Episode 34: Stitching Over the Days

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Ravelry Group – Stitching Over the Days

Finished Objects:

Honeysuckle by Marie Wallin

Lawrenson by Lily Kate France

Butterick 5466

Works-In-Progress/Future Projects:

Angharad the Donkey

Caitlin the Giraffe

Traigh by Jade Starmore

What I’m Wearing:

Lawrenson Sweater

Butterick 5895


Kim Hargreaves Along Winners Update

Rowan Spring/Summer Trunk Show

Rowan Spring Trunk Show 2020

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Wow. I’m actually inspired to write a proper blog post. It’s been years.

Let me tell you about a story about an amazing local yarn store. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Rowan yarns and their designers. Whenever there is a new yarn or new trunk show, I make it to the shop as soon as possible. Due to the pandemic, seeing the new Spring/Summer 2020 trunk show was not going to happen…or so I thought. Liz, the owner of Luna Lola (Columbia, SC), contacted me. She told me that she could bring the trunk show to me (curbside, of course) and that I could keep it for a few days! What did I do to deserve such special people and treatment? But hey, I’m not complaining. Lol! Seriously, I am beyond grateful and this really made my week.

Now, let me share the perks of having a trunk show at home. While I quite enjoy seeing the samples at the store, I always feel hesitant and shy to ask the staff to take pics of me in the garments. I also never try on the garments as long as I want because I’m always thinking that I may overdo it. (This is all in my head. I know.) Well, wearing the garments at home gave me the opportunity to try it on with different wardrobe pieces. I was able to do numerous twirls in the mirror. Then, I started thinking…”Ohh, I could do a quick Look Book and take some photos.” Then, I was like…”Even better, would be a video so you can remember how it looked at every angle.” So, I did just that!

Now, I enjoy clothes. This has always been the case. I remember in high school every night I would try on up to 10 outfits and do twirls for my baby sis, April. She always indulged and gave me her honest input. She still laughs to this day about those nights. So, I thought I’d share the random thought process that goes through my head when trying out clothes…

Rowan Spring Show Initial Thoughts:

  • Why don’t I make more shawls/wraps? The Sartre shawl feels like a cloud and drapes beautifully. The Samana wrap is gorgeous, but quite thick and heavy. Definitely a Fall/Winter piece for me.
  • I’m still craving a bright Palermo top–despite making a neutral version. I just knew that yellow color was going to be divine.
  • Surprisingly, I’m really digging the striped tank. It’s a different shape for me. Will I feel naked with my back out???
  • I always feel short in dusters. (I actually wore heels for the pictures just to feel taller.) If I were to make this, I would shorten it significantly.
  • The Hans tunic is gorgeous. However, I’m not a tunic person. I would lengthen by 2 inches and wear as a dress with one of my short slips underneath.
  • The Tracy tank is calling to me. But, what about the matching cardigan? I have yet to make a twinset…
  • Yes. I’m going to try on the men’s cardigan because I’m a sucker for Softyak DK paired with cables. Also, I want to see how this shade of blue looks against my complexion.
  • I don’t want to mess up my hair, so I’m not trying on the hat. Very pretty colors.

Details of the samples:

  • ┬áPalermo by Lisa Richardson, Rowan Issue 67
  • 006 Striped Tank by Chloe Thurlow, Mode Collection Two
  • Tracy and Hepburn by Arne and Carlos, Rowan Issue 67
  • Hans by Grace Jones (nee Melville), Rowan Issue 67
  • 007 Longline Cardigan by Georgia Farrell, Mode Collection Two
  • Sartre by Georgia Farrell, Rowan Issue 67
  • Samana Wrap by Martin Storey, Rowan Island Blend Fine
  • Lee by Martin Storey, Rowan Cape Bay
  • Haida Hat by Lisa Richardson, Rowan Island Blend Fine