one of my main plans before i got distracted by the nice weather was do do up a collection of interesting knits in bright, coordinating colors, and to finish them alabama-chanin-style. i went straight for this insane coral/pink/red/orange when i saw it on the bolt at mood because, unusual as it sounds, it actually went with a lot of what i was working on (like the black speckled knit i have it paired with in the photo).
also, as you may recall, most of the fabric i’ve been buying this year has been meant to interpret some of what i call my “house” inspirations. that is, i’ve been wanting to celebrate some of the colors and textures i surround myself with at my house in the catskills. and this color hits top of the chart in that category.
so, i knew straightaway that i wanted this insane almost-orange-red and that i wanted to do it as a copelia cardigan from papercut patterns. i’ve written before about papercut patterns and have made up several josephine Ts with a fair bit of success, but i had specific ideas for this one. namely, my plan to leave all of the edges raw and stitch them down by hand using a parallel whipstitch.
i especially like that on this fabric because you can see all of the different textures it has to offer: smooth and washed out, saturated with streaks of yellow. i used up an extremely old stash of variegated DMC floss (how old? try 8th grade) to go around every seam except the sleeves.
i just think it adds some cool visual interest to an otherwise basic wardrobe staple.
ok, i say “basic wardrobe staple”, but i don’t mean that in a bad way. i think this is one of those patterns where you make it up a few times and then it becomes a go-to in all different kinds of knits because it is so easy to wear. i’d love to follow in lauren’s footsteps, for example, and make it up in something luxe and warm for fall/winter.
and then, just because it is friday: a cat picture.
any good plans this weekend? i need to plant a blueberry, but other than that i am going to catch up on some movie watching and maybe even finish a few WIPs. that or fix the blocked drain in my kitchen!