Me Made May Finale

Why bog you down with a million and one excuses for my extended absence? The upcoming blog posts will feature finished items, almost finished items, WIPs, and even photos from my trips. But first, let me post my finished looks from Me-Made-May 2015 (I have got to be the latest person ever with this post.) So, lets get started…

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Day 22 – Features a simple self-drafted elastic skirt and the Shapely Cardigan.
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Day 23 – Features a self-drafted elastic skirt and Hortencia by Andi Satterlund.
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Day 24 – Features Hetty by Andi Satterlund.
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Day 25 – Features Miette by Andi Satterlund
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Day 26 – Features a self-drafted skirt and Elsa by Andi Satterlund
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Day 27 – Features Hetty by Andi Satterlund
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Day 28 – Features Marion by Andi Satterlund
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Day 29 – Features Simplicity 1803
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Day 30 – Features Marion by Andi Satterlund (Pheonia made a slight cameo)
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Day 31 – Simplicity 1803 dress and Myrna by Andi Satterlund
All of the looks from Me Made May 2015!
The complete looks from Me-Made-May 2015!

Okay, that concludes this post. I’ll be back later.

Me Made May ’15 – Week 2

I completed Week 2 of Me Made May ’15. The details are below.

IMG_20150508_130045Day 8 (Friday) – I was a hostess in the graduation and we had to wear black/white. So, I took along my Sweet Pea shawl to keep warm in the cold building.

IMG_20150509_120014Day 9 (Saturday) – I started packing up my apartment. So, I wore my Butterick b5653 and my red Hetty cardigan.

IMG_20150510_131531Day  10 (Sunday) – This is the second time my Beulah cardigan has appeared. I wore it with my Modcloth dress to church this previous Sunday.

IMG_20150511_091013Day 11 (Monday) – I wore this self-drafted skirt and matching headband to work. A tutorial for a simple elastic skirt can be found HERE and the tutorial for a retro headband can be found HERE (It’s not the exact tutorial I used, but I can’t find the original).

IMG_20150512_092644Day 12 (Tuesday) – I worked then traveled home on this day. So, I was looking for a super comfy outfit. I am wearing my Marion cardigan.

IMG_20150513_123347Day 13 (Wednesday) – I wore my Mei-Mei shrug with a comfy dress.

IMG_20150514_151353Day 14 (Thursday) – I spent the day with my Dad running errands and I wore a cardigan and a dress from the OAL2014. The cardigan is Myrna and the dress is Simplicity 1803.

Well, that concludes Week 2 of Me Made May ’15. I’ll see you next week…

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…

Inspiration: Spring Garments

It’s that time of year again. The colors are budding and the sun is shining. I have been eyeing some Spring designs. They inspire me and make me want to ditch all my current WIPs. But, I must have discipline. Check out the beautiful garments and details below.

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This pattern is from Knitty Spring-Summer 2015. I like that it is a mix of knit and crochet–my two loves. I plan on starting this project in May. It’s simple stunning. Also, I think I will use the suggested linen yarn. I have never worked with linen, so I am excited. I plan on using Quince & Co. Kestral in Rosehip. The pattern can be found HERE.D117051111_medium

I just adore this pattern. I don’t know if I plan on making it in the near future, but I think it is just inspiring. This is a pattern by Yoko Hatta and can be found HERE.image_medium2

You can’t imagine how long I have been eyeing this crochet cardigan. I bought the entire digital issue of Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 7 for this pattern alone (there are some other great designs in this issue). Technically this is from the winter issue, but I think this cardigan is the perfect layering piece for Spring. I plan on completing this cardigan in the summer. I am having a hard time thinking of the right color combination. I adore the colors in the sample, but I don’t want to copycat. This is a design by one of the best crochet designers, Simone Francis. The pattern can be found HERE.green-3_medium2

This pattern is from the current Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 13. I adore it. Typically, I don’t like working with fingering weight yarn, but I am willing to make an exception for this top. OAN: The styling and photography in this photo are spot on. The pattern can be found HEREIMG_4434_medium2

As a reward for the hard work I put in this year, I plan on making a trip to the beach for utter relaxation. (I am also traveling to Copenhagen and San Francisco, but those are school/profession related.) This cardigan is the perfect beach cardigan. Should I have time to make it, I will use the exact color in the photo. That sand shade is the perfect color for beach knits. The pattern is by Alicia Plum (a great designer with stunning designs) and can be found HERE.

