The latest issue of Handwoven is out, and they’ve issued their Garment Challenge for this year. The theme is sleeveless garments – vests, capes, ponchos, ruanas, etc. – and I’m cursing the timing because I have the perfect pattern, one that I was planning to use with the black-and-garnet Celtic braid fabric, and I simply haven’t got time to make it up. Deadline for entry is April 1, and I’m fully booked on Autumn Splendor until at least mid-February. Six weeks, sadly, isn’t enough time to weave, fit, and sew a garment, at least not to my standards.
But just for kicks, the pattern I was thinking of making up is Vogue 8674:
It looks like it has sleeves, but it doesn’t! It’s a cape over a vest, and would be absolutely perfect for the Garment Challenge. (And, it’s something I’d make up anyway.) Which is why I’m so disappointed that I won’t be able to enter.
But, alas, one can’t do everything.
Meanwhile, I have finished knitting one blank for Autumn Splendor. Three more to go; I’m targeting completing one per day, finishing up on Thursday, so I can have another dye-fest on Friday (which I have off for Christmas). It’s possible I might take Thursday off as well – depends on how work is going.
Off to work on the book! I have been reading The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, and it is giving me all sorts of ideas for organization and tone. But at this point, I think the most important thing is to quit organizing and write. So that’s what I’ll do for the next hour or so.