The recap to end all recaps… because well it’s 2019…

Hi friends!

It has been quite a long time since I have written! It was be a big understatement if I also never said that the last few months have been busy…. And I mean BUSY. For the sake of my sanity and health I decided to not write at all in the last few months as to relieve a bit of my own workload and stress. Even my knitting has taken a bit of a backseat to the holiday season! I hope to be able to give my readers a little more attention in this New Year; or at least establish a more consistent writing/ posting pattern.

There is so much I want to share with you on what I have been doing the last few months of 2018;  and all the plans I have set in motion for 2019!  So please, don’t leave me yet!  More articles to come in the next few weeks….

 

Happy New Year to all….

 

XOXO

Christine

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FO: Mini Modified Tecumsah

GUYS…. OMG its finished!!! I am so so happy with how this little number turned out!  I have been so smitten with my own Tecumsah– which I plan on wearing to Rhinebeck this year- that I decided my little one needed her own.  I am by no means that mom who loves to go all matchy matchy with her daughter (there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it’s just not for me!) BUT I cannot deny that I love the Tecumsah pattern so much that I absolutely needed another reason to knit it again.

Most of what I have chosen to knit lately has been out of my stash- so knowing I had just enough left over yarn from my sweater to make one for baby girl was one of the driving factors in proceeding with this sweater.  If i had to make changes to accommodate the yardage I had left I was willing to do so.  Ultimately, I had to do this.  The mustard color yarn I used for the “+” portion I knew I would certainly only have enough for 1 full section.  So, i decided to ONLY do 1 full repeat of colorwork at the yoke.  This also meant that the most difficult (and critical!) part of grading down the pattern could be done at the neckline and after that i could worry less about the numbers lining up for additional colorwork rows.  This also checked off the box of having a matching look for my daughter and I without being identical.  The other variation that I did I shortened the sleeves a bit and gave the body a little more swing.  The body was a bit of a mistake as I actually had not intended to increase as much as I did but it turned out to be a happy mistake as it gives this a little more character!

Overall, if you cannot already tell I am extremely happy with the way this sweater turned out.  It was a wonderful teaching lesson in working out the math needed to complete a top down sweater and I look forward to taking what I have learned from “writing” my own pattern and applying it to some of my own silhouettes and work.  One of the best ways to figure out the process is to work backwards from an existing one; it helps let you see what needs to be done from the start to reach that finished object.

Project Details:

Pattern: Tecumsah by Caitlin Hunter; Boylandknitworks

Yarn: Sawkill Farms worsted; Brooklyn Tweed Shelter; Pur Soho Flax Down

All the best

XOXO

Christine

TITLE TBA—-> episode 5!

Hi Again! So as I have completely seemed to skip over August that is just what we are going to do… It was a month that was certainly filled with knitting, a long birthday weekend turned into time spent totally under the weather, and lots of work.

September has been just as full but definitely a different speed.  My husband and I got the opportunity to have a date DAY (I know, a whole day!) to celebrate our anniversary (big thanks to my MIL) toddler free which was the perfect way to start off the month.  Now while my day job has still be stressful, I have been able to make progress on a few of my ongoing knit projects.  My second Penguono has half of a front body, and August saw the start of my Tegna sweater which is more than halfway done.  For a very small gauge that also has lace work, this is actually a very quick knit!  I am almost done with the front body then all I have is sleeves and any finishing touches.  I hope to take the time to write-up a finished object post in the near future.

I slowed down my Tegna progress though as I realized that if I wanted my little one to have her own Rhinebeck sweater next month that I had to get started on one immediately.  And I have!  In fact I’m just over a week into this and I’m over half way done.  I finished up the body this past weekend and all i have to two little sleeves!  And in a US6 with its little body, the whole sweater knits up in no time.  This is one I definitely want to take some time of to write a FO post as I modified the adult pattern for a 2T.  It was such a fascinating process for me this time around and because of this I feel ready to continue taking on new concepts and knitting challenges.

As per usual my lovely Masala shawl is still hanging out, no farther along than I was back in July… My goal to have this finished within a year may not happen so at this point I’ll aim to have it completed before the new year.