Extra Thoughts: I have UFOs on my mind. I am making headway with my Henriette cardigan and I hope to complete it this weekend. So, expect a post on that. Also, do you remember my Vivian pullover that I started last year that I planned on finishing by Christmas 2014? Well, I may have missed the deadline, but I plan on picking it up and completing that soon. Also, do you remember my Piperita finger less gloves? I plan on finishing that soon also. I refuse to cast on anything until those 3 items are complete. Now, let’s hope I can adhere to that rule.

Finished: Kayla

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I wanted a quick and mindless project and I got it. Maybe it was a little too quick. Lol. However, I am pleased with this finished sweater.

The pattern was very clear and simple as pie. I shortened the body by 7 rounds and I did the suggested 35 rounds for full length sleeves. Obviously, I should have completed more rounds for completely full length sleeves. If I should make this again, I would definitely go for longer sleeves. But, I do like 3/4 length sleeves so, I like this sweater.

I don’t have much to say about this pattern. It can be found HERE.

Since I have had my crochet fix, I am thinking about making Zinnia or Henriette next. Though I wonder if it is time to start thinking about spring knits. I don’t think there will be many days of winter left.

Details:

Yarn – Lion Brand Hearland

Color – Redwood

Hook – I/9 – 5.50mm

Level – Easy

WIP: Kayla Sweater

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I have never made a crochet sweater. I do have 2 summer tops but, not an actual sweater. It has been my goal to make a crochet sweater for awhile now but, I kept putting it off. Let me just say, that there aren’t many good crochet sweater patterns out there. I do like Doris Chan’s sweaters in her book Everyday Crochet. However, I left that book at my parent’s house and didn’t bring it to school with me.

While browsing Ravelry, I happened upon this sweater pattern. (The designer actually has additional sweater patterns but, I first want to test out this pattern.) So, I bought the pattern and got to work.

First off, I could not believe the low amount of yarn that is needed to make the pattern. I mean this is a crochet pattern. LOL. I most likely will shorten this sweater so, I may not even need that amount of yarn.

I am making the XS. The bust is 29” for this size and my bust is 32”. However, the next size had a bust of 34”. Considering I want a snug fit, I decided to go with the XS. Also, I did not get gauge with the J-hook so, went down to the I-hook. So far, everything is looking great and I don’t believe I will have any fit issues. We shall see…

Let me just say that I am loving this extended single crochet stitch, which is used for this pattern. It is dense but, not bulky or stiff.

I am using Lion Brand Heartland in Redwood. I saw this acrylic yarn in Walmart and I thought the colors were so pretty. Actually, the entire line is pretty amazing. The colors are inspired by national monuments. Now, I don’t know how it is going to hold up. So, this yarn is also a test too. Haha. This sweater is on trial 😉

I am so anxious to see the finished results of this sweater.

Finished: Crochet Cowl

I have been working on this project throughout the semester. I knew I wanted to make a grey cowl but, I didn’t feel like searching or following a pattern. Therefore, I did my own thing with this cowl. Initially, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a cowl or scarf but, I settled on a cowl because they are just so fabulous.

The pattern is a type of cluster stitch. It was worked back and forth, then I slip stitched the shorter edges together, and trimmed the rounds in single crochet. I did not weave in the ends but, tied them in a permanent bow to give the cowl that cinched look. I really like the outcome. I would have done more rows for a fuller effect but, I only had 2 skeins of yarn.

Keep in mind, this can be a quick project but, I picked it up every blue moon when I just happened to remember it.

I may make this pattern available as a free pattern. I just have to remember what I did. LOL

Details:

Hook – G (4.0 mm)

Yarn – Vanna’s Choice

Color – Charcoal Grey

Level – Easy to Intermediate

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Favorite Fall Sweater

Well, my next post was supposed to be an update on my Marion for the MarionKAL but, this is much more fun! So, Andi asked us to name our favorite Fall sweater, which was not an easy task for me. But, after much debate with myself I will reveal my favorite Fall sweater at the end of this post.

