sometimes handmade

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Most days I’m a sleeveless, shapeless, shift dress and a cardigan, today I have sleeves and a cowl ..a slow fashion linen wrinkle, just trying to do my best, to be my best, so I can give my best.

It’s Me Made May, a month where handmade clothes and ethical fashion are the topic. Taking a moment to recognize who makes our clothes, who benefits or who suffers from our decisions. The intent is not to shame old habits, but to guide us to better ones, gently reminding us to step away from trend buying, understand where the components of our lives come from, where they really go when we are done with them, and to make educated, respectful choices when we can.

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Fitting, a small batch of handmade Frozen Charlottes on my work bench today.

 

slow socks, a journal

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6/24/17 I’ve been carrying around these yarns trying to make a grey sock or grey-er sock decision …hum?

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7/22/17 Don’t know if I should second guess the strength and wear of Train Case ..it is absolutely amazing feeling (soft & silky), the blend is comprised of wool, nylon and something called outlast ..so technically based off that, it should be strong af ..but I can’t convince myself, because it feels too good to be true.

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8/2/17 Currently having mixed heel feelings, loving the eye of partridge and the pink, the wildfoote band says luxury, but feels SO rough. Was told it will wear like iron, so I’m staying hopeful!

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9/27/17 turnt .. all I’m saying 💕

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11/13/17 In the final throws of the 1st sock flats. A few things: I love magic loop socking (but only one at a time), I hate the soggy center pull yarn cake at this point (I WILL re-cake before I start the second), my hands and brain always struggle with ribbing (I need to say it in my head or count it off & I am super slow at it), I love the look of a top down heel flap, but kinda prefer the seamlessness of toe up construction, I’m a sock knitter who’s barefoot 90% of the time, I love/hate my cute, wide ass feet.

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2/27/18 It happens every time I get to the toe .. thinking no way my tootsies are shaped like this, but apparently block foot with chiseled toe is completely accurate!

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3/16/18 Second sock same as the first, heel flap done, stitches picked up, onto the slow moving gusset.

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4/14/18 Twenty rounds from that locked stitch and we are at toe two, sock babies that took me 9 months to finish (100% casual knitting because I’m easily distracted)

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4/15/18 ..distracted  (making gummy bear stitch markers :)

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4/16/18 Finally closing in on the second toe, ugh look at that sloppy ball, I’m finished with the grey but I may need to just stop and rewind that messed up thing, it’s bugging me even to side eye it.

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4/22/18 These need a good long soak after rattling around in my bag for months.

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Extra fragrant suds added to mask the scent of wet wool, it smells like a tropical beach up in here ..albeit a tropical beach with a hint of soggy sheep bottoms.

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4/24/18 Done.

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I am a knitter who goes through slumps, often not sure what to start next, it’s not for lack of ideas/projects (my queue is huge) but sometimes nothing motivates me. Hats were my mindless in between project, but hats are quick, and before you know it, you have more hats than heads that need hats! So now it’s socks, slow as hell socks.

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