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October 2, 2019

Last year when it seemed like all of instagram was knitting up sweaters from Good Night Day, I too decided to give it a go. I had started and given up on a few other knitting projects, but fell hard for the chunky turtleneck and cropped length of the Moosonee sweater so I thought I would give it a try.

After a lot of indecision I finally landed on the merino wool Chill yarn from Sugar Bush Yarns in the color Wintery Wine. I have to admit that this took me an entire year to knit. No because it should have. It’s a quite an easy knit and the chunky yarn knits up really fast, but I just had a hard time sticking to it. I am still very much a beginner knitter so every time I sat down to knit I had to really concentrate.

The final result is far from perfect, but I am pretty pleased with myself nonetheless. I knitted a whole sweater! Which for me is huge. I can look past the mistakes. And the good thing about it taking a whole year is I finished it just in time for the weather to turn cold again.

I would definitely recommend this pattern for the beginner who is ready to take on their first sweater. For me, it’s been good to remember what it feels like to be a beginner at a new craft. This took a lot patience and some serious determination but the end result makes me want to start a new project right away.


TOP 5 HITS OF 2013

December 30, 2013
I decided that I wanted to jump in on the top 5 list started by Crafting a Rainbow.  I think that I will keep it simple and just list my top 5 hits that I made this year.

#5 Hit – Gaptastic Cowl

I am a real beginner when it comes to knitting.  At the very beginning of the year I made this cowl, but soon found that I felt silly wearing such a large scarf on top of my huge belly.  But then I brought it back out this winter and have barely taken it off.  I get compliments on it every time and I wear it and it’s perfectly practical, warm and fun.

#4 Hit – Yellow Floral Wrap Dress

When my brother set his wedding date just two months after the birth of my baby I had a small freakout session.  Thanks to spanks and this dress I felt pretty confident at the wedding.  I honestly havn’t worn this dress again, and don’t really know when I will, but this was an important event with lots of photos being taken so I call the dress a big win for helping me get through the day.

#3 Hit – Negroni Buttonup Men’s Shirt

I made this shirt as part of SewMamaSew’s Super Online Sewing Match and I really feel like I exceded my normal amount of attention to detail and precision while doing it.  The insides really are just as nice as the outside and it makes me smile everytime he wears it.

#2 Hit – It’s a Cinch Purse

Another Sewing Match make this purse has become my everyday bag.  I love the combination of stripes and leather and it really just suits my style perfectly.  I hadn’t sewn a lot of bags before this or tried out a lot of leather sewing so it felt like a big accomplishment when I finished it.

#1 Hit – Baby Boy

I know this is cheesy, but hey I totally made him.  Seriously though, it’s been a busy year mostly because of this little guy and I havn’t had as much time to create things as I would like.  He’s so worth it though.