Real Quick

Garter stitch and i-cord, now it’s all I want, but give it to me unfussy, quick and super wearable. Ok, so this shawl is wonderfully uncomplicated, really, it’s worked from one tip to the other with gentle increases along one edge to form a long shallow triangle, while the plump i-cord edges are built in as you work. The pattern lists S,M,L sizes but it seems like it would be easy enough to make it any size and with any yarn/needle combination you like. I had 3 skeins of this good stuff and wanted to use up every inch of it, so I weighed my skeins, divided the total weight in half and will just keep increasing until I hit that number, then start decreasing. Simple.

Pattern: Sophie Shawl by PetiteKnit.
Yarn: Colour Adventures Sweet Aran in Watercolours.

When I really want to have an accurate account of how much yarn I have, I’ll weigh my skeins rather than going off what’s listed on the tag. Some yarn brands and indie dyers can be generous (or skimpy) with their skeins and what is listed on the label can be an approximation or average of yardage/weight, not the actual yardage/weight of each individual skein. This can be frustrating if you don’t want yarn leftover or increase the fear of running short. The tags on my 3 skeins listed the weight at 115g/200yds, but they actually weighed closer to 120g each, so naturally the yardage will be more too, but rather than do the math to figure out the actual yardage (there is a formula to do it though!), I just made it easy on myself and went by their combined weight, divided by 2 and weighed my yarn as I worked.

I used a US9 5.5mm needle with this heavy worsted/aran weight merino, making my gauge a little bigger than suggested, which was ok because I wasn’t sure if I would get to the midway stitch count listed on the pattern, before hitting the halfway weight with my yarn, and having it wider but shorter was preferable.

The finished size unblocked is really close to the largest sized shawl, mine measures 15″ x 90″ and there is so much squishy stretch it will probably grow that lost 4½ inches with wear.

I made this candy colored one for Lex, she forgot it today so I was able to bundle myself up and get cozy.

Well, I love this, like a lot. More soon. ♡

November begins

Feeling every bit of this desolation sometimes.
(60mph from the backseat)

What a blip the months have become. We are now well into fall, the late year heat finally broke, but there still wasn’t much in the way of leaves changing, one day they were just gone. It’s below freezing now, and we’ve officially had the first November snowflakes.

Found a tub of forgotten linens tucked away in the artroom closet, my crooked little studio has a nice big storage cranny for stuffing things, I can’t remember what we went in there looking for, but this came out. Future sews. Gosh I just love old bed sheets.

It’s a tiny start of a Silky Petals Shawl and a minty Tombow MONO Graph shaker pencil. Not together for any reason other than I’m a crocheter who also loves study supplies.

(without pencil)

(Bob Ross Voice) You can make the shawl as big as you want. ☁️

I mean look at that giant cone. I can’t resist mill ends. Ever.

This is a 3ply cotton wool blend that’s a smidge lighter than fingering weight. I tried a few different yarns before settling on this, mostly because I forgot it existed, I keep my cone yarns in a different spot than my skein yarns and I’m always forgetting about them. Also, when working on patterns that need lots of yardage, I almost prefer fuffing with unruly cones instead of having a bunch of joins and ends to weave in, especially when the fibers aren’t very grabby making them difficult to hide.

More cute pens, that’s the stuff. ♡

From the left – Shinzi Katoh Xeno needle point pen
Mildliner x Sanrio
Pentel Orenz mechanical pencil
Pilot Fure Fure Me shaker pencil

Look at this magic. I 100% believe in wet blocking with tender aggression.

..then I went and rumpled it up for photos.

The way the rows build on each other to form the rounded petals, lacy but not lacy perfection.

It looks so good paired up with my sour dress. I made this self drafted sack dress years ago and it’s still a favorite. One of the best things someone ever said to me was “I love your dress, wait, OH MY GOD IT HAS POCKETS!”. Normally I couldn’t care less about compliments in general, but acknowledging my pockets, my huge perfect intentional pockets, that’s always appreciated. I’m so glad it’s cozy season. ♡

cut & sew

This is the day my life is going to change ..well probably not, but there is a pink light in the studio and it’s perfect.

I’ve had the Sandill Sling pattern for almost 2 years and I’m finally ready to get started on it, but before I can sew, I have to get through all of the cutting (my least favorite part) and I’m making Jason one first just in case I screw it up, so really I’ll be double cutting everything, gross.

Ok it wasn’t too bad, because the pattern has these handy printable tags that give the cutting dimensions for each pattern piece, it also lists out what needs to be cut of each of the materials and has check boxes so you can mark it off once complete, most importantly for me are the check boxes, I could’ve lost my mind.

Jason picked a dark brown canvas and vintage graphic floral for his bag. (P.S. The floral matches a face mask I made him and I love that he picked it again! Yep we are still masking and just got our updated boosters, because Covid is still very much a thing.)

Brown bag trial run success.

Finished size is roughly 11″ x 7″ x 3″

A few things: I made the adjustable sling strap out of the same brown canvas so it would match, there is a section in the pattern detailing exactly how to do this. I also added a few inches to the strap length, because I wasn’t sure if the sizing took into account all body sizes and I hate it when a bag rides high and looks like it doesn’t fit right or looks baby sized on my big body. This one’s good, the extra length wasn’t really needed, but I also don’t mind that the strap is not maxed out.

Officially starting my own sling.

Cream bags are it, I’ll take mine fruity on the inside. 🍊

I’m starting to not completely hate putting in zippers.

I only changed a couple of things the second time through, I opted to skip the top elastic on the inside pocket, and added a slotted lower pocket for my cute pens & pencils.

I also added a hang loop to the top.

Oh, and I only had 1″ cotton webbing and hardware so I trimmed the width of the shoulder connector down to fit, no problem.

I moved the D-ring strap holder from the bottom of the bag to the side, because it felt like a more comfortable placement to me, and I followed the pattern tip about making two of the strap holders, one for each side, so you can change it depending on if you want to wear it slung over your left or right shoulder.

One more peek at the inside.

Cream bag ready to be destroyed.

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