This girl and her closet are killing me. The beautiful sweaters and tunics. The mix-and-match-plaid tops. That killer olive raincoat with the grommets! All of it handmade. She is known only as “Z” (or by her Ravelry name, grimfrosties!) and lately I’ve been stalking her blog, Quixotic Thread, waiting for more garments to appear. Z has amazing knitting and sewing skills, great taste in patterns, and a knack for subtle but meaningful mods, whether it’s reshaping a neckline or adding those aforementioned grommets. I feel like she could single-handedly transform North America’s idea of what homemade clothes look like.
Z, more please!
1. Black Linen Tova, from the popular Wiksten pattern
2. Nude Beaubourg, a modification of the Julie Hoover pattern
3. Exeter, faithfully knitted to the Michele Wang pattern
4. Perfect Plaid, adapted from a pattern in the book Sew U
5. Lattice Top, from the Purl Bee’s Cap Sleeve Lattice Top pattern
6. Ubiquitous Olive Jacket, adapted from the Built By Wendy pattern Simplicity 3694
What did you do during the blizzard, Northeasterners? Thea Colman (aka BabyCocktails) was “playing around” and cranked out these gorgeous fair isle mitts. But I needn’t be quite so jealous — she says a pattern will follow.
(Guess I better fire up that YouTube video the lovely Nicole pointed me to since I’m already running color scenarios in my mind.)
I make it a habit to show other people’s design and modification work here in various contexts, but I’ve been wanting a routine way to simply highlight the beautifully made Finished Objects of others. So today I’m kicking off a new little recurring item called (unoriginally, I’m sure) FO Sightings. And I’m happy to have Kent Turman’s permission to start with some of his recent, spectacular hats.
Clockwise from top left, they are:
- R S F knitted in Rowan Scottish Tweed // pattern is “Felted Shetland Beret” by Churchmouse Yarns, to which Kent added a silk I-cord edge after having felted and blocked the hat
- C E M knitted in Cascade Yarns Eco Cloud // pattern is “Mock Rib Watch Cap” by Tanis Gray, to which Kent added a little extra polish by doubling the brim
- C 2 M knitted in Cascade 220 Heathers // pattern is Moss Stitch Beret by Kent
- R C C knitted in Rowan Cocoon // pattern is also Kent’s own (unavailable! dammit), my personal favorite, which Kent describes as “Simple I-cord earflap hat w/ twisted rib brim and Yeti buttons” — I want it!
Don’t ask me what his project names mean. I’m sure there’s an intriguing system at work, but I didn’t want to pry.
If you’re on Ravelry (and if not, why not?), be sure to friend Kent and follow his work.