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!