Me Made May ’15 – Week One

Initially, I was unsure about participating in Me Made May this year. My reasoning for this is that I didn’t have as many sewn items as I wanted to. For example, I wanted to make a dress. But, my last dress was Simplicity 2444. Even though I did not meet my craft goals, I still decided to challenge myself to wear my handmade items the entire month. On the bright side of things, I definitely have more sewn items than last year. So after much debate with myself, I decided to give it a go. I am glad that I did.

Day 1 (Friday) – I kept things pretty simple and just wore my Beulah cardigan over a black dress and black leggings. This was my first knit cardigan and it is still a favorite.

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Day 2 (Saturday) – This was one of the most relaxing days. My final exams and final papers were complete. I had no other obligations. So, I just relaxed, Netflixed (not a real word), and knitted. Of course, I went out to eat. Zinnia is my go-to cozy and relaxed cardigan. This was the first skirt I ever made. It has no lining, so it is for hot weather alone. It is self-drafted and I used this tutorial.

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Day 3 (Sunday) – I went to church and wore my favorite cardigan, which is Hetty.

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Day 4 (Monday) – I had to go to work on this day. I am wearing my Chevron  crochet cardigan with my self-drafted owl skirt.

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Day 5 (Tuesday) – This was another work day. After work, I attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum of Durham History. So, this outfit worked for both places. The skirt is Simplicity 2512.

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Day 6 (Wednesday) – This was my first time wearing my Henriette cardigan, which I was pretty excited about. I am wearing my favorite handmade dress, which is Simplicity 2444. I really, really, really want to make another. I just can’t seem to find the time.

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Day 7 (Thursday) – This is what I am wearing today. This is another work day and I went for super bright colors to perk me up. The cardigan is Miette and the skirt is self-drafted.

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That’s it for week one. I’ll see you next week…

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Finished Object: Sweet Pea Shawl

sweet pea shawl 5This was another project that I had planned on making and years went by but, I never picked up the hook. However, my sister April had also long admired this shawl so, she thought we should do it as CAL (crochet along). Well, long story short she finished the first row or two and then quit. I have a phobia of leaving things unfinished so, I kept with the CAL all alone 😉

I really like how it turned out. I only wore it once and now it sits in the closet. Maybe I should start packing it along with me for these cold air-conditioned buildings. Of course, after I finished mine my mother requested one for herself. She chose this beautiful melon color and I really like how it turned out.

Details:

Yarn – Caron Simply Soft

Color – Mine (deep plum) Mom’s (melon)

Weight – worsted

Hook – I (5.5 mm)

Level – Easy to Intermediate

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Designer Spotlight: Double Stitch Twins

I absolutely adore Erika and Monika Simmons a.k.a. the Double Stitch Twins. Their designs are so unique, colorful, bold, and beautifully sculptured.

My love affair with the Double Stitch Twin’s designs began with the Trendy Top Overlay. After working up that pattern over a day. I was addicted. (WARNING: Their patterns are so addictive you will find yourself making the patterns back to back to back.) I had to force myself to take a break so, that I could focus on making patterns from my other books and magazines.

I have made quite a few of their patterns and all of them aren’t even listed on my Ravelry account but, here are the patterns I have made so far: Trendy Top Overlay, Springtime Circle Vest, Tailored Vest, Trippy Tunic, Two-Tone Shrug, Textured Wristers, Any Day Cardigan, Puff Sleeve Jacket, and Layered Chain Scarf.

Their patterns range from a level of Easy to Intermediate. Also, it doesn’t hurt that they have a very large collection of free patterns on Red Heart Yarns free website. Check them out HERE. Also, if you find yourself wanting even more Double Stitch designs check out their books: (1) Fashion Forward by the Double Stitch Twins (2)  Double Stitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista (3) The Crochet Fashionista Workshop.

I usually get many compliments whenever I wear one of their designs but, I must admit that their Trippy Tunic was VERY popular with everyone. I received so many compliments from wearing it that I even became overwhelmed. LOL. Not that I’m complaining 😉

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some of my favorite designs by them:

Here are a few pics of me wearing their designs that I made:

So, check them out if you haven’t already!

Knit (and a little crochet) Style: Beulah Cardigan

Today, marks the second time that I have worn the Beulah Cardigan, which is a pattern from the Knitscene Spring 2012 issue. I absolutely love this cardigan and feel it is just so flattering. But, I think I don’t wear it as much as I can because it’s definitely one of those cardigans that people remember. And I don’t want anyone to be like “She sure wears that all the time”. LOL

I usually like to pair the cardigan with navy blue and a pop of red. However, in the future I will play with different looks with this cardi. Also, I have yet to wear it with some jeans and that may look cute too.

I am also wearing some crochet earrings that I made from the Crochet Today May/June 2012 issue.

Outfit details:

Cardigan – Handmade by me (knit)

Skirt – Banana Republic

Top – Walmart

Shoes – Gianni Bini

Earrings – Handmade by me (crochet)

Crochet Style: Wintry Cowl

This outfit is actually from yesterday but, I didn’t get a chance to post it. This wintry cowl is from a pattern in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Crochet Today. I made this last winter and it worked up very quickly. It employs the V-Stitch. I used Lion Brand Hometown Solids, which is a Super Bulky yarn.

I like to pair this red cowl whenever I wear neutral outfits that lack color. It is something just so fab about a big chunky cowl in a bold color. Did I mention that this cowl is so snuggly and warm?  Well, it is 🙂

Outfit Details:

Dress – Ross Dress for Less

Boots – Plato’s Closet

Cowl – Handmade by Me

Crochet Style (OOTD)

I decided to start a new segment on the blog for Crochet Style and Knit Style. It is essentially outfit of the days (OOTD) but, there is a focus on how I style the wearable items that I handmade.

Today, I am wearing the Any Day Cardigan designed by the Double Stitch Twins. This is a free pattern that can be found HERE.

Outfit Details:

Cardigan – Handmade by me

Sweater – New York and Company

Pencil Skirt – Thrifted

Boots – Walmart

Designer Spotlight: Mari Lynn Patrick

If you buy as many crochet and knit magazines as I do you will definitely see this name pop up every time. Mari Lynn Patrick definitely makes the list as one of my FAVORITE DESIGNERS EVER! I love that her patterns are classic yet, so unique. And I love that she designs for both genres of knit and crochet.

The main magazines you will see Mari Lynn Patrick’s designs in are: Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today.

One of my first wearable pieces was designed by her. It was the Versatile Vest in the March/April 2009 issue of Crochet Today. I have worn it about 3 times this winter and I even made my mother one. The next design of hers I made was The Julia Jacket from the November/December 2011 issue of Crochet Today.

Great Fact: Mari Lynn’s Patrick designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting since the beginning of its relaunch.

Ok, I could go on and on about her greatness but, let me show you some brief pics of the items I made from her designs:

The Julia Jacket (crochet, Red Heart Super Saver)
The Versatile Vest (crochet, Red Heart Super Saver)
Some of my favorite designs by her:

Simply stunning!!

Photos Source: Ravelry