What I Made In 2013: Owl Sweater and Wool Moss Mini [Grainline Studio]

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Patterns: Owl Sweater by Kate Davies, Moss Skirt from Grainline Studio
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon, Scree colorway
Fabric: wool from Metro Textile
Sizes: sweater – small, skirt – 6

Hat: Topshop
Leggings: DKNY
Boots: London Fog

During the snow storm late last week, I dreamed up the idea of escaping the cold by going to Maine (hah!) for the weekend and staying at a resort with hot tubs and fireplaces.  It was a great weekend last weekend, and so weird to see the place where I vacation in the summer covered in snow.  Chris and I walked down to the beach on Sunday, which was a surprisingly warm and sunny day.  It felt like a totally different place, seeing all of the beach stores and cafes boarded up for the winter.

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Do you remember the sad story about this sweater back in January 2013?  After I wove in the ends and blocked the sweater, it stretched out into measurements that were impossible to wear (we’re talking 30″ sleeves, peeps).  I threw it in my pile of WIPs, waiting for fall to come so I could harvest the yarn for a big, chunky cowl.  Just before I started the frogging, I tried it on one more time – what the heck, it fits!!  Since then, this sweater has been in heavy rotation, especially on cold cold days like what we’ve been experiencing in New England lately.

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I really really love this sweater!  The sleeve are still a little too long, so I just cuff them up a bit and the sleeves are perfect.  The stitches are still a bit loose, but it’s ok because I always wear a shirt under the sweater.  I’m not sure how I’m going to care for this; I’m afraid of the stretching happening again and the idea of taking it to the dry cleaners doesn’t really appeal to me.

Instead of putting eyes on all of the owls, I just did one owl – it’s more subtle and not as twee looking.  Also, I need to try using a needle a size larger when I bind off – I’m barely able to pull the sweater over my head!

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Actually, I really love love everything about this outfit!  I made another Moss skirt, this time out of wool and acetate from my failed Beignet skirt, and it turned out even better than my first one.  After some practice, I think I finally have the hang of inserting a fly front zipper.  I went up a size this time since my corduroy skirt was a bit snug, and lengthened the skirt about two inches since my first one was a little too short for my liking and comfort.

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 It’s absolutely perfect now!  I need to make some more of these for warmer weather, this skirt is definitely a TNT (tried ‘n true) pattern in my sewing arsenal.

What are your go-to winter outfits?  Mine seem to be mini skirts, leggings or tights, and boots with a cozy sweater on top.



  1. January 7, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    Looks great. Look up Jenny's surprisingly stretchy bind off – it's a much better way of getting stretchy enough cuffs and neckbands.

  2. January 7, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    love this outfit! i've made the moss skirt four times and it never fails me. and the owl sweater–love the buttons. ahhh i wish i could knit!

  3. January 7, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    This is so cute! It's such a lovely pairing! I like the hat, too!

  4. January 7, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Love everything about this outfit! You look adorable. It's so great your owls sweater ended up working out in the end, too.

  5. January 11, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Cute outfit. I love the boots!

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