Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dress + Cardigan: Installment 12

Happy Groundhog Day!

Maybe you recognize dress no 12, it is my hiking dress from last June.  It has turned into a hard working smock, good for chores that require deep pockets and freedom of movement. The pockets are Cal Patch inspired, and I plan to make tons more of them.

This sweater is called Big Pappa after my Dad, and is a gift for our boy Sam.  It is worked in Briggs & Little Heritage yarn, purchased at the factory in New Brunswick on our way home from leaving Sam in an entirely different country.  Yarn shopping is a good pain killer.

The zipper is heavy duty with two pulls.  Normally when shortening a zipper I fold the top at a 90 degree angle and stitch it down, but this zipper is too stiff for that.  Wrapping the top in wool turned out to be the best solution.

Big P on his dozer
The back will be receiving the Mary Maxim treatment, a duplicate stitch rendition a John Deere 350C, my Dad's bulldozer.  I have a thing for heavy equipment -- it is apparently in my blood, and Sam's too.  I am tempted to make another one of these with his Case 580 Super K.  For me.

So there it is.  Twelve dresses (actually more) and twelve sweaters.  The patterns are not complete, so I will take the next six weeks to write three more.

I will lay out my goals for Groundhog Day 2015 this week, and I am giddy to get going.  Giddy, I tell you!


Starcroft said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are so inspiring!! I can't wait to see what's next!

Sonya Philip said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Ellen I love all of the dresses and all of the cardigans. This has been such a joy to watch. And I can't wait to see what your upcoming plans are.

julian said...

Well done! I know it's not the plan but I actually love those together :-). Your should have your Husqvarna chainsaw um ... i mean serger :-)

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Wow! Congratulations from me too, this series is insipring in so many many many ways.
When do we do the photo shoot for the series,with people in all the pairings huh? (Ok maybe when it warms up a little)

Mary Lou said...

I do love the long underwear on Eileen. Great sweater and series. Looking forward to the unveiling of the next one.

Thea said...

LOVE!! I loved seeing all of them in person a few weeks ago, and I have loved reading about each pairing one by one as you went. Your multi-talent is inspirational and your sense of style and humor makes the following along that much more fun. Can't wait to see what comes next!

Ellen Mason said...

Thanks Y'all! It has been great fun and also an effective motivator. And now I have clothes to wear! But you know, I'm missing some everyday basics, and I have all this fun equipment ... I feel another project coming on!

judy said...

I'd wear this sweater everyday... Seriously.