Squish!!! Don’t you love squishy things?! I think that’s the main reason I started knitting – so I could have squishy things to wear. Earlier this year at a sewing retreat (at Stitch Supply Co.) I got all excited when I spotted this Malabrigo yarn. I knew it had to come home with me so that Natalie could make a Marian Cowl. It’s a super beginner-friendly quick knit that I immediately scooped it up and bought it. Natalie was excited, too! We had a bit of a set back when she unwrapped the whole skein and I had a minor meltdown when I thought she had cut the yarn into several pieces. Turns out she just tangled it up and I just had to sit down and wind it back into a ball. I had waited months before I even looked at it. Seriously, it seems so silly now.
Anyway, once it was in a ball we were set! Natalie cast on all the stitches which took us several times because I kept underestimating how much yarn to leave for the long tail cast-on. With yarn that chunky I really had no idea, maybe there’s some trick I’m missing. So once she got it started, I did a few rows to get things going. I figured because the beginning can feel tricky it was best to get a couple of rows in. She’s great at the knit stitch, but purling is a bit trickier for her to learn (and me to teach). So we tried a few times, but I think the thickness of the yarn made it a little difficult to figure out, especially with needles that big and her small hands. I wish I would have tried for a few more minutes, but I think we’ll try again with another yarn and project. She actually learns it so quickly!
So I ended up finishing the cowl. I really loved doing it. The yarn and color are so great and it knit up so quick! Plus after making one already (remember this one I made my mom?) and having more knitting experience under my belt, it flew off the needles. I even had visions of making more for gifts this year, we’ll see!
Pattern: Marian Cowl by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta (I think it’s the Porrinho coloway) that I purchased at Stitch Supply Co.
p.s. she learned this face from me
A simple sew is so satisfying. Especially when I’ve had this fabric sitting around for a couple of years. It definitely makes me more brave to just jump into a project. I’ve been meaning to make a Linden for so long. I love a raglan sleeve so much! They usually fit me quite well, and knits always seem to get worn most in my closet. I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and sewed it up!
I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone who is new to knits. It’s really only a few seams to sew, so it’s one factor you don’t have to worry much about time/construction wise. Instead you can focus on fit and fabric, which is always fun, right!? I think one of my goals for garment sewing is to get better at fit issues. Drafting a pattern to fit myself is one thing, but trying to diagnose issues with other patterns on my own body is not my strong suit. If you are interested in drafting your own patterns I’d highly recommend Cal Patch’s book Design-It-Yourself Clothes (which I own) or even her class on Creativebug called Pattern Drafting. I think I plan on getting a few fit books from the library and see if I can develop some better skills in that area.
So this of course is such a cozy project for this time of year. I’ve already worn it quite happily a few times with no complaints. It washed up super nice and I’m so happy with it. Also, I should note that I tried out Eloflex from Coats and Clark on the topstitching. I really like it! I picked up a couple spools at Stitch Supply Co. the other day. It’s perfect for those seams, so if you like to sew with knits, I’d suggest trying to find some and try it out! I think that means it’s almost time to make another. Orrrrr, I’ve been really wanting to make Hey June’s Halifax Hoodie pattern, too. Hmmm, lots of choices, I just need to jump in and start.
Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Cotton French Terry Melange from Fancy Tiger Crafts
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I’ve finally settled into my Halloween costume making rhythm. It was actually pretty pleasurable this year compared to years in the past. I think what bugs me the most about costumes is that they’re mostly temporary. Sure, we can use them for dress up and maybe some other random occasion or event, but other than that it’s just the one day. I don’t love knowing that something I spend hours making will hardly see the light of day. I’d rather make something more useful, but I think this year seemed like the perfect balance. Maybe I’ve finally hit my groove!
Emily has been asking for at least a month to be a bee for Halloween. I can’t think of anything much cuter so I agreed to make the costume as you probably already guessed. In my usual fashion I waited until just about the last-minute to go shopping for supplies and get to work. I’m really happy with how smoothly things came together (maybe I’m getting better at this costume thing after all) and Emily is over the moon excited. She really wanted to hang out and help which was fun for me. I got to explain a few things along the way and she thought it was all pretty magical. She also got to witness me messing up and ripping stitches, too. I think this little formula I’ve come up with for the strawberry costume and now bee costume has been great. It’s fleece which is super forgiving, warm (which is a must in Wisconsin), and inexpensive. Win win win.
So for $15 bucks and a couple of hours work, here’s my little bee. She’s so happy being a poufy little happy bumblebee!