This began the debut of McCall’s 7261! This was a muslin made with cheap fabric from a LA fabric shopping trip to test out the fit. I’m happy to say that this pattern is wonderful for climbing or other outdoor activities. It also comes with a legging pattern, which I have yet to make, but the top I’ve made 3 times (other versions to be shown eventually) as I find myself reaching for it first over my t-shirts. I believe the t-shirts in my wardrobe will not be along much longer as I slowly replace them with me made activewear.
This particular day in December it was forecasted to be cold and windy. However a smart person in our group suggested the Corral Wall near Indian Cover as it is sheltered from the wind as well as being lower in elevation for warmer temperatures. Thank goodness, as some people in our group climbed elsewhere at Joshua Tree at the same time and reported blistering winds and colds for their climbs. Us? Warm, sunny, and rather perfect if you ask me.
I was very pleased with myself and with this shirt. Myself for completing a few routes and the shirt for being such a practical thing to wear. No restricting movements felt with this shirt as the raglan cut sleeve helped I’m sure. This shirt has a lot of options: hoodie, neckband, mini cowl, cuffs with or without thumb openings, optional front pocket, and sleeves or no sleeves. Plus it is made up of 3 main pieces in the front and back so it is perfect for color blocking with patterns if you so desire. One thing I will do for future versions is lengthen it slightly, but that is a normal alternation for me since I have a long torso. I cut a size 14 which gave me just the right amount of ease. I could have cut 1-2 sizes smaller but I am not a fan of skin tight clothing.
What I like about giant group climbs is that everybody can climb at their level and their desired technique. Here my friend is leading the route using trad gear – essentially he places all his protection himself and brings the rope up with him. If you notice in my photos, I’m dangling off a rope from the top – much safer and easier as that is what I am most comfortable with right now.
There is some downtime when climbing. And when I’m not climbing, I’m of course knitting! A pair of legwarmers is the perfect travel knitting project as it is rounds and rounds of mindless ribbing. I’m using the free pattern Easy Ribbed Legwarmers and some Lane Cervinia sock yarn to complete this project.