This Thing…

…specifically:  This Blogging Thing.  I am rather bad at it.

Brushing aside that fact (see also: the many months since my last post):  Incoming Summer.  KAL Party.  Organization.  Let’s do this.

KAL the First:  Tegna.  Because I adore Caitlin’s designs(/aesthetic) and eventually want to knit every last one of her patterns.  This particular project has the added advantage of using up some well-aged stash (MadTosh Light), which I am try-TRYING to be better about.

KAL the Second:  Outfit–Along 2017.  I missed the mark on the sewing portion of last year’s OAL, but have an invaluable year of sewing practice propping me up this time.  The end game is a (knitted) Riverine linen top and a pair of (sewn) Parkside shorts.  Elastic-waisted, because 1) I haven’t advanced to zippers quite yet and 2) stretchy waistbands are the stuff of dreams.

KAL the Third:  Pomfest/PPQ Anniversary.  I’ve already submitted my Mono Greco to his KAL, and ordered yarn for an Anniversary Issue Jamboree.  (See above re: TRYING to knit from the stash – and apparently failing?)

Kinda-KAL the Fourth:  Fringe Associations’ Summer of Basics, the premise being three staples in three months.  The aforementioned green shorts-to-be will qualify, and my closet could use some solid-colored, uber-basic Willow tanks(/layering pieces).  I’m also contemplating a Featherweight Cardigan (long-overdue, very needed), time-permitting.

Obligatory Photo to Offset this Jumble of Thinking:


Consistent In My Inconsistency

I thought May would be an ideal time to dust off the ol’ blog(/millionth incarnation of), because the Me Made May frenzy is in full swing and ooh, how I wanted to join in the fun.  Bonus: My best girls and I took a sewing class in February, which prompted a number of pattern- and fabric-purchases and overconfident declarations re: making my handmade wardrobe a reality, because I WAS A SEAMSTRESS WHO COULD SEW ANYTHING Y’ALL.

That was three months ago.  We made a pair of boxer shorts in class and, as of May 1st, my hand-sewn stock consisted of said boxer shorts and a single skirt.  As for my knitted wardrobe:  Equal parts woolen Winter sweaters and tank tops, with nary a tee in between – not quite weather-appropriate for May.  Accessories aplenty, sure – but slapping a shawl over my largely manufactured outfits seemed like cheating.

So…not this year.  Which has resulted in a MMM pledge of its own, kinda:  Dedicate the month (and beyond) to preparing for MMM 2017.

Anyway, so I made this skirt.

Specifically, I made Sewaholic’s Rae Skirt in a Sarah Watts print that appeals to both my love of polka dots and cats.  It took me two days from start to finish, which is a statement on my weebabyseamstress skills and nothing more.  Fantastic pattern – very clear and beginner-friendly.  As a knitter, I routinely/lazily throw caution to the wind and forgo gauge swatches.  As a sewer, I am uncharacteristically By The Book – pre-wash the fabric!  Measure obsessively!  Press those seams!  Press them again!  Et cetera!

The awkward selfie is a placeholder, as I am knitting away on a short-sleeved Summer sweater destined to be the skirt’s mate, and one day I will wear them together and be all BOOM, I MADE THIS, ALL OF THIS and astound the masses.  Until then:  A fragment of a skirt, two legs, a cat, a hardwood floor, a tee-shirt from my favorite distillery.  Welcome to my blog, like, again.