Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A Seasonal Update

Hello my crafty friends - happy spring! There is so much new life and hope in the air - tulips are in bloom, vaccinations are occurring (at least in the U.S.) at an astounding pace, and we can start to see all the light at the end of the tunnel. I, for one, am here for every ray of it.

Lest you think I have been doing nothing but waiting for the tunnel roller coaster ride to come to an end, think again, please. I have been creating and making, creating and making. Keeping in mind my commitment to my own wardrobe this year, here's a snapshot of personal projects I've completed since the beginning of the year:

I posted about my main February make on Instagram in early March:

This is the first of the six garment WIPs I have lying around chez Voie de Vie, so believe me I am super thrilled with its completion. 

March saw me completing a lovely spring cowl - this tender shoots-colored version of my Lush Looped Scarf at right. Using a combination of my own hand-dyed yarn (Impressionist Pie for the main body) mixed with some awesome ModeKnit Yarn Modewerk Sock for a green color contrast, finished off with a combination of two different laceweight mohair yarns held together for the out edging, it's my new favorite go-to cowl. 

I am now just about to complete my second long-standing garment WIP, my Swink (if you hit the link, scroll down to see the original Swink). As you'll see in the photo to the left, I am just about done that second sleeve, and then I just have a wee amount of finish work (ends, blocking, buttons) and I will be 1/3 of the way through my WIPs basket!!! This yarn is also my hand-dyed, but one of a kind - more like a mistake on the way to the colorways I really wanted. Additionally, it's on a DK-weight wool/silk base that I ultimately decided not to use in my yarn line, so I am using it up for wardrobe items for myself. The base itself is fine, I was just not consistently thrilled with how the colors dyed up.

I plan on treating myself to a new make or three ... we will see what time allows ... once this pullover is done.

Of course, I am still working on designs for several different projects, so the personal wardrobe making has been interspersed among the designing projects and pattern updates I've been sending out (also an anniversary year task), as well as the dyeing. 

Such is the life of a working hand-knit/crochet designer.

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I have a few things lined up for the blog, so I hope to see you back here very soon.