I spent just about the whole weekend in front of the TV with my knitting needles and yarn, watching ’30s pre-codes and gangster movies (mostly Loretta Young TCM star of the month stuff—she’s no Barbara Stanwyck, but she can be feisty enough, and she always wears good clothes), and by Sunday night after we’d watched the Golden Globes and Downton Abbey I had a huge half sweater on my hands. It’s not done yet, but I can already tell it’s going to be a big one, especially since I purposefully made it a size too big. And I took out the waist shaping that just about every woman’s sweater pattern has these days. What is the knitting world’s obsession with fitted women’s sweaters? I like patterns for baggy, oversized sweaters–the kinds you have to go to the library and dig up ’80s knitting books to find.
Just about all the sweaters I love these days in stores and online are oversized. I love Good Night, Day’s stuff and Hendrik Lou’s, and now I also like Maiami’s. Maiami is a label out of Berlin, designing hand-knit sweaters and accessories. They even do some amazing dresses and tops for spring, but I like the super bulky knit, unisex sweaters best. They make me wish I’d made that sweater of mine a little bigger.