Here she is, Tog & Thel No.1. I wanted a big, soft lett lopi jumper, with deep, slouchy armholes that would fit over as many or as few layers as I needed, to keep me swaddled in the gentlest armor all winter. I've styled her with an entirely hand-stitched dress I made years ago, living in Korea and pregnant with my first-born. Oh when I was young and naive and didn't realise that hand stitching an entire dress with polyester fabric was akin to stitching water running over the slipperiest rock possible. I've since learnt my lesson and only stitch with natural fabrics, handwoven as often as possible
The colour-work motif on the hem and cuffs is inspired by my mother's textile work. If you listened to the last episode of Tantu & Otu you would've heard the little story of how the matriarch rescued 2000 yr old motifs from ancient palaces and stone sculptures and introduced them into handwoven textile designs. I'm no textile pioneer like her, this is just a small way of bringing some of the same aesthetic into the language of stranded knitting. The motif is based on traditional 'liyawel'; trellis work panels carved either in wood or stone that functioned as window frames, door frames and other architectural adornments in the warmer regions of the subcontinent
Knitted top-down, with many, many short rows for a nice high back neckline, and built-in shortrow sleeve-caps to slightly lift the traditional drop-shoulder silhouette. The pink parts of the motif are duplicate stitched with two strands of plotulopi, which is just the kind of detail that makes my stitcher heart feel verra happy indeed. .
The call for testers should go out in about 2 or 3 weeks. Till then, enjoy the sight of her, and see stories for detail shots.