Monday, April 9, 2018

Making: January - March 2018


Hello everyone and welcome back!  I'd like to share my makes from the first quarter of this year, which, quite frankly, feels like it's whizzed by! Except for last week which felt 19 days long for some reason!

I've really felt the need to get back to basics in my making this year.  I've fallen back in love with simple stitches, simple construction, and simple silhouettes. I bought the Madder Anthology 2 recently and it has become one of my best purchases ever.  I do believe I will end up knitting every project in this book.  Now, I shared my three South Bay Sweaters with you last time as part of my Make Nine update, but I have been rather a prolific knitter of late, and I'd like to share the things I've knitted outside of Make Nine.

Long time readers will know that my absolute favourite colour is hot pink and I went with an eye-wateringly neon highlighter pink for my Lillian cardigan.  It was also my first time using superwash merino yarn in a make for me. I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Pucker and it is absolutely divine! 

Lillian is a basic top-down raglan with picked up stitches along the sides and collar that are knit it in 2x2 rib.  The only minor changes I made were to start the 2x2 rib cuffs earlier as I like the look of a long cuff.  I added two button holes at the waist and used these adorable buttons from L'Oiseau Fabrics.  This came together quickly and was a very relaxing knit.  The cardigan has become a firm favourite and is in high rotation.

My second finished project is the Barn Sweater, also from the Madder Anthology 2.  I picked up quite a few sweater quantities of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the sale earlier this year.  I like this yarn.  It's durable, lovely to work with, and comes in a veritable rainbow of colours.  I chose Forest Heather for this project and I really love it; it has flecks of gold and turquoise throughout the green. 
The only thing I didn't love for this project is that the collar and button bands are worked at the same time as the body of  the sweater which tends to twist my brain a bit.  I've realized that I`ve knit my button holes on the wrong side! *facepalm*  I still love the cardi, though, and I want to give it a good blocking and sew on the pretty wooden buttons I bought before I give it a showing off here. 

My last make is the Over to Sea to Skye shawl by While They Play.  I bought the third series of Outlander in January and, as always, watching it makes me want to knit All The Scottish Themed Things.  I wanted a thick shawl that would look nice under my red duffle coat for winter.  I chose Cascade 220 (another one of my favourite yarns) in natural and used just under three skeins.  The shawl is knit on the bias and I think that different lace and textured sections work really well together.  It is very warm when worn as a scarf and kept the freezing winds from nipping down my neck into my coat.

I do have two projects currently on my needles: the very popular Comfy Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry (above) and the Marled Fade Triangle by Stephen West.  The cardigan is flying off my needles and I love how the yarns I chose are fading together - it reminds me of salt water taffy.  I'm waiting on my last skein of yarn to arrive from Stranded Dyeworks so I can keep working away.

From a sewing perspective, I only managed to sew one seam on my pale blue Cleo Pinafore in three months!  I did; however, get all my spring and summer sewing plans finalized, including getting the fabrics and patterns, as well as listing them in my Textillia queue.  I love the queue feature as I queue all of my planned knits on Ravelry and it keeps me motoring through my projects.  I can be a sewing and knitting magpie and get distracted by the newest and shiniest pattern and fabric releases and my queues help keep me on track. 

Now, I know that there is a lot of fabric up there and that and my list is rather ambitious but I'm really excited about it.  I know I won't get everything made, but I'll be happy with whatever comes off the machine.  I'm working with double gauze for the first time (the poppy fabric 5th from the top and the plaid fabric on the bottom), as well as learning to use a walking foot as my serger may have finally passed away.  I`m really pleased that all of these fabrics came from local shops.

I've got some old favourites in my queue, including more Maya Tops, a Fen Dress, and a couple of Renfrew tops, as well as some new-to-me patterns like the Cassiopee Dress.  I was really excited to track down some Rifle Paper Co. rayon at Spool and Spindle for this project (6th from the bottom)! I have wanted a dress made in any of their floral rayon prints since their first collection debuted. 

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I`d love to know what your making plans are for spring and summer.  Let me know in the comments below!

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