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.

Packing and Prepping

My boyfriend and I leave for California tomorrow. We will be there until the 25th, so I’m not sure what my posting schedule will be like while I’m there. But in the mean time I’ve been working on more projects.

I finished 2 pairs of leggings, using the Patterns 4 Pirates Peg Legs pattern with the contoured waistband. I had to take some length out of the leg and the waistband because they were clearly made for a much taller person than I (being only 5’0″ that isn’t that surprising).

The first pair is a black mystery knit that I found at a church destash for free. It’s nice and thick and has a similar feel to athletic leggings and has quite a bit of stretch in both directions. My second pair is a grey and black chevron print fabric I purchased not long ago from Denverfabrics.com, it’s a double knit 58% Polyester 30% Rayon 10% Nylon 2% Lycra blend. They feel very nice and thick, they have a good amount of stretch, though I almost feel like I should/could have sized up for this pair as there’s a bit of a wiggle dance to get them on over my hips.

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They feel nice on, but definitely feel closer to athletic/compression leggings due to the thickness and how fitted they are. I lined the front waistband with the same fabric and this might have been a mistake as it has made it thicker and less stretchy. I knew it would lessen the stretch some, but I guess I didn’t realize by how much.

So for my next pair, which I’ll be using a black athletic “performance” fabric from Joann’s. I think I’ll size up for those and take a bit more length off the leg around the knee area (As it’s a tad loose there) and a tad more off the height of the waistband since they still sit high on my waist.

I’ve spent the day packing and folding laundry. My boyfriend has decided he was going to get his hair cut and dyed blue and save packing all for tomorrow morning before we have to go to the airport for our flight. We have an evening flight, but still, that’s cutting it pretty close. My clothes are packed, I’m taking my favorite 2 handmade tshirts: my seafoam plantain and my purple hemlock; and my maroon wren dress, my charcoal high waist shorts from the Mia Jeans pattern, and some handmade undies and bras. Everything else is rtw.

I’m packing a pair of socks to knit on and my current shawl WIP, the Zostera shawl in Loops & threads woolike ice blue and denim blue. I plan to visit a local yarn shop while in California, so I may start something new while I’m there, or on the flight home.

What do you usually pack for vacations? Do you have a me made vacation capsule? If you did, what would you include in your vacation capsule wardrobe?

Productivity

May was a surprisingly productive month for me. I finished a lot of orders for the shop as well as a few new things for the shop and quite a few things for myself.

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I don’t think June will be anywhere near as productive, just because I won’t be home for half of it.

In 2 weeks my boyfriend and I will be making our way to California for a vacation and VidCon. I’m nervous and anxious and excited. I know the boyfriend is very excited, he’s never been to California and he’s very excited for VidCon and meeting a lot of the people he’s been talking to online over the past year and a half. I’m not sure what to expect from the trip, but I’m just trying to be calm and excited about it. I assume we’ll spend most of the time wandering the area, going to downtown Disney and meeting up with people.

I’m planning on taking about 50% me made and 50% rtw clothing with me. In hot weather I tend to stick to dresses or leggings with chiffon tops. I’ll be taking my knitting, but I’m probably only going to take one pair of metal needles and any others will be bamboo, just in case they try to take my needles at the air port. I also know there is a yarn store about 2.5 miles from where we’ll be staying, so I know I’ll be picking up some souvenir yarn there!

As for this week. I finished my Platintain Tee tank top. I don’t know how I feel about it right now. I have been having a lot of bad body image days so I’m not loving how it looks on me. But it’s finished at least. I did my normal curved hem and I added armhole binding to finish the armholes. It looks nice on the table, but I’m not sure. Then again, it’s not my color, so that might also be swaying my opinion towards the negative.

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I finished a pair of socks that I started on monday evening, and they were off the needles by friday evening. I used Loops and Threads Woolike yarn in the Ice Blue colorway for the heels, toes, and cuffs, and I used the leftovers of my Knit Picks Felici yarn in the Slumber Party colorway. I had made my boyfriends mom a pair of socks with the felici for her birthday and had about 20 grams leftover, and knew I could probably squeeze a pair of shorty socks with contrasting heels/toes/cuffs out of it for myself. I love the felici yarn and as soon as they are back in stock I need to buy a ton of it.

