Hello all, and I hope January is treating you well!
I’ve got some frosty pictures to show you, as well as some news, and, most importantly, sewing!
I participated in Friday Night With Friends last night, and did some work on another colorblocked fleece pullover. Do you remember the wild flowered fleece remnant I got from SCRAP? It’s now become this:
I’m using an old pattern (dated 1994), also from SCRAP, which should win some sort of award for least promising cover photos ever.
The line drawings, though, show that this is a nice basic pullover that’s perfect for colorblocking (i.e., not a lot of seams to complicate matters).
The fit on this thing is SUPER weird, though. It’s designed to fit some sort of busty linebacker, as far as I can tell. In order to get those slightly-dropped shoulders, I had to bring the sleeves up a full three inches. I also had to narrow the sleeves by 4″ so they wouldn’t be massive. I took in the side seams, but I’ve still got all this room for the huge bust that I don’t have, and it’s now too tight at the hips. More work to be done there, needless to say.
And I can use all the fleece I can get. It has been SO COLD and SO SNOWY here–pretty unusual winter for us this year. I haven’t taken many photos because it’s been way too damn cold to go outside much, but here’s another one from this afternoon.
Partner and I took a trip to Portland last month and apparently brought the bad weather with us. It was a bit warmer than at home, which meant the snow had thawed halfway and had the usual Portland rain on top of it.
In other news, you remember the sew-along that I was doing with the Sew-Alongs and Sewing Contests Facebook group, right? Well, I won! The prize package consisted of several indie patterns, plus a gift certificate for some fabric–WOOT! And I’ve also been asked to run a 2-week sew-along in the group, to be announced tomorrow. That should be super fun and get me to FINALLY use some fabric I’ve had forever. Stay tuned for more on that.
I plan to focus more on quilting than clothing this year, though. I didn’t feel inclined to do any sort of wrap-up post at the end of the year, but I did look through what I’d made in 2016 and realized I managed to not finish a single quilt! I’ve been missing quilting and I want to get back to it. I’ve pulled out my blocks for the RSC 2015 quilt and I would like to finish that up–it’s way past time that I finally made a queen-size quilt for our bed. In addition to that, I’ve got a commission to make a simple baby quilt for a friend of my sister’s, and my niece will need one for her baby that’s due this summer.
So that’s the plan for the moment. I’m really glad I don’t have to actually stick to these plans that I make, as they’re constantly evolving, but that’s the plan right now. Until it isn’t. Which could happen at any moment.
Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying your January and keeping your feet warm (currently my number one goal).