• Knitting,  Sewing

    Me Made May 2019.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! Marc is playing in a golf tournament this weekend and I find myself enjoying an evening at home, by myself. I poured a glass of wine, made some popcorn and sat down to reflect back on Me Made May. Y’all have been so supportive – and helpful! – about my me-made journey … I thought you might enjoy this recap, too. I set myself the goal of wearing something me-made for every day this month – and I did that. and actually – with just a few exceptions – I didn’t feel all that limited in my options. I don’t know that that I’ll ever…

  • Just Life,  Sewing

    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! I wrote a few weeks back about how much I enjoy sitting down late on a Monday afternoon to write a weekending post. Writing a TGIF post late on a Friday afternoon is also a joy … especially when the weather gods have been kind enough to grant Marc an afternoon round of golf and me an afternoon “alone” with my podcasts, my thoughts, my sewing machines … and Holly! Thinking about … my making plans. I know. again. (always.) But #memadeMay is helping me identify what I wear, what I like to wear … and where the gaps are. This week, I made progress…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share another update about what I’m knitting … and a little about what I’m doing while I’m not knitting. Lately, it seems like I’ve spent a lot more time on the latter than usual. or maybe I’m just entering into a “new usual”?! On the knitting – I couldn’t even bring myself to take a photo of the brown blob that is my Olive Leaf Pullover. I am enjoying 25 rounds of plain stockinette in the round – the period after joining together the front and back and before beginning the Olive Leaf chart for the body. I think this is the…

  • Just Life

    Early April Weekending.

    Hello friends – how was your weekend? Ours was nice. a good mix of our same old routines Friday night snacks, a nice meal (candles, wine, placemats) on Saturday, solo walks with Holly that provided lovely opportunities to see Spring and catch up with a few excellent recent podcast episodes. The weather was golf-worthy both days, so I had more time to myself, perfect for sewing – yay! for the first time this year – I did have to get out the instruction manual for both machines just to be sure I had things threaded properly 😉 the beginning of the latest season of Call the Midwife (it’s streaming on…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends! I’m delighted to be joining Kat’s lovely mid-week link-up today. On the knitting front, I am happy to report no unraveling on Marsa Alam.Since I took these photos yesterday afternoon, there’s now one sleeve in process. I worked the button bands and collar first to be sure I would have enough pink to finish both sleeves. Also, I have tried it on, and apparently I’m not as well endowed as my dress form *ahem* the fronts meet quite comfortably on me (and both sides really are the same length) 😉  I’m still smitten by that sleeve construction … it makes me happy every time I see it! To…

  • Just Life,  Knitting,  Sewing

    TGIF.

    Three cheers for Friday! I failed to note in last week’s love letter to March that this year it has five Fridays. as if we even needed one more reason to love her 🙂 Thinking about Book Bingo. I’m not sure I want to play this summer, which also makes me not sure I want to host. If you have a strong reaction to this (in either direction), please let me know (and if you’d rather not leave a comment, you can always email me – there’s a button in the sidebar (under “Elsewhere” – it’s the envelope icon) that pops up an email window addressed to me). Thank you! Grateful…

  • Sewing

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …build confidence. The photo below is from yesterday morning, after I finally got up the courage (and the brain power*) to take my new serger out of the box and flip through the manual.“Overwhelmed” would’ve been an understatement (not only because I’ve used a serger exactly once – the night of my Lark Tee sewing class – and even then all I did was serge four edges of a t-shirt).  I decided to wait another day (there was a silver lining – my craft room is now completely neat and tidy … and I knitted 😉 ). Thanks to that *below, I didn’t go to knitting this afternoon. Instead, I…

  • Sewing

    FO Friday | Lark Tee.

    I am delighted that the unraveled story I shared here last week has a happy ending! It took a week for me to get up the courage to try again, but thanks to a walking foot, a lot of practice on test strips and a few YouTube videos, it’s finished.  I’m really proud of how it turned out. I ended up using a narrow zig-zag stitch with the walking foot for the topstitching and it worked great.  Even better – it fits! The pattern is Lark Tee by Grainline Studios and the fabric is Art Gallery’s Splendid Oath Ink, purchased at Topstitch, to go along with the Learn to Sew…

  • 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…