Birthing a coat

Yes, it’s true, I’d never inserted a bagged lining until now.

Popped my proverbial bagged-lining cherry, if you will. (Ooh, what a sentence that is! And what an image it conjures!)

It was a messy affair. I was nervous and sweaty. Got out my trusty walking foot for extra protection and added comfort.

There were a few moments of: wait, that goes where? That’s supposed to fit in here?

I have to pull the whole coat, inside out, through this impossibly small opening?!

But I huffed and I puffed and presto!: a fully lined coat emerged.

One of life’s precious little miracles.

  • Pattern: Cascade duffle coat
  • Size: 10
  • Fabric: Charcoal medium weight wool blend; black kasha lining; leather salvaged from a thrifted jacket
  • Notes: The toggles were pieced together from a hacked up Anne Taylor leather jacket. I had to double the half circle parts for extra beefiness. I punched each hole around the edge with a nail and sewed them on by hand using buttonhole thread -With the zipper bands already attached, there was no way I was jamming the whole thing under my walking foot to sew by machine.
  • Mods I would’ve made: 1. I’m pretty sure they should have drafted a separate piece for the hood lining. As it is, there’s no accounting for the facings. I had to make two little tucks to get it to line up along the neck. 2. The zipper band in contrasting fabric should be interfaced, in my opinion. Especially if you use lining fabric as they suggest.

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Instead, I knit

I often wonder what I’m missing.

If t.v. is to be believed, the best cure for a bad dream or a stressful board meeting is a handful of cool water splashed onto the face. It seems everyone’s doing it.

I can’t remember the last time I splashed water on my face. Maybe once, after a long day of gardening in the summer heat? But never as some sort of panacea for emotional turmoil.

Tell me world, does it work?

Of course, I’ve never “grabbed a bite” either. Or “hit the sack” or shyly whispered “well… this is me” in front of my impossibly expensive Brooklyn brownstone.

But maybe I just haven’t lived!

Instead, I’ve been knitting my clothes as per usual and submitting legal questions to the Undisclosed Podcast.

Yes, you heard right folks, little Allison Wool&Potato got her question read aloud on the second addendum episode of the current season of the podcast. Like a boss.

It was terribly thrilling.

Should’ve splashed a little water on my face to come down after!

  • Pattern: Donner
  • Size: 43.25
  • Yarn: Malabrigo Sock, Colour: 862 Piedras
  • Needles: 3.75mm for main body, 2.5mm for ribbing
  • Notes: Great pattern, fun to knit, especially the braid detail and short rows on the shoulders. Didn’t have enough yarn for longer sleeves, but prefer the short sleeves anyhow. Haven’t compared the final measurements to the pattern, but I thought it would turn out looser to make more room for my expanding belly? Here’s hoping for ample stretchiness instead.

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Leather hard

My favourite kind of mug is one that has reached the leather hard stage. It’s the best ceramic state. A pot that was once soft and delicate has become firm and cool to the touch. Delicate curves hold their own.  Handles defy gravity.

Slicing into leather hard clay is like slicing through a piece of milk chocolate or semi-hard cheese. It’s a wonderfully satisfying experience.

I’m always a little embarrassed to say “leather hard” to a non-ceramicist though. I worry they might picture something a little more saucy than I had intended.

Leather hard: A boy’s club for dudes who prefer to wear chaps and chains.

Leather hard: Thursdays is free ball gag night!

It seems hobbies have a way of generating their own insular vocabulary that sounds totally fine to those participating – and totally wacky to anyone else.

I love to knit twisted rib in fingering yarn. Both painful and dirty sounding!

And I can’t say I’ve ever managed to explain what a clitic is to a non-linguist without a “wait…. what?!”. (Ironically, your first impression will help you remember this particular linguistic object. You see, a clitic may be a small addition -phonologically speaking- but it’s still incredibly important.)

I imagine astrophysicists must feel similarly when mentioning the seventh planet to an unenlightened public.

  • Pattern: Even Flow
  • Size: 38/40, but with a tighter gauge of 10.5 sts per 2 inches: gauge on 5mm was way too loose
  • Yarn: Wool of the Andes sport, colour: bramble heather, lot: 75889
  • Needles: 4mm
  • Notes: Joji Locatelli’s patterns are always clear, well written and enjoyable. The collar ribbing does roll back, but I don’t think it’s meant to stay perfectly flat anyhow: I tacked it back at the bottom to make it seem more intentional. I wish there were some sort of finishing done on the hem of the stockinette collar though.
  • Modifications: I added longer sleeves and did a twisted rib + applied I-cord bind off on the cuff.  I say I-cords for all long sleeves from now on! Should have done twisted rib for the hem as well, it’s a little messy as it is.

Ooh! Boning channel… just thought of that one.

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