When I am searching out and reading the many sewing blogs around the internet, I find lots of "new to me" creators. Last winter I found an old tutorial from a designer that has since been turned into a great pattern. The Jasper Sweater/Dress from Paprika Patterns.
I was immediately drawn to the unique cowl like neckline, and the large hood. The pattern has several options for your customization including a dress length! I chose to make the sweater in a bright purple french terry.
We were doing yard work and dog sitting which meant lovely dog walks. So me, my fav boyfriend jeans (by Joes) and my fav slip on boots (Uggs) were out tromping around in my new Jasper.
I wore this sweater all weekend.
The directions are clear, well written and complete. The pattern prints out and lines up perfectly. The sizing is spot on as well. For my own tastes, I slimmed the sleeves and shortened the arms a little.
I've never sewn a welt pocket like this and the results are very pleasing. With the side panel details and pocket, The Jasper elevates your standard sweatshirt!
I've got more sweatshirts coming this spring, but I really love the Jasper! It is definitely in steady rotation.
While I was given this pattern by the designer, these opinions are my own. It really is a great sweater!
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Wanderer. Secretly I wished and hoped April would choose me to help promote it, but I didn't reach out. I am sure the next line she designs, I will be in a better position to offer promotion. For now, I was content to get it when it became available!
I was so desperate to wear it, I whipped up a Plantain to satisfy my needs. I also only got pics on my phone... When I get the next part done, I'll show you the whole outfit!!
Our spring break is going to be a lot of "Spring Cleaning". I decided before we launched into that, we'd go to the coast! Rain or... rain, we would play and eat seafood and have a lovely if wet time. It's hard to hit the Oregon coast in late March without rain. We braved it anyway! warning: lots of pics
We got up early to go hunt for art glass floats on the beach. It happens every year in Lincoln City. We thought we'd give it a try. We didn't find one. But we did experience the joy of the overcast beach.
Even with the sun, it's still cold and windy, so the boys kept a lot of layers going the whole time. wet and sandy, but happy happy little dudes. I realized these two have never played on the beach like this before. whenever we have come, it's been wintry and not worth the run and play. But, they got some time in this weekend and loved it.
We went to the aquarium in Newport on our way home, and I got some interesting artsy shots. I will share them later in the week. I need to get a sewing project up here!
When I started knitting, I didn't think it would stick. I thought I would get frustrated, make a hat and then promptly drop the habit. I haven't done that. I have done the opposite. I consider myself a knitter. When people ask me how long I have been knitting, I answer "a little over one year," with pride. The amount I have learned in that little time boggles me. But, then I think, "wait Kelley, that's how you always do it!"
I do a little, and then a lot. and then a lot more. Taking on the Benton was a pretty huge project for me. It's not a complicated knit, but it is time consuming and lots of little stitches. I still messed up a few things, and I am not sure what I am going to do about that collar, or why it is pulling funny like that.
In the meantime, I love this sweater. Its cozy, and yet light weight. Its boxy and sexy. Its frumpy and kinda brilliant at the same time. As my first knit from Brooklyn Tweed, I like it. I know I want to make another pattern form them. I might just make this again in a solid color. Maybe with an alternate hem and collar color. uh oh, off to knit picks...
My knitting may need to take a serious back seat for a bit though. Same with the sewing. I will have more on that tomorrow. Our lives are getting ready to change dramatically and we are probably headed back to Portland. It's been 11 years. It's time.
Going home. Back to old friends, some family, beautiful rain. Back to the city and people and possibilities. Back to our Future...
For now, it's nice to know I've got this super cozy sweater to help me pack up with.