I’m not panicking, you’re panicking!

So my anxiety has been escalating as each day passes. My engagement party is on Sunday, which will be the first real time my family and my fiance’s family will be together for any period of time. So the thought of all that is very stressful (I don’t have the greatest relationship with my family, so spending time with them in any manner is stressful, and when they’ll be invading in my personal safe space… well it’s kind of a mental bomb right now)

So this has lead to a lot of executive dysfunction for me. I haven’t been able to get any sewing projects finished. And as for knitting, I’ve been picking up and putting down every project I have on the needles and doings a few rows, putting it down, picking up a different project, knitting a few rows, repeat.

Though I am nearly finished with my “skimmer socks” they’re socks designed to be worn with flats or ballet flats. I just thought they’d be fun to have in my sock drawer. I’m not following any specific pattern, I’ve been looking at quite a few and just picking up little bits from each and incorporating it into my pair, but for the most part I’m following my own sock recipe and doing things as I think they should be done. I’m looking to create a pattern for these and possibly use it to sell some finished ones in the shop. I’ll probably use a sport weight yarn for any that I sell, just so that I can get them finished a lot faster than the light fingering weight yarn that I’m currently using for this prototype pair.
So yes, I’m on the ribbing on those and should be finished with them in the next day or two, with the way things are going. I’ve made a little progress on the two hats I’m working on (the Brioche Cable Hat and the Tied Knots Hat).

I’ve gotten a decent amount worked up on my Afetos Shawl. I’m working one of the garter sections right now in a variegated Linen/Tencel yarn I picked up from a local shop while in California in June, the lace sections I’ve been using the same base of yarn but it’s a light teal color that complements the variegated yarn but isn’t the same color as any of the ones in the variegated. They’re all a light mid-tone color in various shades of blue and grey, so the light tealish blue matches well while also being different enough to make the lace pop just a bit more.

The Color Me Kale Cowl that I’m working on for my Fiance’s Sister’s Husband is chugging along slow and steady. It’s going pretty slow because it’s pretty much entirely purling, and I’m not a fan of purling. The pattern design is worth it though, it looks great and isn’t too feminine or too bold, but just a nice texture that also squishes up the yarn a bit which will be nice when wearing as it’ll be a bit warmer. I’m hoping by the end of this cowl, I’ll be better and quicker at purling, and maybe I’ll find a way to do the motion without it hurting my hand.

And I really want to cast on another sweater for myself, this time in some DK weight yarn I have but I want to get at least another project off the needles before I start another one.

As for Sunday, I have everything planned out in my little planner of what I’m cooking/baking/prepping on what days. SO I just need to take a lot of deep breathes, and maybe a xanax or two, and just do it. I’ll be preparing the full menu, minus the meat dish. So my menu will look a little like this:

Arugula fruit and berry salad with sunflower seeds and homemade blueberry balsamic dressing
Blanched Green Beans
Oven Roasted Potatoes
Warm Chickpea and Artichoke Salad with Italian Seasonings
Gluten Free Vegan Baked Ziti
(Apricot Chicken)

Gluten Free/Vegan Chocolate cookies
Gluten Free/Vegan Chocolate chip Cookies
3 Variations of Homemade Vegan Ice Cream (to make ice cream sandwiches with the cookies or as a dessert itself)
Coconut Whipped Cream (for a topping and/or for whoopie pies with the cookies)
Gluten Free Chocolate chip Cookie Crust Vegan Cheesecake Bites
Gluten Free/Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting

So I have my work cut out for me since all of this, minus the chicken, will be made by me. So Friday will be making the cheesecakes, cupcakes, and the buttercream (though the cupcakes won’t be frosting until Sunday). Saturday will be prepping the sauce for the ziti, prepping the chickpea/artichoke salad, prepping the salad and the dressing, and baking/making all the desserts. Sunday Morning will be spent getting ready and prepping and baking the ziti, prepping and cooking the potatoes, blanching the green beans, cooking the chickpea/artichoke salad, and the fiance’s mom will be making the chicken in the crockpot and frosting the cupcakes with my future sister in law decorates the house.

Capsule progression

Even though my depression has been hitting me very hard lately, I’ve managed to make progress with my sewing and knitting.

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September Plans: Sewing and Knitting

As I’ve talked about extensively already, I have a lot of plans for sewing for my fall and winter capsule. I have a few specific things that I’d like to get finished this month. 

First up: I purchased some Olive Ponte Roma from fabric.com recently that I have plans to make a pair of pants. I’m going to use the Sew Over It City Break Capsule ebook with the Mia Jeans pattern. I’ve made these before in a thick black ponte and it was love at first try on. So these are definitely on my top priority list. 

Next in line: 

Some light grey shorts using my tried and true plantain tee pattern. I have enough for 3 and maybe a color blocked 3rd one with some of the other jersey scraps in my stash. 

3rd up: 

A green linden sweater. I have an olive/army green sweater knit and I have a true green sweater knit. I’m not sure which I’ll pick to sew this month, but it will be a green one for sure. 

And last in line:

I need to stitch up some new bras for myself since our new washing machine mangled the underwires in my favorite bras. I’m going for a lace one first and then play around with some other fabric combos. So I’ll need to order some more underwire. 

I’m also working on a pair of slippers and warmer inserts for my sisters birthday next week. They are out of scraps of black with floral quilting cotton and black flannel lining. I’m going to use my hot glue gun to put some grip on the bottom. The inserts will be just plain quilting cotton filled with rice and sewn sections off. 

As for knitting, I’m working on a pattern for low socks to go in ballet flats. If I figure out a good pattern and enjoy making them I may sell them in the shop. 

I’ve also picked up my burgundy sweater that I started at the beginning of the year and am hoping to finish it. I just need to do the sleeves and I was only planning on making them short sleeves, about elbow length. So it should be pretty easy to get finished. 

Other than that I’m working on a cowl for my fianc├ęs brother-in-law. It’s out of a nice olive green (do you see a color trend for this month?) colored yarn. His birthday is the beginning of October, so I have a deadline for this one to get finished by. 

So lots of plans! Now I just need to get sewing! Which has been difficult due to my depression hitting me hard lately. But I’m hoping that since I have concrete plans it should be a little easier to get one seen item finished each week.