Holy smokes, I just realized that Stitches West is less than two weeks away! I’m not sure I feel mentally prepared (So. Much. Yarn. Everywhere.), but I am really looking forward to it. I’m planning on behaving myself and not buying too much, but I do have a few sweater patterns that I’d like to make this year, including Sprinkle by Juju Vail, Winter Whispers by Paulina Popiolek, and the Hadley Pullover by Veronik Avery. So, I’m thinking I’ll keep at least one of those in mind while I am perusing the vendors at Stitches. You know, just in case. 😉
Danny and I are giving out a few Valentines this year to some local friends and family. We’re mainly sticking to local folks, because I was a little slow getting these started and they’re still not quite done. It’s sadly a little too late for us to mail any of them out for the 14th, but, you never know, I still might make and send out one or two next week to send to someone special to just say, “Hi there, I love you.”
Here are our Valentine mason jars filled with goodies inside just waiting to be lidded and given out this week.
Danny and I actually rediscovered these jars while doing some New Year’s cleaning last month. It was like we had discovered a long-lost treasure. My mom, who is AMAZING, actually decorated the outside of these jars for me a few years ago. They were originally meant to be thank you gifts for people who helped out at our wedding and/or welcome gifts for out-of-town wedding guests. In the midst of life and other wedding plans, the jars sadly ended up not being used at that time, but I’m really, really excited to be able to hand these out now to our loved ones. I’ll be sure to include pictures of the finished jars in my next post so that I can show off her handiwork.
Swing Dress project update: I am ALMOST done with the skirt! Only about a dozen rounds left until I start the bodice of the dress. I don’t think I’ll be done with the dress by Stitches West, but I’m feeling pretty good about accomplishing my goal to be finished by March for our trip to the UK (and for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival!). It’s getting to be a pretty bulky project, and it has become a bit challenging to take it around with me from place to place. In fact, ha, I can barely fit the thing in my backpack right now! I am not letting that stop me, though. Gotta keep at it.
I finished sewing this wool vest for a friend, and I am pretty darn happy with it. I based the pattern on a wool vest that he already owns. Since I am not much of a pattern drafter, I altered a published vest pattern and then added the patch pockets to the front.
When my friend originally approached me about sewing him the vest, I really had my doubts that I’d be able to do it well enough. I was scared that it would come out horribly. I’ve been sewing for a while, but I don’t sew enough to consider myself a professional. I decided to take on the challenge, though, because I am really wanting to push myself to grow creatively this year.
Turns out, I really enjoyed the entire process of creating this vest. I loved going to Discount Fabrics to shop for the fabric with my friend. I enjoyed making up the muslin and taking in alterations. Cutting the actual fabric was really intimidating, but once I got to start sewing the vest, everything seemed to be a little easier. I took each step of the project at my own pace and did my best to trust the skills (and muscle memory) that I have learned up until this point in my life.
Even though the vest is not perfect by any means, I’m still proud that I was able to finish it okay. I think the handmade Elm wood buttons by Favour Valley Woodworking really adds character, don’t you?
Well, those are the main projects that I’ve been working on since my last post. The pictures were a bit slapdash, but I wanted to make sure that I got a post up on the blog before it got too long since my last one!
I hope everyone has a very Happy Valentine’s Day. ❤