Our local schools went back last week, there’s a chill in the air, and despite the fact that it’s been years since my schedule was ruled by the academic calendar it’s hard to shake the idea that this is a time for freshly sharpened pencils, smart clothes, and new beginnings.
As a knitter, even one who knits all year, this feels like the start of the real knitting season. Fall patterns are starting to appear, notably the fifth anniversary of Twist Collectiveand Brooklyn Tweed’s menswear collection. A large part of my weekend was spent working on a cosy new pullover. Are you excited about new projects? What are you making (or planning)?
Things have been rather quiet here, despite the back to school feeling, we’re working hard on the final stages of a big project that’s been more than a year in the making. I’m looking forward to sharing more about that soon, and to completing it, to create space for new things. In the meantime, back to work.
The sweater I’m wearing here is a purchased one, from Iceland based Farmer’s Market. It would be easy to recreate something similar using my recently published Strokkur pattern though. I’d go for a bit of negative ease, cast on the number of stitches for the chest, and work the body straight for about 11-12″. The neckband, in soft smooth Merino, is an excellent idea for people who find Lopi too rough for such a sensitive spot.
Introducing the first in an ongoing series of guest posts. I'm honoured that we're beginning with this vital letter from Emi Ito.
Emi has been outspoken about the cultural appropriation of the kimono in fashion and has helped many makers and designers find a less hurtful approach to naming their patterns and products.