Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My fourth Ogden Cami

I don't know why but when warmer temps roll around I get the urge to sew clothing again. I decided to start small with a pattern I've used before in order to give me the least amount of stress possible. I chose the True Bias Ogden Cami and some leopard poly crepe I bought from Blackbird Fabrics during their Black Friday sale last year.

I finally managed to get the fit right on my fourth try. I cut a size 0 for the front and a size 2 for the back in order to accommodate my broad back. My earliest versions were tight under the arms and my third version in size 2 was too loose. I was worried that the fabric would be tricky to sew but it was actually pretty stable and easy to work with. I used a 70/10 Schmetz needle and gutermann poly thread.

Technique-wise the only thing different I did was to use a baby hem because I have never once gotten my rolled hem foot to work properly and trying to do a hand-rolled hem is a huge pain in the ass. It worked pretty well though the hem is slightly wavy in parts. fortunately the print is very forgiving so I don't think you can tell. Because this was my first garment in awhile I cut myself some slack and wasn't aiming for perfection.

I am glad to have a fun new tank for summer and animal print is everywhere right now so it's great to have a wardrobe refresh. I am still doing pretty well with containing the size of my wardrobe but I do like to add a small number of pieces for the season. So far I have sewed this cami and made 2 pairs of leather earrings. I've also purchased one pair of rose gold studs, a pair of white skinny jeans, a white jean skirt, and a striped tee. I have a crochet lace cardigan in progress and would like to sew one more shirt and a dress. For me, I think that containing the number of pieces I want to make per season to just a few is a much better recipe for success than trying to sew a whole new wardrobe all at once.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Slightly less excited than before

I've made some big planner purchases recently that I wanted to share.

First, I ordered a Foxy Fix Perfect Fit Cover for my Mini Happy Planner. The shop was having a sale on this particular leather so I decided to go for it, as I love cognac and feel like it's an all-season kind of color. Unfortunately I didn't read the description very closely and the cover is designed for classic rather than mini-sized discs. When I first put the cover on my mini it was massive. Eventually I did switch out the discs and the fit is better now but it's also a little bulkier than I would like. The planner with cover no longer fits in my smallest purses. At the moment I'm still enjoying it though I may end up removing the cover at some point. Also the leather is very stiff and seems like it could really use a good once over with leather conditioner. I may end up doing that but I wish it would have come ready to use at the price I paid for it (+$100).

My other major purchase was I bought an Erin Condren Life Planner in the vertical neutral layout. I kept wishing that the classic happy planner vertical had space in between the columns like the ECLP, so eventually I asked myself why I don't just buy a planner that already has the layout that I like. I got the 18 month that goes from July 2019 to December 2020 so I'll be starting my new planner this summer. At first I was very excited about it but since then I've become a bit leery of EC customer service. My planner did not come with a ruler. TBH I don't really care that much but this was an $80 purchase so I felt like I should receive everything I paid for. I contacted customer service and they informed me that they cannot send a replacement but they would give me partial store credit. I don't really want store credit as I don't see myself buying from EC again until I need another planner so I asked for a partial refund instead. And I was just notified this morning that they don't do partial refunds. So yeah, that kind of blows. Again, I don't think I would care that much about the missing ruler but I do think that such an expensive planner should come with better service.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

planning system update

I'm really enjoying using my Mini Happy Planner. I've found a system that works for me and it's the perfect size to take along with me without being too bulky or heavy. I do still find it a little challenging to decorate but I've focused on putting the important information in first and then adding fun details around my plans.

My Classic Happy Planner is a different story. I just don't like the vertical layout and how there's no separation between the columns. I've also realized that I'm far too lazy to do my own bullet journal spread every week. So in July I'll be starting a new memory planner but I will save the details for later. For now I just have to stick it out in the HP for 2 more months.

I've transformed my bullet journal into a daily journal where I record a few thoughts every day. I use a little washi tape and bullet point stickers in that one but nothing too crazy.

I never would have thought I'd use 3 planners but it seems to be working for me. I'm excited to share more about the new planner I've chosen but I will wait until it gets here.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

April Wrap-up and Goals

April was a pretty good month for me. I made more progress than the past couple of months.

Stash Check

  • Yarn Used: 3020 yds / 628 g
    Yarn Added: 393 yds / 140 g
    Difference: +2627 yds / 508 g
  • Fiber Used: 5 oz
    Fiber Added: 0 oz
    Difference: +5 oz
  • Fabric Used: 0 yds
    Fabric Added: 0 yds
    Difference: -

FOs

  • Moonrover Minis
  • Design Shawl
  • April Socks
  • Wool and Honey Sweater

look at me, finishing stuff! woohoo.

