Work That Body...aka Stockinette Section

Hello all! How’s your sweater coming along? I’ve moved on from joining the front and back hems and am about 4-5cm away from being done with my stockinette section. I often find that when I get to a large section of stockinette, my knitting pace slows down quite a bit when it’s being worked in the round. It’s such a beautiful stitch, don’t get me wrong. It creates a wonderful fabric. But often, only doing that knit stitch over and over for a bit can be somewhat of a knitting desert for me…but meditative and relaxing for others. What’s your pace like as you work through sections of stockinette? Do you love it? Is it where you feel most comfortable? Or are you waiting anxiously for that great diamond stitch motif that’ll be coming up on the bodice?

Adjusting Body Length

I’ve also decided to add a few more cm to the body length on mine, since I have a longer torso. Since I’m making the size 2, I’m going to knit until it measures 18 cm from the end of the ribbed hem, instead of her noted 15cm. I wanted to make sure it hits the right spot on my hips, so I measured the full length from the midpoint of my back shoulder straight down to the point on my hipline where I want the sweater to fall. The back length of the sweater for size 2 is 51 cm total, which stopped a bit too high on my hips. I don’t want it creeping up all the time. Haha! So I decided to add 3 more cm, which put it right at a great length for my longer torso. Rie made it so easy to change the body length within this stockinette section! Any of you making changes to body length? Shortening or lengthening? Do you use a dress from when you’re working on sweaters? I often do when I’m working top down, but it’s more difficult with bottom-up sweaters.

A Few Slow Fashion October Thoughts

Karen Templer, over at Fringe, has created such a wonderful event for makers to participate in during October for the past 4 years. I am in awe of the way she is able to thoughtfully organize her wardrobe, sewing projects and knitting projects and then also inspire all of us to do the same. One of the reasons I wanted us to all work on the Oldies sweater together during October, was because of this event. It could be a way for us all to participate in our way in something that helps us to slow down just a bit and think about where our “things” come from.

In the fall season, in the old days, was harvest time as well as a time for day to day work to begin to slow down a bit. As winter settled in, people would dye wool from their sheep herds and spin it to be able to make sweaters over the cold winter days when they couldn’t be working outside. Often, they’d also weave fabric, then sew it to make new clothing to replace what had worn out from the year before. The cold earth outside meant that there was time to nurture the things that can take place inside. The art of making was a necessary part of life, not just a “hobby” craft.

When I sit down with my needles, I love to think about the fact that I’m connecting with a tradition that is ages old. It is something that is valuable, and we are creating things that can be passed along as heirlooms, or (hopefully) worn for years and years. We can support the farmers down the road by purchasing their wool to make hats and blankets with. We can nurture our family my interweaving love and care into the items that we spend time making for them. I feel that it can only inevitably help our environment, as well, to support local agriculture and slow craft processes rather than large, industrial scaled methods. What are your thoughts on the idea of a slower, maker-artist focused fashion culture, rather than fast-fashion?

This Week’s Prize Winners!

We have two lovely prize winners this week! @aspellofwinter who has already completed a stunning sapphire blue version of Oldies and @ciaorin555 who has shown us a photo of our Madder Root colorway swatch as they are beginning their project! Congrats you guys!!! For this week’s prize, you’re each receiving a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Nutmeg Fibers. Prizes for some of the other weeks of our KAL are sponsored by Eylul Yarns and Rie Vive! I’ll be sending info to you, if you’ve won, on how to redeem your prize!

Your action points for this week:

  • Try to get through the following sections:

    • Stockinette stitch of the body

    • Increase in the stockinette stitch

    • Separate Front and back

  • Let us know on instagram or here in the comments below that you’re participating! Tag photos of your work with #oldiesKAL or #nutmegKAL so I can find them and have you in the mix for our prizes next week!

  • If you’re just beginning this week, don’t worry! Just work at your own pace.

  • Let us know if you had trouble getting through this section for this next week. Was it too much? It was a bit of a rigorously paced section, with most of the whole body being worked on, but I think WE CAN DO IT!!!

  • In coordination with Slow Fashion October, comment below on why you enjoy the slow fashion process that is knitting. I’d love to hear a bit from you guys about this!