Monday, May 9, 2016

Week One Plus for Me Made May 2016

Here's the round-up of outfits worn since May 1.

  • Bottom right:  Rowan sweater originally made for the ladyfriend.  It got a little felted in the wash so it became my sweater.  The pants are J. Morgan Puett.
  • Bottom left:  Me-made wrap skirt with Imogene + Willie shirt and my Blundstones
  • Middle right:  Cappucino dress with Robert Clergerie shoes
  • Middle middle:  Saint James top with Alabama Chanin skirt
  • Middle left: Long sleeve t-shirt (worn with Prana jeans, not seen)
  • Top right bottom:  Junya Watanabe shirt with Betsy Ross patterns pants
  • Top right top:  Lisette top (worn with Prana jeans, not seen - again)
  • Top left:  Wrap skirt with mustard top-down sweater, Blundstones, and a Wrangler jacket.
I'm in DC now, visiting family, and what I'm starting to realize is that I don't make enough things in black.  Putting together a little capsule collection for the trip (brought only carry-on suitcase) made me realize that while I have a fair amount of me-made clothing, I need some to make some things that are more easily integrated into my overall wardrobe.  As it happens, I've been mulling over a little capsule collection for the fall/winter although it's not black.  We'll see how all this pans out.

If you're participating in MeMadeMay16, how's it going?  Are you encountering any challenges?

Monday, May 2, 2016

FOs for April, MeMadeMay, and a Frolic

I managed to finish a few knitting projects this past month.  I blogged about the early ones, the ones that required so little it was almost embarrassing (but clearly not that embarrassing because I still haven't bothered with the sweater that needs ONE SIDE SEAM).

In addition to these, I finished a pair of socks for the ladyfriend using self-striping sock yarn bought in Berlin.  I'm hoping to finish the Brooklyn Tweed sweater that's in progress now by the end of the month.
For years I didn't knit for her because she didn't wear the knits I made for her (I know, I can hear you gasp).  Some of that was my fault - not necessarily her style or the size was off - and some of it was hers (the ladyfriend can be sensitive to wool; you know, the itchy factor).  However, we're thinking the BT sweater is going to be a winner, and I'm ever an optimist (often cranky or jaded but still optimistic).

The other major knit I finished was my mustard top-down sweater, which was part of my wardrobe plans as outlined at the beginning of the year.
I have to say, I really like this sweater.  It's totally easy to wear and looks like it'll play nicely with some of the other items in my wardrobe.  It's just in time for MeMadeMay16, and because the weather sucks, wool or wool blends (this is a wool/hemp blend I picked up at the Romni Wools Boxing Day sale) are perfect.  That's the nicest thing I can say about the weather right now.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Shoulder Season

I've been making my way through the shoulder season, that time period between the end of classes and school-related obligations and the beginning of a new spring/summer vibe.  It can actually be a bit of an exhausting and somewhat frustrating time.  I'm all excited to be done with school for spring/summer to begin but don't quite know how I want my days to unfold.

One of my final obligations to school was to run a creative nonfiction workshop for "gifted" 5th graders.  I used the six-word memoir as my focus, and as a teacher, offered my own memoirs, one of which was "Write stories, make things, cycle daily" (the one from later in the day was "There's a reason I teach university" - you can get a sense of how I was feeling).  I think the first memoir is a pretty good indication of how I'd like my days to go.

I like a little bit of a framework for my days; I can get a little overwhelmed when I have too many options of what I'm going to do.  It may sound strange (or sad), but I need just a little structure to my days even if I opt to ignore it.  I like options.  So the shoulder season is about balancing freedom with framework.

It feels like I'm coming out of the other side of the season now.  There's lots to do (like the roof!), but my days are my own to schedule (of course taking into consideration the ladyfriend and our collaborative/combined obligations).  I spent some time at the studio yesterday sewing, and today I'm headed to the Toronto Knitters Frolic.  Yes, frolicking seems to be in order.  I'm going to frolic my way through the rest of the shoulder season and into a new season filled with writing, making, and being!
The ladyfriend and I at Glamour in the Hammer

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Knitting SitCom!

Couldn't wait for the next installment of "Feel Me..." to post this.  There's a great idea for Hamiltonians who might be, uh, less than excited about the rapid Torontofication of Hamilton.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Feel Me, See Me, Read Me, Eat Me

Yep, I've amassed enough links to get a post out to you.  It's not that I don't find a lot of interesting things on the web, but many of them come from the same blogs I mention repeatedly here, so I try to come up with something new or maybe something from a blog you'd forgotten about.

First off, Michael Pollan is my intellectual crush, which should be common knowledge.  But before I fell for Pollan, I was all about Alton Brown.  I loved Good Eats and have them on DVD (oh yeah!).  My love was rekindled by this interview.  I hope there's no jealousy between Michael and Alton; not interested in that drama.

It's spring (or at least what they keep trying to tell us in Southwestern Ontario), and time to shift the menus to reflect the seasonal produce.  We get ramps at the coop and farmers' markets here, and I haven't quite maximized their potential.  Serious Eats has a guide for that.

But there's still time for comfort food, and I'm always in the market for a new banana bread recipe!

Check out this interview on the Alabama Chanin journal.  It'll explain Zero waste fashion design.  It's a concept whose time has definitely come although now I might have a hard time throwing out little pieces of fabric...

And finally, it's the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs!  Here's something to get you in the mood.

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Almost Embarrassing FOs

But let's face it, any FO (finished object) is a good thing.

Item one for consideration is a cowl.  It has sat in my "to be worked upon/finished/something" cupboard for probably a year at least.  I'd run out of yarn (having used some yarn leftover from another project) while binding off the stitches.  I joked about this to Karen, saying I should just bind off those stitches with some of the leftover chartreuse yarn from my socks.  She replied, "Of course!" and reminded me all about the whole wabi-sabi thing.  So there, my cowl waited for a year because there were 26 stitches left unbound.  26 stitches.  Really.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: The Longing is Over

It's the last day of classes!  But where's spring?!
Dress:  Dolce & Gabbana
Shirt:  Rivamonti
Tights:  Wolford
Boots:  Aquaitalia