June Energy

I disappeared and taught myself the bean stitch. Some of the best things in this photo (besides my thrifted sheet turned cult gown) are the Lego Bonsai and the lump of petrified turtle poop.

I used the Into Nature Scarf pattern to understand the bean stitch construction. It’s a lovely pattern, but I ended up not working the scarf as written, I worked it from the bottom up because I realized I wanted a true triangle shawl. The pattern as written has long narrow wings and is worked side to side.

Such a good woven look.

This is the stash yarn used (I think it might be discontinued though) it’s a aran weight acrylic, kinda splitty, but the color was fun. I don’t have a lot of worsted/aran in my stash so this was one of the very limited choices I had enough yardage of (4 balls). I think my next one will be fingering/sock weight wool, which the stash is is still bursting with and probably in some mellow cream color because that’s me.

Now that the studio is in summer mode (blistering hot) of course all I want to do is sew. Gah, all the patterns from the new Tauko Magazines are perfect, size inclusive and come in full size paper pattern sheets, it’s a good read too.

Forcing myself to use these hooks more, I’ve got to stop purchasing beautiful things and never using them.

Ok, I don’t know if the combination of the bean stitch, acrylic yarn and resin hook created some sort of dark energy, (well, a fast hot friction situation might be more accurate) but after I finished I felt a slight worn groove on my hook neck where the yarn wraped, it’s not super noticeable and it could’ve of been there before I started too? ..now is this a thing I need to worry about for cripes sake.

More dark energy.

It’s also peony season, oh and rhubarb season. ♡

This is the same Rhubarb Cream Cake I always make and you can find the recipe in this old blog post.

Never Greener

Following us home, 66° on the prarie backroads.

To: Me

From: Me

Always

I unpicked the drawstring channel and removed the twill handle, this bag is taller than usual and it was just flopping around.

“Yes, yes,” I’d rather have a bossy Tom Nook annoyingly flopping around anyways.

Homemade coconut raisin granola with walnuts and chia, slightly under roasted so it’s still got some chew, mixing in the raisins and coconut after it’s out of the oven, but still warm.

Sometimes when we make homemade granola, we take it slow, keeping it natural using local maple syrup and honey, other times we take the absolute easiest route and use regular old store bought pancake syrup. There are no rules.

Catching the end of lilac season, and the beginning of spider season.

ready, set, nah

Have you ever had something you really wanted to do, but then for some reason the mood shifts and it gets moved to the side or abandoned completely? I have that happen all the time with my making, I’ll have an idea, daydream about it (plan what materials to use & how cute it’s gonna be), draw out the details, gather supplies, and then not actually start it. Sometimes it’s because of other obligations, or other projects, but sometimes there’s no reason at all. I’m trying to be sweeter to my creative heart when the excitement fades and appreciate the happiness the planning brought me. Letting myself move along, maybe coming back to it later, maybe not. I tell my inner attitude it’s not time wasted, it’s not lazy, it’s exploration, it’s helping me be better prepared for it, when I’m ready for it.

It happens with my knitting too. I’ve had this pattern for a while (Ok, I just looked, I purchased it in 2016!) and over that time I’ve thought about this shawl a lot, and each time it bubbles back up to the top, I get a smidge closer to actually starting it, I can’t exactly put my finger on why I haven’t cast on yet, but choosing not to force it, will make it all the more enjoyable when I do.

Other times it’s the opposite, when an idea goes from a random thought on a Wednesday to a fully formed thing by Friday.

I wanted a shirt, so I made a shirt. I found some sheer cotton lawn fabric, drafted out a simple boxy top pattern and got to it. Revised a few iffy bits and version 2 is already on the cutting table.

(💕 Sewing beautiful things for my body out of weird stash fabrics because I can. It took ages to learn I was perfect the whole time, and it was society and fast fashion that had the size problem.)

Giving myself room to develop ideas, a place to start or come back to without any set expectations, allowing mistakes, changing directions, taking notes along the way, remembering productivity doesn’t have to mean physical production.

(💕 Making the slow moving glitter shakers of my childhood took way more time and effort than I thought it would, but Lex is an enthusiastic and calm craft companion and when I would start to get rumpled, she’d say or do something cute and snap me back. The trade off is, she’s messy as shit, So Much Glitter Face!)

Unexpected magical things just happen when you give something room to grow.

💕