Sock It To Me Wednesday

I started some socklings for myself. I’m in love with this yarn which is called Honeybees and Violets Please from Bone and Birch.

I sewed myself some PJ pants. I purchased this fabric in the winter thinking — for some reason — it was cotton flannel and I would make myself the most adorable cozy PJs ever. Turned out it was quilting cotton. I hung onto it and now I have the most adorable summer PJ pants. I’m thinking of sewing a quick popover tee so I’ll have a set. I don’t like fussy PJs with buttons and all that.

I’ll see you tomorrow for Cast On Thursday! Is that a thing? I feel like that should be a thing.

Tuesday FO

I finished my Anker’s Summer Shirt (Rav link). Yarn is Blacker Lyonesse linen and wool in Serpentine. AJ finished hers as well, and it’s a similar color. Go over there and check hers out, too!

I tried really hard to get a good photo of my fabulous outfit. These are the linen Emerson Pants I made a few years ago. This outfit is so comfy. I feel ready for summer!

I had to share this one because my hair is fabulous and I look like a Breck girl.

Vacation is going well so far. I work on art in the morning. Then in the afternoon I knit. I’m going to knit a chart on Celtic Myths each day so maybe I’ll be finished by the end of the week. I cut out some PJs, but Bob is working this week and the sewing machines are too loud to use during the day. Bob and I walked yesterday after he got off work.

The garden is doing well. I’ve cloched the tender annuals for a few days until temps get back up in the 40s overnight. I have a few extra plants. I gave two to my oldest who is trying gardening this year.

Mother’s Day was lovely. My kids were here. We ate Mexican food. Bob made a custard tart. The kids will be back on Saturday to celebrate my birthday with me.

See you tomorrow for Sock It To Me Wednesday! I’m mixing it up for vacation week. Woo! Living on the edge!

Sewing Follow Up

I did not cast on any new knitting today, but I did sew myself a new dress.

Pattern is Raglan Dress by The Avid Seamstress. Fabric is Kaufman Manchester Yarn Dyed Shirting in Royal. I made this dress for $25. I’m not known for my frugality, but I’m pleased with that. And it has pockets!

This is my favorite pattern to sew right now. I think I’ll sew some summer PJs next, and finish some linen shorts that I cut out a couple of years ago.

Hi! Vacation Day 1 – All The SQUIRREL!

Today is the first day of a badly needed week of vacation. And… I have cast on block. I have so many things I want to cast on, I don’t know what to knit first.

Short List:

1. Arrowhead Cardigan – Colorwork and it’s a great week to pay attention. It’s cast on and ready in my basket. (All links are Ravelry links.)

2. Vintersol Sweater – My yummy new yarn is calling to me.

3. Celtic Myths Shawl – Cables and it’s a good week to pay attention. I’m so close to finishing it. I think I will try to knock it out.

4. Hansel Hap – since the start of this will be good TV knitting, I will cast this on later in the week so I have it ready when I go back to work and need evening wind-down knitting. The Ramsay Farm Shetland yarn is calling to me. So squishy and smells so good!

5. New socks for Bob. One should always have a pair of socks on the needles.

6. New socks for me. I have some very springy sock yarn I would like to knit into some shorties.

7. Onipa’a Shawl: “Stand Firm, Resolute. Be true to yourself.” I did and I was. I fell in love with this pattern and bought some gorgeous Finn and Kid Mohair yarn from Mindful Folk Farm during Botanica last weekend, dyed with Logwood, to knit it with. It’s gorgeous. Early birthday gift to myself.

8. Skipwith Cardigan: Number 1 in my queue because I would like to wear this and soon. It’s a fingering weight cardi. Even if I do cast on, is that likely to happen? 🙃

Okay, see now I’m overwhelmed and don’t know what to do.

In other news, it’s taking me forever to finish the body of my Anker’s Summer Shirt. “Just a few more inches,” “Just a… few… more inches!” “Ok, two more inches!” “One and a half more inches!” At least it’s short sleeved.

Things are popping up in the garden! It’s getting a little chilly at night and I’m worried. Hopefully the microclimate is a real thing and not a mass delusion by overeager gardeners in northern climes.

Last week I toodled around town with family that was visiting, and bought this pillow in a little shop. JoJo is not as amused as I am, but she does love our new-to-us couch.

Pete has emerged from hibernation. I planted all kinds of flower seeds here, but so far the only thing to emerge are volunteer sunflowers from the bird feeder. I think there are a few sweet peas, too.

Right! Time to sew a dress! 😂

Oh, yeah, I have art to make. 🤣

Virtuwool Events

There are two virtual yarny events this weekend. One is Maryland Sheep and Wool. MDSW was my first big wool show many years back, and I loved every minute of it! I went with my friend Sara and a tiny baby newborn Freya, who was a super easy baby. I bought what seemed like a lot of yarn at the time, but I look back now and think that I was pretty restrained. Their virtual show takes place on Facebook.

I learned about a new yarn festival this week, Botanica, and it’s all about natural fibers and dyes. I’m definitely going to be “attending” this one, which takes place on Instagram live. I may make a few purchases if I fall in love, but I’m thinking it’s probably pretty competitive to get your hands on some of these precious skeins. I figure it’s okay if someone beats me to it.

There has also been a “Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival” on Facebook over the past year. I have attended some of them. That’s where I learned about Ramsay Farms and their delicious Shetland yarn. I don’t know if these will continue.

With COVID cases rising again in some states, I’m hoping the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival doesn’t get canceled. But I bought travel insurance, just in case!

Have you attended any wool or yarn shows virtually, or are you planning to attend any in the near future?

