• Knitting

    FO Friday | Lilli Pilli.

    I had the best intentions of getting this post up a few hours ago … just like I’m sure Nadal and Djokovic figured they’d be done with their match by now 😉 I did take advantage of the break between matches to snap a few photos of my latest FO – Lilli Pilli. Yep, I finished a knitting project! I’m really pleased with how it turned out – especially after my false start. And a few boo-boo’s in that garter stitch ribbing when I was knitting in low light and couldn’t tell the difference between the two colors.The colors do look remarkably similar … except in good light. My favorite…

  • Sewing

    FO Friday | Kiomi Top.

    I’m wearing it as I type this … with a smile on my face. Marc’s playing golf this afternoon or I’d have a modeled shot to share. This is my third garment from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style. I have fabric/plans to make another top and a dress with this pattern (top in the gray printed linen and dress in the Liberty lawn – left and second to left respectively  – which I bought last month at Purl Soho). I’m glad I decided to tackle a top version, with linen I bought at JoAnns, first. This was my first time making/applying bias binding and my first time in many years sewing…

  • Sewing

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …provide the perfect opportunity to wear a new outfit! Yes! I finished the Esme Top to accompany the Owyn Shorts (both patterns from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style). The fabric is from last month’s visit to Purl Soho (1-1/2 yards of Watercolor Linen in Lilac Bark – $31.20). I think Marc smiled when I told him I’d used 30 dollars of fabric to make this. I couldn’t tell for sure though since my back was turned. My Monday afternoon knitting group includes a few seamstresses. It was especially nice to debut this first handmade outfit with ladies who “get it”. The pattern really does fit me well (I made the XS with…

  • Sewing

    Sewing Shorts!

    That’s right, y’all – I finished the shorts! and I’m officially launching the Sewing category on mere-et-filles! I’m going to wait until the top is finished to model them for you. But they fit – elastic is good that way 😉 – and I’m proud of how nice they look on the outside and the inside. I was also surprised how quickly the “actual sewing” was. I spent a few hours cutting the pieces, a few more hours researching seam finishing techniques*, half an hour practicing seams and the overlock stitch, and just a couple of hours sewing (even with having to rip and re-stitch the second hem twice). There…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | The Blanket’s Tale (the end).

    As I mentioned early last week, the blanket was finished, washed and packed in plenty of time to travel to New York in my suitcase. It looks perfectly at home on Sara’s sofa. She prefers the backside; I’ll admit it definitely shows the gradient to full advantage, but the knitter in me thinks the right side is pretty cool. I’m glad I’ll get to picture her, sitting right (t)here, snuggled, warm and wrapped in love. The project is on Ravelry, here. I don’t often think this about a project this big, but I’m hoping to knit another one (maybe with a worsted weight yarn so it goes a little faster?…

  • Just Life

    Looking Back | May.

    Today I’m looking back at May … one last time … through the lens of my daily photos. I expected the blanket to dominate, so I was surprised to see a lot more than knitting! …and a lot more blues skies than I remember (but surely my photos don’t lie). I also realize I completely forgot to share an FO with y’all – Sunday the 6th, I debuted Bateaux Mouches. The finished piece is just what I hoped it would be – a light, airy cloud. The girls in my knitting group are divided about what a great knit this is … I love the endless rows of garter stitch…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Edie.

    Happy Friday, y’all! It feels like it’s been the longest week, and I still have things left to-do on my list, but one thing I do get to cross off is five days of blog posts … and finished Edie photos! I’m really pleased with the length now (and so happy I spent the eight-ish hours to fix it). Ravelry details here  Isabell Kraemer is one of my favorite designers – great shapes, fun details and well-written patterns – and Edie delivers all of these. Isabell wrote the pattern to use a 100% linen yarn (the lovely Quince & Co. Sparrow). She says she added the slip-stitch stripe detail – barely…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Quick Sand.

    Sunday afternoon – in addition to coloring (and showing off my spring pedicure) – we took finished photos of Quick Sand. I’m not sure holding a toddler really shows off the sweater details, but this is the fourth time I’ve knit the pattern. Y’all know what it looks like, right? My gauge was a little tighter than what the pattern called for, so I knit the next up size. It worked perfectly. I followed Heidi’s excellent instructions as written except for the hems. On the body, I worked two rows of garter before binding off; and on the sleeves, I went down a needle size to work those two rows…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Comfort Fade Cardi.

    When I cast on (way back on March 4), I thought this might be just the project to convince Spring to come … and stay. Turns out she wasn’t that easily tempted. I bound off the stitches while we were in North Carolina and finished it up late last week. I’ve already had two chances to wear it – and thankfully, Sara was around for one of them take photos. Raveled here  I’m a newbie to the whole “fade” thing, and it was only when Tanis (from my favorite indie dyer TanisFiberArts) released kits that I succumbed. The pattern itself is a very (very) basic topdown seamless raglan – easy…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Parallelogram Scarf.

    Yes, indeed, it’s finished! Ravelry details here …and it’s a beauty.  It’s also a bit of a beast – my finished piece is about 30 (thirty!) inches longer than the pattern suggests … but it’s another cold windy day here and a double wrapped scarf around my neck (on top of a turtleneck) feels nice. even inside. Those last few inches went fast – I had about 10g (from a 100 g ball) of each color left when I set it aside for our trip. I picked it up again Thursday evening and by Saturday evening the knitting was done. So done, in fact that I had to rip back…