaping.  I still plan on adding pockets, but I haven’t decided where  or what style yet.  I made it ridiculously large to wear cross country skiing over leggings finished just in time for — ummm— spring.

I'm a big fan of thumb holes.

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Guess That Color

avocado wool

I’ve been having a hankering for some color work knitting lately.  Just to mix things up, I think.  And me being me, I was suddenly possessed by the need to try my hand at dyeing with natural plant materials.  The web is great for instant gratification, and I quickly dug up everything I needed to know to dive in completely unprepared.  Whims are like that.  Among the list of typical dye suspects of onion skins and beets, there was avocado.  I’m not kidding.  Again, me being me (and it being a darn cold winter), I descended on the compost pile and started chiseling out all the frozen pits and skins I could find.  I didn’t count, but I apparently found enough, because the wool ended up the most lovely shade of muted dusty rose.