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And I’m knitting away at my Wendy’s Fern Shawl, it’s getting there. I’m almost done with the 3rd garter section. I’ve also started another shawl, using the Woolike yarn from my socks, and I’ll be adding in the Woolike in Denim Blue as the contrasting color for the Zostera Shawl . This shawl is so pretty and so different from anything I’ve knitted before that I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m still on the first section, but I love the texture the stitch pattern is creating right now. It’s very… popcorny? I just keep saying “just one more repeat” whenever I pick this up to knit on.

I’m planning on casting on another pair of socks. probably another vanilla pair right now, but I haven’t decided. I have a crazy zaberball that I want to start, but I also have 2 other yarns caked up and ready to go that I want to use Mina’s NYC sock club patterns for. So I feel like I should save the vanilla crazy socks for the airplane ride, and work on a pair of the patterned socks right now.

What are your plans for this month?

#mmmay17 last full week recap!

Lots of repeats this week, but that just shows me the things I’ve made and love and obviously need to make more of!

SO here’s the recap:

Monday: Maroon/Mulberry Wren Dress in ITY knit from fabric.com

Tuesday: Cropped plantain tee with cap sleeves and vneck in a rayon knit from fabric.com

Wednesday: Short sleeved Hemlock tee in a periwinkle lightweight sweater knit that I got for free from a Church destash and a me made bra

Thursday: Moneta Crop top out of the same periwinkle sweater knit

Friday: Me made undies

Saturday: me made bra

Sunday: Seafoam plantain tee with vneck in a rayon knit from fabric.com

So a pretty successful week. I’ve finished a lot of sewing, finished knitting a shawl, and started a new shawl and am nearly finished with a pair of socks I’ve been knitting.

I’ve started my Sew Over It Mia Jeans shorts in a charcoal ponte roma knit. I just need to hem them and make a button hole and stitch the button on. They’re just as I wanted them to be and are definitely a much better fitting version of the rtw ones that I loved. I’ll post more in depth about the pattern and the shorts once they’re finished.

How are you all feeling about me made may?

#mmmay17 Days 26 & 27 All The Finished Projects

So I didn’t get around to writing up a blog post yesterday because I was too busy knitting on my shawl. Which I did finish!

Yesterday I decided to finally show you guys my colette moneta dress pattern as a crop top. I’m not 100% on the fit of the moneta bodice pattern yet, I think I need to make a few adjustments, but I’m still trying to figure out just what needs adjusting. There’s a lot of drag lines around the armhole area. I know I need to make the armhole bigger, that’s pretty standard for me (it’s alright as is, but I like it looser and plan to layer this over dresses, so I’d need a bit of extra room so I don’t have 2 layers of sleeves bunched up into my armpit). If I make another layering crop top, I’ll also probably size up, because it was just too fitted over some of the dresses I tried to pair it with, so right now it’s just going to be a regular crop top.

I also felt a lot like Daphne from the scooby doo gang in this outfit, it’s definitely a very Daphne color palette and silhouette.

Today the only me made item I’m wearing is a me made bra, so nothing fancy. I just wanted to be comfy in some leggings and a loose top and didn’t feel like wearing my 2 standard go to handmade tops.

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I finished 2 new undies for the shop (link , link). So I photographed them and listed them in the shop already.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I finished the shawl I was working on. I used Dream in Color Yarn in the Jilly Base (a superwash merino single ply) in the colorway Blue Fish. The pattern I used was Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander. This yarn was a dream to work with and the color is absolutely stunning, the pattern was everything I could have every wanted and will definitely be making more in the future. It’s a great one skein wonder project for fingering weight yarn sitting in your stash, and I finished it in about 6 days. It’s a nice size too, I would have preferred it to be a bit wider, but overall I’m still happy with it.

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It still needs to be washed and blocked, it has a lovely little picot edge along the lace end. I also need to weave in the ends. But otherwise, all the knitting is done.

I looked at my planner to write all the items I finished this week in it, and realized I was almost out of space for this months finished objects! I guess I’ve been a lot more productive than I realized. But now I can add my shawl to the list and take up one more space.

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I’ve finished taping together the Mia Jeans Pattern by Sew Over It and have the fabric washed and dried. So I’m hoping to start that project this weekend. I’m only going to make a shorts version to check the fit of the hips/butt area, but also because I need some more shorts!

Have you all been surprised by your own productivity this month? Are you feeling a creative overload of all the projects you want to make now that me made may is coming to a close?

 

Day 24: Repeats on repeats

Today’s outfit is a repeat that never got a full body picture because I wore it while traveling. So yay, you get to see what it really looks like. My short sleeved Hemlock tee in a lightweight periwinkle purple sweater knit, with a me made bra, and rtw panties and leggings.

