The Difference a Month Makes

Hi everyone! It’s been an incredibly long hiatus since my last post, and I wish I had a better reason other than to point at the pesky thing that always gets in my way: life. Feeble of a reason as it may be, I’m back, with so many things I’m incredibly excited to share.

I’ll now be keeping this humble little blog updated biweekly. I’d like a better record for myself of my own thought and decision making processes when working on new designs. I’m a person who has a full-time job dealing in the currency of image making, more simply put, a newspaper photographer, and writing feels like working a long atrophied muscle. Here’s to getting back it.

Since I last posted, I’ve got a new sweater pattern called Marcellus publishing from Quince in the following month. I’ll be sharing more images from the sweater later in the following days, but if anyone is here who didn’t see it on instagram, here’s what it looks like:

My sample is knit with Lark in the Iceland colorway, and I’m currently fighting the urge to immediately cast on another once the pattern is live. Karen from Fringe Association wrote a post about black fiber last week, and it had me foaming at the mouth to cast on another Marcellus with Quince’s Lark in Sabine. It’s a nice heathery black, something you could still see stitch definition in, and I’m carving out time next year for one. 

Some quick notes about the pattern, it’s a seamed (ergh) set in sleeve (gah, I know) cabled sweater, with a simple honeycomb + braid cable front and back panel. Moss stitch separates the cables and provides a nice texture to balance the weight of the honeycomb. I truly wrestled with the construction of the sweater when I was sketching out the design. I know a knit flat set-in sleeve sweater, not to mention one with cables, is not the easiest way to put a pullover together. The purpose of this sweater, for me, was to make something I could pull out as a silvery dame with white hair down to my waist, and show whoever will listen to my knitting rambling. I made this. I wanted to make something with longevity. As a caveat, this thought process was without an iota of disrespect to top-down, seamless, or raglans. I have a closet full, and I love every one of them. Er, if I don't, it's definitely my knitting and not the seams' fault. I hope I can pull those out too when I’m an older woman. There’s something about seams, though, especially in my shoulder area, and I wanted the neckline to stay just as it was the day I cast it off. Or, probably more realistically, a year or two after I cast off. I can’t wait to share more about my design process as I get closer to the release date.