I have been musing about the idea of a uniform lately. We all have one - the basic formula of things that we wear on a more or less daily basis that make us feel comfortable and reasonably well put together but also like the best version of ourselves. It could be jeans and a concert t-shirt. Or maybe a button-down. Perhaps you are a skirt-wearing sort and your uniform consists of an A-line with a blouse or a sweater on top. Maybe you are a fan of a sheath dress. There are a thousand iterations but we do all end up with a consistent look that makes our friends able to look at something and say "That looks just like you".
I have found this middle-aged period to be complicated. I am not working anymore so I don't have to dress for anyone but myself. My body is shifting rapidly, and the weight that used to fall off if I just paid attention to what I ate for a week is staying stubbornly where it is. I am reasonably active ( I love, love, love being on my bike in the summer) and I eat reasonably well, but I love a glass of wine or two and I will always order the French fries. Dressing this new body has required a new set of rules, or rather a crystallizing of the rules that were sort of there. Finding those rules has been completely freeing this summer. All of a sudden I know what I want to make and I love everything that is coming off the knitting needles and out of the sewing room. Like this new sweater.
My LYS has been hosting a Cross-Canada KAL for most of the last year. Each month you choose a project that has something to do with the province that is represented. This month was Newfoundland. I found a sweater pattern on Ravelry called Twillingate, which is a place in Newfoundland that the designer visited. It is a top-down sweater with set-in sleeves that are worked as you go, not picked up afterward. It has a little shaping that I adjusted to fit my figure. It was a quick knit, and it's awesome.
In case you are wondering, the face is known as "did you take a picture yet?".
I was working on the upper half when I was at the lake a couple of weeks ago, so was reasonably undisturbed. This allowed for a little bit of thinking as I was uniting the underarms/taking the sleeves off. I cast on an extra three stitches on the front half only at each underarm, resulting in an extra 1 1/2" in the front to account for the girls. Then I did a set of short rows right away to give them a little more lengthwise room.
The shoulders fit well, and there is some room through the back waist, but it's still flattering.
See all that lovely shaping through the middle? Plus the awesome pocket. I am always cold so this will be a great layering piece once it isn't 29 degrees out. Once September hits there are layers everywhere and always.
So this is The Uniform - Part One. Jeans + Long-sleeved t-shirt+ woolly layer.
Plus a couple of outtakes:
"Look, I'm glowing"
"This was not what I meant when I said I wanted to go outside".
Have a good one.