Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rolling in Clover

Just a quick post to tell you about the loot that arrived by post for me today (Peeps, when it rains, it pours :-) Speaking of which, I bought a camel-coloured, short rain cape a few days ago, on sale, at Banana Republic - I tried to find a photo but (of course, it being big box) I couldn't... It may be part of that Mad Men line. It's definitely retro. And, though I rarely go into BR, I found it by accident about a month ago and waited patiently for it to go on sale for half price! It's got an internal belt, the only cape style that works on me - but man, it works well. Sidebar out.

Getting back to the loot that arrived... have a look at two books that my knitting enabler suggested for me:

Knitting it Old School by Stitchy McYarnpants (HILARIOUS author name)

Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel (the woman who does the excellent Craftsy course)

Then there's the Clover Pants pattern:

I know, this is sewing gold! And I've already read through the instructions, which are outrageously clear. I do think it's excellently presented in all ways. Of course, I haven't made them yet so I can't speak to the finished product, but I am so impressed by Colette Patterns and by Sewaholic Patterns. These women-crafter-owned companies design great garments and present them in a way that's so relevant.

Finally, I'll end with a shot of a sweater that's got me excited! I was alerted to it by my other knitting enabler:

This is the When Sampson Met Lila pattern and it's free!

C'mon, is that not SO me?! Alas, I've already got another sweater and 6 scarves lined up first. But next time I buy yarn, it's for this baby.


  1. You wanna make me the when Sampson met Lila sweater? And in that color combination? ;-) So jealous of your hauls, very cool stuff. :-)

  2. I would sure like to see more fitted knits! All I see online are these big slouchy sweaters...not my style!

  3. Yep! You're well and truly hooked! Always happy to enable another addiction, especially if it's to knitting.

  4. Lovely treats. That last sweater is absolutely beautiful.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your Clover. The more different bodies I see it on the better idea I'll get of if it will work for me. I may at some point develop an interest in making pants. Maybe.

  5. Yep, that sweater is definitely you! And both books are fabulous. I've knitted a few gifts from Knitting It Old School, but nothing for myself (yet) and I love, love, love Fitted KNits, although I've not knitted anything yet. I just look at it and plan to knit things.

    I have knitted patterns by Stefanie Japel though and just dawned on me that I never blogged a one of them. Oh well, they are all gone now, passed on after my shrink-spell.

  6. I can definitely picture you wearing When Sampson met Lila. It's really gorgeous.

  7. CGC: You've heard of the Selfish Seamstress. I'm the Selfish Knitter! But you have to make it - or hire someone :-)

    WendyB: If I can highlight all home crafting resources that promote fit, I will have done my job!

    F: Hooked, hahaha (get it!)

    Sera: I'm really looking forward to seeing them too :-) Stay tuned.

    M: I love the sailor sweater from Knitting it Old School! Stefanie is amazing. I think her promotion of fit is a public service.

    Susan: It would look awesome on you too!