I haven't indulged for a while now, but there it was in the shop at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen last week...the latest edition of Selvedge magazine, and I decided that if you can't undulge in dark dank January then when can you. With its strap line 'The Fabric of Your Life' ...well I'm going to fall for that instantly.
In fact the fabric of my winter has been the warmth of knitting this year. Gifts various made for people various, and the huge pleasure that accompanies wrapping and posting something off to someone knowing you having made it with them in mind, and stitched love and friendship into it. Maybe they are having a tough time, maybe it's just about saying thank you, but there is much to be said for the giving of.
In the background has been the slow-growing hitchhiker scarf...
I bless the day one of you pointed me to this pattern over on Ravelry, the rows now so well-established in my mind that I can almost do it with my eyes shut, but actually whilst being driven or watching TV. Garter stitch but such a clever effect, beautifully enhanced (well I think so) by the very reasonably priced King Cole wool.
Yes, I would love to be doing this in Rowan Kidsilk Haze but at £6 or more for 25gms the cost is prohibitive, I'd be up to £36 worth by now. This is King Cole Riot double knit (£3.99 per 100gms) in shade 401, 30% wool, 70% acrylic, soft enough to snuggle around the neck, and I am now into my second 100g ball and going for the full 42 point 'shawlette'...it won't have cost much more than £6.
Not much knitting in the January edition of Selvedge (if anyone has back issues could you tell me which have good knitting content so that I can catch up) but some interesting articles on historical costume, pattern drafting and dressmaking.
On the home sewing front hooray...Selvedge reveals that The Great British Sewing Bee will be back on TV, and news of a wonderful website and shop for all those notions and some good old fashioned patterns in card rather than tissue paper. Merchant & Mills have a fabulous range of fabrics too, and if someone could go to the shop in Rye (thank you Fran!) and check out the Factory Dress I would be very grateful....just don't tell Lizzie (my style guru) that I am heading back into loose and shapeless, but the thing is it looks like just the sort of multi-purpose garment for summer gardening and all things outdoors. Unfussy and no complicated fastenings which they suggest so often don't go quite right ...agreed ... zips ... buttonholes, many-a disaster in my time...
'In our experience, the classic, simple designs, place emphasis on the cut and silhouette whilst intentionally avoiding detailing and fastenings which can make even the best dress look homemade.'