I have two or three finished sewing projects that I desperately want to blog about, but getting pictures taken has been touch and go the past few days. Fingers crossed I can take some this evening and have a blog post up and ready before the weekend!
While I wait on that, I wanted to show you a few of the different projects I've been working on recently. I've been crazy busy with test knitting and I've also managed to start my Minerva Crafts Blogger Network project.
Over the past few months I have gotten into the bad habit of waiting to start my project until the last second. It wasn't exactly intentional. . . Everything else kept getting in the way and I wasn't purposeful about setting aside some time to work on it. But I decided that, going forward, last minute panic sewing will not be permitted! And so far it's been going very well.
Tracing off and cutting out are the hardest parts to sit down and actually do. Once it's past that point and all the pieces are sitting there waiting for me, I have an easier time of sitting down and working on it. I traced off my pattern one day, cut it out the next, and started sewing bits and pieces here and there when I can snatch a free moment. This way I can take my time and enjoy the process without feeling like I need to rush every step.
For my May project I am sewing up the Deer and Doe Reglisse dress. I think I may be addicted to Deer and Doe patterns. I want to sew them all! I cannot wait to finish this dress. If everything goes well, I have a couple ideas in my head for at least one more version.
I have been doing a massive amount of test knitting over the past two weeks. (I already finished a hat test knit at the beginning of May that I will blogging about when the pattern is released.) I have two shawls I am currently working on and a third that I need to cast on no later than next week. Needless to say, knitting has been my main focus these days!
It has been splendid working on two such different shawl patterns. One is all about the color with a contrast in textures between the garter and the brioche. The other is nearly solid with the party happening in the stitches.
The blue shawl is a test knit for Abby Moreland of the More Knits Podcast. I am knitting it out of two skeins of my hand dyed yarn. The blue is on my Dumble base and the multi-colored yarn is a OOAK on my Tiria base. It took me forever to decide what colors to use, but I am so pleased with how they are working up together! This was my first time attempting two color brioche. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it ended up being. I will forewarn you though, it does take quite a while to work through since you basically have to knit every row twice! But it looks so pretty that it was totally worth all the trouble.
This pale sage shawl is a test knit for Claire Wells aka Flossi Knits. I have never knit a shawl out of a solid/tonal colored yarn. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but I am loving nearly every stitch! It is amazing to see the gorgeous textures of the stitch pattern. This shawl is more calming in color and I think it will go with more outfits since there is less going on. I am using Emmy Couture Yarns in an unnamed colorway on the Mhera base. I am thinking about making up a few kits to coincide with the release of the pattern. What do you think? Are there any tonal/solid colorways you are dying to get your hands on??
As you can see, idle hands have not been permitted around Emmy Couture HQ! I'll be back shortly with my Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival haul (filmed it today!) and a long postponed sewing project.
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