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 2 tone ones and can’t wait to find the right fabric for a top to wear with it.  I have one made but I am not sure if it is too matchy matchy. In addition to the mass of leggings, I completed a cute alphabet soup wikstan tank. Omg I adore this pattern as a knit; I am not really a fan of it in woven especially with my blessed bustline. I also completed a daytripper tunic. Wow is this cozy. The pockets had me hemming and hawing about if I should eliminate them next time. I now am totally in love with them. I just might use a thinner fabric the next time. I just want to live in this shirt forever. Sadly it requires washing often.  I graded the hips to the next larger size so as not too be too snug. I also made a split shirt tail hem instead of the snug ribbed hem. I like that it hangs loosely and will probably do it again.  Just need more fabric for another one. Next up is a summery wardrobe, I have a list of pattern in my head. I will post a color theme followed by the patterns I have in...

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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 has amazing community that stretches beyond our members. We reach out to the homeless and help them when we can. The doors of our church are open often. We gather to worship, study the Bible, food and have fun. Our fun events involve movie nights and occasionally game nights. Before BeQuiet was born, I hosted a crafting for the holidays group. How do you find community and gather with...

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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 first year of our son’s life, I was a single mom during the week. It was rough and after that year, my husband was offered a job. I really didn’t want to move way out on the Washington coast that I felt was impossibly far from everything. It turns out my fears were unfounded. I have found many deep new friendships and relationships. I found a home for the first time in our marriage thanks to a fantastic church that is walking distance from our home. I love that my husband has a new job. I am so excited about our new home on the Olympic coastline. We walk most places now and explore the mundane, like giant water puddles on the way home from church. Allergies: This one has been all consuming. After that year of single parenting, I realized something was wrong with our first son. It took me so long because I was so sleep deprived from him never sleeping. It took awhile. I slowly figured out that he might be allergic to Dairy and Eggs. Of course I panicked. How do you cook for this allergy group? Let alone cook for a small human? So I hunkered down in panic mode in a new town far from the conveniences of easy substitutes trying to figure out what is possible to cook when you take away all dairy and eggs. All breakfast food were out or at least in my brain, they were. The only option I saw was to cook vegan and add meat in when appropriate. So I did. I jokingly called this adventure “vegan with a side of animal”. I learned how to cook without dairy and eggs. Our son got so much better. He slept at night– and he started sleeping by himself! It was–I can’t begin explain how awesome it was. Sadly, I became very paranoid whenever we left the house. I feel so much for every parent who has to deal with allergies. After 9 months of clean eating, my mom accidentally gave him eggs. This was a blessing in disguise. Nothing happened. I thought “wow that is great!” So we gave him an egg every day for a week and...

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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 rows that so many designers consider acceptable.  Depending on my hems mood, it will flip up or stay down.  That the right needles make the knit more enjoyable.  Lastly I shouldn’t dread knitting the sleeves because really they aren’t that bad, especially with my new skinny arms. Things I Love:  That I accidentally knit for my new body instead of my old one.  I have no clue how this would have fit before all the weight loss.  The unblocked picture taken in January or February make it look tight but not that...

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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 7 (4.5mm) Harmony Interchangeable Needles & US 6 steel(1.6mm) crochet hook (for beading) Mods: I knit it tighter to give my friend a tighter cowl than my first one. Facts to Remember: That random isn’t always good.  I used a multi-colored bead set (the website I purchased from is weird so I can’t link you) and at first I just grabbed a bead and added it.  It looked horrible and thankfully I had screwed up the stitch pattern (started too late at night) and so I had to rip back to the beginning of the beading and alternate matte and shiny. Things I Love: The color.  Hmmm… I seem to be a broken record about this, but I got this yarn and felt it was just a touch too bright but I’ve loved the FO pictures of it on me.  I bet Jess will look fabulous in it with her winter coloring.  I sent it to her in March and she loved it.  Now I need a cowl in this color.  Thank goodness I still have a portion of the skein left. Pattern: Cliodna Cowl by Jenny Raymond (my design partner) project page Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Applewood (119 yards) Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) & 9 (5.5mm) Harmony Interchangeble circulars Mods: None Facts to Remember:  This pattern was so smooth that I just need to remember the pattern.  Highly recommended and not just because I the designer and I are partners, but for the beautiful FOs and the perfect sizing and clear chart pattern. Things I Love: This skein of Applewood is fabulous.  The last one I had was a bit too pale.  This one is just perfect. Pattern:  Coniferous Cowl by Amy Duncan (ravelry pattern link) project page Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Seleccion Privada in colorway R (95 yards) Needles: US 10 (6.0mm) Kollage Square Circular needles Mods: Duncks loves a smaller cowl than I prefer so I increased from the small to the large size.  Thus this test knit is goes from the small snug size to the large loose size. Facts to Remember: That highly variegated colorways do have a purpose.  This is pattern was perfect for this yarn that hadn’t decided what it wanted to...

