Knitting Sewing

WIP it good

July 20, 2016

So far July has felt extremely productive. I released my first PDF pattern, spoke at a local Quilt Guild meeting, visited friends, attended a family picnic, enjoyed the beautiful summer weather and sewed/knit many things! I now have a pretty big backlog of projects to share but until I can catch up here’s a peek at some recently finished objects, plus a few Works In Progress.


I finally made my first pair of Hudson Pants! Spoiler Alert: I LOVE THEM! Constructing the waistband and ankle cuff gave me some serious Deja vu (did I learn nothing from my last pair of similar pants?!) but at least I DID IT and can now add this to my bank of completed #2016MakeNine patterns. I’ll share a full blog post soon, but for now I’ll tell you the main fabric is by Cloud9 and the knit rib is by Birch (both purchased at Finch).


Next up I have another Grainline Studio Lark Tee, this time with a hemline variation. The fabric was a 50% off red-dot-clearance score from Jo-Ann’s which I basically treat like muslin fabric for knits. I still have to stitch down the neck binding but it’s almost done and ready to pair with this skirt…


You guys, THIS SKIRT! The pattern is a new one from McCalls that I bought on sale and I’m in so much love. The fishtail silhouette is SO flattering and makes me feel like a mermaid. The fabric was gifted to me by my friends at Birch (from the new Tall Tales collection) and I can’t wait to share more about it!


Looking for a super easy FREE hat pattern? Check out the Marled Hat by Plucky Knitter! I was intrigued by the marbled color effect caused by knitting with two strands of yarn held together which is something I had never tried. With two colors of worsted weight yarn it was a speedy project (even for a slow knitter like me) and with a twisted rib brim, plus my added pom pom, it kept me plenty interested. The super hot July weather won’t stop me from sporting this all-wool hat for a blog post soon! The yarn is Lark and Owl by Quince&Co.


I’ve also just cast on another hat and wound a ball of yarn for …another hat. The pretty mint yarn is by Duck Duck Wool in a super cute colorway called Wear Your Mittens (the pattern remains a secret until Sarah releases it). The other yarn is by Republic of Wool which I’ve paired with the Seasons hat pattern by Quince and Co. I’ve been sticking to very simple hat patterns lately as I work to improve my tension. I used to just wad up the yarn in my fist with no real method to the madness, and though it worked well for me I know that’s not the best way. It’s bad for tendinitis and bad for knitting with any kind of speed so I’ve since re-taught myself to wrap the yarn around my fingers in a more “proper” way.


Sewing with knits is a surefire way to crank out many projects at once and I’m really enjoying the instant gratification of that, especially since the weather has been so nice and I just want to be outside with the the Pokémon …just kidding, I don’t play but I totally get the appeal!

What are you working on lately?


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