Me Made May 2022 Challenge

Me May Made is coming up! I have half-heartedly participated in previous years on Instagram, but thanks to Lucy of A Knit and a Cake, who has connected me with the origin of the movement at So, Zo, What Do You Know? I now have a much better understanding of the challenge, and I’m looking forward to participating in 2022. If you are curious about Me Made May, here is a link to this years’ write up which explains the challenge.

I’ve had a look at my handmade wardrobe, and have come up with a challenge that I think will be doable. I’ve identified four garments I’ve sewn within the previous year that I don’t love and rarely wear. Each week I will alter one with the goal of making it more loved and wearable. I will post a before and after photo of each. I also pledge to wear at least one outfit each week that includes a handmade garment — which may or may not include the altered item of the week, depending on how successful the alteration is. I will analyze my handmade wardrobe throughout the month, identifying what has worked, what hasn’t, where there are holes to fill, and outline a new sewing plan for my wardrobe moving forward in 2022.

Although Me Made May was originally intended for sewing, I think you could also apply this challenge to knitting as well.

Year of Projects Update

The Elderberry plant survived the winter.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a rough week. We lost a beloved family member, Bob’s Stepfather “Poppy.” I got some tough news at work. Poor Dan Bill has a UTI and had to go to the vet. I still got some crafting done. Making things brings me joy, and helps me deal with stress.

Knitting

I’m loving the way Vertices Unite is coming out. I’m about 1/3 of the way through section two. It’s all naturally dyed merino and super soft.

Design

I’ve been working on a knitting design for my summer yarn mystery box. I told my therapist that trying to sketch ideas for designs was not working for me. She told me to try picking up the needles and yarn and start making something, so that’s what I did. And it worked! It won’t win any design awards, but it will be a nice, practical use for the yarn.

Sewing

I sewed two more pair of joggers — in speckled gray French terry and navy organic cotton fleece. Very comfy, and I should be good on joggers for a while.

This is my next sewing project, a Melba dress in this knitting print. I can’t wait to rock this.

Other than that, I’ve joined our local fiber arts guild and signed up to help, and I’m rediscovering the joys of our library system. I’m hoping to start baking and cooking again, and I needed some inspiration. And it will be time to start seeds and dig up the garden soon. I’ve planted peas and greens already!

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.

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!

It Ain’t What You YOP it’s the Way that You YOP It

And that’s what gets results. I’m getting cornier and cornier with my post titles.

Knitting

I started some shorty socks to wear with clogs and white sneakers. Yarn is Cascade Heritage. It’s my first time using it, and it’s really soft.

I’m ready to start the armhole steeks on the Arrowhead Cardigan. Yarn is Lopi.

I’m the cow’s tail on the Vertices knitalong, still plugging away on my first section. This yarn is super soft, but the blue indigo dye is rubbing off on my hands. It’s naturally dyed merino from two different dyers. I do love the colors.

I’ve made minuscule progress on my Taxus Mittens. I doubt I’ll finish for the knitalong, but they were on my list anyway, so I’m happy to take my time. Yarn is Tukuwool Fingering. I’m not sure about the brown berries. I might tink those back. I think I’d prefer the first round of berries to be orange, like the cast on, what do you think?

Sewing

I finished my Clare Coat! Now I’m ready to start on some spring wardrobe sewing.

Spinning

Move along. Nothing to see here.

In other news, I put in my notice at work. I’ve been struggling with GERD for over a year — nocturnal vomiting at least two or three times per week. I kept trying to pin the cause down to food, but there were no consistent triggers. Turns out it was stress, which I suspected, but now I know for certain. I haven’t thrown up since I put in my notice a week ago. I knew the job was a bit of a stretch for me, but I didn’t know we would be entering into two years of a global pandemic when I took it. I love it, which makes it even harder, and love the people I work with. But I have to prioritize my health. I had a scare with inflammation and swelling in my throat, and then I knew I had to do something. I’ve tried medications, but they’ve never made any difference. I’m going to take some time off to heal, and work on my side hustle for a bit, to see if it grows. By the way, today is the last day to order the Spring Thaw box! And I’m working on a new box that should be suitable for Mother’s Day, as well as a summer box that will include an original pattern design (I hope).

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.

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.

Clare Coat Update

All my hard work over the past few weeks is paying off. It’s starting to look like a coat! I still need to sew on the collar, the front facings,and then line it. So there’s a lot left to do.

