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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

50% OFF — Birthday Sale



My birthday has come and gone this month but in keeping with tradition, I’d like to continue the celebrations by offering 50% OFF all of my patterns on my website and Ravelry store for TODAY ONLY — no coupon code needed!
Happy Knitting!



Friday, June 14, 2019

3 Clarkes on the Beach

April, 24th — 2018

 { Cate, Elsie, and I in our matching Clarke's }

I unearthed these photos along with this unpublished blog post that remained unwritten except for it's title. It's dated April 24th 2018, just 2 weeks before my accident. Because of my brain injury, revisiting things that happened in the days and weeks leading up to my crash make me feel off balance, the memories are foggy and incomplete, almost like they belong to someone else.

I'm slowly beginning to make better connections and physio has helped reconnect my mind with my body. I feel so much stronger and more like myself.

Brain injuries are harder to treat. And when your body is badly broken, often they get overlooked for your physical injuries. Having others reach out and share their experience with concussion has really helped, thank you for sharing, it's meant a great deal to me.

Getting back to work has been a slow and unsteady process and I feel grateful to have had your  support through this difficult time. There are too many who cannot take adequate time off to heal, it hurts my heart. 






I hope you've enjoyed these fun photos. Happy Friday friends ♥ 






Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Me Made May / Pledge

{ Ginger Jeans — View A }

Me Made May is just around the corner (even closer—it begins tomorrow!) and I've thought long and hard about my pledge as this will be my first year participating. 

I have so many home made items in my closet that wearing something me-made every day won't be much of a challenge. Instead I'd like to use the challenge to teach me a few things about my wardrobe as a whole, how I can round it out and really hone in on those things that flatter me most and make me feel my best. 

Here is my pledge  (if you would like to sign up yourself, it's not to late, visit the sign up post here). —



'I, Jane Richmond, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 2019. I endeavour to do the following:

1 — Wear one me-made item daily to (hopefully) identify the pieces I love, move along (or tweak) the ones I don't, and zero in on any gaps in my me-made wardrobe.

2 — Catalogue my me-made outfits daily to help reflect for task #1 above.

3 — Make a solid plan to add 2-3 bottom half projects (ie. pants, shorts) to my sewing queue by the end of the month.

...during May 2019'



I was the 794th person to pledge to the Me Made May challenge! I can't wait to follow along and get inspired by other makers who have joined as well. I'm nervous of biting off more than I can chew but excited to make the effort and finally participate. 



Have you plans to join in on Me Made May? If so, are you a rookie or a vet?





Thursday, April 18, 2019

Seedy Winston Pullover

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

I finished knitting my seed stitch Winston Pullover this week for the knit-along! I was soooo close to the finish line, I'd reached the ribbing at the end of the second sleeve, when I realized I'd missed my last set of decreases for the shaping and had to rip half of the sleeve out and redo it. I was tempted to leave it but the perfectionist in me talked me out of it. The re-knitting took no time at all—I'm glad I forced myself to do it. And now I can finally wear my clay coloured Winston! YAY!

I promised to share my modifications with you once I was done! I've typed them up below, but you can also find them on my project page here on Ravelry.

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond


MODIFICATIONS


1 — Same Gauge
Because seed stitch has an identical gauge to Stockinette, I was able to substitute without having to do any math!

2 — Raglan Increases
For seed stitch to be "unbroken" the paired increases for the raglan shaping need to be side by side (instead of having stitches in between them) so I swapped in “kfb, sm, kfb” for all of the raglan increases.

3 — Added 1 extra stitch to front neck cast-on
For the seed stitch to be continuous in the round there needed to be an uneven number of stitches in every round. I added an extra stitch to (C) when I cast on the front neck.

4 — Added 2 extra stitches per sleeve
My size had an additional increase round for the body and not the sleeves. To maintain those paired increases and not break up the seed stitch I did an additional round of sleeve increases to match the body. This meant the sleeves ended up with an added two stitches to their final stitch count.

5 — Sleeve Decreases
For the seed stitch to be continuous in the round I decreased 1 stitch at the beginning-of-round marker to achieve an odd number.

Again the decreases for the sleeve shaping needed to be side by side to maintain the seed stitch pattern. I used p2tog for both decreases when the round began with a purl stitch, and k2tog for both decreases when the round began with a knit stitch.

