June’s FO’s & 6 Month Check-in

I’ve been out of my office and totally missed that Monday was Monday and forgot to post. Oops! Better late than never to do my first of the month post on what I was able to finish last month. And added bonus I thought I’d do a 6 month check-in to see how much progress I’ve made since half the year is over.
June's FO's
This month was pretty productive! Here’s what I was able to finish:

  • A newborn hat for baby Matzah Ball and a cute onesie. Unfortunately the little guy is so small the hat is a little big for him. No worries, he’ll grow into it and it will be perfect for fall.
  • My Lipstick Henley. This is such a light and breezy top. I love it for summer.
  • Wasabi the Whale and a Chevron baby blanket. Baby Matzah Ball arrived and his name is now Eli. I’m excited to snuggle him in his blanket.
  • My beloved Royally Striped cardigan. Not gonna lie…I was sitting in my living room wearing this with a tank top and shorts on. I cannot wait for fall.
  • An adorable pink dress for Paige. I have to make another one of these ASAP.
  • And one you haven’t seen yet…a Chihuahua for Jacob! And I felt like he was a little naked so I made him an adorable bow tie this weekend. This is a great project I’m excited to share.

And now on to all my finished objects from the last 6 months. I shared this on Instagram in my stories the other day because I shocked myself and I didn’t realized I’d already knit 13 sweaters/tees in adult size on top of everything else!
6 month wrap-up
And as of yesterday morning that number is now up to 14. I finished a cardigan after being inspired by what to use this rainbow yarn I bought ages ago. Sometimes inspiration strikes and I feel like I can’t knit fast enough! I don’t set numbers or goals of things to knit but I’ve said that I need to knit more for myself to fill my wardrobe and I’m happy to say I’ve kept that promise to myself. There are definitely some projects and things I want to do for others (I want to knit my cousin in Chicago a Royally striped and I want to knit my sisters Fable cardigans but in their favorite colors and a sweater vest for my husband…) but for the most part I’m working on building a wardrobe I love for myself with things I’ve made. It makes me love wearing them even more. But I also love seeing the folks I love wearing things I’ve made for them and that motivates me to make for others. So a lot of knits completed in just 6 months and I’ve got tons of ideas swirling around in my brain. So what has your knitting looked like so far this year? Share!

May’s FO’s

This was a light month in terms of finished objects.
May's FOs
I only finished two projects this month and I was a little surprised at that. But then I remembered it’s not a race, it’s what I do for pleasure and May was a busy, busy month. And can you all say a prayer for me that I finish the dress for my goddaughter in June? I want to get that baby off of my needles and I think it’s such a cute pattern but it hasn’t tickled my fancy as much as other projects have recently. So what did I finish this month?

  • My Colorblocked Cosette: I love this top but it’s been so cold here that I’ve only worn it once. I’m ready to wear all my cotton summer knits. I’m also thinking of knitting this same pattern but using some Berroco Modern Cotton which is a little lighter just to see how it drapes. I’ll keep you posted.
  • Test Knit for Alicia Plummer, Bar Harbor: I also did another test knit for Alicia Plummer for an unreleased pattern. I’ll do a full post on this one once the pattern drops (which should be soon). I used Berroco Maya on larger needles and have another lovely breezy top for summer to add to my wardrobe.

Despite only finished two projects this month I think I was pretty productive! Adding to my wardrobe is always a good thing. So what were you able to accomplish this month? And what are you hoping to finish next month?

And and added little note…Saturday marks my second anniversary since I came back to blogging. I can’t believe it has been two years and I thank everyone who comes and reads my little corner of the internet, gives advice, feedback and virtual high fives and hugs. You make this yarn/knitting community really awesome.

April’s FO’s

How is it May already?
April's FO's
With the semester coming to a close and the normal chaos of life and work I feel like April has zoomed right on by me. Add in travel for my husband, double dog duty by myself and getting bit by the tiniest of ticks the other day (and yes, I’m on precautionary antibiotics for 2 weeks) I’m happy to see April and its showers go away. Bring on May, vacations, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and my 14th wedding anniversary (I think May might be my favorite month). But before we say goodbye to April, let’s talk about what I was able to finish last month. And I noticed a pattern when I was pulling this together. April was all about repeats for me.

  • HATS!!!: I finished not 1, not 2 but 3 of the slouchy beanies this month for guy friends. Travis got 2, a black and a grey one (he’s pictured in the black one in the middle) and Marc got a navy blue one as a thank you for always being an awesome presenter for my class. He was so funny when I gave him the hat last week because he knew I could knit but people only ever think of grandmas and horrible itchy sweaters so when it turned out to be a really nice hat he was super impressed. I still want to make one of these for myself but since it’s fairly warm that may wait until September.
  • Little Women cardigan: This was my version of the Lillian cardigan but for spring and summer. I tried a new to me yarn and fell in love so much I had to find a way to use the leftovers for another sweater.
  • Saddle Shoulder Striped Tee: Um…this top makes me happy in so many ways. A different than my normal construction, big bold stripes, lots of color and Pima cotton make it the perfection summer top.
  • Spring Tee: Since I had enough leftover yarn from the Little Women cardigan I figured if I used big needles I could make myself an easy breezy tunic. I was right!

Now on tap for May…I’ve got some baby knitting to do! I started a dress for my goddaughter a month ago, twisted the 188 stitches when I joined in the round and finally cast it back on and worked on the hem over the weekend. Now I’ve just got 10 inches of stockinette stitch before I can work on my first box pleat. Updates to come. In addition to that I cast on a Cosette tee for myself last night because why not? It’s constructed from cuff
Popped over to @stitchsewshop to get my supplies for #summerofbasics make along! I decided to make the @grainlinestudio Willow tank dress with @riflepaperco fabric. Time to dust off my sewing machine and get to work! #imakemyclothes
And as if I didn’t already have enough that I want to do I’ve decided to join in with the Summer of Basics Make-along. You just have to make a basic item a month, sewn or knit, and basic can be defined in anyway you want. I’m always inspired by what I see people making on Instagram all the time and have been itching to pull my sewing machine back out. In the summer I typically wear sleeveless a line dresses, clogs and a cotton sweater and I thought why not make one for myself? This make-along gives me the perfect excuse. I popped over to the fairly new Stitch Sew Shop in Alexandria (they’re in Fibre Space’s old location around the corner) and I picked up the Grainline Studios Willow tank/dress pattern and some Rifle Paper Co rayon fabric. It’s a gorgeous red-orange floral with bright pink roses. I think my neon pink clogs will be absolute perfection when paired with this dress. The instructions are pretty basic and simple but I may need to do a few test runs first since I haven’t pulled my machine out in about 2 years (I made Cher some blankets…and actually still have fabric to make one more so maybe Jellybean needs a blanket of her own). And if anyone can give me suggestions on how to pre-treat rayon dryclean only fabric I’d appreciate it. I didn’t think about that when I picked the fabric. Oops!