I finished grading earlier this week, and desperately needed something to do that wasn't like being a professor. Also, it got HOT and I want more summer-friendly clothes without hard waistbands. So I cut out three more Cleo Skirts, and sewed two of them! https://flic.kr/p/2kZYCvZ The pink one is the first one I sewed; it's… Continue reading New skirts!
I'm almost to the end of the grading for this semester, and what I've needed more than anything is comfort knitting. For me, that's typically plain stockinette in the round. Which is what led me to cast on for a project I got a kit for something like 2 years ago: Marie Wallin's "Bressay" design… Continue reading Comfort knitting
Last night, just as I was in the middle of binding off my sock, my needle SNAPPED. It's a brand new needle! (A Knitter's Pride Dreamz size 1, for the record.) I wasn't even putting a lot of pressure on it; I've snapped size 1 dpns before trying to execute tight decreases and such, but… Continue reading Snap!
What a year of mothering it has been. This time last year, I was marveling at how we'd managed to make it through 2 months of remote learning and remote working together. And now we've kept it going for 14 straight months. I'm not going to pretend it's been easy. It hasn't been. But it… Continue reading Mother’s Day, 2021
I've finished the knitting on my flowery sweater! https://flic.kr/p/2kUHbk7 I've also made a bit more progress on the embroidery; I'm about 1/2 of the way around the yoke in terms of finishing the flowers that I couldn't knit while the yoke was in progress. I've made it across the front and almost all of the… Continue reading Hanging on
I only have a little bit of knitting left on sleeve number two, and then I'll have completed all of the knitting for this embroidered flower sweater (which needs a better name). Then it's just finishing all of the embroidery and blocking! https://flic.kr/p/2kTyWtg One of the things I've discovered in the knitting of this sweater… Continue reading Almost to the finish line!
Today is my 38th birthday. (It's also the start of Ramadan, so I send good wishes to all who celebrate!) 38 doesn't seem like an especially "interesting" birthday, though I suppose it does mean that it's now been 20 years since I was in high school. Time has been really weird this year because of… Continue reading Hello, 38.
I knew when I dreamed up making a sweater based on the "Late Bloomer" mittens from Making magazine that it would be a labor of love. It's slow-going, but with a bit of embroidery each evening, I've now got flowers completely encircling the yoke! I just need to embroider them a bit further down on… Continue reading Yoke Progress, Ravelry Sadness
The Spring Equinox is also our 16th wedding anniversary (and, because we adopted our two of our cats 8 weeks after our wedding, when they were 8 weeks old, their approximate 16th birthday!). So it's a big day! I hope everyone had a wonderful first day of Spring, even if you live in a place… Continue reading Happy Spring!
Now that my Farmhouse cardigan is off the needles (and has already been worn several times, including today), I want to share the other two projects that I'm currently working on. One is pictured above, and I'll get to it in a second, but first: thrums! https://flic.kr/p/2kGGJzr My daughter was looking over my shoulder as… Continue reading What I’m working on
I finished my second Farmhouse Cardigan last week, and it had finished drying after blocking in time for me to sew on the buttons last night. I'm really thrilled with how it came out! Project Details:Pattern: Farmhouse Cardigan by Amy ChristoffersYarn: Cascade Eco+ in "Aporto", just under 2 skeinsNeedles: Size 8sTime to knit: About a… Continue reading Finished Farmhouse #2!
Since my last post, I've taken photos a few times with plans to write about them here on the blog, and then not actually done it. I'm teaching 4 classes this semester, so I've been quite busy since the beginning of February! But I'm actually (very temporarily) caught up on work today, so I figured… Continue reading What I’ve been up to
Much like the first Wardie I made, the seaming on this sweater nearly broke me, but the end result is worth it! Project Details:Pattern: Wardie, from Ysolda TeagueYarn: Rauma Finullgarn in color 4886, 7 skeinsNeedles: Size 3 and Size 5Time to knit: About 2 months I knew what to expect this time around, since it… Continue reading Magenta Wardie is finished!
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be able to make my own wardrobe, and the more I learn about unsustainable practices in the fashion industry, the more interested I am in creating more of my clothes by hand. I obviously have the knitwear side of the equation pretty well figured out, but… Continue reading I sewed things!
And these are indeed Hard Times for Soft Hearts like mine. We've been living with this pandemic for 10 months. The numbers of COVID cases and deaths just keep rising, and seem likely to only rise further as we move more deeply into the post-holiday surge. We're not vaccinating fast enough. And on Wednesday, while… Continue reading Well, now it’s 2021.