These two are prefect for the season (and also for my freezing cold office):
I've also started on a hat, made with the same lovely yarn I used for the armwarmers:
and if I have enough left over, I'm going to make another necklet. Seriously - this yarn is so soft and smooshy (I believe that's a technical word) - if I could, I would knit a body suit out of it, and wear it all winter long.
Current sewing projects are plodding along at a gentle pace. I'm still working on McCalls 2401 - my first muslin was a bit of a disaster: following the envelope measurements, I merged from size 8 at the bust, to 10 at the waist and 12 at the hips - a mess, just too hideous to photograph. So now I'm trying an 8, to 10 at the hip, but I think I'll need to make some adjustments at the shoulder. Which leads me to:
What I learned in sewing class this week
During my sewing class this week, I learned that due to my good posture (from a childhood spent either at ballet class or pony club) and very flat shoulder blades, I will nearly always need to make some adjustments at the shoulders. Apparently commercial patterns assume some roundness in that area, which I don't have and so I need to take out the excess accordingly. Since I've started sewing, I have become increasingly aware of how clothes fit me, and have noticed that nearly every top I own gapes at the back - and now I know why! though of course, in order to fix this, I need very long Mr Tickle arms, or a dress form (which I'm now saving for). Expect a plea for dress form recommendations in a few months' time.
And finally, I challenge you to visit the Ray Stitch shop in London and come away empty handed. It cannot be done.
Have a lovely rest-of-the-weekend, and speak soon! x
ps, thanks so much for everyone who replied with tips re prewashing wool crepe. v much appreciated.