I decreased 1 stitch at the beginning of the first round of the cuff because the ribbing needed to be an even number.



6 — OPTIONAL - Short-row shaping / back hem
I was inspired by my friend Karen's Winston — she'd added short row shaping to her back hem and it looked amazing!

Here's how I did mine:
When (L) = 11” work short rows as follows:
Row 1: Work across body until all right underarm stitches have been worked, wrap and turn.
Row 2: Work across back until all left underarm stitches have been worked, wrap and turn.
Row 3: Work across back until 5 stitches remain before gap, wrap and turn.
Row 4: Repeat Short Row 3.
Next: Work across to BOR marker working wraps from right underarm as you go.
Next: Work across, working wraps from left underarm as you go, and ending round at right underarm.
Change to smaller circular needle and work as written in pattern for ribbed hem.
Remember to decrease away your extra stitch from (C) as you’ll now need an even number for the 1x1 rib!



Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

It's been fun watching new Winston's pop up on social media—I'm constantly finding inspiration in the #WINSTONpullover feed. If you've been wanting to cast on but need a little extra inspiration, scroll through for yourself! I've also added my absolute faves to my Instagram highlights here.





The knit-along is still wide open and everyone is welcome! Because this is a casual knit along there are no rules and no deadlines so please, bring your project to cast-on or your work-in-progress, modifications are welcomed and encouraged, and join us in this laid back Winston knit-along!

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Knit Along with Me / WINSTON PULLOVER

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

Knitting with friends is fun! Way more fun than knitting alone. It's motivating and uplifting and can be a source of inspiration as well as a help with problem solving.

I've noticed so many amazing Winston Pullovers popping up in my feed since the pattern was published I've been inspired to cast on again.

If you'd like to join me please jump on in!! The pattern is a super quick and easy knit. It's perfect for beginners or those who want to try garment knitting or top-down construction. The recommended yarn is also inexpensive and accessible.

This will be a fun casual knit-along with no cast on date or deadline so feel free to bring works in progress, modifications, etc to the group. Everyone is welcome!

For pattern details visit — Winston Pullover. To join the knit-along group hop over to Ravelry.

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

I'm knitting mine in seed stitch (notes on my ravelry project page) and loving the result! The pattern is such a perfect blank slate for fun personalization like a cropped version, colour blocking, stripes, or an all over seed stitch!


I'm excited to see your Winstons — I hope you'll join me!






Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sew much Sewing ♥


A few years ago I began sewing my own clothes. I never really realized how much that sewing had amounted to until I was reorganizing my fabric swatch book (below) and thought to add finished projects to my notes to give each swatch a little more context. I thought I could fill this in from memory because who can't remember all of the things they've hand made?? Only a few things came to mind until I started pulling things out of drawers and off of hangers — by the end I had a massive pile of me-made clothes on the bed and very little left in my drawers (most of which doesn't really get worn since I started sewing for myself)!!!

The nerd in me needed to make an itemized list of the stack above but I've spared you having to scroll through all 59 pieces and moved it to the bottom of this post! Putting this post together has me begging the question — is there not a Ravelry-like-site for those who sew????

ETA — since posting I've had a ton of people suggest Textillia! I've signed up and am in the process of adding my sewing projects!! If you're already a member or decide to sign up come find me — I'd love to see what you're making!  




A lot of my clothing is made from self drafted patterns. The photo above shows just how many pairs of undies I had to make (clear tote) before getting a pair just right. My self drafted underwear pattern is what I used to make all of my bikini bottoms.

This year is the 10 year anniversary of Me-Made May. Below is a post I made on Instagram just 5 days before I had my accident, confessing all of the reasons I've shied away from participating, and vowing to make 2019 the year I finally take part. I'd like to make good on that promise — and I think I've got enough in my wardrobe to do it!



Have you ever participated in Me-Made May?  
Sewists — what are your favorite sewing patterns?!  










