The daily high temps are flirting with summer weather where we live, and we've been enjoying it so much. That said, when we're not outside, and especially in the evenings, I have still been working on creative pursuits, namely knitting and sewing.

Sewing-wise, I finished what may be my most-involved non-apparel sewing project: a quilted tote for my mom for mother's day. Last time they visited, she brought along some fabric and mentioned that if I wanted to sew a tote for her at some point, I could use it. After exploring Erica Ardnt's channel on YouTube a bit when I made my drawstring tote, I came across her tutorial for a quilted weekend tote. I'm very visual, especially with learning new sewing techniques, so I love the format of a video tutorial (and bonus, it's free). Over the course of a few naptimes and post-Cooper-bedtime sewing sessions, I finished it. It wasn't a difficult sew, but I would say it was involved, and adding the binding at the last step was very fiddly. Can't fault the pattern design, fiddly is innate with bag-making, I think.

I am really pleased with how it turned out, and my mom enjoyed it too! She said she will likely use it to store/transport her quilting projects. I used her two main fabrics, but then added in a few that were sentimental, one print that we used on for the binding on a quilt we made together, and another print from my first solo quilt project.

And it holds a good deal of weight too, we've tested it. ;)

Since my last creative check-in, knitting-wise, I finished the pair of gold self-striping socks. I wrote a little about them in this post.

I also finished a pair of DK weight socks in the most beautiful colorway, The Mayor by Legacy Fiber Artz in their DK weight base. I included more details and all the specifics on my ravelry project page. I loved knitting these, and they practically flew off my (9 inch circular) needles.

I've made significant progress on the sweater body of my Lodge Sweater. I decided to knit the body a bit longer than specified in the pattern, since I have a long torso, but I'm nearing the split for the sleeves. When I work on it, it's satisfying to see progress from even one sitting, since I haven't knit many worsted weight projects as of late, and they grow so much faster.

I also cast-on a Color Craze Shawl, which has seen the bulk of my knitting time. I'm using all yarns from my stash, with a sort of mulberry-pink tweed yarn as my main color, and scraps striped in. The colorplay makes this project hard to set down, and the long garter sections are meditative to knit.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm very excited for Summer Sock Camp, and I have a few sock projects queued up. It's entirely free to join in the sock knitting/learning, and it began today (runs June 1st-August 31). I cast on a pair of socks for Nicholas today, to join in the fun, using trusty Paton's Kroy socks in the blue striped ragg colorway. I had a solo cast-on session alongside a little afternoon fika with paleo blueberry banana bread and half caf coffee during naptime.

For future sewing projects, I have some ticking striped fabric that I'd like to use for another drawstring tote, this time more understated. I also picked up some grey cotton jersey fabric, and when I'm in the mood for apparel sewing, I think I will sew up a Blackwoods Cardigan (it would be my second one).

Upcoming knitting projects

  • An improvised ribbed cowl knit with the softest white/navy marled yarn from Woolfolk (their Sno line)
  • At least another pair of socks or two, since it is Summer Sock Camp, after all
  • More knitting from stash, but likely a sweater for Cooper, and perhaps a pair of socks for him, as well.

I love hearing about other people's creative undertakings, feel free to share! :)