3500 yards

May 24, 2013

That’s a lot of yarn…a lot of knitting. Before the heat of summer rolls in it might be a good time to re-start the sweater I had begun to think about last Summer for last Winter. My intentions were good but, you know, life happens and some things just need to be put on hold. A  birthday gift of the materials required  for this project is just what was needed to get things kick-started. On your mark…get set…Copy of Oak4Foak_swatch_stxFadjstoakswatch2F

On Deck

October 27, 2012

OK…it’s getting cooler, downright chilly some days.  I don’t relish the thought of pulling out a winter coat…at least not yet. My favorite fall/winter garment of all time was a Jean-Paul Castelbajac ribbed cashmere sweater layered under a Merino knit vest with a channel quilted woven front. Both pieces were a tonal combination of winter white ( which was a look I had adopted for many winters before I crossed over to the dark side). There was nothing like it…lighter than a coat and warmer than warm…and I wore it …and wore it ….and I wore it. Now I think it might be time to resurrect some incarnation of that sweater for the cooler months ahead. But, darker this time. I was inspired by the this Rick Owens piece that brought to mind my earlier favorite so I set to researching an appropriate fiber, testing a swatch for gauge, weight and texture…and consulted my panel of experts. I think it’s a go… as soon as California Dreamin II is off the sticks.

Halfway Home

September 24, 2012

Ninety thousand stitches in…ninety thousand more to go. As my friend C reminded me, this project is a marathon, not a sprint. No fatigue, no cramping…no wall in site.