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I love this shirt, it’s super comfy but still can look nice if you find the right fabrics. I’d love to make a few more just like these, an oatmeal/tan color, a deep blue, a charcoal grey, stripes would be pretty too.

I followed the pattern as is, but for the sleeves I just cut bands the size of the armholes, folded them over and stitched them into the armhole. So it’s just like applying the neck band, just a wider piece of fabric.

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I finished the last of my orders today and packaged it up to ship out in the morning. I also finished a new item for the shop, but haven’t taken pictures yet, I wanted to wait until I had better, natural, lighting. So look forward to seeing that tomorrow or at some point this weekend.

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My boyfriend and I are enjoying the peace of having the house to ourselves. He’s been streaming on youtube every night and has expressed how much nicer it is not to have to close the door or worry about the sounds his parents make in the evenings (they are practically deaf and blast the tv while watching videos on their phones at full volume and then try to talk over all that noise to each other…) the main thing he has to worry about is the cat jumping up on his lap or table while streaming, but that’s not a huge deal. The loudest I get is my sewing machine at full speed, and I’m in the basement while he’s upstairs, so unless I bang pots and pans in the kitchen, none of it registers on his mic.

We (mainly him, due to me being unable to work) are saving for a house of our own, but we are still about a year away from being able to move out. So it’ll be interesting to see how things go when his parents are back this weekend.

Aside from that I’ve been keeping busy and getting quite a bit of work done on my shawl, I’m loving it so far and I hope I love it all the way through. I’d really like to find a shape of shawl that I like knitting. I’ve found that, while I like wearing triangle/bandanna shawls I absolutely have knitting them. I’ve made 2 and the second one is currently balled up in the bottom of a bin in the closet because I was so frustrated with it that I couldn’t stand looking at it for a while. I’m at about 100 stitches on the needle right now and I’m just under 1/2 way done, and the 100 stitches don’t feel nearly as long while knitting it as I thought they would, so that’s great.

I’m happy all my orders are finished because now I can focus on knitting more and sewing what I want. Hopefully I’ll get my mia jeans started next week.

Have you had many repeat items or whole outfits in your me made may so far?

Day 23 #mmmay17 Almost Over

The end of me made may is nearing very quickly. I’m not sure what this means for my outfits, if I’ll try to keep incorporating something me made daily, or if I’ll go back to mostly wearing rtw leggings and tshirt and only wearing my absolute favorite me made items.

Me Made May has made me much more intentional in my outfits and planning them out, which is something I haven’t done in years. I just throw on what makes me most comfortable that day. So it should be interesting. I think as I make more daily/lounge wear items, I’ll end up wearing more me made because of that.

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Today I am wearing another plantain tee by deer and doe, this one has a vneck, cap sleeves, and is cropped in length. The rest of my outfit is rtw. I love these pants, but I don’t wear them nearly enough. They were a gift from my boyfriend a few birthdays ago. They’re super stretchy with an exposed golden zipper in front and it has elastic ruching at the back of the waist which makes them super comfy and probably the only high waist pants I’ll ever get to fit that I don’t make myself.

I also may not have gotten dressed until like 430pm. Oops.

I was working on an order to get it finished and packaged so the boyfriend could drop it off at the post office after he got home from work. So I got that done and then changed into this outfit.

I had a sewing “helper” today as well. A very whiny needy one, at that. She’s definitely feeling the “loneliness” in the house. She’s a shy scaredy cat, but she needs love and attention a lot throughout the day and needs to be around people for most of the day. She she was meowing at me all day, I got creative and set some of her toys up in the boyfriends dresser so she could entertain herself while I got work done.

I also got a good amount of knitting on my shawl done, I finished the first garter section and started the first lace section. I’m planning to finish the lace section tonight, it’s only 18 rows. So that’s cool. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to see it progress. I’ve had major shawl fever lately. I’ve been wanting to make a lot of different ones, my main obsession right now is Stephen West’s Exploration Station. I have added his WestKnits BestKnits vol.1: Shawls to my birthday wishlist, and I’m hoping I’ll get it, and if not I’ll be buying it for myself. I’m really feeling the blue/grey/black color palette (but let’s be real, when am I not feeling that color palette?). So I really want to make it in varying shades of grey and maybe 2 different blues, a lighter one and a bright royal blue. I would honestly make every single shawl in that book, so I definitely think it’s worth it.

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So, what are you looking forward to making soon? Do you have any big plans that are making you really excited?