I'm so grateful for these lighter and brighter days. When the sun is shining, it feels like everything is simpler and more possible.
In my last post I mentioned a jersey I had started making for Tom. You can see my progress in the photo above: it's constructed from the bottom up, and I've mostly finished the body knitting. The pattern is Fort Sweater by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed and it's just a simple design in a checkerboard stitch (which i think is the same as double seed stitch?) In any case, it involves a lot of knitting. But I'm enjoying the project so far and it's quite fun to make something for someone who is excited about wearing the finished garment. When it's my turn to wash the dishes, he says, 'oh no that's okay, I'll do them so you can work on my jersey instead,' which of course is fine with me.
I've also been doing a bit of embroidery when time allows - I have a great new lamp on my worktable which makes it easier for me to stitch at night time. I am planning a small etsy shop update on Sunday September 30. Just a few things, and I'll try to have them listed by 10am NZT.
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Some things I've been enjoying this week are:
The latest collection of clothes by Australian label Nancybird. I absolutely love this online shop and have ordered a few pieces over the years, including a best dress and a big bag that I use everyday for work. But the latest collection is something really special I think - the designs are all inspired by the work of one of the world's first female architects - Marion Mahony Griffin and employ lots of earthy colours like olive green and orange. I ordered a treat for myself last week: the 'lace t-shirt' in a pearly grey knit. (You can see the lovely reusable packaging in the photo above).
This interview with my clever friend Elizabeth Barnett. Lizzie's latest collection of paintings, 'Preservation', is currently exhibiting at Modern Times gallery in Melbourne. In the interview she talks about her artistic process as well as the thinking behind these paintings and her favourite music. You can also glimpses of the work. I found it inspiring!
Castle Rock, a great but fantastically creepy TV series based on the stories of Stephen King and set in Maine, USA. It's on the edge of being too frightening for me to watch, but I feel compelled to keep going now I've started it.
Gratitude, a book of essays by neurologist Oliver Sacks, published shortly after his death in 2015. The writing is beautiful and uplifting, and sad of course, because the author knows he is dying, and is looking back on what has made his life meaningful.