Monday, April 3, 2023

Tweeds Paired with Plaids

This year has been incredibly rainy (by California standards, at least), and on rainy days, I have a really difficult time figuring out what to put on my body before leaving the house.  This is most likely due to a lack of practice.  And I suspect that the large number of dreary and wet days in the last few months has contributed to the number of easy to wear sweaters that have appeared in my wardrobe in those same months.

Don't feel like getting out of bed?  or even dressed?  Just throw on a sweater and skirt!

At least, that's what I've been doing. 

Turtlenecks have also become a very popular choice for me.  Not only have I been making quite a few of these cozy wardrobe stables, but I also have been pulling out all of the purchased turtlenecks that I own to wear on a frequent basis.

At this point do I have enough pinky, purple, and maroon toned knits to last a lifetime?  Probably.  But I keep making more.

I should probably take a good look at my existing skirts and take inventory of other possible colors that would be fun to add to the mix, but it seems that every time I purchase yarn, it's inevitably the purple and pink tones that are added to my cart.

Or maybe it's just a sign that I know what I like . . .

But however I got here, I am very pleased with the way this knitting project turned out.

And I would not be surprised if I decided to make another version of this pattern.  A black turtleneck would definitely be a welcome addition to my Winter wardrobe . . . but for now, I am very excited about diving into more Spring or Summer related sewing and/or knitting.  And hopefully that will bring on the warmer temperatures that I keep expecting to manifest out of the cold, windy, and rainy days.  I see polka dots in my future, and if that doesn't bring on the sunshine, I don't know what will!

Sweater:  Made by me, "Quiet Reflection" from Encyclopedia of Knitting
Skirt:  Made by me, Vogue 2902
Shoes:  Via Spiga "Unit"
Earrings:  Nicky Butler


  1. Hi Laura, I found your blog years ago and at the time did not sew much at all, but now I have been sewing and been bitten by the bug to sew all my own clothes. And I have a few questions, for instance, since the closing of Fabric dot com, where do you buy Hug Snug now? And what are some of your favorite fabric retailers, or is that like asking a fisherman for his favorite fishinghole? Do you have a few favorite sewing books? I have ordered some books on couture techniques, and I have some basics, but it is always fun having a peek at others'. I was born and grew up in the US and find it hard to find supplies here. Hug Snug here is sold at close to $6 per meter, which when I googled it, seems to be sold at about $4 per 100 meters in the states. So, that is why the nosy questions. I have a mother who lives there and she is always looking for Christmas and birthday gifts to send me. And if any of these appeal as blog posts, I am willing to wait! All the best and thank you, Lynne

    1. I am not over the fact that HugSnug has been discontinued. Boo. Hiss. It happened a few years ago, as far as I can tell. There is a substitute rayon seam binding in 100 yard rolls, but it's a bit stiffer and slightly narrower, which is pretty easy to find online ( sells it, among others). I have been using it for some projects as my stash of the real stuff gets smaller, and it definitely works, but I prefer the original. As for fabric, I really do try to use what I have, which is a significant amount! I have picked up some treasures from estate sales over the years. There really aren't that many options around these parts. Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley, CA has some special fabric, but I don't get to the East Bay that often. "Sewing Made Easy" by Mary Lynch is one of my favorite sewing books that was released quite a few times. I have an early 1960s version. It has a whole lot of information, although it doesn't dig as deep as some of the books related to more specific things like couture, or tailoring, etc. I should go through my library more often; I don't utilize it as much as I could, even though I love books! Happy sewing, Lynne!