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.

brown sweater, a mood

I wasn’t even going to write about this sweater project, because I got sour with it, but then I made a cute new bag and it semi-sweetened my mood.

I never knew I could have almost endless top thread ..I’m starry eyed right now..

I bought this cone thread holder years ago at the goodwill, stuffed it somewhere in the artroom, forgot about, found it, used it, loved it and now I’m wondering where are the endless bobbin thread solutions!?

Jason built me a blocky clown with a hotdog smile, honestly the Lego stuff never makes its way upstairs, but everyone hated this little weird guy except me.♡

Big sweater energy (but make it cute) ..oh and add snaps.

Worsted weight sweater = tired arms = put it in a bag to help hold it and then stuff it in a “slippery” bag to help move it around on your lap.

P.S I got chalklegs tags for my handmades thinking it would be charming to pop them onto everything ..and now I realize, part of the joy of making my own clothes and bags is I never have to deal with scratchy annoying tags and honestly it sometimes feels a little too ego weirdo to put them on everything. Oh well.

A Letter From Sleeve Island –
It’s been forever.
It’s not that I’m slow ..well maybe I am,
but I truly believe it’s because you have incredibly long arms.

Yours Always,
amanda ♡

Sorting to find seven matching 1″ buttons, I can’t even explain this pleasure ..if you know you know :)

Ok, here’s the sour bit, and I’m not even gonna go full sour on you, (keeping it to just the facts) because I’m in a burn it all f’ing down kind of mood.

I really enjoyed making this Antonia/Antonio cardigan, and would love to see the size range expanded (currently it only goes up to a 3xl/54”), so I reached out to cocoknits (the designer/brand) asking them to make this pattern more size inclusive. They responded that helping hard-to-fit and larger sized women is what they love to do and moving forward they will be more size inclusive, but they weren’t sure they would be updating older patterns, and then cut and pasted a response they gave to another maker with the same limited sizing concerns. Telling me I could use their branded method to get the fit I wanted.

I think this pattern was written prior to the book that teaches the fit method, it never mentions the method or worksheets. Antonia/Antonio is pretty popular, it’s one of cocoknits top patterns on Ravelry. Some, but not all of their newer patterns go up to a 5xl, so it’s absolutely do-able to have an inclusive basic size range, without pushing all the upsizing adjustment work back onto the maker. Yes, give me the method/tools to tailor it to my body (if I want), but also give me the the same basic starting point closer to my measurements you’re giving smaller sizes.

If you’re getting even one email from a fat maker asking you to do better, let alone multiple, please take notice. To be body neutral we need to stop using terms like hard-to-fit.

Working on this has taught me it’s possible to enjoy a knit and at the same time be disappointed with it.

Notes: English tailoring, switched button placket to opposite side, found seven matching buttons, with an eighth for good measure sewn to the inside.

Switching the button placket aka putting buttonholes on the left side and buttons on the right: Starting on the WS left bottom p1,k1,p1 then begin k1 f&b (or p1 f&b) whichever keeps established rib in check and make buttonholes as written (again adjusting to keep rib in pattern).

This is for Jason, he loves it, and I loved making it for him, he is so incredibly knitworthy ♡ ..it only took me a decade to get around to and then several months to finish.

I love that it looks like you’re still in it ♡

– – – – – – U P D A T E: April 23, 2022 – – – – – –

Antonio, now with 100% more pockets! I don’t usually go back to an old post and add an update, but I didn’t want to make a whole new post about pockets …anyways…

Afterthought patch pockets as follows: Leaving a long tail, pick up 29 sts just above the bottom ribbing, and roughly 10 stitches (or desired distance) away from the button band, knit 35 rows in stockinette, then work 1×1 ribbing for 7 rows, bind off all sts, again leaving a long tail, stitch down pocket sides using tails. Repeat for other side.

regular things

I can’t get over how the months are just blurring together, life is busily unbusy if that makes sense? ..let’s catch up.

Late day notions pouch, I’m a fool for grid fabric, translucent tools and caramel apple pops. The white needle is carved from bone, which is cool and gross, but I rarely use it because it’s so huge and when I think deep the gross wins out.

I sewed a zipper and it was a big deal! ⭐

It’s a pen AND marker ..but most importantly it has a really cute name. I gave one to Lex, she immediately unwrapped it, threw away the package and started using it! ..WHAT.. Clearly I have not passed down my “never for actual use” attitude I have towards cute stuff. I guess I can understand, it’s a pen ..but still, I absolutely can’t!

P.S These were a surprise from Lex so I felt obligated to share with her, but to make it easier on myself, I gave her the ugliest one.

Always masks, because I would never want you to think that I’m not still taking this pandemic absolutely fucking serious.

A bigger than average Mr.Bundles Cotton Washboard at 40ish stitches. If you’d like to make one, you can find my free pattern here! ♡

Curbside bubble tea is still one of my favorite things.

Gosh, this cute stuff ♡