sewing and serging

plantain tee

I’ve been trying to take it easy on my slightly inflamed elbow and wrist this week by not knitting, so I sewed a bit instead. That’s a Plantain Tee, which is a free pattern that’s been going around the interwebs. I used a plain organic cotton jersey that’s been in my fabric stash for years, and sewed it up by hand in an afternoon. I’m pretty proud that it looks like a shirt, but there a few problems with it! I didn’t finish the hems or neckband once I realized it was too small.

The fabric I used isn’t stretchy enough, and I totally cut the wrong size (I made the 42). I do think if I’d made a couple sizes bigger it might be wearable, but I have issues with the armhole depth and sleeve cap. I do usually have trouble finding clothes with a shorter armhole, but this one goes a little too far! There’s bunching under the arm and across the bust, and I don’t think it’s just because it’s too small – I’ve seen the same issue in other finished ones.

plantain tee

I get frustrated with sewing because of having to make the same exact thing over and over to get it right. I know the muslin is supposed to be a trial, where you adjust things before making the real one, but I don’t have to do that in knitting! Of course, this one would have taken much less time had I been using a machine, and then maybe I wouldn’t feel like it was a waste of time.


Which brings me to the machine that I do have. The ever lovely megan gave me this serger years ago and I just never got around to figuring it out. Turns out it was absolutely not as difficult as I built it up in my head! I had thread, new needles and everything. I downloaded the manual from Singer, threaded it up and sewed some practice seams. (Yes, it does need more cleaning.)


Heeyyy check it out! I’ve never used a serger before but it really wasn’t too scary. I’ve ordered Cal’s book about drafting your own patterns and I have a nice big roll of paper from Ikea – could this be the beginning of a foray into sewing more clothes?

Perrine Shawl

Perrine Shawl

This was one of the most fun knits I’ve had in awhile! I was really happy to be able to use some of my pretty, single skeins of Koigu for this project, along with the loveliest Plum from Sliver Moon Farm that I bought at Rhinebeck years ago.

(Previously seen in progress here and here)

anemone stitch

I swatched up this fun stitch in some Cascade 220 originally, for a blanket or something similarly cozy. I was thinking about granny squares and how fun they are, especially in stripes, and this knitting stitch is just about as close as you can get! Maybe I’ll try working it in the round next and see what happens?

Perrine Shawl

I did try working the shawl from the top down, as is my usual preference – but the extra stitches from increasing in that direction just didn’t quite work out with the pattern. I love that it’s pretty much edge to edge, worked from the bottom up. To avoid a too-narrow, too-long shape, I used double increases at the beginning and end of the RS rows.

perrine, blocking

Bonus blocking photo!

Perrine Shawl

I would LOVE to see this worked up in a gradient or striping yarn like Noro Sock or Freia Fibers. You could even work it up in worsted weight yarn for an extra squishy winter warmer. Since it’s worked from the tip upwards, you can just cast off at pretty much any time it’s big enough for you.

I might even cast on another one…I do have a lot of single skeins and scrappy bits. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Monday Sights and Sounds

snowy monday

snowy monday

It’s a good day to stay in and work on laying out a new pattern.

purse sock

I haven’t knit Dale a new pair of socks in awhile, but these ones have seen some good action lately by living in my purse. They’re Malabrigo Sock, which I know doesn’t hold up well – I’ve knit 2 pairs in it before, and have darned each individual sock twice! They’re so so soft and pretty though.

so many triangles

Trying to get some progress in on my triangle quilt. I finally pulled out the batting and figured out how many triangles I need in each strip, and then of course I realized that I had cut nowhere near enough.

As for the sounds, here’s a local band I’m kind of obsessed with! Saw them in person back in November and bought a tape, yes, a cassette tape! We don’t have a tape player in the house, only in the car, so I don’t get to listen to it much. Cheery and poppy for a snowy Monday.