500 Posts and Some Crafting

According to my WordPress app I hit 500 posts on the blog in late June. 


I say that is an impressive feat. Never thought it would get here! I have enjoyed blogging and hope to continue it. 

There has been spinning, knitting, and sewing going on in the precious spare time I have found lately. I keep thinking I should do a quick post, but something else gets in the way (and she is pretty cute!)


Spinning has gone well this month. While I wasn’t officially participating in the Tour de Fleece, I did set out to spin this Loop bump over the course of the month. I have managed about 4 of the 5.5 oz so far. Evie is making spinning a bit more challenging but she will sit on my lap and “help” for a few minutes. 

Sewing has become a slight obsession lately and I am not sure why. I subscribed to Seamwork Magazine and have enjoyed reading it. I feel it has really inspired me to do some sewing for myself. I hit up a sale at Joann’s to aquire some fabric to make this Sorbetto top. I had never done a garment for myself and this seemed like an easy one to start with. I couldn’t resist the little strawberries on this cotton. 

After the Sorbetto success I have fabric for another Sorbetto that is a slippery polyester/silk blend. Last weekend I spent 1 naptime (this is how you measure your free time if you are a parent) cuttinf out the 2nd Sorbetto and the fabric for my Adelaide dress. Both are awaiting some time for me to start sewing them.

Knitting is also going well, but slow since the other crafts have been calling dibs on the free time. I have knit up a few quick washcloths, made serious progress on a summer tee, knit a few rows on a shawl, and began knitting socks foe my bestie. Other projects are waiting in the wings as things get finished up. 

There is a quick recap of crafting in my life. 

Until next time…

-AMU

Another Craft

The heat is crazy here. It makes me really not want to knit a darn thing. So instead I have been dabbling in sewing. 

I have really enjoyed some Instagram posts of people and their handmade wardrobe lately. I have my sweaters and things but those aren’t great for summer. I have been into wearing skirts to beat the heat, especially to work. 

I decided this week I would try to sew up some wardrobe pieces for myself. I had already made a couple dresses for Evelyn and I have a few more planned for her already. 


I had this store bought skirt I found myself wearing often because of its lightweight cotton feel and imthe elastic waist. I decided to make another one for myself. I hit up a fabric sale at JoAnn’s and purchased some ivory linen/cotton fabric with this lovely embroidery on it. 


It was gorgeous! I stitched this up in an afternoon! Definitely would change how I did the elastic on the waistband in the future (not very good at sewing it down) and do it in a casing instead. No need to be a hero. I want to get some more fabric and make a few more skirts but not quite yet. 


Here’s a picture of the final result. It is super comfy! 

I have already started on my next project which is a free pattern by Colette called Sorbetto. 


Until next time…

-AMU

Nearly finished! 

It’s been a busy few months since my last post. The purple baby sweater and my Hiro just needs buttons. 

I decided to hand sew the reinforcing on either side of where I planned to cut. I was going to mahine sew it, but because I was quite comfy on the couch marathon watching the Newsroom with my husband I decided hand sewing was a better option. 

I took a little different approach and picked up and knit the button bands before cutting the steek. This was a) to prolong cutting my sweater and b) the yarn is superwash and I didn’t want to stress the cut ends while knitting the bands. 


The cutting part went quick. Not sure why I was so stressed about it. 


After cutting I tacked down the edges by using a blanket stitch and some waste yarn. I plan to add some ribbon to better reinforce it, but have not gotten to that point yet. 


Once all that was complete it was time to graft the armpits. Here I hit an unexpected snag. I had misread at some point and did not have the right amount of stitches to graft. It happened to be 7 stitches on one needle and 14 on the other. 


I made it work. It looks great too. 

All that is left is adding the buttons. I don’t expect to have those on until it is cool enough to wear a sweater. Right now with triple digit heat I am in no mood for sweater finishing. 

I did take the sweater to ZK retreat and got a pic with my friend Cori (irocknits) as she really helped me with this sweater and is the proclaimed Hiro Queen (she has knit 15 or so of these). 


There is enough leftover that I could probably knit a kid sized one for Evelyn. And I might. Haven’t decided yet.

Until next time….

-AMU

Ooh shiney!

A week or so ago I just decided to ignore the WIPs I had and cast on something new. A cardigan pattern had caught my eye and I just knew I had to knit one for Evie. 

 

I grabbed this yarn out of my stash that I had completely forgotten about. I figured it would be perfect as it is nearing the time when I can no longer make her a 1 skein sweater. It’s purple, super soft, and sparkly! 

The pattern is Playdate by Tincanknits. It is from the Max and Bohdi’s Wardrobe ebook which I picked up shortly after it was released. I just love their patterns.

 It has tiny pockets!! You see why I couldn’t resist this pattern.

It’s going quite well and I am working onnthe part where you split for the front and back. The yarn is wonderful to knit with as well.

I definitely see one of these soon in my size. I am thinking a pretty blue of some sort. 

Until next time…

-AMI

  

Magic Sleeves

So in my last post I mentioned my Hiro cardigan and my sleeve problem. 

 

Why are these so short?


Well, I finished off the yoke of the sweater and tried it on again. 

