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Building a wardrobe

I’ve been doing this challenge without realizing that I was doing it.  I love creating one-of-a-kind garments. My first focus was I was greatly in need of cute workout clothing especially leggings. Well I found the perfect pattern, Sloan leggings!  It has a curved separate waistband with pocket for keys, cards, or phone. It also stays up through a long run or using them as PJ pants. Yes i wear tested the heck out of my muslin. I’ve made a self drafted legging and another with a waist band that was same as the legs.  They weren’t great, but they weren’t horrible. They sat in my drawer while continued to search for the right pattern.  Since I made my wearable muslin of Sloan by Hey june, I’ve completed 5 pairs of them. I love them and want more but now I need more tops.   Sloan leggings worked out of the pdf for me. Especially once I figured out I really did need knit interfacing not just my basic lightweight woven one. I made both views. I love the...


Five Minute Friday: Gather

I am going to try to join in with this weekly prompt to get my blogging muscles back in shape. This week is Gather. Gathering is so important to me. It’s about community. If I can’t gather with friends in person or online via twitter, google hangout, skype, ravelry or instagram, I feel a bit sad. I love the connections that get made each time we gather together. When I move somewhere new, I look for places to gather with like minded people. For me that tends to be church. I take my time visiting several and asking God to guide my choice. I don’t like to change churches often so I take the decision very seriously. The only time I’ve never really had a choice in a church since becoming an adult was when Churchable and I got married. It was much harder for me to find connections but I made friendships and I miss those friends. They aren’t far away but not close enough for a casual visit especially with kids in tow now. Our current church...


It’s Been 5 Years. I’m Back!

It’s been five years since I last blogged. A lot has changed. I felt the winds of change. I didn’t expect what came. I thought we were going to move faraway for an awesome job and I was going to throw myself into the new world, well not exactly. What came was… Kids: I’d been told on my 30th birthday that kids were statistically impossible without fertility drugs. I decided to not do a thing. Amazingly my body decided to fix itself a mere 9 months later, I was pregnant and it took me 6 to 8 weeks to realize the fact. Since that time we have had two kids: our first in October of 2010 (EaZyC)  and the second in December of 2013 (BeQuiet). Move: That move happened, but not exactly how we expected it. My husband was offered a job out of the blue; 3 months after our first child was born. It was a contractor position, so he lived on or near the site. I didn’t move. I would go visit him occasionally. But for the...


FO Friday: The 9 month sweater

Wow my butt looks so tiny in this picture. Still in shock of my new body. Pattern: Wheat-Ear Cable Yoke by Pam Allen from Interweave Knits Summer 2007 project page Yarn: Cascade Yarns Venezia Worsted in Olive (818 yards – 3.75 skeins) Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) Inox Express Circular, US 6 (4.0mm) Crystal Palace Circular, US 7 (4.5mm) Crystal Palace Circular and US 7 (4.5mm) Asciano Circular Needles Mods: This is one giant modification.  The pattern is designed in pieces from the bottom up.  I knit it top down in the round.  RobinM and I decided to do a convert-a-long for this pattern during the 1st Quarter of the Sexy Knitters Club.  I have a sinking suspicion that Robin bailed on me.  I don’t blame her since this sweater took me just a tiny amount of less than a full term pregnancy.  I cast on January 8th and cast off September 8th.  It was a shock the day this finally was placed into the sink to block. Facts to Remember: That hem ribbing should be more than the 3...


The Bonus FOs: Cowl edition

I can’t believe that my most recent knitting FO post was back in early februrary. Shocking. Sorry to leave ya’ll hanging like that. Pattern: Thermis by Kris Knits (ravelry pattern link) project page Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Marron Oscuro (152 yards) Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) Inox Express circular (lazy loop method) Mods: Instead of casting on 8 stitches in backwards loop method, I picked up the stitches from the back so as to avoid seaming in the end. Facts to Remember: This pattern is off on the gauge, so I just grabbed one needle size down from the stated needle size and cast on.  The knitting went perfect from there on out, but its always good to check the ravelry forums and the comments on the pattern and people’s projects for errata info. Things I Love:  The color of the yarn.  I can’t wait till the weather is perfect for this yummy cowl. Pattern: Fabrege Cowl by Nina Machlin Dayton (ravelry pattern link) project page Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Buscando Azul (150 yards) Needles: US...


WIP Wednesday

Patterns: Hedgie (aka Smith by Ysolda) in Noro Silk Garden Sock Pearl Drop sock in Madtosh sock Dr. G’s Memory Vest in Malabrigo...