A couple of weeks ago, I finally finished my Anna Vest. It was a super rewarding project, as it introduced a few new skills in pattern-reading, and also increased my confidence in my finishing skills (lots of seaming and that long button band).
For more notes, or if you're a knitter and want all the details, you can find them on my Ravelry (although you may need a Ravelry account to view it). Also of note, I knit this as part of a Knit-A-Long (KAL), where a group of knitters decides to knit the same pattern, each with her own rendition. Everyone knits the pattern at the same time, formally, or informally. For me, I love the idea of a KAL for the camaraderie (check), and the accountability (check). If you're curious, there are other knitters' Anna vests at #annavest.
And I love it. Naturally, I'll be more excited to wear it once the weather is cool and crisp. And there are so many layering possibilities! I'm looking forward to several vest + dress or vest + tunic + pants + boots combos, come fall.
P.S.—Thank you once again, Molly, for your photography skills!
P.P.S.—I just returned from a wonderful trip to my hometown, in Minnesota. More on that in a post soon!
Since my last creativity check in, in late July, I've been rather prolific, in both knitting and sewing. As the weather gets cooler, I do find that I'm switching gears to more cool-weather projects. I'm eager to finish up some remaining warmer-weather works-in-progress. As ever, the seasonal change brings a fresh push of creativity and inspiration.
Several weeks ago, I finished a new cardigan! This project was the first time I've done an all over lace pattern, as well as the first time I've made a drop shoulder construction cardigan.
Today, the air felt different. Cooler and more crisp. Filled with anitcipation. The last several weeks since my last "life lately" post, have been filled with a lot of summery fun and they've felt full. I might be getting ahead of myself, since it was in the upper eighties this past weekend, but decidedly, I love the shift that comes with slightly cooler weather. Nevertheless, here are some things we've been up to in recent weeks: