Hello to week 3 of Me Made May! Hitting my stride this week. Only a week and a bit to go and I still have several items I've not worn yet. Surely I can find a way to winterise my summer dresses.
Monday: Chuck Sweater by And Satterlund. Made in Cascade 220 yarn 'pumpkin spice'. It's a wonderfully warm and rich brown colour. I have a long torso so this pattern in super cropped on me. If I made it again (I don't plan to) I would probably add extra couple of the 3x3 cable twists. It's deliciously warm though.
Tuesday: A full outfit today! The Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade and The Ultimate Pencil Skirt by Sew Over It London. The plaid is a blue and red, lightly woven mystery poly. It's underlined in the sneaky vintage way where a short piece is stitched to the standard pattern piece, then treated as one. It's brilliant and easy to do. Check out By Gum By Golly's little tutorial. Love it. I used a lapped zipper rather than an invisible one. I don't like invisible zips, I can't make them sleek enough. And there is something I like about the vintage style lapped zip. I stitched it in by hand. Seams by What Katie Did.
Wednesday: An old faithful, my peppermint ice cream sweater, officially called #26 Striped Jumper by Debbie Bliss. It is easy to wash in the washing machine, quick to dry, easy to wear. It was matched with cool wine coloured wide legged pants from Hell Bunny. I would probably make this jumper again, maybe in cotton, and with one or two more repeats to make it a smidge longer.
Thursday: Jan Sweater Version 1. I am currently working on Version 2 (see my Ravelry notes here). It's a super pretty light pink yarn that was a gift from mum and dad. :) It feels lovely to wear. It was matched with some Retrospect'd pants.
Friday: McCalls 6706 was the skirt for the day in a cotton sateen from Spotlight. It might still be available? Please keep in mind this was pretty late in the evening when I got home from work. Lighting is terrible, I was exhausted. Straight to bed!
A Friday honourable mention is this adorable kid in a cardi. Gosh, so much cute! She is the daughter of my "sister in law". I'm the "Auntie M". It's the Fern Lace Cardigan by Patons. Pretty easy to knit once I learned the pattern. Knitting baby stuff is great - it's so small! Finished in a flash. The purple is so vibrant and really suits her.
Saturday: I had a successful making day. I cut out, made and completed the Cowl Dress/Top pattern. Clearly, I made the top version. The jersey was tricky to negotiate, it kept getting stuck on the carpet, and stretching weirdly when I was sewing. But eh, it's cute. I also made the little black earrings.
Sunday: I find casual weekends pretty hard to wear me made. I tend to make outside clothes, not cruising at home stuff. I do have plans for a pair of super warm pj pants/trackies. Fleecy lined fleece pants. With pockets. Of course. Today I threw on my mint cowl to do the groceries.
I've also been working on a couple of knitting projects. The colours looked gorgeous when I threw them together on the couch. It's a blanket for the other "sister in law"'s baby, and a chunky mustard cowl for myself.
Me Made May is progressing well so far. There is only a week and a couple of days left in May, I hope to try some winterising of my summer clothes. There is also some knitwear I've not explored yet....
I must say that wearing knitwear is great. But the hand washing, not so much. I did a bunch today and I doubt it will dry anytime soon...
Hope your Me Made May is going well! :)
It's finished! It's been gifted! Now I can post about it. The above photo is an accurate representation of the colour. The rest of the pictures are way too pink.
P.S: Love my 'made by m' tags.
It's a 3-month-old size, just in time for the winter. It does look super adorable. The 4 ply merino dreamtime yarn by Patons is an absolutely delight. So soft and squishy. Just like babies.
It's a slashneck sweater with a button fastening. The sleeves are apparently long, but how long are the arms of a baby? I don't know. The lace pattern matches up perfectly when sewn with mattress stitch. If you haven't got into seaming with mattress stitch, you don't know what you're missing. I must admit, it's much easier after you can 'read' your knitting and know exactly what stitch you are working on. This was made to the pattern, no changes or additions.
The pattern is from a Patons book Patons #1271, Modern Classic Baby Knits. It a really cute little book. I've made both the fern lace patterns (see the first one on Ravelry here). If I have to make yet another baby thing, it might be the bolero...
Check out my Ravelry notes here.
Yes, I was listening Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water today. Baby Driver is a great song.
I finished this baby romper last night, finally seamed together and all buttons attached. It's pretty adorable. First time knitting an i-cord and it was successful! I really like it as a technique. I was always scared of i-cords. No idea why. They are very simple. And looks so neat and professional as a waist tie.
I smashed out the back piece of this in one evening. It was a slow Saturday afternoon and evening, I binged watch The Bletchley Circle on Stan. Before I knew it, I had the back of a baby romper.
Yarn is Patons Dreamtime Merino, 4 ply in Dark Blue. The buttons were standard Beutron shank pearlised white buttons from my stash. This pattern needs a whopping 8 buttons.
The main problem with this little gorgeous number was the yarn requirement. The pattern says 2 balls. I did a swatch and knitted to perfect tension. I also made sure my yarn tails were not too long and used Russian Joins to make sure I got the most out of the yarn. AND I RAN OUT! Crisis. I had only the front left shoulder band, front neckband, and all seams to go. Needless to say, I was cranky. Luckily my local Spotlight still had the same colourway in stock. Crisis averted. But it means I only used a few meters from the new ball. What shall I do with the remaining yarn?
Has a pattern ever lied to you before about yarn required?
Hello! Welcome to my little tiny corner space of the internet. My name is M. It's actually Emma, but that feels a bit too Jane Austen for me. I love knitting and sewing. Mostly for myself, but I have been known to knit things for family members, family members babies, and on occasion, my man.
Let me explain how Showgirl Boring came about. I have been a dancer for many years now. After moving to Sydney (after living in the Gong my whole life), I fell into community theatre. We were doing a production of Monty Python's Spamalot. I was a showgirl. At the end of the run, the production team gave us all "amusing" names. I am a sensible non drinker, non smoker, non drug taker. Therefore deemed Showgirl Boring. It just stuck. And now I almost like it.
One sister-in-law is having a baby, due in December. Other sister-in-law has recently had a baby. A friend of mine (from Spamalot!) is having a baby. So many baby things to knit!
I am working on the Baby Romper for the Spam baby. A cute little pattern from Patons Book #1320.
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.