Thursday, September 26, 2013


A while back I mentioned some beautiful 4-ply alpaca which I had bought from Doe Arnot. After much deliberation I made this from it:
(Yes, that is a knife in my pocket.) It's the softest, most comfortable warm jumper I have. I love it. It's like being able to wear really snuggly pyjamas all day. I made it loose because the alpaca is so fine and wants to drape itself around. Secretly, sometimes I'd rather not be wearing a figure hugging sweater. Some days I prefer to flollop a bit.

The design gives a nod to the Tudor era with cuffs and edgings in very fluffy angora so it is a bit like fur. I thought of how nice it would have been for the Tudor ladies to be able to wear knitted clothes instead of being laced into boned bodices. I can feel for them now because from time to time I play in a concert with a recorder consort and we dress for the occasion.
It's a great relief to shed all those kilos of fabric and boning afterwards.

How much easier to play the music dressed like this, though without the sunglasses of course:
Also, I thought about the fate of Anne Boleyn and worked the King Charles brocade pattern into the main body of the jumper because if you're going to come to a sticky end it might as well be in something comfy.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful sweater! I love the detailing you've put into it. And making it in alpaca - you've perfectly described it.

blodeuedd said...

Thanks very much. I'm wearing it at the moment because it's been rather dismal weather here and this jumper makes it bearable.

Dyer said...

So warm in material and colour. Love the sleeves. Wish I could hear your Tudor consort!