Let It Be Known

 

A few missing buttons notwithstanding I'm ready to say... my Epistrophy cardigan is complete! Hurray!

And just in time for our San Francisco summer (think cold gloomy weather)! I've been wearing this cardi nonstop since it came off the blocking board. Thank you, Kate Davies, for an incredible pattern! And thanks to Mary for the yarn! All my project notes (of which there are many) and a few extra photos can be found on my Ravelry page.

 

Aran Weight Sweaters

 

Clockwise from left to right: 1. Wainwright by Bristol Ivy, 2. Dressage by Amy Miller, 3. Samantha by Amy Miller, 4. Parapluie by Hilary Smith Callis, 5. Golden Wheat Cardigan by Veera Välimäki

Now that Epistrophy is almost complete (I know! It's on the blocking board right now!), I'm getting ready to unravel my next sweater for Project No. 8. Unfortunately the aran weight pattern options in my Ravelry Library are rather minimal right now, but I've selected a few that I think might work. Now I just need to unravel, determine the yardage, wash, pick a pattern, and get to knitting!

 

Epistrophy in Progress

 

I am so close to completing Epistrophy! I only have a wee bit of the sleeve left to knit, some blocking, and the button band ribbon to add. Hooray! I finally settled on this adorable tape to cover the steek edges and it should arrive in the next couple weeks (all the way from South Korea!). 

I'll post more pictures and some thoughts on the knitting process when the cardi's 100% complete. Don't be surprised if it's a month from now... that's just how this sweater and I roll. Slowwwww mooootion. My monthly knitting average has gone wayyyy down. Get it together, Kylin!

 

Outlander Knitwear

 

I'm slowly watching the Outlander series and have been surprised--nay, heartened!--by the amount of knitwear on the show!

Today, The Muse published Kelly Faircloth's interview with Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach. Get ready for the inside scoop on the show's knits!

Tell me about the knitwear specifically. Because that was one of the things that stuck out to me. I was watching and thought wow, I need a giant cowl scarf, which is not something I usually say to myself.
Who knew? It’s so funny that that has garnered the attention that it has. There’s people all over the world madly knitting Claire cowls. And it was literally a spur of the moment decision. She looked cold. All the men are bundled up to their chins and here’s this woman and she’s not covered and we could have put what’s called a fichu on her, which is a linen kerchief that goes around her neck. That didn’t look warm enough. And you’re thinking, she’ll die! And we literally pulled—I don’t even know why I had this piece. Who knows why it was sitting in my office. We pulled this knit cowl out and put it on her and it was like, Oh, there she is.
Then we went back and went Ok, is this a legitimate garment? Can we justify this? So we did a lot of research and there was indeed knitwear. Was it knit in the way that scarf was? Don’t have any research that says it was, don’t have research that says it wasn’t. So we concocted a story that Mrs. Fitz got tired of using regular knitting needles and had the local woodworker make her really big ones and then she made knit stuff for everybody. And I dare anybody to tell me she didn’t do it!
It’s tricky, because we’re not, we didn’t put her synthetics. We didn’t put her in a zipper. We didn’t use velcro. We didn’t use things that did not exist at the time. We used a method and a system that existed and then we tailored it to our needs. And I thought no one would really notice! Oops. You all noticed, and they’re still noticing. For a while there I was like, Please stop noticing, but now I’m OK with it. But we got some heat for it! There’s always people out there who will pick apart pretty much anything because it’s not historically accurate. And we worked really hard to not make a contemporary version of history. So when people got freaked out about the knitwear, it was a little disturbing because it was like, no no no no look at everything else! Don’t just focus on the knitwear!
I think it’s partly that, as gorgeous as those eighteenth century dresses are, it’s really hard to work them into my daily routine. But that scarf I can do!
You can do the cowl.
I was a little nervous about it, but the amount of love it has generated, the fact that there are women who are knitting all of these scarves and cowls based on our show is so touching and so lovely and speaks so much about our fans and who they are and the relationship they have to the material. It’s really quite lovely, and I don’t think twice about it anymore.

Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

 

These Days No. 4

 

We put up some frosted film on the lower portion of our living room windows a couple weeks ago. I'm a wee bit surprised by how much I like it! Our windows look directly down into our neighbor's yard and adding the film brings privacy to our space and to theirs. Win-win!

Prior to the film we had white sheets covering the windows (yeah...). The space has a completely different look and feel now (much more grownup not to mention much more light). 

...Still haven't cleaned the outside of the windows after replacing some of the smaller panes. That last photo brings on the shame!

 

Tape & Trim

 

Project monogamy is a difficult task for this knitter. I've been working on Epistrophy for months now (right?) and despite some obvious progress I still feel so far away from the end goal. To inspire me to keep on keeping on--I'm on the sleeves right now and I firmly dislike knitting sleeves--I'm looking ahead to the finished piece and the super necessary button band tape selection. Kate Davies has some great suggestions for places to find and buy tape on her site and I've assembled an Etsy list of my own below. Not quite sure what I'll be picking for Epistrophy. The cardigan is pink and purple...yikes! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

 

Chasing Light

 

After such a marvelous and warm long-weekend it's been hard to handle the gloomy weather of the past few days. Luckily the forecast shows plenty of sun in the near future! (California, I love thee...)

These "Chasing Light" photos are a few weeks old and hail from warmer/sunnier days. Our apartment is full of white walls and big windows (we are beyond blessed) and the evening light in the South-facing rooms is simply magical. Sometimes I'll be hanging out in the kitchen (the darkest room in our house) and glimpse a triangle of light in our bedroom through the open door. Out comes the camera and a chase to document all the little angles of light popping up throughout the house.