Cecily Glowik MacDonald is one of my favorite knitting designers working today. Her stuff is classic without being basic or boring, and she designs things I want to wear — and, more importantly, that I want to knit. Even when another stockinette-in-the-round project won’t hold my attention, Cecily’s patterns have details that do.
Case in point: Goodale.
On the other hand, lifted increases! I-cord edging! AND CHECK OUT THOSE POCKETS!
Er, except I didn’t adjust the pattern for my long, long torso like I usually do, so I ended up with a lovely cropped length, which is perfect (perfect!) for spring and summer dresses and whatnot, but which means that these little pockets are awfully close to boob-level.Clearly, the only answer is to wear this Goodale all summer, and then make another one — this time with three-quarter sleeves and a longer body — and wear it every single day of Winter 2012.
I used some fabric scraps I had lying around, and this kit. And people, it could not have been easier! I WANT TO COVER ALL OF THE BUTTONS ALL OF THE TIME.
To sum up: Cecily rules! details are awesome! pockets! buttons!
And now, on the subject of pockets, I give you my best (and yet? still not that convincing) Stern Professorial Face when I tell you to spend some time with the amaaaazing “Pockets of History” collection at VADS.
Pockets of History includes photographs of and information about hundreds of surviving examples of women’s tie-on pockets from the 18th and 19th centuries (pockets weren’t always attached to clothes, you know). Check out the embroidered pockets in particular — they’re pretty freaking incredible. Pockets!
ETA: Oh! Oh! And please check out Kate’s wonderful, wonderful post about pockets from a few days ago! (h/t to Katie for the link — the post was still languishing in my blogreader.)