40to40.16 – in my 30s, I explored my sense of style, originally uploaded by earthchick.
If i had to name what my personal style is, I don’t know what it would be. But as I get older, I get a clearer and clearer sense of what I like – and of what looks good on me. There are lots of things I like in pictures, but when I deconstruct what I’m seeing (i.e., models that are built like clotheshangers), I can see that certain things won’t flatter my body.
One of my growing edges is to really embrace the notion of working with what I’ve got, not with what I wish I had. This has application *way* beyond style – it’s something I’ve been learning a lot about in my work life and in my personal life in recent years. Living by this principle makes for a happier life and a more productive work. It’s so simple, yet I have to keep relearning it and reminding myself of it.
At any rate, when I saw this basic but lovely raglan pullover from Marnie Maclean, I knew I had to make it, and that on unwaif-like me, it would need a little bit of negative ease. For some it might seems a boring knit – just round and round stockinette – but I really enjoyed it. The Blue Sky Alpaca was a dream to work with, and the light bright spring colors cheered me up when our April weather stayed cold and rainy. The stripes and shaping kept me focused on what I was doing. And the hemmed sleeves, waist, and neck gave things a classic, polished look.
I love the drape of the alpaca, and that the pullover is fitted without being overly clingy. I think it’ll look nice over a long-sleeved white button-down collared shirt as well.
Over the five years of knitting sweaters for myself, I’ve learned a lot about what is going to look good on me. There are still times I’m disappointed or that things don’t turn out quite right, but those are getting fewer and farther between. I’m very happy with how this one turned out, and pleased that it looks and fits exactly as I’d envisioned.
pattern: Marmalade Skies by Marnie Maclean
yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Sportweight, 660 yards color 536 (green), 220 yards color 500 (natural)
needles: US 6 circs
dates: April 9 – May 5
verdict: Love it.