I just walked through the TV room when somebody on some show like “What Not To Wear” was telling his victim that “That sort of dress makes you look like you have a waist.” Reminds me of the compliment I got from my mother by phone yesterday when I sent her a few pictures of myself in my newly completed “Flicca” coat (designed by the remarkable Anna Bell of My Fashionable Life).
“I love your coat ~ it makes you look like you’ve lost weight.”
“Well, I haven’t.”
“Then you should wear it all the time because it makes you look like you have.”
I know she meant well, but, well, I’ve long since come to terms with my weight, something I guess my mom will never do, and I’m not trying to lose ~ or even look like I have. Anyway, here’s the coat. What do you think?
Now, I love this coat. I made it with RYC Soft Tweed in slate blue, and it didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would. Despite the yarn’s bulk (3 sts to the inch), it’s amazingly lightweight, so wearing the coat is a dream, even in Savannah, which hardly has any winter at all.
This is my other recent creation, “Dinah” from Rowan 42, made in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk and GGH Soft Kid instead of the called for Rowan Wool Cotton and Kidsilk Haze.
This is my absolute favorite garment I’ve ever made. I was drawn to the beautiful, completely coincidental matching of the two yarns made by two different companies, and when I found out the gauges on both worked with the pattern, it was mine! I just loved working on this sweater ~ both yarns are so nice to stitch with. Then I set about to find a ribbon to match ~ good luck. I picked the silk satin one from M&J Trim and ordered it, sure it wouldn’t even be close to the color it was on my monitor. As you can see, it’s a perfect match. I was thrilled.
SOME ETSY FAVORITES
Seller Treehouse28‘s wonderful custom clothing, priced right and so perfect for my life, in comfy knits.
I am crrrrazy for this over-the-top crocheted dress by Pink Willow Designs. It makes me think of all the wonderful times I’ve had in the islands, gets me in the mood for spring and summer like nothing else I’ve seen lately, and ~ to be honest ~ sets the wheels turning for how I can turn out a knockoff for myself (sorry, Pink Willow).
And these fabulous Valentines from the frantic meerkat. I bought the first for my daughter (who just finished studying evolution vs. intelligent design, etc.) and the second for my husband, who is just wonderful and will get it.
AND NOW …
I’m off to JoAnn’s to pick up a few items to complete something I’ll share with you next time.