|The Westwood Blouse|
Believe me, I'm not a shopoholic and, in fact, I don't have a clothes budget like some people have to enhance or replace their wardrobes depending on the season. Still, I really like the idea of challenging myself to make my own clothes for the next six months which basically means creating new pieces for my fall and winter wardrobe.
|Blue Moon Fiber in BFL Sport, Bittersweet|
I've been inspired by your thoughtful blogs but what really got me committed to this challenge was an email I got from my LYS with an announcement of their summer sale. I debated all weekend about strolling down to the shop and stocking up on both workhorse yarns and indulgent ones for special projects (maybe the Allegheny Dress, Gail?). Xavier was incredibly encouraging (I raised him right!) but in the end, after going through my stash again, I decided to wait until the end of the sale. I'll still stop by later in the week to stock up and to make some choices about sweaters and dresses I'd like to knit for my challenge but I wanted to avoid some impulse buying that would have surely happened had I gone shopping over the weekend.
Feeling inspired, I made a lot of progress on my Westwood Blouse, knitting a fair amount of the body and ready to now tackle the upper lace section. This is definitely going on my year of projects list as well so I'm excited to accomplish two challenges in one garment. I can already see how much fun I'll be having looking at patterns from a new perspective -- if you have any suggestions for great fall/winter garments to knit, I'm all ears (and eyes)!