I'm a sucker for Jannette's Rare Yarns' special offers. I don't always order when she sends out her emails, but occasionally I do succumb, and about a month and a half ago, I ordered three different colors of Kidsilk Aura because it was on super-special and it has been discontinued.
The first color I got was Ochre; when it arrived I was surprised to find that it wasn't what I consider ochre at all, but more of a light pumpkin. Which is fine with me! I made a list of all the things I could make with it, and finally settled on a Kim Hargreaves pullover called Aislin.
Now, I'm a big Kim Hargreaves fan. If I could only sew one designer's patterns for the rest of my life, it would be Colette Patterns; if I could only knit one designer's knitwear, it would be Kim Hargreaves. But peplums are just not my thing. Probably no big surprise, given that my hips are 2 sizes larger than my waist. Who wants to emphasize that?
But I really loved the neckline of this sweater. So I decided to knit it straight without the flouncy bits.
And I like it quite a bit!
You may notice by my hairdo that I photographed this one on the same day as my 1958 sweater! I'm wearing this sweater with a silk scarf I made with hand-rolled edges, following a tutorial on Sarai's blog a couple years ago, right around the time she put out her very first patterns. I really like the scarf and don't have a whole lot to wear it with, so I'm glad that it goes very nicely with this sweater. It's a really lovely printed silk crepe I got from - you guessed it! - Vogue Fabrics, soon after we moved here. This is two widths sewn together at the selvedge:
And then hand-rolled at the edges:
It was really tedious to do, and made my hand cramp, but I'm really happy with the result.
And that's the last of the finished items for 2011. Onward and upward to 2012!