WIPs

  • Nest targhee
  • Crochet granny hexagon
  • Sock Yarn Blanket
  • Babette Granny
  • May socks

Goals

2019 goals

  1. Keep yarn/fiber/fabric additions to a minimum: Still haven't bought any new stash. The yarn addition to the stash was the handspun minis that I finished. I did buy one pattern this month.
  2. Knit from previously purchased pattern: I finished Wool & Honey, so yep!
  3. Knit what I feel like: I felt a little bit scattered this month but I think I had a decent ratio of stuff I wanted to just get done (socks, Wool & Honey) and stuff I wanted to work on (design shawl, blankets)
  4. Spin 15 minutes a day: noooope.
  5. Knit more handspun: sadly, no.
  6. Finish Superhero Sampler: I took the month of April off, but I already got it back out this morning.
  7. Taking care of my health: I need to work on eating better.
  8. Shop less: I mostly stayed on budget in April.
  9. Brush lettering: I've worked on this most weekdays.
  10. Doodling: ditto. I was even brave enough to doodle a few icons for my spread last week.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

some FOs at last

Even though my yarny productivity has been down in 2019, I do still work on at least one project every day. So eventually I had to finish a few things, right?

First is this shawl of my own design. I used 2 Sincere Sheep gradient sock blanks that I bought at my local fiber festival a couple of years ago. Before knitting with it, I reskeined and washed the yarn to get most of the kinks out. I have future plans to write up this pattern but so far I haven't found the time.

Next are my Moonrover fiber club minis. I haven't been spinning recently (again) but at least I did finish these. I got about 390 yds and I think I will keep these in my own stash until inspiration strikes.

Lastly I finished my Dad's Arne and Carlos socks. I don't know why but I find knitting matching self-patterning socks so satisfying. I actually knit these up pretty quickly for my standards these days. I'm looking forward to casting on my May socks next month.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A satisfying knit

I will never tire of knitting self-patterning yarn. That compulsion to keep going to see what comes next never fails. My April socks are Regia Arne & Carlos yarn in the colorway Fall Night. I have worked with several of the Arne & Carlos colorways, but I had been hoarding this one since 2015 as it's probably my favorite. I'm knitting socks for my Dad. I'm hoping the colors won't be too crazy for him. To be honest I'll be a little bit sad when they're done as I think this was the last Arne & Carlos in my stash but it's not like I don't have multitudes of other yarns that give me the feels as well.

Friday, April 05, 2019

March 2019 Wrap-up and Goals

The first quarter of the year is over! Let's see what I accomplished in March. (Spoiler Alert: not a lot!)

Stash Check

  • Yarn Used: 717 yds / 166 g
    Yarn Added: 0 yds / 0 g
    Difference: +717 yds / 166 g
  • Fiber Used: 0 oz
    Fiber Added: 0 oz
    Difference: -
  • Fabric Used: 0 yds
    Fabric Added: 0 yds
    Difference: -

FOs

This is 2 months in a row with barely anything finished. I think I'm officially in a slump.

WIPs

  • Superhero Cross Stitch Sampler
  • Sock Yarn Blanket
  • Moonrover Minis
  • Wool and Honey Sweater
  • Crochet Granny Hexagon

Goals

2019 goals

  1. Keep yarn/fiber/fabric additions to a minimum: I made it through Q1 without buying any stash.
  2. Knit from previously purchased pattern: My March socks were from a pattern I had purchased a couple of years ago.
  3. Knit what I feel like: I did force myself to work on Wool and Honey for a few weeks when I really didn't want to. However, I abandoned it in April for something more exciting so there's that.
  4. Spin 15 minutes a day: Thumbs down. I spun maybe half the month or a little less.
  5. Knit more handspun: nope.
  6. Follow #sewmystyle: I'm going to remove this one from the list. I don't know when I'll feel like sewing garments again but I think it will be awhile.
  7. Complete my Make Nine/Take my time with sewing: Ditto with these goals. I'll resurrect them if they become applicable.
  8. Finish Superhero Sampler: I made good progress in March and am on track to finish before the end of 2019. For that reason I'm taking a break from it in April.
  9. Taking care of my health: Generally speaking, things are going well.
  10. Shop less: I feel like I've cut down on some of my more mindless purchases. I did buy one pair of jeans on a bit of an impulse but otherwise the month went ok.

For Q2 I'm actually adding a couple of new goals. First, I'd like to work on my brush lettering for about 15 minutes a day. I would also like to doodle on weekdays to try to improve my atrocious drawing skills.

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