Some did not make the cut. They are Marion (crappy yarn) and Shapely Boyfriend (gives me hip wings).

I just want to say that I used to dread Fall season. It meant going back to school and cold weather coming in. However, when I started knitting this all changed. I feel like now my entire year is prepping for my Fall/Winter knits. Then, I get so excited when the season changes so, I can finally wear my favorite pullovers. So, let’s get started.

Oh yeah, I had fun trying on different outfit combinations as you will see 😉

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Aiken – Definitely one of my favorite pullovers. I plan on making another one soon in a better yarn.
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Beulah – This cardigan will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first knit garment and it is still one of my most worn cardigans. I don’t see myself ever making another one because the seaming was the biggest pain! But, it looks like it was made for this dress I recently ordered from Modcloth (on sale at a great price).
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Chuck – This was my first challenging knit. My Daddy was wary of my ability to create this so, I set out to prove him wrong. This pullover features 2 of my favorites–cables and hot pink.
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Hetty – I absolutely adore this cardigan! The dusty pink is very elegant to me and goes perfectly with the lace pattern. To date, this is my most cardigan. I wear it year round and it goes with almost every dress in my closet.
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A to Z – I consider this my varsity sweater. I like that it is personalized for me because of the ‘C’. I don’t wear it much in the hotter seasons so, I am looking forward to wearing it soon. The color combination is just perfect to me.
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Miette – This cardigan sat in my queue for the longest. I am happy that I finally got around to making it. The fit is perfect. However, I must admit that I prefer it buttoned because it just looks better that way. (I’m covering my mouth because I felt like my lipstick clashed with the orange.)
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Geraldine – This sweater had to make the cut. It’s named after my aunt. LOL. JK. But seriously, this sweater lets the world know that I am a knitter and I love it. How adorable are those knitting needles and yarn motifs. Perfect. I can’t wait to wear this with the matching hat during the colder months.
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Hetty.2 – I loved my first Hetty so much that I had to make another. Initially, my second was supposed to be in a forest green but, I went with a loud red. I love it.
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Hortencia – Yes, it’s black and simple but, I love it. I wear it sooooo much. There is nothing like a neutral sweater to add to your wardrobe. And to this day I love my 2 buttons and giggle every time I think about the story behind those buttons.
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Elsa – I couldn’t leave my beloved crochet out of the mix. Most of my crochet garments are open and lacy so, I adore that this is not. I just love the Jackie O feel to this jacket. The details are also a major perk i.e. the buttons and zipper. I have actually been planning to make another but, I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Soon…

Well, after much debate I did decide on my favorite Fall sweater. I took into account how often the item is worn, the color, and the design features. It was a close call between Hetty.1 and Chuck. But in the end, Hetty in pink won. It’s in my favorite color, it’s worn once a week, and the lace design is the most beautiful thing.

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This was fun! I can’t wait to see everyone’s #favoritefallsweater.

Finished Object: Mei-Mei in Red

After I completed my first Mei-Mei, I decided to quickly whip up another in red. I used the same hooks and gauge as I did for the previous Mei-Mei. I wanted a tighter fit so, I stayed with the tighter gauge.

Details:

Yarn – Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn

Color – Fire Red

Hook – J (6.0 mm), I (5.5 mm), H (5.0 mm)

Level – Intermediate

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Me Made May ’14 – Final Roundup

Well, Me Made May ’14 is officially over! I enjoyed the challenge but, I am happy that it has run its course.

Day 29 (Thursday) – This was a very simple outfit. I just wore a vintage sky blue dress with my A to Z cardigan. As you can see from the photo, I just went for a quick bathroom selfie.

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Day 30 (Friday) – This outfit is not new to you because I just posted about this finished Mei-Mei. I wore it with one of my favorite strapless dresses. Bolero’s work great with strapless dresses.day 30

Day 31 (Saturday) – Can you see my excitement about the last day of MMM? This is yet another Mei-Mei cardigan (I haven’t blogged about it yet) in red. I wore it with a navy strapless dress and my red chucks. day 31

OK, that concludes Me Made May for 2014.