Block Printing/Design Knitting Sewing

WIP it good

February 1, 2016

I prepped/started several projects last month that I’m really looking forward to finishing in February. I go back and forth between wanting to start (and finish!) just one thing at a time, and multitasking many things to avoid any one project feeling stale. Right now I’m in a START ALL THE THINGS! kind of mood. I currently have two sewing projects, two knitting projects, and a few blocking printing/design projects in the works.


The first pattern I’d like to sew on my #2016MakeNine list is Fen by Fancy Tiger crafts. I have my size traced out, I’m just slacking on picking a fabric to use for my first version. I was tempted to make some preemptive fitting changes to the neck and shoulders, skip any kind of muslin, and just dive into a “perfect” wearable dress, but if that dress doesn’t fit well, I won’t know which changes are the ones that led me astray. That’s why it’s a good rule to sew a pattern as-is and make just one fitting change at a time from there, if needed. I’m shooting for a true wearable muslin to wear around for a bit to see how I like the style and shape of Fen. Then, if I love it like I think I will, I’ll really work on “perfecting” the fit and using some prized fabrics.


I’m also working on updating my public fabric portfolio on Spoonflower. I carved and block-printed this little owl back in October, and I really liked it, but felt like it needed to be reworked before I used it for anything. Turns out it just needed some color for me to totally fall in love with it! I’m slightly obsessed with the salmon pink and olive green color combination right now (is it Spring yet?!), so naturally I picked that for the owls first. I’ll be adding a slew of new and re-worked prints to my shop next week (if my swatches arrive on time), but until then, here’s a preview of all the soon-to-be for sale stuff.


Also on my Make Nine list is a more advanced hat pattern called Bough. I’ve never done charted knitting, and even though I understand the principle of it, I figured I should do the smart thing and ease into that kind of pattern. I found another hat pattern called Rosebud and it’s been a perfect introduction to charted knitting for me! It has just one chunk of the fancier pattern in the front so it’s really manageable and not overwhelming. Now I feel way more prepared to tackle Bough when I get to it. Not pictured is my second WIP knitting project, a grey version of this cowl I made years ago.


I think I may end up sewing this pattern before I get to Fen because I know it will be super quick and easy, and I really could use some new lounge-y pants like, yesterday. I’ve been eyeing the Hudson Pants since the pattern originally came out, but this Simplicity pattern has been in my stash forever and I’m trying to budget some things in the craft department. So, Version B in some Art Gallery jersey it is then!

We’ll see how quickly I can get through these projects as I juggle some other behind-the-scenes things. I’ll be sure to report back 😉

What are you working on this month?