I Made A Dress

One of my resolutions this year was to make, thrift, or mend a clothing item if I need a new one. I hadn’t sewn a garment since I was in college (20 years ago), and that was pajama pants (not a difficult thing to make).

I’ve started attending a new church (OK, fine, “sporadically attending” would be a better way to phrase that). People at my new church dress up on Sundays, and I don’t have many dresses. I decided to go crazy and make a dress.

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I made the Fen Dress by Fancy Tiger Crafts. Is it perfect? Hell no. Is it done? YES! I’m looking forward to wearing it for the rest of the winter. I used flannel, so the dress is nice and cozy. It’s basically pajamas I can wear in public.

I made lots of mistakes while making this dress, several you can probably see in this photo if you are an avid sewer. I have a hard time loving crafts that I’m not immediately good at. I did enjoy the process enough to want to sew more. I would like to get to the point where I’m OK at sewing. I don’t know if I’ll ever advance to zippers.

The Fen Dress pattern comes with a shirt version of the dress. I think I’m going to make that next. I want to see if the process goes better the second time I make the pattern.

Do you sew? Do you have any easy sewing patterns you would recommend? What is your favorite thing to sew?

South Marysburgh Slippers

I finally decided what to knit my mother-in-law. She loves felted slippers, so I usually make her a pair every year. I do not like felting, so I decided to take this year off. After a lot of searching I decided to make her slippers that weren’t felted. I think she will appreciate having a light weight slipper for days that are cool instead of cold.

I stumbled upon the South Marysburgh Slippers in my favorites on Ravelry. I was pleased that it was a free pattern and only used about 100 yards of yarn. 100 yards is all that was left of my gift knitting attention span, so it was ideal.

I love this pattern. It knits up quickly. I was able to finish one slipper at a knit night last night. I like how the slippers look. I’ll be making this pattern again. I have plans to make a pair for a friend soon. I might make a pair for myself too. I think it is a great way to use up a 50g skein.

I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted I had floating around in my stash. I imagine she will be happy she can throw these in the wash.

Last night was International Knit for Peace Day. Did you participate? Ivy and I had plans to eat cheese and drink wine at my house, but she suggested we visit Knitting Next Door in Ankeny for their Knit For Peace knit night. I am glad we went. It was a nice group regular knitters. all of whom were welcoming. As an added bonus, Christina, the creator of Project Peace was there too. I was able to show off pictures of my Project Peace cowl to the designer. It was a great night, and it left me feeling more peaceful (also more nacho full, as Ivy and I shared nachos after knitting).

I hope you are getting any Christmas knitting done that you planned to do. I also hope you are finding peace in your life during this busy season.

Blocked Nightshift

My shawl is blocked. I love how it turned out. It is huge, which will make it nice and toasty this winter.

Side note – did you know that you can sing “I’m a Shawl Blocker” to the same tune as the late 80s jingle “I’m a Wheel Watcher“? Good luck ever blocking a shawl again without singing that to yourself.20181112_1321217959585064451002238.jpg

I had so much fun knitting this shawl. I love that I was able to use yarn from my stash (mostly leftover from Mary-Claire’s wrap) to complete this shawl. I kind of hope someone asks for this for Christmas next year so I can make it again.20181112_1322165235149338418267555.jpg

Another side note – I might add photography to Audrey’s preschool home school curriculum so I can have someone else take pictures of me in my knitting.

Have a great week!

New Hats

I finished the Little Boxes hats for Audrey and Elliot yesterday. They both love having a hat that matches Daddy’s.20181028_1151397766422218341926674.jpg

I didn’t adapt the pattern much. I did not adjust the number of cast on stitches. The hat is stretch enough it works in the adult size, and this way they will be able to wear them for several years. I reduced the number of pattern repeats by 1/3. 20181028_1151425638508863825725659.jpg

I hope that there isn’t much need for warm wool hats for another month, but it is the end of October and this is Iowa, so we will probably need them before too long.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. I’m now off to watch football and drink tea and knit obsessively.

WIP Wednesday: 38/52

I got a lot of knitting done this week.

I made a hat for John. Our anniversary was last week. The traditional gift for 7 years is wool, so I picked up some yarn in colors I thought he would like. He picked out the pattern (Little Boxes Beanie by Benjamin Matthews). This was a fun, fast knit. I’m going to make Elliot and Audrey hats that match John (if I ever get around to it).20180926_1543461786263975601356255.jpgI finished my sweater.20180923_1633467145695112801741029.jpg

Twice, actually, because after blocking the sleeves grew about six inches. I fixed that.

And now I am never going to take it off.20180926_1106121359089853249569434.jpg

I cast on a Zadie sweater as soon as I finished the caramel sweater. If I’m going to meet my goal of knitting it before Thanksgiving I’m going to have to knit a skein a week. It will be an easy project to travel with, as it is all stockinette. It is, however, incredibly boring to knit, so having the deadline is probably a good thing. Without the knitalong this would end up in a project bag for months.

I finished the first stocking and cast on the second one. I will duplicate stitch the names and years on to the stockings when they are both done. I hope to have these both done in a couple of weeks.

Once I’m done with the stockings and sweater I’ll pick up the socks again. Until then they will sit in their project bag.

I hope you had a productive week too!

What’s On Deck

I’ve finished the first sleeve on my sweater. That means I really need to sit down and get to work on it. But I’m not doing that. Instead, I’m planning what to knit next. I have three items on deck.

First up: Stockings. I’m making two for my friend’s girls. My plan is to work 10 rows a day on these. That will get them done by Thanksgiving, and I won’t get sick of colorwork if I’m only doing 10 rows a day. I’ve made these stockings a few times. I love the design, but the toe and heel have given me fits each time. I am going in to this project knowing I’m going to ignore her directions and do what I think makes sense.20180914_1155287694026387886452700.jpg

Sweater Knitalong. My friend Ivy and I have had Craftsy sweater kits in our stashes for too long. That changes now. We’re each working on our sweaters with the goal of finishing them by Thanksgiving. This is a bit of a stretch goal, as I can’t start on the sweater until I finish the one that is already on the needles. I’m going to make the Zadie sweater in Caribbean. I’m hoping the relaxed fit and casual design of this sweater will have me reaching for it instead of a hoodie this winter. I don’t remember which sweater Ivy is making, but I do know it is a different pattern. If you have a sweater waiting to be knit you should join us in making a Thanksgiving sweater. 20180914_1154413517288618213395725.jpg

After I finish the Zadie Sweater I’m going to start the Everyday Shawl by Jenny F. At least I think I am. I am still undecided on the pattern, but I know I want to make a shawl with my latest batch of CSA yarn from Garden Wool & Dye Co. I won the drawing for free yarn for participating in her knitalong, so I received two skeins in my box this month.20180914_1153521253118397113837728.jpg

I am really going to miss being in the CSA, but I don’t knit fast enough to justify it for more than the three months subscription.

If you have any shawl suggestions for this yarn please let me know. I want something simple that lets the yarn shine. I also want to knit something that is interesting to knit so my brain doesn’t turn to mush when I pick it up.

What are you planning to knit next?