Wednesday WIPs

I am in love with my current WIP. The yarn is scrumptious and I love the texture. I’m ready to start the raglan increases. I’m excited, because I may actually be able to wear this soon! Just keep knitting…

I did a little research, and confirmed my suspicions that my garden is a microclimate. It is a south facing garden enclosed in concrete, which heats up quickly and releases the heat more slowly overnight. With this knowledge, I decided to go ahead and plant my seedlings. We did purchase a tarp to put over the garden when the overnight temps go lower than 40 degrees, which it is supposed to do Friday.

I saw a calendula sprout this morning when I was watering. It made me happy. We have so many peas sprouting up! I also planted strawberries on the other side of the garden where I have wanted strawberries since we moved in. I thinned the kale seedlings, and boy were they happy I did that. The survivors grew visibly overnight! I’ve got arugula/rocket popping up, too.

Kids are coming this weekend to help us dig out tree stumps and turn the far end of the garden. We’ll add some soil and maybe a little sand, and plant my flax garden there. I planted indigo and madder close to the end, and will plant some tansy seeds as well. I’m excited for my little dye garden.

That’s really all I’ve been working on. I want to cast on some socks for Bob and sew another raglan dress, but I have my monthly felt piece to finish first! It’s almost May! Yikes!

Virtual Travel and a YOP Update

I’ve started signing up for virtual travel events. I guess cabin fever is finally getting to me. Last night I attended a Barn Chat with Wing and a Prayer Farm that featured Gudrun Johnson and MJ Mucklestone sharing information on their knitting trips to Shetland. I missed this at Knit City Virtual, so was glad to get a second chance.

Today I attended a Spring Skye Woolly Meander. This was a warm and welcoming group that gathered for a virtual trip of the Isle of Skye. I was very unsocial, which I felt bad about, but I didn’t expect to be on camera as I was still in my pjs! But it was a beautiful event and Bob and I are looking forward to visiting Scotland in real life someday. I also learned about Shilasdair Yarns, so that’s on my yarn wishlist now.

Speaking of yarn, I purchased new yarn from Wing and a Prayer Farm for my Vintersoll (Rav link). My gauge swatch worked out. This yarn is a treat to knit with. It’s called Thelma and Louise and is naturally dyed and toothy but soft. I can’t wait to cast on. I love this golden color called Dawn achieved with onion skins and madder root,which will be the main color of the sweater.

But first I want to finish my Anker’s Summer Shirt (Rav link) in Blacker Lyonesse, which is also a very nice yarn to work with in wool and linen. The color is Serpentine.

I finished knitting my Water shawl (Rav link). It’s a lovely pattern and an enjoyable knit once you get the rhythm of it. Yarn is Quince and Co Finch in Bird’s Egg.

Gardening news: the peas are up!

Sunday Year of Projects Update

I haven’t been keeping up on my YOP updates. Since it’s been a while, I thought I should do that today.

Sewing

I finished sewing my Ophelia Overalls, and I love them. I’m going to sew a pair for each season. These are my spring overalls. I’ll sew a linen pair in summer, a corduroy pair in fall, and a wool flannel pair in winter. Pattern is by Decades of Style. Fabric is organic cotton twill from Koshtex.

Next I’ll sew another Raglan Dress in blue cotton shirting.

Knitting

Water is coming along. I get frustrated with the lace sections, so it’s in time out a fair bit. It’s not that it’s difficult. I think I’ve got it, so I stop paying close attention and then make a mistake. It’s not great TV knitting.

I’ve knit a gauge swatch for an Anker’s Summer Shirt (Rav link). AJ is knitting one, and it was in my queue, so I thought, why not? Impromptu KAL. My gauge is spot on in this Blacker Lyonesse linen and wool, so time to cast on!

I also knit a gauge swatch for Kate Davies’ new long sleeved Treit in Foxglove. I’m having trouble getting gauge so I think I’ll sit on it a bit.

I’m going to let Bob pick out some yarn from my stash, and then cast on a new pair of socks for him. He really likes his Valentine’s Day socks and wears them a lot.

Felting

I have a new piece finished for March, and meant to lay out my April piece today. But I’m tired after all the sewing, so I guess I’ll do that next weekend. I checked my wool colors, and I should be good to go. No colors to dye for the next one.

Design

My cotton and linen slub tee is coming along.

Podcast

My new episode “Grow Your Clothes: Rust Belt Fibershed” is available! I had a great time on this interview and ended up having to cut quite a bit, but may have enough left over for another episode. If you would like to give it a listen, look for The Just Craft on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts, or you can listen at thejustcraft.com.

Baking

I made some banana bread today! I like walnuts in my banana bread, but can’t have them (tree nut allergy) so I added pumpkin seeds instead.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my updated list here. You can find out more about the group here.

Shout out to Kelley of Ramen Needles / Dye Mad for adjusting my yarn club subscription when I asked her not to send me superwash if possible. She sent me this gorgeous silk and linen this month. 💙

Garden is Ready, Overalls Not

Bob finished adding the rest of the soil to the garden and also finished my snaky path for me.

We’ve really come a long way on the garden. We left the far end as is because there are trees down there and Bob wants to try to pull them out. I can’t wait for seeds to start popping up. Then I’ll have a better idea of where the rest of the herbs and veggies should go.

I made progress on my overalls today. Why is it so tough to get a decent sewing WIP photo? I’m going to have to follow more sewists on Instagram for inspiration.

I haven’t clipped the crotch seam yet, which is why it’s a little bunchy. I hate clipping seams. I may trim it with the serger instead. I still need to add the bib and straps.

Isn’t my orchid pretty? I have no idea how I’ve kept it alive and happy for so long. Benign neglect, I guess.