Ooh, there's something so very exciting about a longer term project coming off the needles but that brings up other issues.
Buttons are a bigger deal than I had previously realised. A button can make or break a knitted item, I think, and I was so indecisive about what to choose (thanks for everyone who helped via every social media site that I was deliberating on!). My problem with buttons is that I love all of them and not being at all fashion conscious I'm terrible at making a commitment. In the end, I plumped for the clear crystal style flowery ones, they had a slightly more dressy feel and I'm really happy with them.
Miette is a fantastically simple pattern (and it's free!) which gives you pointers about where you can customise at specific places. I added two extra repeats for the length of the body and had wanted to make longer sleeves too but I ran out of yarn.
I wrote about this project last time and was talking about wanting a whimsical 50s style dress to wear with the finished item and I was so pleased with it that I went ahead and bought one! We never go anywhere that would warrant a lovely outfit but perhaps one will manifest now that I have something fancier to wear.
The other problem comes with photographing. I have been forcing myself to face my fears of being in front of the camera a bit more and finishing an item of clothing gives me a good reason to do that. I'm not really liking what I'm seeing today - I think I need to get out walking as soon as this stormy weather clears and shift some of that Christmas podge!
I'm not sure what to knit next, perhaps something small like socks?
This week I've started reading Making Home: adapting our homes and our lives to settle in place which I found through Yarn Along last week (sorry, I can't remember who). The blurb on the back reads 'The new Good Life is within our reach. Making home is about improving our lives with the real people around us and the resources we already have.'
I'm really enjoying the book, I like that the author suggests that the protest of living our lives according to our beliefs is as important as protesting government etc.
I'm joining in with Yarn Along today.
What are you knitting and/or reading this week?
P.S. There's only a couple of days left to save 10% off in my yarn shop with the coupon code JANUARYSALE