According to wordpress, I only posted nine times in 2014. Life has been…busy. My job sort of imploded this summer, so from July onwards I was sort of eaten by the combination of job stress, interviewing for new jobs, and starting at my new company. I am much, MUCH happier now. But things were not so great for a while.
We went on a road trip between the two jobs, which was rad.
And I got to visit the LA fabric district.
The house continues to be something of an albatross. I love it, but it requires a TON of work and is far away from many of my friends. We are semi-seriously considering selling it and conceding that we’re just not cut out to be home owners. We’ll see.
We got back from visiting family on the east coast two days ago. Eleven days, three cities. Great, but intense.
The lack of blogging might also be attributed to the fact that my 4.5 year old laptop is slowly but surely biting the dust.
I have been making things. Lots of things. But blogging fell by the wayside. Part of it’s the photography. I tend to feel like it’s not worth posting unless I can take “real” (not iphone) photos, which is hard. Maybe 2015 will be the year where I master the tripod and remote?
Anyway, I’m declaring project backlog bankruptcy. Here’s some (poor quality, iphone) pictures:
I knit most of this cardigan in January 2011, right before I found out I was pregnant. But it didn’t seem worth it to finish something I couldn’t actually wear. So it languished for years until I finally put on button bands this spring.
I made another Alabama Chanin dress from this book. That makes five dresses from this pattern. This one is all hand sewn. Unlike previous versions I made a couple of fitting adjustments and used two layers of jersey. This dress is great.
The best part is this embroidery around the hem (inspired by some photo on pinterest I couldn’t find a credit for).
I made my son a Max (from Where the Wild Things Are) costume for halloween. Although it looks more like one of these lemurs. This one might actually warrant its own post.
The dress I was making muslins for in the last post is mostly done, but not hemmed. Pictures someday.
I won a copy of the Muse Jenna Cardi and made it up in a merino knit.
The pattern is lovely – detailed, nice finishes, cute details. The cropped length is great. But I don’t love this version. The snaps I used are way too heavy, the fabric is too lightweight for the pattern, and that gray isn’t doing me any favors. I’m plotting a redo.
Other things I’ve been working on, but haven’t bothered to photograph: another of these dresses, a Georgina sweater that I belatedly realized is totally ripping off Mikela’s awesome version, various small knitting projects, the rest of the sweater I posted about here, a party dress Cambie, and elaborately embroidered Alabama Chanin skirt that is too big and needs to be reworked (argh) and a baby quilt (which is still secret until I can finish it and hand it over to the proud parents).
Also the house: moving around which room does what, painting lots of things, putting in rugs and lights and other things that make it feel moved in. Someday we might even fix the leaking skylights.
I discovered TV Ate My Wardrobe and I’m addicted.
I took a woodworking class this fall. My project (a little box with drawers that hangs on the wall) isn’t done yet, but it’s still pretty cool.
I’ve also been toying around with the idea of making various simple plywood furniture for our house. Seems like a good way to get basics made to my exact specifications, no?
Also considering making Heather’s cutting table. Part of our house rearrangement of earlier in the year meant I moved all the sewing stuff to the basement, where I have more room to spread out.
So that’s me. What have you been up to?