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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...

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WIP Wednesday

Patterns discussed: Wheat-ear Pullover (remixed version) Pearl Drop Socks (regauged) Basic Ribbed Hat (no pattern) Sock yarns discussed that I prefer in uses other than sock knitting: Koigu KPPPM & KPM – shawls and sweaters Dream in Color Smooshy – baby items Lorna’s Laces Shepard’s Sock – baby items and accessories (I might have accidentally messed up the color, it will be back to normal next...

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FO Friday: Something a bit different

If you click through to the photos, I’ve added a bit more facts into them I’m super happy to be sharing with ya’ll a journey I took this summer to gain back me. One where I was willing to face the camera again. Its funny I design clothing for a living and I love it, but I was starting to dread standing in front of the camera. More and more I was dissatisfied with photo session with churchable. He might be telling me “You are beautiful”. His nickname for me is even: Beautiful. Why couldn’t I feel that beauty. This picture was taken during the wedding ceremony when I should have been happy for my good friend. Thanks to the other tiger for letting me use this picture. I had a shocking realization at the end of my 30th birthday. We had just driven back from a friends wedding in Southern Oregon. I felt horrible and hated the car ride. This was something new to me. How could this have happened? This picture was taken before we headed into the Oregon Caves for pre-wedding fun. This photo was taken by the bride (Corgi_t on flickr and SFCorgi on ravelry) Well that night before we walked to dinner, I stepped on the scale just to see if it was my imagination or was there some facts to go with this. And I should point out that in the 5 years of dating/marriage, churchable has seen me grow from an almost too skinny size 6 to you should be in a size 14 not those size 12’s you stuffed yourself into. I was ignoring the size change, maybe the number on the scale would get me back to reality. It stated 168. “Ok not bad I thought,” but on the way to dinner I shared with churchable that really I wasn’t that off. With the next few words out of his mouth my spirits and self-flattery hit rock bottom. He informed me that our scale weighted in 10 lbs light. EEEP!!! I was 178. No freaking way I had gained 43 lbs in 5 years but the cold hard facts were staring me in the face. With determination I ordered the healthiest thing on the menu at the Mexican place (not like there is much when its smothered in cheese and sour cream). I focused on reducing my portions. Monday morning dawned with a realization that I needed to do something and one of those things was to get that lying and cheating scale out of the house and bring in one that could be trusted to tell me the cold hard true. My journey had a few rules. 1. Eat three meals a day (I was knitting so much that I was luck if I hate one meal at 10pm) 2. Stick to proper portions (and no a bag of salt & vinegar chips aren’t a good lunch) 3. Make sure my fat was low (I tend to eat a lot of fat. I love my cheese and full fat dairy) 4. Make sure I have enough protein to get me through the day. 5. Find a breakfast food I could stomach every day and look forward to eating (I need a new one but yogurt, ground flaxseed and fruit...

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WIP Wednesday – 6 months of backlog

Hey guys please let me know how the volume is? It might be a bit loud this time. If it is let me know and next week I will lower it to a reasonable level. Still working out the bugs. I normally use my video to Skype with my design partner Jenny. Patterns shown: Tapestry Cowl in Yummy Madelinetosh tosh sock Wheat-ear pullover (Remixed) from Interweave Knits (IK) Summer 2007 in Cascade Venezia Worsted The Green Whisper to arrive on March 2010 Dr. Gs Memory Vest in Malabrigo True Solid Merino Worsted Pearl Drop sock (remix) in Madelinetosh tosh sock releases October 10th...

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And I’m back…..

Fool’s Gold is in the Fall 2009 Knotions. Let me know what you think about the video...

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