A Very Moony May: Friday FO

I finished my Ocean Moon shawl by Ambah O’Brien. I love it. I’m definitely going to be participating in more mystery knitalongs.

There’s one more clue but I think I’m done. I chose the simpler lace option as I’m a more simple elegance type of gal, but the other moon lace option is gorgeous!

Yarn is Fiber Optics Kashmir (superwash merino, silk, and cashmere) in colors Ebbtide, Storm, and five miniskeins of the Oceans Six gradient. Pattern is Ocean Moon shawl by Ambah.

More Dresses

I finished sewing my Felix dress. I love it! This was a challenging sew for me, but I did a good job. The pattern is rated as intermediate, and is lined. I learned a lot!

Pattern is Felix Dress by Grainline Studio. Fabric from Mood. Lining is teal Bemberg viscose. I was impressed with the lining fabric as well, and won’t be suspicious of viscose in the future. I love this design, and will probably sew a sleeveless version.

I sewed another Melba dress, this time in black cotton interlock from deep stash. I skipped the facings and bound the neckline, and prefer it. I hemmed the sleeves. This fabric is lightweight, and I expect I will wear this all summer with nude clog sandals. This was on my spring sewing list, so I’m glad to get this done.

I tend to do more sewing in spring and summer, and more knitting in fall and winter. What about you?

Happy Paranormal Day!

Did you know May 3rd is Paranormal Day? I didn’t either, but I follow a lot of paranormal accounts, so that’s how I found out. How does one celebrate Paranormal Day? If you’re like me, you combine your special interests and sew a paranormal themed dress!

Yep, it’s another Melba Dress in Spoonflower “Phantasmagoria” fabric, which I caught on sale. I’m planning to wear this to the Ohio State Reformatory on May 21 for ParaPsycon. Bob and my kids are taking me for my birthday!

I like this dress paired with ankle boots and a denim jacket, but I’m a child of the 80’s so I like everything with a denim jacket.

I felt like this dress was screaming for a scarf (see what I did there) but now I’m not so sure.

I think I might need a spooky statement necklace and dangly earrings.

I’m planning to knit a Halloween cardigan this year, too, and I’m hoping it will work with this dress.

How would you style it?

Wednesday: a WIP and a Win

I’m still plugging away on the Ocean Moon mystery knitalong, Clue 1. Clue 3 drops tomorrow! I hope to catch up this weekend. I am liking the yarn colors and the design. I’m getting the hang of intarsia again, though I’m slow.

I finished sewing my Melba dress. I feel very chic wearing it. It looks great with my clogs and sunglasses.

The fabric is organic cotton knit from Spoonflower. It says, “Born to Knit” and “Knitting Takes Balls.” I’m very happy with it. My only complaint is the boat neck is too wide. I’ll adjust that on the next one I sew.

Pattern is Melba Dress from Style Arc. This pattern also works with woven fabrics.

How are your WIPs coming along this week? Any wins?

Friday FO: Vertices Unite!

I absolutely love my Vertices Unite! The yarn is all naturally dyed, nonsuperwash, and so soft and squishy. I probably wouldn’t have chosen this pattern for myself, which is why it’s important for me to participate in knitalongs. Most of the time, I’m pleasantly surprised, and I learn I love something I wouldn’t normally choose for myself.

It’s super cute worn. I am definitely going to be wearing it with denim, and cotton knit dresses. I like how casual it is. Pattern is Vertices Unite by Stephen West. Yarn is (solids) March, July, and Color of Pomegranates from Oysters and Purls, and (variegated) Loon on a Lake and Turkeytail Mushrooms from Forest Lane Fiber Co.

Friday FO: Bandana Cowl

I finished my Bandana Cowl Number 4 in my Spring Thaw yarn from Cornbread and Honey. I love it! So soft, super cozy, and my favorite color. And the best part is it’s nonsuperwash merino!

It still needs a blocking, but I love the shaping. If you make one, be sure your cast on is super stretchy. I used the German twisted cast on.

S is for Sunday, Spring Sewing, and Socks: a Year of Projects Update

Knitting

I finished my clog socks! There is an error, so don’t look too closely. No one is going to look that closely at my ankles when I’m wearing them, right?

I frogged my Taxus Mittens and am working on the armhole round of my Arrowhead Cardigan.

Sewing

I sewed another Piedra dress in my favorite color. The fabric has tiny neon flecks in pink and yellow-green, though, which I love.

See? I had enough left over to make an infinity scarf. You would think sewing a tube scarf would be simple, but you would be wrong. It’s the turning that complicates it. I figured it out though.

Designing

I’ve added designing back into my Year of Projects (YOP) goals. I have a design in mind I hope to release with my summer mystery box. I watched the second video of my Pattern Writing for Designers class today. Once I finish that class, I’m going to sign up for TKGA’s pattern design class.

This has been a Year Of Projects (YOP) update. You can find out more about the group here (Rav link) or here: Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list. You can read my updated list of projects here.

In other news, Bob made a vegan Colcannon for me that was amazingly delicious!

Clare Coat Finish

I’m very pleased with my finished Clare Coat. It’s not perfect by any means, but it fits, it’s wearable, warm, and it’s my favorite color!

I would not recommend interlining your first coat with Thinsulate. It was a bit of a mess. I wish I had kept it simple the first time around instead of being so ambitious. But, I made it work in the end. I think my Grandma would be proud of me.

Pattern is Clare Coat by Closet Core patterns: a great first coat to make! They have lots of tutorials. Fabric is wool melton from Vogue Fabrics, and lining is China silk.

It’s YOPday, It’s YOPday, TGIY: an FO!

I’m really pleased it fits. Pattern is Musselburgh Hat by Ysolda. Yarn is Chester Sock by Dye Mad Yarns. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. It took a long time in fingering weight, though. But that made the perfect double layer of fabric. I made the AXL size.

I am taking one more day off from work tomorrow to completely decompress. I hope to catch up on Arrowhead and get some sewing in. A big thank you to everyone who purchased a Spring Thaw Yarn Mystery Box! 💙

This has been a Year Of Projects update. You can find out more about the group here (Rav link) or here: Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list. You can read my updated list of projects here.