- Kamicha, September 28th, 2008, in about my patterns, finished, my style, work in progress
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I’m not sure why writing patterns has been so difficult for me lately. Partially I might have some problems with high standards, I’d like my commercial patterns to be perfect. Other obstacle might just be that I’m such a rookie in pattern writing and everything goes on quite slow.
But something is coming out soon, really! Ophicleide has been in test knitting, I want to thank my two lovely test knitters for the first time public right now! But will get back to that later… Ophicleide pattern will include two sleeve options, the short pouf sleeve of the original and gently gathered 3/4 length version. Then I have two sock patterns coming out, the first will be Harlequin socks, second one will be a pattern for these:
Another sock is still on progress. I quite like both of these patterns. They produce socks that are thin enough to use in fitting winter boots (my usual use for handknitted socks), but I’m quite sure that people who like to show off their handknitted socks will find the patterns interesting enough.
My bookmark scarf is finished – and I love it!
Some knits I do just for pure knitting fun. When my friend fell in love with the Butterfly Dress, it was enough encouragement for me to begin the second one. Luxurious material, that is pleasant to knit (hmm, I’m not saying a thing about frogging, though), playing with hundreds of lovely little glass beads, delightful lace border and well thought finishing works made this one of my favourite projects of all time – from the process knitter’s view. I got also a good reason to get to know Garnstudios kid mohair – silk blend.
I like vintage clothes and visit flea markets quite often. I tend to avoid those second hand boutiques – yes the selections ale usually great but the expertise for picking the clothes usually raises the prices. And one thrill on buying used clothes for me is to find excellent bargains, quality clothes in very low prices. Recently I found this lovely cotton velvet vintage skirt from the neighborhood charity shop. It looks like it has been used only couple of times – and the size is just right. I hesitated a bit of the length of the skirt and thought about shortening it a bit – but now when I have played around with it a bit I’m totally seduced by its vintage charm, and I’m afraid that that charm has lot to do with that conservative length.
If I had a lighter build on the top of my body, I would love this skirt with black fitted thin wool turtleneck, broad belt on waist and some simple black pumps.
I have always loved the flea markets, but don’t buy from them often. That is probably so, because I have some simple rules for myself for buying second hand. I seek for clothes and accessories that have really good materials and are well made. They should be in excellent shape and right size for me. I’m afraid that a cheap piece would not inspire me for large adjustment work – and probably I’m right. I wish so badly that I had this kind of discipline for all clothes and acessory shopping…
It is sort of sad to see that overall quality of secondhand clothes is getting gradually poor. Of course the best ones are always picked to vintage boutiques, but it is amazing to see piles and piles of 5-15 years old clothes that are made with uninviting materials (90’s viscose dresses and skirts, polyester stretch trousers, suits and skirts, nylon sportswear) and poor craftsmanship.
I guess that this skirt will be one of my favourite finds. I photographed two other second hand jewels with it, a small snakeskin bag I found from the lovely outside flea market of Hietalahdenranta (a must visit for Helsinki visitors in summer) and a short dyed rabbit fur – it cost me 10 euros… Side note: I really don’t want to encourage fur usage overall, fur farms are not good places for animals. But I would like to encourage second hand fur usage, the material lasts well for 2-3 generations and is 100% biodegradable.