• Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    For the first time in months, I joined my “Starbucks Knitting Group” this afternoon. It was wonderful to catch up in person over lattés and chai tea. They started a Mosaic-along last month (whew, no FOMO for that one since I finished up Sam’s just about a year ago). That’s me knitting a sock in the foreground. And Becca is sitting opposite me – with two knitting projects (Mosaic and Soutache – a little FOMO about that one) and yards of fabric destined to become smocks for her and another friend. The smock pattern was designed by Ellen Mason, a brand new name for me. Becca found her through a friend…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making for Europe.

    Yesterday’s Soyokaze finish was the last “official make” I’d planned for our trip. Doesn’t it look great with the tote?of course you do have to imagine it on me … with no pin holding it in place. and for sure a top. and pants. The tote was a lot of fun to make (even the cutting wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be) and the lining fabric – a Rifle Paper Co print on canvas (purchased at my “local” fabric store – sadly, the shop is a 45 minute drive in good traffic, but still…) – makes me smile every time I see it. Thanks to those finishes, I…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making.

    September is always a month I look forward to – back-to-school, college football, cooler temperatures (sweater weather!), Charlie’s birthday – and this year promises something new. My mom invited me to accompany her on her first trip to Europe; we are headed to Vienna on the 24th for a cruise on the Danube River! I’ll have a lot more to share about our trip – but for today (after all it is Thursday) – it’s three things I’m making to wear while I’m there. We’ve been stalking the weather forecasts for Vienna (we’ll be there for three days at the beginning of the trip) and Nuremberg (two days at the end)…

  • Just Life,  Sewing

    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    I hope you weren’t expecting to see a third – successful – attempt to start Soyokaze 🙂 I did wind that mess of yarn into a neat ball, but that’s all that’s happened with that project since yesterday. maybe tomorrow I’ll have a good (un) unraveled story to share! But for today, I have two tiny moments … that tell a different part of the story I’d like to remember about what’s happening in my life right now. I joked with Kym last week that this blog seemed to be morphing into mere-et-feets. and I wouldn’t blame y’all for rolling your eyes at one more reminder that I broke a…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, y’all! Friday is one of my favorite days of the week (still, even retired) and my usual rotation of Friday posts – finished objects, Cheers! and TGIF – are always fun ones to write. I did finish a dress this week, and I have a solid plan for new cocktail (once I can visit the grocery store on my own), but for this week, it’s TGIF! Thinking about … zippers and buttonholes. in other words, taking my sewing to the next level. a level that even has me thinking about a mostly handmade wardrobe. Marc has been super encouraging about my sewing (he offered to drive me to Joann’s…

  • Sewing

    Sewing Progress.

    All this time at home has been good for many things, but I’m especially thankful for the push to get back into sewing. Ditto the internet for patterns and tutorials … and so many of you with experience for your encouragement and advice! With four solid successes,  all of which include darts and facings, I decided I was ready to tackle the Uniform Tunic. I knew (thank you Kat and Kym) that the Uniform darts would require some adjustments. whoa. no kidding! The Uniform pattern is the one on the bottom. Next is the Esmé tunic (which I’m wearing in the bottom two photos above) and on top is the Willow…

  • Sewing

    FO Friday | Willow Tank & Another Kiomi Top.

    I shared this selfie on Instagram Tuesday afternoon. My first Willow Tank turned out really well! I was definitely intimidated by the bias bindings and those 1/4″ seams. Turns out, I have a 1/4″ presser foot from my quilter-wanna-be days! Worked like a charm. I was a little unsure about the fit at first – maybe it was big?. All the lovely sewists who share their projects on Instagram don’t really show much at all about fit (and let’s not even talk about how unhelpful the “garment on a hanger” or “garment on the floor with a pretty flower” photos are!) and most of the woven garments in my closet…

  • Books,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday | Bingo!

    Yes indeed! I finished three more books this week and finally made not one, but two Bingos! As much fun as it is to check off those boxes, it’s even better when the books are really good: Homegoing (upper left corner). I finished this dark-early yesterday morning and I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything I want to say about it. But I’ve already told three people since then that they must read it (and I do think this is a “read with your eyes” book; I don’t say that very often, but there are a lot of characters to keep straight and the language is so beautiful you…

  • Just Life

    Weekending in a Boot.

    Hopefully we’re one down and one to go; but staying (mostly) inside and off my feet still made for a pretty sweet weekend. Marc got us off to a great start Friday night with snacks and the first two episodes of Yellowstone. One of his golfing buddies had talked about the show and said it was like Longmire, except with Kevin Costner. I’ll say it’s more like Dallas, except with Kevin Costner, a little more violence and awesome Montana scenery. Highly recommend! Saturday morning I finished up my second Esme Top/Owyn Shorts ensemble.  I used the linen leftover from last spring’s aborted Daily Stitching exercise (meaning this was a “free”…

  • Just Life

    A Sunday Afternoon Outing.

    Sunday afternoon, I met up with Deena and Karen for some knitting (and coffee, and chitchat, of course). At the time, I had no idea that would be my last on-my-own outing for a few weeks. I’m glad it was that and not something humdrum like a trip to Costco or the post office. I’m also glad I stopped at JoAnn’s on the way and bought fabric for two more tops and a pair of pants (yes, pants!).  The gray linen is for the pants; the light fabric with the x’s is for the Willow Tank; and the dark will be another Kiomi Top. I’m planning to tweak the top…