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Another Blackwood cardigan

Yet another Blackwood cardigan by Helen’s Closet! This is the last for the moment, I think! Although there is a stray piece of French terry in the stash. That may or may not become my 5th iteration of this pattern.

What can I say? It’s just the perfect everyday cardigan for me. It’s almost like a uniform. Jeans, top, trainers/boots and a Blackwood cardigan. I feel comfy and ready for anything. I’m actually now starting to think of things to go with my Blackwoods. Better jeans? Dressier boots? A new pair of trainers? The perfect top?

It’s fair to say that the Blackwoods are taking over and transforming my wardrobe. In a very positive way!

The fabric

The fabric is the most delicious striped knit from Ray Stitch. I bought this during my pattern cutting sojourn this summer. It is butter soft and the micro stripes are perfection. They are the sort of stripes that make you go cross eyed when cutting. Thankfully they somehow work perfectly once sewn up. I think it’s because the drape of the fabric disrupts the continuous stripyness of the fabric.

Whatever the reason I love the finished result, although it was a begger to sew. The softness also means it’s super stretchy. Therefore there are a maximum of 4 stripes in the entire garment that match at a seam.

Also I’d bought a smaller amount of fabric, as I’d originally planned to sew this up into a t-shirt. But this was determined to be another Blackwood. So, I was playing chicken with the fabric to get all the components cut out.

Yay or Nay

Despite the failure in the stripe matching department, this is another Blackwood win!

It’s sooooooooo cosy, and goes with everything in my wardrobe. It’s already been in heavy rotation (as all my Blackwoods are) and garnered quite a few compliments.

The good thing about the micro stripes is that they hide a multitude of sins. Had it been a 1″ stripe, or similar, it would have been a disaster! Hurrah for micro stripes!


Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan – V3.0

My love for the Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan is well documented. This is my 3rd version and I love it as much as versions 1 and 2.

The fabric

This version is made in a surprisingly lovely coral jersey from the bins at Abakhan. I know I’ve got a fabric ban in place but I needed a little jersey to make leggings for Summer to go with a top I’d sewn (not yet blogged) and I loved this colour so much I bought the whole piece so I could make myself a Blackwood.

For £8 and change I got a gorgeous cardigan for myself and capri leggings for Miss Minx. I can’t grumble about that! And this fabric has great drape!

A word about colour

It’s been interesting to me to see how my taste in colour has refined and changed since I grew my hair out.

Prior to embracing my grey, I really didn’t have a set colour palette that I felt comfortable in. Now….it’s so very easy. Navy is my neutral and base colour. It’s a softer colour on me than black and whilst I do wear a bit of black now and again, I’m much happier in blue.

Coral/orange is my new red. I simply don’t feel good in red any more but love the oranges. When I was brunette, I never wore orange.

I adore the bright blues as an accent colour too. My last Blackwood embraced that. Pale blues such as my Galaxie really suit. I may have bought some more yarn in that colour at Yarndale (blog post to come).

Grey is good. And I’m tempted to try some chartreuse too. But that will have to wait until I’ve sewn up so more fabric.

Its a really interesting journey and it’s becoming so much easier to walk away from pretty fabric and yarn that will languish in the stash never to be sewn or knitted!

A schoolgirl error

As I’ve mentioned before, the Blackwood Cardigan is a super pattern and a simple sew. So the only explanation for the error in this one is stupidity on my part.

Whilst sewing the front band in place I couldn’t work out why it was so much longer than usual. So I blithely stitched it on and cut off the ends.

Then realised that you’re supposed to sew the bottom band on before stitching the front band! Sigh. Thankfully the bottom band had enough give in it to enable me to stretch it to fit. Phew!

And in other news….

These pictures clearly show the significant weight gain I’ve been battling with over the last few years. It’s something I want to address because over the past few weeks I’ve finally got some answers about it.

I recognise that the sewing community is very supportive of all body shapes and sizes, but this isn’t about that, this is about health and generally feeling pretty shitty on a daily basis for some considerable time.

Having had numerous conversations with my GP, I decided to invest in my health and had a private consultation. Their approach is very different to that of the NHS (a bloody marvellous institution that is much maligned). Whereas the NHS is about helping you overcome acute illness, I’m working with this private doctor to achieve a state of optimum health.

The blood tests were a revelation. My hormones, adrenals and thyroid are completely out of whack! Vitamins D and B are fully depleted. It’s no wonder I can’t lose the weight and am completely exhausted all the time.

The exhaustion has been debilitating and previously been put down to just age and a busy lifestyle.

The good news!

The good news is that this is all reversible. It may at least six months to see results but I’m hoping that by this time next year I’ll be back to full health and in better shape.

I realise that I’m immensely lucky to be able to invest in myself like this, but also glad that I kept pushing for answers.

I’m also thankful for you guys for not saying “oy! fatty! stop eating all the cakes“.

I’m excited to see how things progress over the next few months. And I have another Blackwood Cardigan hot off the machine to share with you the next time it stops raining and I can get photos!


Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan – V2.0

I don’t mind admitting that Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan is my favourite pattern of all time!

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