Plans for the Year (a little late)

I've tried writing out my "goals for the year" post for a while, but I was having a hard time contextualizing what I really wanted to make this year, and why.

I really enjoy sewing, and for the first time since I became a mama, I actually have the time and energy to dedicate to my hobby (the kids "need" me less and my daughter is on the brink of sleeping through the night, so yeah, lots more time and energy).

Here's the thing: I #konmari'd my closet a couple of years ago, and it's working so well for me that I want to make sure my handmades integrate into my minimalist wardrobe rather than fill it with makes-for-the-sake-of-making that I don't really love.

Here are some advantages of a small wardrobe: I don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of clothes in my closet; getting dressed in the morning is much more straightforward and easy; and I can more confidently identify what is my actual style.

So I took a lot of time to think about what are the ga…

Pinwheel Blanket - Completed

Round or Pinwheel Baby Blanket by Genia Planck

Yarn: ???
Needles: ???
Ravelry: Baby Girl's Pinwheel Blanket

When both my children were born, my friend knit them each a HUGE baby blanket that was so practical and well loved. The kids are 6 and 4 now, and still they use their knit blankets all the time.

But my daughter had pulled a few threads on hers, and it made these really large loops in the blanket. I got scared she'd get all tangled in them as she napped, so I frogged the whole thing with the intention to reuse the yarn to knit her a new blanket.

I thought the pinwheel blanket would be good, because I wouldn't have to do a whole lot of math - I could just start knitting and stop when I ran out of yarn. Which is basically what I did.

I actually ran out before the end of a round (near the end, my rounds were HUNDREDS of stitches long) so I had to use some white yarn from my stash, held together with a full strand of pink floss from my embroidery supplies. together they m…

Convergence Cable Hat - Completed

Cable Convergence by Universal Yarn

Yarn: Roots & Rain Yarns, Storm DK in "Lac & Cutch"
Needles: 4.5mm circular
Ravelry:Christmas Gift Cable Convergence Hat

A couple of weeks before Christmas, my brother sent us all an email saying that we were doing a secret santa gift exchange, and that he has already drawn the names and that was that. It of course upset me for a minute, because I had already purchased gifts for my parents and siblings, but I quickly got over it and played along.

Anyhoo, the following days involved various family members canvassing each other for gift ideas "Not because I got your name, but someone else was asking" and it was very funny and actually very fun.

When I was asked what I'd like to receive, I said "All I'd want is a really yummy skein of yarn!" so on Christmas morning I was super pleased to see exactly that under the tree. 

Turns out it was my step-father who got my name, and I think my favourite part of the whole se…

Skull Archer - Completed

I made a shirt, y'all.

I took a shirtmaking class at Fabrications and I'm so glad I did, because it gave me so much confidence and now I have a real button up shirt that I actually wear to work, and I MADE IT!

The fabric is called "The Watcher" in Cobalt by @libselliott and it's super lovely! It's a quilting cotton, which means the shirt is a bit stiff, but it was really easy to sew, which was kind of the point for this particular project.

I'm also really glad that I got over my hesitation to join a class, and to actually meet other people who sew in my area. And it was so great having 3 dedicated hours every week just to sew. It's something I should really continue on my own.

 So, things I did for the first time: button band, cuffs, yokes, and Pocket Pattern Matching!! I had originally cut some pockets without matching them, and I didn't like the way it looked, so I dug deep and managed to eek out two pockets to match my shirt fronts (I had to ad…

Camilla Kid - Completed

Camilla Kid - by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK in Lemongrass Heather
Needles: 6.00mm circulars
Ravelry:Louisa's Camilla Kid

Here's yet another Knit Picks Swish make. I've already made a baby sweater and a baby blanket with this yarn, and it's so squishy and soft and stretchy (and absolutely reasonably priced) that it's perfect for kid stuff.

I used 154g of this to make Louisa a Camilla Kid. I really like this sweater, and I really like how it turned out. I wish I had better photos of Louisa wearing it, since it wears very well (the fan pattern stretches over her little belly and really opens up the pattern) and the sleeve length is super cute (just a bit longer than 3/4 sleeve, but not quite full length).

Here's her big brother posing right along side her. #BFFs
Also, because it's garter stitch, it's not such a tight weave, which is good because both my children are pretty warm-blooded and tend to get overhot quite easily.

I did have to mod…

Ikea Cat Print - Completed

We were looking to replace our curtains in our front room, and on a trip to Ikea I let the kids choose the ones they liked best.

They selected these cat curtains, which are way cute. Recently I put a huge desk along the wall with the front window (since we're entering HOMEWORK territory very shortly! eep) and so I didn't need full length curtains. I hemmed them and had enough fabric left over for some awesome cat print bottoms. I made a skirt for Louisa and some shorts for Nico:

The Skirt
I made this on the fly, with no pattern. For the skirt piece I used all the width I had and cut it to a length that seemed right. Unfortunately I can't remember my waistband measurements, but I think it was 3" thick and for width I cut it to her waist measurement.


Then I started adding pleats as I went, shortening the width till it measured the same as the waistband. I then used a French Seam for the sole skirt seam, and attached the waistband using this tutorial from Rosa…

Mini Briar - Completed

It's been a while since I purchased Megan Nielsen's mini wardrobe pattern pack, and as of last month, I'd only made my daughter one pair of Tania's (which she still wears a year later, by the way) despite my best intentions to fill her wardrobe with garments from all three patterns.

I had actually attempted to make her a Mini Briar a few months ago, but the fit was all wrong (I went with the smallest size in the cropped version, and it just looked weird on Louisa, who's very tall and lean). Plus, the collar was a complete disaster, so she never wore it again after the initial fitting.

The whole experience kind of deflated my sewing confidence actually, but luckily it was re-ignited in June when I was gifted a pretty high-end sewing machine from my cousin. I knew the first thing I wanted to make with that machine was a successful Mini Briar, with perfect collar and all!

Obviously I didn't completely succeed on that last part, but certainly this t-shirt is good …