In the past week winter has fully descend upon Ōtautahi.
I finally got to take my big woollen coat out of hibernation, as well as my scarves, merino tops, densest tights and also...hang on...wait...where are my gloves?
WHERE THE HECK ARE MY GLOVES?
It's been a full eight days and the mystery of my missing fingerless gloves is still very much unsolved. I've pulled out the entire contents of my wardrobe, searched my big box full of scarves and hats several times, tipped out my satchel (no luck, though I did find 578 different lipsticks and balms that I thought I'd lost) and checked every pocket in every coat, robe, jacket, kimono and blazer that I own - and no joy.
I'm reluctantly having to accept that my beloved mitts are gone - and I'm feeling a little lost.
Whilst we all should dress to please only ourselves, to bring our hearts joy, and to feel our most authentically us...it sure does feel good when you get some external validation.
So when, within 5 seconds of walking into the supermarket, I got stopped by a stranger and complimented on my Carlisle cardigan, on its first ever outing - well I’m not going to lie, I felt good!
And those compliments are even sweeter when you get to smile and enthusiastically reply 'thank you, I made it!'.
As I’m sure you have picked up in my previous posts about my making the Kingston Sweater, Tara-Lynn Morrison’s Good Night, Day has been my knitting awakening.
These are patterns that are designed to be simple, minimalistic, accessible, size-inclusive and take a more holistic approach to the creative process in the way they are designed to be like a meditation, a launch point for your own ideas and creativity - leaving you free to express yourself with colour schemes, customised sizing, length and proportion, and optional embellishments.
We all have sets of fashion rules imprinted in our heads that we carry with us every day, whether we know it or not. They’ve come from the media, magazines, our friends and family - passed down through the years and generations like sniggering little urban legends. Yet no matter how hard we work on ourselves, where we’re at in our lives, those fashion rules live on, quietly negging us, telling us what to wear and how to be.
Well, today I say ENOUGH! It’s time to cancel, mute and forget those fashion rules once and for all - and in doing so, you might just open up a whole new world when it comes to your future knitting projects and how you see yourself!
I feel incredibly jubilant today, for I am here to share with you that:
That’s six whole milestones and revelations! Things I never really thought I could do, and that seemed ridiculously impossible when I started writing for Outlaw Yarn as a brand new, beginner, knitter!
I remember when I first started Never Been Knit and Ethan said to me that I’ll be knitting jumpers within six months and I thought he was being very kind to me, and maybe overestimating my abilities! I couldn’t even cast on and the idea that I would knit so many stitches that it would make anything, let alone something I could put on and enjoy as a key part of an outfit.
But here I am - sweater completed! A couple of posts ago I shared with you my progress to date making the Kingston Sweater - and my journey very much continued on this trajectory. I took me two weeks to make this project, in total.
I'm Lou, an Ōtautahi based personal stylist and craft-lover, and this is Never Been Knit - my journey from complete knitting virgin to...well, let's find out together!