grey days

We’ve had a bit of spring weather with some lovely sunny days and warmish afternoons, but there are still more cloudy cold rain/snow filled ones than not. We even had a hail storm earlier this week ..oh poor car!

Feeling extra delicate lately, with these ghostly wools and foggy bag views.

I really wanted to make this shawl with thread weight, but I also wanted it to not take me 3 years to finish. I love fine crochet so much, and wish I had more tolerance for larger projects. Today, sport weight wins and while this crochet hook is incredibly gorgeous, I feel like I could snap it with my mind.

More than halfway,  for scale the hook is 6¾” long.

I don’t talk too much about these hooks, because I’ve had quality issues almost every time I’ve ordered them, and to get semi complete sets of semi perfect hooks took a lot of back a forth between myself and the company. Although the company was always really great about resolving any issues quickly and without fuss, it became frustrating to always expect there would be something wrong with my order, wrong size/kind sent, bad etching, surface bubbles, chips, resin defects. But dang, when they’re good, they’re just so good.

Cream Streamline Swirl: G/4.0 – G+/4.5 – H/5.0 – I/5.5 – L/7.0 – N/9.0

(Note: My hook collection is older, it’s been a few years since I ordered anything, so current experiences might be different.)

Everything I love about each one being absolutely unique, beautiful and one of a kind, is exactly what I hate when trying to have a uniform collection. Currently under the spell of functional art. It’s a weird relationship.

Cookie Streamline Swirl: G/4.0 – G+/4.5 – H/5.0 – I/5.5 – J/6.0 – M/8.0

There really isn’t a final border on this shawl, it finishes with just a simple row of dc, which is so nice because I wet block everything and pinning out shawl points and curves is miserable, and I’m not really a ornate edging kind of person ..but I couldn’t resist adding the tiniest baby scallop border (my standard move).

I also used up a chunk of stash wool, not quite all of it, but still feels good.

This dress, it’s one of my favorite sews and seeing this shawl layered up with it, has all the old timey “Ma up early on a chilly morning making griddle pancakes” mood that my wannabe prarie life requires.

Pattern: Minai Shawl by Jasmin Räsänen
Wool: Finull by Rauma in colorway 452

Closeup of that cutie scallop aka pie crust edging ♡

There, pair it with one of my favored functionally obsolete technologies and the look becomes somehow instantly modern.

life on repeat

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Wood needles & wooden yarn, another Ranunculus cast on, this one in lacy eco friendly tencel. The Lykke Driftwoods are giving this slippery knit just enough enjoyable drag.

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Iced coffee, always.

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Swedish wooden shoes, more specifically: Cola brown Audubon Clogs by Troentorp.

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Floral sundress made from a thrifted sheet. I left the sweet piped hem on the bottom and now I’m not entirely sure if this has just enough Half Pint (Laura Ingalls) potato sack cuteness or if it’s coming off as an outdated “modest” maternity look?

(p.s I’m not pregnant)

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Kiki say, it’s so hot out, all we can do is sit inside and keep watch on the neighborhood.

perfect practice

I don’t normally stitch a practice anything ..I’m impatient, all or nothing, ok go, just dig straight in and get on with it already! ..but then I usually get defensive and super grouchy when things go to crap. So slightly out of character, I decided before cutting into my “favorite” yardages I would make a practice piece, just to be sure the pattern fit perfectly in all my imperfectly perfect places. I wanted to love this pattern, not blame it.

Act 1: I used a 1970’s Sears & Roebuck patchwork and ric-rac printed twin sheet for my practice junk muslin.  Turns out, the 100 acts of sewing dress no.1 pattern is pretty much perfect and my first practice dress could technically be worn in public! (WHAT!) Now I’m thinking why the hell did I start with this kooky fabric?!? ..while this print has all the Holly Hobby mood of my childhood bedroom ♥ it makes me look like a giant paper doll when worn ..which is kinda awesome and my thing anyways, but something about the print is just a little too off brand grandma for me. It’s not like the fancy paper dolls that you carefully punched out of a book, and they came with beautiful clothing, baby brother and all the pets .. no, it’s much more like the lazy afternoon paper dolls with wonky tabs that you and your sister would draw on lined notebook paper and color in with crayons. ..aww, I guess I do kind of love it ♥

Act 2: A better fabric choice (haha still an old sheet though!) I opted for the french seams because I love the completely finished feeling of them, I do have a serger but sometimes that’s just a mess in itself. I only had a 1″ bias tape maker, so my trim is a little wider than the pattern calls for, and instead of folding it all over to the inside and top stitching, I chose to keep it as a piping trim that shows on the right & wrong side, stitching in the ditch to secure. Roughly just a smidge over 3½ hours from start to finish (not too bad) Lex was a little bird in training and I kept my cool the entire time!

Finally a use for the heap of vintage linens I’ve stockpiled,  we’ll be wearing the flippin drapes like Fräulein Maria!