April in Review

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What I loved:

These past couple of months (I know, it’s a bumper review because I was too busy in March) I have been all about the prints. I really need to get out of my comfort zone and try some bright prints, because I want to mix up my wardrobe a bit. I adore this bright print dress, she always chooses the best prints and makes such awesome dresses. I love how Gillian has used this print, and her really ingenious ways of getting a whole dress out of a small piece of fabric.

This month I’ve been crushing on Countess Ablaze‘s yarn, I’ve so far bought two skeins, both from her series of one of a kind colourways based on The Odyssey. I love The Odyssey so much, and I was so happy to be able to get some of the limited edition yarns. I’ve already started knitting a shawl with the right hand yarn and it is looking so great.

What I listened to:

I’ve been really loving audio books lately, I splashed out on an audible subscription and it’s been great. At the moment I’m on an autobiography kick, I think because you don’t have to pay as much attention to the plot so I don’t miss as much if I accidentally zone out. I really loved A Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes which is all about being an introvert and pushing yourself, I found it really moving and inspiring. As a fan of Grey’s Anatomy I liked learning what goes on backstage and how Shonda Rhimes created the series. I also enjoyed Spectacles by Sue Perkins, I’ve been a Sue Perkins fan for so long and her memoir was funny but also really touching.

What I’m planning:

You guys, I’ve finally finished my Moneta dress! I’m about to take some photos so a blog post should be up soon.

I’ve cut out the fabric for a Mesa dress, but I’ve modified it so it it midi length, which I’m more comfortable with. I also want to make a couple of Lane raglans but all my fabric is striped at the moment and I’ve been driven to distraction by stripe matching lately.

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February in review

 

What I loved:

Why is it that as soon as Tasha makes something I have to have it in my wardrobe? This Agnes top in jade is absolutely lovely, and although I don’t think it will suit me as well as it suits Tasha, I still definitely need to make one myself.

I love all the versions of By Hand London’s Sarah shirt, but this one by The Wardrobe Project is one of my favourites. As one of my goals this year was to learn how to sew shirts, I’m hoping I’ll make one before 2016 is up.

These Monkey and Nutkin socks on Tin Can Knits are so fun looking, and I’m itching to make some with some Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn that’s burning a hole in my stash. Both these patterns look perfect for variegated yarn and I might just have to cast one on when I finish my Broken Seed Stitch Socks.

What I listened to:

Reply All is one of my new favourite podcasts, with this episode being one of my favourite podcast episodes ever. It’s about a mysterious figure in New York, I don’t want to say more, but it does contain selfie rat.

Srsly Podcast is the pop culture podcast from The NewStatesman, a political and culture magazine. It comes out every week and always cheers me up, and recommends lots of new films/TV shows and books. I don’t think I can chose just one episode, although their Friends special is one of their best.

What I’m planning:

Yep, I’m still planning a Moneta dress, the correct fabric has arrived and I’ve pre-washed it, so now I just have to get over my reluctance to stick together a 63 page pdf.

At the moment I don’t have any other sewing planned, but for Christmas I got a gift voucher from my partner for our local fabric shop, so I might spend it on some knit fabric and make a t-shirt or sweatshirt.

I splurged on some yarn yesterday, so I’ve decided to make this shawl in cotton, it’ll be perfect for summer and will improve my confidence with lace knitting.

January in review

What I loved:
I’m obsessed with this jacket, I just think it would be perfect for spring and autumn as an alternative to my denim jacket. I’m definitely not experienced enough yet to sew my own jacket, but I’ve got my eye on this pattern for when I do.

This outfit has everything I want from a handmade outfit, a loose fitting but still smart dress and a practical cardigan over the top. I’ve been contemplating the Inari tee dress pattern for ages, but I think I’ll wait until the weather warms up before I sew one.

On Friday afternoon two brilliant pairs of knitted socks came up on my feed, firstly these lovely socks from Tres Bien Ensemble and then these socks from Lladybird. I love the colours of both pairs, and the stitch pattern on the Skyp socks is great! I’m now convinced I need a Zauberball in my stash, and that I should probably finish the pair of socks I started for my partner…

What I listened to:
Planet Money – I listen to podcasts a lot on my commute and when I’m at work, Planet Money is one of the podcasts that I always listen to, no matter what. I think it’s because the subject, economics, impacts everyone but is not usually so simply explained. My favourite recent episodes are Bagging a Birkin and A or B.

A Playful Day – This knitting podcast was one of my recent discoveries that came with learning to knit. Kate is a great host to listen to during a frustrating day or waiting at the bus stop in the cold, because her soothing voice always transports me to a cottage near the sea and makes me feel much better.

Tiny House Podcast – I’ve recently become obsessed with the tiny house movement, and although there isn’t as many options here in the UK, I can still daydream about living in a tiny cabin in a forest or travelling the world in a house on the back of a trailer. I would recommend the interviews with Brittany Yunker and Abel Zimmerman.

What I was up to:
I planned this section in the hopes that I could share all the fun things I’ve got up to this month, but then I remembered it was January and the most interesting thing I did was probably the evening I spent failing to play badminton. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I always spend January curled up on the sofa watching TV or daydreaming about going on holiday somewhere sunny.

Mostly this month we’ve been watching The X-Files, we were trying to catch up before the new series started airing, but we haven’t quite done that. Theoretically I’ve seen the show before, but I can only remember odd episodes. That being said, I always seem to fall asleep during the mythology episodes, so that may be why!

What I’m planning:
As usual, I’m a bit late to the party, but my first project for February is a Camas blouse for the sew-along. I’ll be lagging behind a bit because I didn’t decided to do it until the sew-along had already started and I’ve only just ordered the fabric.

I have honestly been planning to make a Moneta dress for over a month but have had various problems getting hold of the fabric I wanted. Firstly it didn’t turn up so I had to get it sent again and when it did arrive it was different to the swatch I ordered, so I don’t know when I’ll actually be able to start this.

The last thing I’m planning isn’t sewing related, but my partner and I have planned a trip to Budapest for the beginning of March, so I’ll be planning what we’re going to do and see while we’re out there.