And with the end of the year fast approaching I have of course started plotting a Christmas knit list; which truly is a wish list as with my hectic life I may not get to all that I would love to gift away…. BUT one can try.  So until next month…

XO

Christine

FO: the ural shawl

Well I’m at it again, another object is finished and is off my needles!  This was a quick and fulfilling project which pretty much flew off my needles.  All in all I think it was about a month to a month and a half from start to finish.  Personally this was a great project to keep me balanced between my fine gauge WIPS and was an easy one to transport on the subway for my commute.  I was able to utilize yarn that I already had in my stash which is a plus in my book.  I have been trying to reduce stash yarn over the last few months as I cannot really have any extra “stuff” laying around; apartment space for hobbies is incredibly limited!

All that I have left to do is give this baby a nice blocking (the edges curl terribly, especially at the ends) and possibly an added tassel for a little extra personality.  But for now enjoy these photos and project deets:

Pattern: Ural Shawl by Whitney Hayward

Yarn:Sawkill Farms Worsted; Undyed Wool from 2016; “Odd Offs” from Purl Soho (they were skeins/ colors that I believe didn’t go into final production…I think its the Worsted Twist but not 100% sure and the label is not clear…); and OWool Local in color Cochineal

XO,

Christine

FO: itty bitty sweater

Another week, another finished project!  This one is pretty exciting as I have finished by baby sweater test knit!!  And it fits!  I stayed up much later than normal this past saturday night to weave in all ends as I wanted baby girl to wear it out to brunch for mothers day.  And oh baby did it fit her like a glove!  A little big in all the right places for her to grow into, shorten sleeves that are full length for now, and 3/4 length for when the fall comes around.  I still need to give it a quick bath and block to even out my stockinette and to set the colorwork but I am very pleased with how this piece turned out and ready to take on a new challenge!

Pattern/ Designer: UNDER WRAPS

Yarn:Madelinetosh TOSH SOCK in color Astrid Grey (link to main website, will have to check stockists for where to buy); various l/o yarn from stash for colorwork…

ME-MADE-MAY

Today is May 4th (may the fourth be with you!!; sorry couldn’t help myself, I’m not even a Star Wars fan!) and over the last week or so you cant help but notice people discussing or getting excited over Me Made May.  I’ve certainly seen and heard about this before, along with slow fashion October but until this post I have never spoken of it, let alone shared my thoughts on this movement online/ through social media.

Over the last 3-4 years I’ve made a shift in my personal wardrobe.  I can’t pinpoint exactly when that shift started to occur or the thought popped into my head but it did.  I have slowly become more conscientious as I buy.  To the best of my ability the garments that are purchased in my closet must be 100% NATURAL fibers (silk, cotton, linen, wool, cashmere…etc) and if for whatever reason they cannot be (nylon in socks and underwear for example) the item (like an undergarment) MUST be at least 50% NATURAL fiber…

Why, you may be asking yourself, does this have to do with me made may?  well, it more directly applies to me personally.  You see, I work in the fashion industry- I see, very much on a daily basis how much clothing gets put into development, how much is cast aside before it is even seen by a buyer, and then once again half a collection “disappear” before you see it in stores.   I actually have to partially shut down the made by hand part of me when I’m putting a collection into work.  Again, you may ask- WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ME MADE MAY?! well ok, yes you have a point, not a LOT… but it means a lot to me.  While the company I work for has a pretty relaxed dress code- I sometimes have to dress “appropriately” (aka- wear my line) for certain meetings- and handmade items unfortunately don’t make the cut.  And most of my handmade items are also my accessories, and there are only so many ways to wear a wool scarf or shawl, and then those don’t really work during the summer months.  So- since I currently need to buy portions of my wardrobe I try to make up for it by buying natural fibers.  And when I can take this a little further I like to try to buy small/ buy conscious clothing.  This bit doesn’t always happen but it is something I do my best to keep in mind.

This year I wont be able to fully take part in the me made may movement BUT any chance I get to throw on one of my self-made pieces you bet I seize that moment!

Happy May to all….

XO

Christine