Given that the sun began shining here in Northern California only two weeks ago, it is hard for me to believe that autumnal clothing will enter the stores this month. I have to admit that fall is my favorite season despite my indifference to American football, and that is because of the palette and the textures.
I would have been happy pretending that summer will last forever, as it comes close to doing here those years that it begins in April as it ought. But I was reminded of the coming season by the best photo of a fall item that I have seen in 2010. The pictured merino wool Fair Isle sleeveless pullover from Ireland's Inis Meáin Knitting Company is almost enough to warrant a trip to some spot in the southern hemisphere where a tweed jacket and said knitwear could pair happily with gray flannel trousers and a glass of single malt.
If we wait long enough, everything becomes new again, and it appears as though Fair Isle knitwear will be coming back into its own this year, in versions with a nicer hand than the traditional woolens. Not that popularity matters all that much with the classics.
I love this piece, and they are making one with my name on it. Metaphorically speaking, that is.
And now, let us return to the regularly scheduled days of summer.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Photo: Inis Meáin Knitting Company