I finally completed Clapotis yesterday :-) After weaving in ends I pressed it lightly with a steam iron set to a suitable heat, with a cotton/linen cloth on top as I'm not keen on ironing directly onto the woollen fabric. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out and will hopefully be wearing it this week! The photos are not fantastic due to strong daylight from one side only (a bit damp to take photos outside unfortunately!):
Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Fyberspates DK Merino in Wild Foxglove
Yardage: Just over 6 50g skeins - around 600 yards/555 metres
Dimensions: approx. 21 inches by 59 inches
I've also worked on Odessa (an inch away from the decreases) and even a little on Latifa this week. I'm going to finish Odessa then start the Bergere de France jacket, and another child-size hat for Dulaan. Once that is done I think I will post the Dulaan items off to the States.
A wee bit of stash enhancement this week *cough*, I blame it on the Rowan book having such nice patterns. I got the yarn (Yorkshire Tweed DK in "Skip", a pretty muted aqua) for the Brigitte fitted jacket from R38. Once again from Jannette's, fantastic service and good prices. Also got 2 balls of Rowan Spray to make those slippers in Simply Knitting, as I'm fed up of falling out of my current fluffy slippers!
Good to see we are all in knitterly agreement regarding sizing! I seem to remember reading that the current UK sizing standards date from the 1950s. Ah, a decade that is so very similar to the 2000s! Not! Post-war, people had been on rationing for many years, no chance that the sizes then would bear any relation to those over 50 years later. You could, if you were of a slightly paranoid outlook, think that clothing manufacturers have a vested (no pun intended!) interest in keeping sizings to 1950s standards. It means they can make whole "special" "plus-size" ranges and charge a premium for them, in the full and certain knowledge that many people will end up buying them because the "normal" sizes are way too small. I am turning into a clothing conspiracy theory nut I think :-)
Actually I have been thinking about getting to grips with the sewing machine, and attempting some basic sewing and dressmaking. I was inspired in part by the whole 1940s look created with the Brigitte jacket. One day I would like to be able to make skirts and trousers that fit me properly, as I have huge trouble finding things in the shops (or rather catalogues as I don't like clothes shopping!) that are a comfortable fit.