And can I share how much I love my new Bohin Mechanical Chalk Pencil? I’ve always struggled with transferring pattern marks to fabric. When I used chalk, it rubbed off. But this miracle wonder tool solved the problem. I picked it up at Sew to Speak on Saturday, but it’s not on their website.

Bob and I are both off today, and we’re going to go for a walk. Outside. At a park! it will be nice to spend some time together.

I Only Have YOP for You 💝

Happy Valentine’s Eve! I had a busy week at work and didn’t get much making done.

Knitting

I continue to knit daily on Arrowhead and Musselburgh. I wound the yarn for my Taxus Mittens, as it is time for The Woolly Thistle’s annual colorwork accessory knitalong. I participated last year with the Kenora Toque. This is a knitalong where I had my pick from something already on my list. The yarn is Tukuwool Fingering.

Sewing

I sewed myself a red velour dress for Valentine’s. It will work equally well for Christmas. Truth be told, I have a yardage of green too, so I’ll probably make another one. The pattern is the Piedra dress from Seamwork. I love sewing this dress, although I added the pockets.

I finished adhering the interfacing to my Clare coat fabric. I cut the Thinsulate with the coat pieces, but did some research and found out I should have cut them with the lining. Oops. Well hopefully I can still use them by cutting them down and, if not, I’ll use wool batting with the lining fabric instead.

In other news, I went to the Wild and Wooly Fiber Expo in Cleveland yesterday. I enjoyed myself and came home a few new skeins and a braid of Targhee to spin. Bob and I are having a Superb Owl party today, which means we’re eating pizza and watching What We Do in the Shadows instead of football.

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.

YOPday, YOPday

Knitting

Arrowhead Cardigan gets a little bigger every week!

Sewing

Today I applied fusible interfacing to half of the fabric on my Clare coat. Dan Bill helped by hogging the sewing chair so I wouldn’t sit down. I’m not a fan of fusible interfacing, but since I’ve never made a coat before, I thought I should follow the instructions the first time. Applying fusible interfacing with a steam iron is hard work. I’ll do the other half next weekend.

Spinning

I bought a small amount of merino and angora fiber to try. I have a couple of bags of raw angora fiber from my bunnies that I used to have, and I want to card it with some other fibers to spin. I thought sampling a small amount of a blend would help me get the feel of it. I’m still working through my “wool top” that came with my wheel.

Felting

I knit a swatch with some felted wool yarn, then felted it in the washer. I’m planning to make a wide brimmed hat. I might try to felt the swatch a little more.

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.

Music for a Found YOPmonium

This week I was listening to a Celtic music playlist — because Celtic music is my happy music — and in the middle of this playlist (at 29:25 to be exact) along came a song I recognized… from Napoleon Dynamite! If you are curious, the scene is at this link. Our family loves Napoleon Dynamite, and it is probably one of the most quote worthy films in our house, after A Christmas Story, and Raising Arizona.

Knitting

I am still planning a gansey, knitting one row per day on Arrowhead, and stimming in stockinette on Freya’s Musselburgh. I’m angry about my Vertices Unite, probably because the indigo dyed yarn rubs off on my hands. And I had my nails done this week, which match my gansey swatch!

Since apparently I’m bored with my current knitting, I am going to knit a swatch for another project: Auchnaha. It’s a cardigan that is currently only available through Kate Davies’ Argyll’s Secret Coast Club, which I am really enjoying. On the left, you see Tukuwool DK in Rohto, which I have in stash. On the right is Kate Davies’ Schiehallion in Mooring, which I would have to order. I get a club discount though, and I like that this yarn is smoother than the Tukuwool. But the Tuku may knit up just fine, and smooth out during blocking, so I’m going to give it a try. Both yarns are a blue-green color that I thought would be nice for spring.

Sewing

I have cut out the wool melton for my royal blue Clare coat, as well as the Thinsulate. I’m waiting on some interfacing before I do any more. I’ve also added a couple of new pieces to my spring wardrobe sewing: a Melba Dress in black cotton jersey and a Norman Jumpsuit in eggplant linen. I have the fabric, but I did buy the patterns — although one was a free bonus pattern with a discount code, which I felt good about.

Spinning

My spinning continues to improve. I should do more of it.

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.