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OAL 2015

I joined this year’s Outfit-along and unlike last year, actually completed both my sweater and dress! For those not familiar, Andi Satterlund from Untangling Knots and Lauren Taylor from Lladybird host a challenge each summer with the goal of knitting both a sweater and sewing a dress to make a complete outfit. The challenge runs from June 1st to July 31st and all participants who complete both garments and post their finished makes on Ravelry are eligible for prizes.

My dress is a modified version of Sis Boom’s Angie pattern. This was my first attempt at the pattern and though I found it easy to stitch up, the ease was way too much. I ended up narrowing the hip area by several inches and I still think the dress is a bit bulky.

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I also made back waist ties instead of using elastic for the back. I used a lovely rayon bought from Kati at Kate and Rose Patterns during a sale she had a while back. I think $15 for 3 yards was a steal! The drape of rayon also makes the dress more flowy which is perfect for our hot South Carolina summers.

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Please also check out my new garment labels. I ordered these from the etsy shop Remember Wynn and love the soft ultrasuede!

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The sweater I knit for the OAL is from designer Erin Kate Archer. I saw the pattern on Ravelry and immediately fell in love. The sweater, Cancun Boxy Lace Top, is an assortment of stitches and ended up being a great learning garment as I had not encountered some of the stitches before.

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I modified the original pattern by adding waist shaping and ribbing but other wise knit directly from the pattern. This was a super quick knit and only took a couple of weeks to complete.

OAL Dress and Sweater Back

Overall pretty happy with both the dress and sweater. I did start another outfit and hope to squeeze it in under the Friday deadline!

Me Made May 2015 by the Numbers

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Well I didn’t manage to get a photo of my garments each day but I did document them so I thought it would be fun to see my month in numbers. How did you do?

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Outfit Along with Lladybird and Untangling Knots

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The daring duo of Andi and Lauren have cooked up a fun group activity for us knitters and sewers called the Outfit Along. Starting this weekend, we will be knitting Andi’s newest sweater pattern, Myrna, and making a coordinating dress. Lauren suggests Simplicity 1803 but does allow for other patterns so long as they work with the sweater to create a complete outfit.

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I love Andi’s designs so immediately determined the sweater was a perfect match for my style. I will be using Cascade 220 in a bright yellow from my Yarn Crawl 2013 stash.

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Instead of Simplicity 1803, I’m going to use the Christine Hayne’s Emery pattern which has been in my stash since it came out last year. There are so many wonderful examples of this dress pattern and one of my favorite bloggers, Roisin, used this pattern many times and the finished garments are always lovely!

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I am enamored with royal blue and bright yellow color combos, so I’m finally going to be brave enough to cut into my Liberty of London blue rose lawn. After seeing Jane’s gorgeous shirt dress in the same fabric, I knew I wanted a similar dress. Hopefully my sewing efforts will do this wonderful pattern and fabric justice! Anyone else planning to join the Outfit Along?

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MMM14 Week 3 Round Up

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Week three ended up being much cooler than expected so I broke out some hand knitted sweaters. Of course, my love affair with the Colette Mabel pattern hasn’t cooled so I stitched up yet another!

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 Thursday, May 15: Colette Mabel skirt, review here

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Friday, May 16: Anna Maria Horner embroidered shirt, review here

Saturday, May 17: I worked all day so wore the same as yesterday!

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Sunday, May 18: Shalom sweater, Ravelry notes here

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Monday, May 19: Juliet sweater, Ravelry notes here

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Tuesday, May 20: In House Patterns Cool Cowl Tank, review here

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Wednesday, May 21: Colette Laurel dress, review here

 

MMM14 Week 1 Round Up

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One of my goals for this year’s MMM is to determine where there are gaps in my wardrobe and fix them so this week’s Me Made May (MMM14) round up is a mixture of old favorites and new patterns.

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Thursday May 1st: Liesl knit sweater by Ysolda Teague, Ravelry notes here

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Friday, May 2nd: Cabarita top by Cake Patterns,  review here

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Saturday, May 3rd: Mabel skirt by Colette Patterns, review here

Sunday, May 4th: I spent a relaxing day reading and sewing so only wore PJ’s!

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Monday, May 5th: Roza blouse by Kate & Rose Patterns,  review here

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Tuesday, May 6th: Giselle dress by Kate & Rose Patterns, review here

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Wednesday, May 7th: Afternoon Blouse by Jennifer Lauren Vintage, review here

 

Wednesday, May 7th:

Winter Olympics & A Giveaway!

Hope everyone is ready to cheer for their favorites athletes in Sochi. I have never been an athlete (unless you count braving the stores on Black Friday!) but love watching the contestants go for the gold.

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I am taking part in the Ravellenic Games 2014 on Ravelry. For the non-knitters out there, the games are a way for knitters to compete in Olympic themed knitting events while watching the actual Olympics. There are even “medals” for completing your items in the stated timeline.

For this year’s games I plan to take part in two events. The first, WIP Dancing, requires me to finish a work-in-process and I actually have two in the category. I’m participating in the Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-Along hosted by Jimmy Beans Wool and also finishing up my first color work sweater, the Top Down Lopi.

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My second event is Sweaterboard Cross which requires an entire sweater to be knit from cast on to bind off during the Sochi games. Both events are helping me meet my 2014 resolutions by expanding my skills and using stash yarn!

As a way to share my excitement I am giving away 8 skeins of Gedifra St Tropez yarn in bright red. Each skein is 50g so there is plenty to knit a full size project. Leave a comment by midnight on Wednesday, February 12 and tell me what projects you are working on (they don’t have to be knitting specific). I will randomly pick a winner next Thursday!

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Top 5 of 2013: Next Year’s Goals

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Goals: My goals for 2014 are probably similar to many sewists and crafters out there but it never hurts to list them!

  1. Work from my stash! I have only been knitting and sewing since 2011 but the stash is TOO big. I would like to be able to enjoy the process without feeling overwhelmed with clutter so this year I plan to get honest with myself. If I  truly don’t think the fabric or yarn will get used, then it is going to charity. Otherwise, there will be a concrete plan to use it up in 2014!
  2. Complete a quilt. I finished a Christmas tree skirt and loved the process. This may also be a good way to use my stash.
  3. Get my “startitis” under control. I have a bad habit of starting too many projects and never finishing them.
  4.  Learn how to knit cables. I love the fisherman style sweaters but have not ever attempted cables.
  5.  Learn how to line a garment correctly and learn some new sewing techniques. I have a couple of UFOs that need lining so it would be great to learn AND complete them!
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