MY ME-MADE CLOSET


Beach Cover Up — Peppermint Magazine / blue chambray from Fabricland, size 1
Bikini Top — My Little Nook / clearance coral spandex from Dressew
Blackwood Cardigan — Helen's Closet / blue sweater knit from Fabricland, size S
Boxer Pajama Shorts — Melly Sews / white cotton bedsheet from Value Village
Brassie Joggers — Greenstyle Creations / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, mid-rise, size S
Brassie Joggers — Greenstyle Creations / moss fabric from Dressew, low-rise, size S
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / speckled cream stretch from Dressew, modified hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / white jersey from Dressew, modified hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / white light weight jersey from Dressew, modified unfinished hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / dusty mauve, wearable muslin
Cheyenne Tunic — Hey June / plaid flannel bedsheet from Value Village, size XS
Day Tripper Top — Shwin Designs / light blue jersey from Dressew, heavily modified, size S
Ginger Jeans — Closet Case Patterns / dark stretch denim, view B, size 6
Kirsten Kimono tee — Maria Denmark / white jersey from Value Village, modified, size L
Kirsten Kimono tee — Maria Denmark / dusty mauve, wearable muslin, size S
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / yellow tri-blend from Fabricland, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / large loop terry from Dry Goods Design, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / dark grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / moss fabric from Dressew, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / moss fabric from Dressew, modified neckline, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / medium blue jersey bedsheet, size 4, modified neckline
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / grey polyester from Dressew, modified pattern, size 4
Penny Raglan — Grainline Studio / yellow tri-blend from Fabricland, size XS
Penny Raglan — Grainline Studio / white jersey from Dressew, size S
Phinney Ridge — Straight Stitch Designs / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, size 4
Phinney Ridge — Straight Stitch Designs / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, size 0
Plantain tee — Deer and Doe / medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village, size 38
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / patterned woven vintage bed sheet from Value Village
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / slub jersey from Dressew
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / black jersey from Fabricland, size S
Washi Dress — Made by Rae / poka dot woven cotton from Fabricland, size XS

SELF DRAFTED ~
bikini bottom — clearance coral spandex from Dressew
bikini bottom — stripped pink-purple swim remnants from Fabricland
bikini bottom — stripped orange-white swim remnants from Fabricland
boxy high-low tee — dark grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
boxy high-low tee — white jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — cream jersey with lace
racer back tank — white jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — blue-white jersey from Girl Charlee
racer back tank — medium grey jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
rounded v-neck tee — white light weight jersey from Dressew
rounded v-neck tee — light grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — blue-white jersey from Girl Charlee
scoop neck tank — white jersey from Dressew
scoop neck tank — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
scoop neck tank — deep royal blue jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — cream and black speckles from Dressew
scoop neck tee — light grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — blue linen slub from Dry Goods Design
scoop neck tee — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
sleep shorts — vintage pillowcase from Value Village
sleep shorts — vintage bedsheet from Value Village
sleep shorts — pale pink floral bedsheet from Value Village
sports bra — pink spandex from Dressew
sports bra — clearance light grey spandex from Dressew

Friday, December 21, 2018

NEW PATTERN / Winston Pullover

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

I'm thrilled to introduce to you the Winston Pullover! This sweater has been off the needles since March but a lot has happened since then and so the pattern was delayed in making it's way out into the world.

I cast on last winter after getting this really strong urge to knit something super bulky, ultra simple, and comfortably over-sized. I've been struck with this urge before and every time, it leads me to Michael's for an arm full of Thick & Quick yarn.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Once I had knit enough yoke to try on, Elsie claimed the sweater as hers. It was simple enough to make my size 34 into an Elsie size, I just decreased the sleeves more quickly and stopped short on the length  ...and then I immediately cast on pullover #2 for me!

And as soon as I'd bound off I began living in this sweater. It was exactly the warm and cozy hug I was hoping it would be. And because it knit up so quickly and cost so little (thank you Michael's coupons!) I've put it through the ringer! Say what you will about acrylic blends but there's something to be said for a hand knit that can survive the washer and dryer!!

Everyone was so enthusiastic about the pullover it encouraged me to write up a proper pattern. I dove into the grading and pattern writing before my accident and had nearly completed it when things came to a grinding halt.

The sweater itself has been a huge comfort during my recovery. For the first 3 months, post-surgery, I had to wear a body brace that made my body look lumpy and weird under my clothes. I could really only wear a few things that would conceal it — the Strata tops I'd made right before the crash were in constant rotation. And my over-sized pullover hid my brace perfectly which made me feel a little more like myself.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

And so finally, here it is to share with all of you, my over-sized, warm and fuzzy hug, Winston
I truly hope that this sweater brings you or someone who needs it, great comfort in whichever way is needed.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond


Sending BIG hugs from me to you — happy knitting friends ♥