Finished and Unfinished Projects

Few finished projects are more satisfying than a quilt, especially a queen sized one! I’m happy to say I just finished my first such quilt. The top item on my list of 2016 goals was to make a quilt for one of my girls. Marin, my 9 year old, was elated to hear this. Anja, 7, said “no thanks, Mom, I just want a Star Wars blanket”. Oh, how different they are…

The official pattern for this quilt is called “Night Light” by Villa Rosa Designs. I expanded it to a queen size, though it still came up a wee bit short (72″ square). No matter, it still looks great on Marin’s bed and she loves it. The quilting was done by Patched Works in Elm Grove, WI, and they did a great job. As much as I would have liked to quilt it myself, my back hurt just thinking about it.

Marin quilt fullMarin quilt panda - Copy

I backed it with a blue tweed flannel I found at My Material Matters in Thiensville. I’m a big fan of using textured fabrics as backings. So cozy!

Marin quilt folded

I’m currently working on another project that will bring huge amounts of joy when finished. It’s the Shirley Temple pullover pattern from Baby Cocktails. Due to fair amounts of cabling and my lack of patience, this sweater keeps getting put away for stretches of time while I knit other stuff on the side. I’m knitting the adult size for ME in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, which I think I like… not really sure yet. It’s a bit scratchier than I expected, but folks keep assuring me it will soften with time. We’ll see.

Sweater progress 5.11.16

I had to throw my Stowe Bag in there too because I love it!

Days 9 and 10 of the Me Made May (#mmm2016) challenge are now past. We haven’t had the greatest weather, the much needed rain has finally arrived, so I’m pulling out my cozier items. Monday was still a bit sunny, so I decided to wear my Belladonna Dress to work. This proved to be a big mistake. It’s too small! Granted it has always been too small (now I remember why I never wear it!). I drafted between 3 sizes when I made this, but my waistband and bodice measurements were a little… off. Thus making this dress feel more like a corset. Nevertheless, I managed to make it until 4pm without busting a seam. Congrats to me!

Belladona Dress

The back detail in this pattern is very cool and easy to make. I will have to try again on this one in a bigger size, unless I decide I like the inevitable muffin top that this dress creates.  Uff da!

Belladona back - Copy

Day 10 was very rainy, so I wore the Ellipses shawl by Romi Hill. I knit this in Annapurna yarn from A Verb For Keeping Warm, and I wish I had bought more skeins of this! My mother loved this shawl so much, she made a near identical one using Road to China from the Fiber Company. It came out beautifully and I would recommend that as silkier alternative.

Ellipses shawl

Though it is still a bit dreary out, I can at least enjoy the plethora of migrant birds outside our window. Just this morning we’ve spotted Nashville Warblers, House Sparrows, Tree Sparrows, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Orioles, Robins, Nuthatches, Cardinals, Chickadees, House Finches, and Willow Flycatchers. Happy Wednesday 🙂

 

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3 thoughts on “Finished and Unfinished Projects

  1. Uff da? Norwegian connection somewhere? Even though the dress is too small, it’s rather nice. Maybe a remake? And save this one for your daughters? Trust me, the kids grow up way too fast! Feels like yesterday I made cute dresses for my daughter, now she sneaks into my wardrobe to snatch the slightly too small items (those I hope I will get back into, soon!).

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    • Thanks! I will hang onto it, you never know when it may be needed again. It was a fun dress to make, so I’m thinking of making another soon in cotton lawn for my cousin’s wedding weekend.

      And though my daughter’s still too small to wear my clothes, she’s already asking if she can “have things when I’m done”, so I feel ya.

      And the Norwegian connection is my husband 😊

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      • I have sent away stuff I’ve regretted badly I didn’t keep, shoes for instance, that would’ve been perfect for her. Oh well. So, based on your username and Norwegian hubby … last name Halvorsen? 😊
        Cheers, Berte.

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