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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SUMMER SEWING / Wearable Muslins & Cranky Shoulders

After dealing with a cranky shoulder since early December, I was eventually diagnosed with calcific tendonitis this April. I've had months of aggressive rest and no knitting and have really struggled with whether or not to share about it online. But I've learned that sharing these kinds of things rather than trying to face them alone, can often help with healing. I'm so grateful for the love and support I've received from my friends and family during this time, it's helped to keep me positive and afloat ♥ I hope that sharing with you will help explain why I've been a bit quiet over here.

In it's place I've been doing a lot of sewing. I normally sew more in the summer out of a need for new things to round out my wardrobe. I sew primarily with stretch/knit fabric and was getting really tired of ripping my hair out trying to hem and finish t-shirts with my sewing machine (argh!!!). I did a bit of Googling and learned that a coverstitch machine, although a bit pricey, can be a total game changer. After some research and inquiring what others were using I put a deposit down on the Janome CoverPro 2000CPX at Sawyer's in the hopes that I could make it mine in time for my birthday! It came home with me a week before my b-day (thank you Mom and Cam ♥) and just in time for my first ever visit to the infamous Dressew in Vancouver (Yesss!).

So far most of my garments have been practice while I'm getting familiar with the new machine. I've made a few pairs of really comfy joggers that I'll try to photograph and share, as well as some basic tees. Years ago I drafted a template for my ideal t-shirt by mashing up a few of my favorite sewing patterns and since then it's really all I sew — the only thing that changes is the fabric :)

With my new haul of fabric from Dressew I decided to try a few different patterns to shake things up a bit. I've sewn them up as wearable muslins to get an idea of fit before cutting into my new fabric.


Kimono T-Shirt



First is a the Kimono T-Shirt, a free pattern by Maria Denmark. The overall construction is super easy and sews up in no time! I followed the pattern exactly but I might like to tweak my next one.







Briar T-Shirt




Next up is the Briar T-ShirtI've been obsessed with this tee ever since my friend Mandy posted her muslin on Instagram (she's also written up a great post about it on her blog here). It has a really unique hemline and I love the fit of the tee shirt, it's so comfortable! The pattern itself is also beautifully laid out and easy to work from.   






I do think I'll tweak this one as well — it's far too long on my short frame even though I have a long torso. And as much as I'm in love with this hemline I'm not sure I love it on me, so I may try a few different things before cutting into the final fabric.



Do you do more sewing in the summer months like me? If so, what's on your sewing table? 



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IN THE GARDEN / June Poppies


The sun has finally arrived to the Island, it's been unseasonably grey and chilly for this time of year. The garden is loving it! I didn't take nearly enough photos of the garden last month — these are a few of my favourites from June. 


These oriental poppies were a gift from a friend — every year when they bloom it makes me smile and think of her.  Plants with a story are the best. 


And this little guy decided to bloom, aren't the teeny flowers darling? 

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We're so happy the sun is finally here! Is it summery where you are? 



Friday, June 9, 2017

Finally Finished / WCCKAL


You may have been following our West Coast Cardigan knitalong earlier this year and wondered if I ever finished my project!? As sometimes happens, I reached 99% completion with just a few finishing steps and well, life got busy, cold and flu season was especially bad, and before I knew it, months had passed!! However, camping season is here and I knew I needed to finish before our first trip. Elsie and I live in our West Coast Cardigans when we're in the woods!

I actually completed the sweater close to the deadline but wasn't happy with the zipper. I'd foolishly purchased  one before blocking and since I purposely blocked some length into the finished garment the zipper ended up too short and the fronts puckered once the zipper was installed. I think I may have also mentioned that because I'd stretched the length my pocket linings were then too wide and short so I reknit them to match the new dimensions of the sweater.

I've snapped some pictures and I'm excited to finally share my finished Thunderbird WCC with you! I've actually been wearing it, wonky zipper, faux pockets and all! It's very rewarding to have it finished properly and enjoy real pockets and a zipper that doesn't pucker!!








{ Now I'm ready for camping!!! } 


Do you bring your knitting camping? What are your favourite knits to wear in the woods? 







WEST COAST CARDIGAN / Helpful Posts

If you are thinking of casting on your own WCC, feel free to post in the thread here — even though the official deadline has passed, it's a great way to share your project with other WCC knitters.

It's also become a wealth of information. I've compiled a list of all of the WCCKAL posts. Some of them break down the more involved portions of the pattern. They're a great resource if you're looking for more in depth instruction and visual tutorials!

WCCKAL POSTS : 






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SALE — Birthday Sale ♥



Thank you for spoiling me with birthday wishes and thoughtful messages on Sunday — it means so much 

To show my gratitude I'd like to pass a little birthday savings on to you — receive 50% off today only! If you've been coveting any of my designs you can now add them to your pattern library for 50% less!




50% OFF  

– TODAY ONLY 

Sale ends midnight PST
   





Receive 50% off (no coupon code needed) when you purchase any of my patterns from my Website or Ravelry.


H a p p y   K n i t t i n g !






Friday, May 26, 2017

IN THE GARDEN / Succulent Babies and More


We've had rain followed by plenty of sun and the gardens are looking really lush! I only have a few photos to share this post — I had taken a bunch more in our sunny garden where the vegetables live however, lack of shade means shooting needs to be done on overcast days and unfortunately my sunny day shoot didn't turn out as well. Oh well!


I've moved all of my indoor succulents outside where they are much happier. I love propagating succulent babies with leaf cuttings, it's so fun to watch! My results had been varied until reading this post, now they are pretty consistent!


My kiwi babies are filling out! You may remember I started these guys from seed that I'd collected from local fruit. I'm waiting for them to grow flowers so that I can determine which plants are male and which plants are female.

{ My two hellebores are winding down as things warm up }

{ pretty poppies started from seed }


If you've been following my gardening adventures over the years you might remember this guy! When we had to leave our big garden I took a cutting from Mama Fig not knowing if it could be propagated this way. It's fate was fairly in the beginning but this little fig is a survivor (and definitely my baby)! He would probably thrive if I could give him more sunlight but for now he's content enough to produce fruit – I couldn't ask for anything more :)

Here's a picture of the original cutting (it was essentially just a stick in dirt for months and months!) – Elsie and I were incredibly surprised when this sprout pushed it's way up the following spring!



What have you got growing? Have you propagated plants from cuttings?




Friday, April 28, 2017

EVENTS / Within Trunk Show and Signings



I am so happy to announce that we were able to reschedule our trunk show dates to some of our favourite yarn shops! These events are a great opportunity to view the trunk shows in person, try on the samples, and grab a copy of Within. If you've already purchased the book, bring it in for us to sign! And don't forget to bring any #withinknits projects, we sure would love to see them!




Saturday
May 20th, 1–4pm
Bainbridge Island, WA

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Sunday
May 21st, 1–4pm
Carnation, WA


Find full details on our events page.



If you're near either of these wonderful shops, come and say hello!
We'd love to see you! 




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Within Feature in Knit.Wear



I can't tell you how honoured Shannon and I both feel to have our book Within featured in the latest issue of Knit.Wear! To be included in this coveted magazine alongside Norah Gaughan on this minimalist wishlist (I want all of these things!)  — is a real pinch me moment! Thank you all for your support of the book, it means so much to me and without it we wouldn't have been able to reach this achievement!



This Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Knit.Wear just hit stands April 3rd and is full of modern classic inspiration! Find it at your local yarn store or grab the digital version here


Happy Knitting!