Author: sparkeespud

2017 Year in Review

Whoosh! 2017 went by in a blur. The year was filled with sewing, knitting, chasing a toddler, trips, and many other fun adventures. We added another engineer at the end of the year when Ryan got his B.S. In Mechanical Engineering. I am really proud of him. It had been a long journey for all of us.

Knitting Recap

According to Ravelry my totals for 2017 are as follows:

15 Completed Projects

  • 3 pairs of adult socks finished (1 pair was a WIP from 2016)
  • 2 pairs of toddler socks (and she loves them!)
  • 2 hats
  • 2 pairs of finglerless mitts
  • 12 ornaments
  • 1 pair toddler mittens
  • 1 finished sweater for me (in FINGERING WEIGHT)

I have a few WIPs to carry over to 2018 including 2 sweaters for Evie, 2 pairs of socks for me, and a shawl (that I may or may not finish).

Knitting in 2017 because more about quality and less about quantity. I think that is how knitting will be for the time being. I enjoy the few minutes here or there and the finished objects are enjoyed a lot more.

Sewing Recap

2017 might not have been super heavy on knitting, but it definitely made up for it in the sewing arena.

  • 9 Dresses for myself (including my Belle Costume)
  • 11 Tops for myself
  • 3 pairs of leggings for myself
  • 5 skirts for me
  • 7 pairs of pants/leggings/shorts for Evie
  • 4 dresses for Evie (including her Belle Dress)
  • 2 Shirts for Evie
  • 1 Poncho for Evie

That’s a lot of sewing. And I learned so much from it. I love how I’m able to make clothes that fit well and are comfortable. The hard part with all of the sewing is finding the time. Unlike knitting it’s difficult to stop halfway thought a project. Cutting is usually done on one day or in one sitting. The sewing might be done in parts over the next few days. 42 things sewn! That is an achievement.

2018 I’m looking at expanding into more woven fabrics and being more precise in my finishing. I’m looking to get a serger to make some aspects a little quicker (hello leggings!). My sewing area needs cleaned, organized, and better lighting. It’s all a work in progress.

I’m hoping I can create knitted item that compliment my sewn items and vice versa.

Welcome 2018!



2016 in Review

Every year I try to do some sort of post that is a recap of what I accomplished the year before, so here it is for 2016.

    Last blog post was July 28, 2016. Nearly 6 months ago to the day. Having time to blog has definitely been something that I miss dearly. I enjoyed sharing my projects here on a regular basis and reading about others projects. I can say that I haven’t kept up with too many blogs as of late either. Most of this can be attributed to someone tiny (well not so much anymore) keeping most of my “free” time locked up in games of peek-a-boo, please pick this up mom, and exploring all sorts of new things in the world from the eyes of a small person. I wouldn’t trade any of that for a blog post. Ever.

Surveying the world, Dec 2016

Knitting was prevalent in 2016. I am actually kind of amazed at how much I accomplished given the lack of long stretches of time to sit and knit. Knitting was done in short spurts on my lunch break, in the passenger seat of the car, in the wee hours of the morning before everyone is awake, or during the wonderful time of day called nap time. It definitely changed what kind of knitting I was doing. Nothing overly complicated, but instead a bit of garter, some stockinette, a little colorwork, etc. Projects were of a more simple nature too. 

(Break for a bit as I read a book to Ms. Evelyn. I will return, I promise.)

Project Totals

  • 3 Pairs of Adult socks
  • 1 pair of baby socks(never worn, her feet grew too fast!)
  • 1 pair of booties
  • 1 Shawl
  • 1 scarf (started in 2015 and finished in 2016)
  • 3 pairs of mitts or mittens
  • 1 Hiro Sweater, colorwork, and steeked! 
  • 1 laceweight summer top (finished during winter so has yet to be worn!)
  • 3 toddler sweaters
  • 2 adult hats
  • 3 toddler hats
  • 1 retreat bunting triangle 
  • Multiple advent mittens (finally finished all 24 after Christmas!)
  • 6 washcloths

In total 24 projects (the washcloths I count as 1 project). I would say it was a good year for knitting. I focused on enjoying the time I spent knitting. This either meant knitting patterns I enjoy, working with yarn I love, or knitting gifts for the special people in my life.

Spinning really didn’t happen in 2016. I spun and finished 1 5.5 oz loop bump for the entire year. Right now there are tiny hands that want to play with my wheel. She is getting to the point where spinning is beginning to happen again. I managed to get the wheel out and clean it a few weeks ago. We will see what 2017 holds for spinning.

2017 is off to a decent start.

Until next time…


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…


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…


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….


Ooh shiney!

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…



Magic Sleeves

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….