September was a rough month for me. A lot going on, that I won't get into here. And Gladys died. My great-grandmother.
Even if you know nothing else about it, the fact that I named my blog after her should tell you at least a little about how I feel.
It wasn't like it was a big surprise. She was ninety-nine years old (I'm allowed to say that now), and her health had been failing. But a loss is still a loss. She was one of my favorite people in the world.
For the past few weeks I've wavered on whether to write about this at all. Eventually I decided that, well, the blog is named, at least in part, after her, so it's probably something I should mention. But that--what I've already written--is all I really plan to write. This isn't a personal blog, and it probably won't ever be. Don't get me wrong, I love that there are people like, say, Tempest, who's written very frankly and openly about her mental/emotional state, or Roisin, who starts every new dress post by spending a couple of paragraphs telling us what her week was like. But in the past several years, every time I myself have written a blog post that feels more than a little bit personal, I wind up just saving it as a draft (or even deleting it) and writing a new one. Emotionally, I'm not a big sharer. To be honest, I'm not even much of a shower. So that's that.
Anyway. I haven't felt like doing much of anything for a while, and I know that that's probably attributable far more to the changing seasons (I have seasonal affective disorder pretty bad) than to my great-grandmother's death or even any of the events related to/surrounding it. My sewing has been way down, but I do actually have a finished project to show you.
(Side note: Gladys was a big-time crocheter--mostly afghans, not many sweaters, but it still feels kind of fitting that I have this now.)
I'm super pleased with how this turned out. I used the Cinnabar pattern by Doris Chan. It's from a book, Everyday Crochet, which has (in my opinion) a really unflattering/off-putting cover, but some of the other patterns are nice. Obviously I liked this one.
Once I'd gotten through the yoke, I finished the sleeves all the way before continuing on the body, the opposite of what the directions suggest. I knew I'd just barely have enough yarn, and I like my sleeves long--I decided it was more important to me that the sleeves be long enough, even if that meant that the bodice wound up having to be a bit cropped. (Also, there are only four rows, instead of the directed five, on my button bands. Not enough yarn.)
|(Right. That is how much yarn I had left when I finished. I measured it: exactly 36 inches.)|
The only thing I might change is adding a little width at the bottom to accommodate my disproportionately wide hips, because it doesn't quite close evenly at the bottom. It's still plenty wearable, though. I guess I might also make a future version a size or so bigger, because, while I really like the fit of this one, it's so closely-fitted that I suspect I won't be able to wear certain of my shirts with it; they'll be too bulky. However, I do still have a number of shirts that will work.
|(Fortunately I do this weird menswear thing where I almost never button the bottom button of my cardigans. So the hips not being quite wide enough is much less of a problem than it could be.)|
Ravelry notes (which are mostly about where I added rows to increase length), and a few more photos, are here.
And here are project details:
Pattern: Cinnabar, from Everyday Crochet by Doris Chan, borrowed from the library so free
Notions: seven half-inch buttons, from Knittn' Kitten, $0.60
Made before: no
Make again: possibly
Sewing soundtrack: eh, this took several weeks, so probably a bunch of stuff
First worn: not yet
Wear again: yes
Total cost: $24.85