It has been a busy few months here in the Alan house! We have had lots of visitors, made new friends, vacationed at the beach, hiked Mt. Hood, gardened almost every day, and have visited park after park with Emmerich. In between all of that, I have been sewing lots. Along with my pattern editing work, I have (somehow) found time to make new shirts, tank tops and dresses for myself, along with some clothes and a hat for Em. There hasn’t been time to take photos of it all though! Or at least not time to take photos of it when I don’t look like I’ve been run ragged at the end of day. Yeesh!
Our yard is bursting with roses and hydrangeas and we are always adding more plants. We have a huge garden plan that will likely take us 5 years to accomplish, but slowly things are changing out there. I’ll take some pictures to share once a large project of removing sod begins sometime this week. These roses will actually be removed, which I’m a little bit sad to see go. They smell heavenly, but were never pruned very well so they have odd shaping and slowly little bits of them are becoming diseased. I’ll plant some lovely new roses elsewhere in the yard. Do you have a favorite type of rose?
One big task that I did accomplish early this summer was going through my sewing patterns. You know that stack of patterns that you have saved for a good 10 years and occasionally you look at them and think, “Whoa, that is super ugly”, but then you pop them right back into your stash? Yeeeaaaah. I gave away a bunch of patterns after posting about this process on Instagram, and I have another bag of them waiting to find a home. I could probably get rid of at least 2 dozen more, but it’s hard to let them go when you maybe might have a use for different pattern features here and there.
After going through my patterns, I also dove into my fabric to decide what I wanted to sew this summer. I had not bought new fabric for myself in probably almost a year. At least if I had purchased anything for myself, it amounted to less than 3 yards of fabric. That is unheard of for someone who sews! It was time to remedy the empty space on my stash shelves, and I found beautiful rayons and cottons at Mill End that would do the trick. Looking at this photo, I’m happy to say that only 2 of these fabrics are yet to be cut up and sewn, but they are next on my list.
I did manage to knit up a cozy shawl (it’s called The Lonely Tree on Ravelry), but of course I made a rather big mistake. Oh knitting! I love you, but darn it if I don’t always make some kind of big mistake with anything other than hats. When I finished knitting it, it looked awfully small, but friends told me to block it instead of immediately frogging it.
Blocking helped a lot, but it’s still much smaller than I wanted it to be. I used a lovely bulky alpaca yarn my mom gave me for Christmas a good 2 or 3 years ago, and I thought this would be bigger than it turn out to be. Well, my mistake is that I used way too small of a needle! I somehow misread the directions and for some dumb reason I used 8mm needles instead of 11mm. What was I thinking?!
It is super warm thanks to the bulky yarn, but again, it’s nowhere near as large as I wanted it to be. It’s one of those things where I like what I’ve made, but I’ll never use it much or appreciate the work that went into it if I don’t frog it and redo it. Now I have to figure out how to straighten out the yarn once I frog it. I’m so scared of it getting tangled up!
I’ll share some sewing creations soon! I am off to finish another dress. You have to love when you finish a project in the season where you can actually wear it, right?