 You are correct if you noticed the sleeves are of a reasonable length. I am not sure exactly what happened, but they fit well. I am guessing that not having the yoke complete made it fit weird.

Either that, or my arms shrank. We’ll go with the former.

So now is the tedious process of picking out buttons. I can never seem to find what I want. Someone needs to open a button store in this town!! (Hear that entrepreneurs!?!)

 

Here are my selections from Joanns. Black, silver, and purple. I am leaning toward the purple ones. The button band will be solid dark grey so those should pop.  Thoughts?? Other button sources I am forgetting about? 

Until next time….

-AMU 
  

Blogging is Harder…

Blogging is harder than I remember it to be. I can’t seem to eek out the time to get a post together like I had been pre-baby. (That is how life is divided now: Pre-baby and post-baby.)

I have a running list of awesome things I want to blog about too! That is unusual for me to plan like that, but the list never magically materializes into a blog post. 

Here’s a quick catch up: 

Knitting

I am working diligently on my Hiro cardigan and it is going fairly well. I am at the ribbing on the top of the yoke. I did run into a wee bit of a snag and will have to really plan out how to fix it. 

 

Somehow I mismeasured and the sleeves are a few inches shorter than they should be. 

I cast on a new pair of socks when I was standing in line to caucus ealier in March. I have just turned the heel on ethe first one. It’s Arne & Carlos Regia with contrasting cuff, heel, and eventual toe. This is also my first ever (yes, really) completely stockinette sock. 

 I cast on a new shawl, Banner Day, for a KAL as well. It hasn’t gotten much progress yet, but it soon will as I will be getting to a lace chart portion on my other shawl and it will cease to be my “mindless knitting” at work. 

I don’t have pictures of either of those shawls. That should be remedied. 

Spinning

There is what I believe to be is a spinning wheel sitting in my upstairs bedroom. 

Cooking

Lately dinners have become “what can I cook real quick because I didn’t plan this week”. Meals have mostly been the old reliables (pasta, meat on grill, etc.)

Baby

A quick update on Miss E. She is now very, very mobile which is why all of the above is coming to a crawl. No more are the days of “here sit here and play while mom knits”. I am pretty much running around preventing her from getting into this and that. 

Hopefully I will get to posting more often than once in a blue moon. 

Until next time…

-AMU
  

In the Queue

Do you know what happens to your Ravelry queue when you have a baby (or a close friend has a baby)? You queue becomes this minefield of baby knits. You must knit all the baby things. Baby booties, baby hats, baby pants, baby bibs, baby sweaters, etc. It gets ridiculous pretty quick. That’s because all baby things are ADORABLE.

My queue and favorites on Ravelry had gotten out of control over the last year. So near the beginning of this year I took some time and really organized those baby items. I now have a bundle for things I want to knit Evie, a tag for things in the queue for her, and I tossed out many a knitted baby thing that I knew I just didn’t have time for. I realized also the knits that I love to dress her in are all of the adorable baby sweaters. 

Here are some of the ones I plan to knit in the coming year for her. I’m looking at doing most of these in the 1-2 year size. So I can really maximize the time she can wear them. All of these links go to Ravelry.

  1. Antler Cardigan by Tincanknits – I love Tincaknits’ knitting patterns. Very well written, very well organized, and comes in baby to adult sizes. This way I can be matchy matchy with my kiddo! This particular pattern will need about 2 skeins of worsted or a little less. I don’t currently have yarn for this in my stash, but I can see this being lovely in a cream or lighter neutral gray color.  

    Photo taken from Ravelry

     
  2. Flax by Tincanknits – (You might start seeing a TCK theme here.) This is a pullover. I have seen many knitted up on Ravelry in a striped pattern which I love! I think it will be a very versitale, everyday wear, type of knit. I had a rather cute pullover knit by a dear friend, but Evie has gotten too big for it. It was great if she just needed another layer in the cold winter temps.  

    Photo taken from Ravelry

     
  3. Welcome to the Flock by Julia Farwell-Clay – I knew my kiddo would have this sweater the moment I saw it on Ravelry. Heck, I want this sweater too! It’s super adorable, but I just haven’t found the yarn for it yet. This one might be one I make in the larger size so she can wear it a lot longer.  

    Photo taken from Ravelry

     
  4. Prarie Fire by Tincanknits – I had previously knit her a newborn size of this sweater. It was a favorite of ours up until this last month. At which point it became a crop top on her. Not cool. So this will be getting a revisit in a larger size.  

    Photo taken from Ravelry

     
  5. Playdate by Tincanknits – Yup, another TCK pattern. They just do good patterns and I can’t help it. This is an adorable cardigan. I don’t have a yarn in mind for it yet. It is fingering weight. I’m thinking maybe at one of my yarny events I plan to attend this year, I will pick up some yarn for it.  

    Photo taken from Ravelry

     

These are really the Top 5 sweaters I plan to knit. Not going to say I won’t do something else entirely. Every day it seems there are more cute baby sweaters put up on Ravelry. I do have a couple non-sweater knits planned out (those knitted monster pants are one!) And she will of course have plenty of hats to keep her little head warm. 

Until next time…

-AMU