Knit Dreaming

I’ve been very busy with work knitting over the last few months and have found myself doing an awful lot of daydreaming about what I’ll knit for myself when I have more free time. I’m feeling really excited about doing some selfish knitting soon!

Since watching the Minimalists documentary I’ve been thinking a lot about capsule wardrobes. I love the idea of project 333 where you wear only 33 items for 3 months. Some people seem to then stick with 33 items permanantly – but as a knitter would find it too restrictive as I have approx 30 knitted garments…and I don’t want to get rid of them!

I had a big wardrobe clear-out recently and I’m planning to play the minimalism game in June so I’m sure I’ll clear out more – but I’m starting to feel like I have nothing to wear. I guess I’ve now done the first stage of clearing out the things I never wear and the next step is to make a plan of what my capsule wardrobe should include….and then go shopping/make things to fill the gaps!

I started thinking about a capsule Winter knits and capsule Summer knits wardrobe last year – so with potential selfish knitting time looming I’m very keen to make sure the project I choose to knit next fits in with this.

I have 9 balls of beautiful Rowan Softyak (in teal of course) and this will be perfect for knitting with through the summer. It’s mostly cotton but the yak gives it a lovely soft feel so it’s great to wear for any season – but not too woolly to knit in the garden on a warm day!

Initially I was planning to knit Posee by Marie Wallin – but I’ve decided I will get more wear out of a cardigan so I’ll come back to the jumper section of my capsule wardrobe at a later date.

So then I was very tempted by the gorgeous Bayberry by Sarah Hatton from Rowan Mag 61….but sadly 9 balls isn’t enough.

Then I pretty much settled on Padina by Lisa Richardson. It’s a lovely neat little cardie perfect for summer and I have enough yarn…but simple as it is – I decided I wanted something even simpler! After working on new patterns for the last few months and doing lots of knitting maths, I really want some mundane, simple knitting with vast expanses of stocking stitch so that I can switch my brain off!

I might change my mind again before starting – but after raiding my Kim Hargreaves library I found Frankie in Breeze and it’s exactly what I had in mind.

The original pattern used Pima Cotton which was a dk so it should work nicely in Softyak. I will need one extra ball which I can use for the cuffs and pocket lining as it will be a different dye lot.

It’s simple but an interesting shape/fit and will cover the “long casual summer cardie” part of my capsule wardrobe!

I can’t wait to get started! What are you knitting this summer?

4 thoughts on “Knit Dreaming

  1. I too love the softyak dk & especially wanted to knit Bayberry! But…my big Summer project is Orkney by Marie Wallin which is knit in felted tweed & has been stashed under my sofa since October 2015! I used to knit colourwork all the time & feel I have had too long a break in not doing any. I also find it very therapeutic & soothing as the excitement of the pattern emerges,like a glorious painting!


  2. I’m doing the same. I have so many projects but little time to do them. I have a great cardigan I want to knit and have 3 colours to choose for it. However I started making a footstool, my own pattern and should really finish that first. I have your moody blanket pattern but haven’t started anything yet.
    I love the idea of the capsule wardrobe. Looking forward to seeing how you progress with that ☺

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  3. Thank you Jem for finding the time to write such an interesting and inspiring blog !I think I must take your wise words both on minimalism and a capsule wardrobe to heart… just looking at my work space fills me with stress and reaching into my wardrobe, with exasperation..

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