M A K I N G A L O P A P E Y S A
March! Oh March! The month I feel the most conflicted over. Here on the East Coast, it is a time balanced between spring and winter with winter as her favourite. This winter has been inconsistent – a constant tantrum between freeze and thaw. I am so ready for spring, eternal spring. A lasting thaw. March has left me unmotivated, uninspired and lethargic. My fingers are itching to work with plants, with the soil so I have been re-potting the indoor plants and starting some lavender and pumpkin seeds… because I am desperate. My creative world is only now slowly beginning to peak above the sleeping soil, I am ready.
I thought I would start by sharing with you my latest Lopapeysa sweater. I quite honestly made this one blindly without any idea of what would emerge. It’s a result of a deep winter longing for spring. It began during a snow storm in early February. I just wanted to knit and not think about anything, let myself rest with the earth. I started with the sleeves since they are so quick and I enjoy finishing them first. I made just a basic design at the cuffs and used the oatmeal heather since I didn’t think I had enough of the main colour for a whole sweater (planning ahead ;))!
The sleeves took I think about a week to finish, maybe even a little less. It’s strange remembering time frames in the winter, my memory gets hazy and often all I can think is either “that went by so quickly” or obviously, the opposite.
I started the body during a week of storm after storm after storm. We were house bound for around a week and I accomplished a lot during this time! The white landscape inspired me to make a flower based design (perfect sense, right?). I actually had some difficulty with some of my wool – it kept on tearing which drives me absolutely crazy. I was splicing again and again (what are you doing to your wool Istex?).
This sweater went on a small trip with us as well. I made sure the sleeves were attached to the body before we drove to Nova Scotia. We rented a cabin in Cape Breton and then I stayed an extra week at my parents house since my sister was visiting from Toronto. There, I made much of the main design in the yoke – a flower reaching toward the sun. During this time, we had such mild weather. Lisa and I sat on our front steps having our morning tea, basking in the sun and feeling the warm wind from the sea.
Below are some photographs I took of the process. Including my colour inspiration, blocking and my sketchbook! I am planning to put this sweater up on our Etsy shop; however, it won’t be until I have my vlog post ready (if that works out) and get some photographs of it out in the big wide open world rather than just my house. This weekend, the wind is cutting right through our windows and I have no intention of going outside except to check on the chickens (it’s around minus 20). My skin is chapped and I have a chill right in my bones. I’ll be spending the full moon day right by the fire, chapping my skin more but at least my bones will thaw ;).
F I N A L T H O U G H T S
In my head, I was imagining floral designs based loosely on old world Scandinavian embroidery. I didn’t have anything really to model it on so just began to sketch away and make a thistle like design (influenced by my Scottish ancestry and the thistles that abound in the East Coast). I wanted it both delicate and blocky in the yoke. The simplicity actually came from not having enough black wool to make a full detailed yoke! Meaghan gifted me with the rust heather which I am so very grateful for – I love the contrasting colours!
All in all, I am really happy with the final design of this folkloric lopapeysa! It really for me encapsulates this winter – frigid temperatures interspersed with warm thaws – extremities free of stiff wool to flirt with the wind! The promise of spring dangled before us on a string.
T H A N K Y O U & B L E S S E D B E
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and look at the pictures of my latest sweater. It has been around a month and a half in the making.
This morning our clocks sprung forward while the moon waxes for the last time of her cycle. Another turn of the wheel, this time hopefully for a change in season (despite a warning for a blizzard this Wednesday!).