It’s this time of the year, the one moment of clarity, my awakening
to the light, the epiphany of introspection… were I notice that I have
roughly a million wip’s spread out through our flat. There are these two
(yes, two) boxes of shame in our living room. And maybe the content of
these boxes also spilled onto the couch and some small thingies like
unfinished socks for my husband and a sweater are hiding in a cupboard
beneath the TV.
Sadly, that’s not all, no the misery has a sequel. Season two of my
unfinished objects is to be found in our working space. Here are all the
sewing projects which are ill fitting, half finished or to be mended.
And -ahem- as I just now notice there is also a crochet project in plain
sight. No idea how I could overlook it.
If you are already groaning in disgust, beware, there is also season
3: the Christmas presents (to be). But do not fear I will not punish you
with another photo of my chaos, because the future presentees read my
blog, so hush-hush….
For all of you who either commiserate while sitting on a pile of
unfinished projects or laugh with gleeful joy sitting over your one
knitting or sewing project you monogamously work on, here it comes, my
list of important projects (because the other ones, the deprived and
forgotten children projects, who dwell in my wardrobe, I will not mention at all)
The dress, the jacket, the sweater and the sweater and the sweater
No, I am not mindlessly repeating the word sweater. I have a plan. I
want to wear every day of the year a different sweater. Joking 😀 Or,
I have a lot of small fabric scraps – some are remnants from older
projects, others I bought because they were „soooo cute and cheap“
although I had no idea what to do with such a small piece of fabric.
Some weeks ago, I decided to make sweaters out of them, as I really love
to wear them – so comfy, so uncomplicated. One is already finished (I
think you already saw me wearing it, its this one with cats on it) and
three more are waiting.
For the too small fabrics I found a clever strategy (I think its
clever, please don’t pop my illusions): I either cut the back or sleeves
out of stripes, so I manage to get a whole puff sleeve sweater out of I
guess 1m x 1,40m. But remember I am short, with an even shorter torso.
The biggest part of fabric I always need for the sleeves…. The other
solution is to find matching fabric remnants and combine them. This I
will try with the brownish fabrics, but not done yet, I will report how
it works. (Oh, and I dream of a quilted jacket made from my tiny fabric
rest… but so far only a dream).
The jacket from @puellacreativa’s
amazing book is on the top one place of my sewing pile but it must
wait, as I sew it during the sewing course which right now is again not
taking place – sigh. I would really love to wear the jacket.
Still THE DRESS, you remember the butterfly fabric which looked so nice
and the Japanese pattern which looked even nicer? I go another batch of
this extreme cheap fabric and thought „why not try again to sew one of
these cottagecore dresses everybody else looks beautiful in?“ Don’t ask…
this will be a whole post one day.
My main projects is a long cardigan
in a variegated yarn which resists photographing (on the photos the
yarn looks beige, but it is full of multicolored speckles). It has a
slightly egg-shaped fit which I hope will look cute worn over a dress or
skinny jeans. I have chosen the pattern as I thought it resembled a rtw
cardigan which I love to wear. But I am not too sure anymore if my
knitted copy-design will fit as well as the bought one as the ribbing is
much smaller than anticipated.
Problems with gauge and fit seem to be my recurrent topic, because my
next knitting project, a slipover was meant to be a very wide and short
design. And this time I even used the recommended yarn (while thinking a
bit about this… it’s the first time ever I used the recommended yarn). I
made a tension square with 6 mm needle (suggestion of the designer), I
made one with 5,5 mm and with 5 mm… still my gauge was of. I should knit
16 stitches over 10 cm but with 5 mm needles I only managed to get 15
stitches into 10 cm. After this I gave up and settled on the 5 mm. I
pondered to make the smallest size as it should result in a width 120 cm
of front and back together and with my loose knitting, it should (yes
should) have been even wider. But after casting on and knitting the
ribbing of the back I only managed to get 50 cm (still 15 stitches on 10
mm…. a mystery). Fumbled some crochet stitches onto the needles and so
brought the whole thing one size up, but still only 57 cm width. I am ok
with this and have hope it will fit. My famous wish while making
garments: I hope it will fit ???
Last project is this short jacket in pastel colors. I managed to sew in
the sleeves (hurray) but gave up on sewing in all these yarn -ends. Need
There are much more unfinished projects, but for now I will not destroy my reputation as a reliable knitter completely ?
I am in a shawl frenzy. Not that I am missing shawls, I have many of
them, but honestly as you perhaps noticed during my time on hive, I knit
and crochet in colors which look so nice, and colorful and bright and
do not match with anything in my wardrobe… This time I planned (really!)
my crochet. Last year I made my first coat in a dark brown and I have
no shawl which I can wear with it (ok, I have one, its black, so boring)
so I may have bought some yarn (don’t tell) in brown and beige and
started this amazing and free triangle shawl pattern.
If this project sounded reasonable to you, the next will not. Neither
did I plan anything, nor did I needed it (I feel really bad) but I did
it nevertheless: another shawl, another free pattern, also triangle. Will write more about this another time.
(oh, I again forgot the lace shawl who is residing on my couch in the midst of sewing projects. Please lets simply not speak of it)
The oversized cardigan
The burgundy blanket like object
you can see on the photos is a cardigan, or better it will be a
cardigan… sometimes… You already know the lighter (mint colored) sister
of this cardi (photos above), I made earlier this year. The pattern is
the urbanite cardigan
and because of a miscalculation on my side or the designers, I am still
in doubt, the thing grew huuuuuge. But I am wearing it constantly. So, I
decided I need another one. Annoyingly it needs a lot of time, because
as said above, its huge 😀
Here I will stop and leave you with the good feeling that you’re definitely more organized and focused than me.