Monday, October 15, 2012

Break out the Knits.....

Cold weather has arrived & it's time to enjoy hot teas, fuzzy socks, stews instead of soups, & knits instead of t-shirts. I purchased some new yarn, but I haven't taken the plunge of starting a new project. Beautiful, soft pink bamboo thread is sitting on my sewing table just waiting to be used. I have to get inspired. And there's one thing that always does it. The knit vest.

I remember seeing my grandmother wear these when I was a little girl. And at the time, I didn't think much about them. In the eyes of a child, they were what 'grandma wore', slightly itchy,  & ....too 'grown up'. That was until a couple of years ago. As I learned how to knit basic stitches, it became a different story. Now, I'm completely enamored with the details. I think of the difficulty and hard work it took to create these pieces. Just imagine, hunched over with needles and a ball of wool for hours. And don't think they served no purpose. They are quite practical additions to a women's wardrobe. They are sleeveless so that one could work with their arms free of bulk, made of wool for durability, and it falls right below your hips for warmth & comfort. I share with you some of the most beautiful handwork I've seen in hopes that it may inspire you all as much as it inspires me! Now, not all of the vests pictured are made of wool. The tan, child's vest, brown & burgundy one are made of a blend and I'm not quite sure what kind. Two of the wool vests are adorned with beautiful flowers, knit buttons, & full pockets. I purchased those in Serbia on an art market. Women line the streets with their handcrafted items that range from apparel to fine crocheted tablecloths and embroidery.  I loved it! The housecoat is also 100% wool. This warm & chunky jacket sports a zig-zag design that starts at the breast bone leaving the shoulders in a solid cream. So unique & gorgeous.



Hope you enjoyed this look into our closets. As for me...time to start a new project:) 
To Breaking out the Knits!


  1. I really think I need one!!! Nice post!

  2. Thanks! I absolutely love these! They're super warm & comfy:)