Showing posts from February, 2020

Blackwood Cardigan in Leopard!

I am participating in the Great Module Sewalong with Whitney from TomKat Stitchery and Carla from Stay Stitching, both on YouTube. The Module is to consist of 6 coordinating pieces: 2 bottoms, 3 tops, a topper (could be a cardigan, blazer, jacket) and I will add one extra, a dress. 
This is my topper, the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet, which I have made twice before! This is the perfect pattern for an open cardigan, so why mess with a good thing!  I found this leopard print sweater knit at Hobby Lobby, which was a fun surprise since I rarely shop there for garment fabrics. 

I make absolutely no alterations to this pattern, sewing it right up out of the pattern envelope, and have been happy every time. But I have to say that this one is my favorite!

Next up is a Sew House Seven/Simplicity pattern toaster Sweater, that I hope to squeeze out of an ivory knit. 
I am enjoying the motivation from sewing along with this Module Challenge!

Knitting for the Grandkids: 2019 Birthdays

I used to do a lot of Christmas knitting.....but then our family started growing by leaps and bounds!  It made more sense to me to transition to Birthday knitting, which is much more fun as it is spread out across the calendar year. This includes the adults as well as the kiddos!
I use this blog as a journal where I keep track of my makes, and when doing a 2019 review, I found that I hadn't documented many of those Birthday projects from last year. So, to catch up:
Jolene has a July birthday, so I knit the Melissa Tank for her out of Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima, which is a 100% cotton yarn. As you can see she looks so cute wearing it as a vest, or can be worn like a tank in warmer weather.

Emersyn turned One (!) in September, and knitting up the Bellarose shrug for her was lots of fun! That shade of purple in another Cascade yarn: the  220 Superwash Aran is so pretty on her.

Desmond and Rose are siblings, with November birthdays that are a day apart. I was thinking that if I wanted …

HotPatterns: DL Classix Nouveau Swingy Knit Top (HP 1233)

I've had this pattern, the HotPatterns 1233: DL Classix Nouveau Swingy Knit Top for  quite some time now, and decided to give it a go using a red  ponte from my stash.
It was the simple lines of the front of the design that first got my attention, but then would you take a look at that back! Love the soft pleats that fall from from the lowered back neckline!

This is a pretty quick and easy project, and one I can see making again. I sewed up a size 14 straight from the envelope without any alterations. I have sewn several HotPatterns tops before, so I  felt confident with the fit after doing some flat pattern  measurements.
This vibrant red is perfect for a cold and gloomy Midwestern February, and appropriate for Valentine's Day.