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September 25

All I Want to do…

All I want to do… is knit!

With the crisp fall air coming into Chicago, knitting is all I feel like doing as of late.  I come home from work, feel a bit chilly and sit on the couch to decompress, and knit.  But more often than not (lately) I’m on the couch the remainder of the evening watching Little Dorit or North & South while knitting.  heh

While I somewhat feel guilty for not working on my sewing, I’m just in a phase.  Felix heartily approves of my couch/knitting phases as he thinks I *play* too hard when I come home from the work day.

I’ve been making decent progress on my Wallis Pleated Cardigan:

I have the right front bodice and the back done and have to re-knit the left front bodice.

I pinned the one front and back together to check the fit… and it’s a bit on the snug side.  I was looking to make a layering cardigan for the winter but the fit ended up more of a blouse-cardigan style.

Seeing how much I’ve already knit up, there’s no point in me re-knitting this whole cardigan to add in some more positive ease.  I’ll just plan on making another cardigan later this season, most likely in a heavier-weight yarn, like a dk.

In addition to the Wallis Pleated Cardigan, I’ve also been working on a long-time project, the Sugar Maple Shawl.

I saw the Sugar Maple Shawl sample 2 or 3 years ago at Stitches Midwest; I fell in love with it and bought the pattern along with the coordinating yarn.  I likewise started it 2-3 years ago.  It’s one of those projects where I’ve just taken it with me on long plane rides or worked on it when I was between projects.  I haven’t been actively trying to complete it; it’s a nice, mindless knitting pattern I can do anytime, anywhere.

As I paused my Wallis Pleated Cardigan, once again I picked up this shawl WIP.  I knit it during my commute for a week and saw how much I had gotten done.  I realized if I just spent another week or two knitting it up, I could be all done!

So, I’ve set my Wallis Cardigan on hold for the moment and have dedicated my knitting time to finishing this shawl once and for all.

I picked up & knit the whopping 325 perimeter stitches that make up the ruffle border on Sunday!  I am working those on 2 different circular knitting needle sets as I couldn’t fit all of the stitches on one needle (and refused to go buy a specific circular needle set just for this one task.)

The border should measure 4 inches when it’s all done.  As of right now, it measures just a hair over 2.5″ and I’ve nearly used 1 whole skein of yarn on it!  For perspective, I was able to knit the entirely of the shawl body with 1 skein and it measured 12″ wide by 62″ long!  This is one dense ruffle.  I’m going to have to use my third skein of yarn just to get to the 4″ width on it.  heh

And lastly… my Fall for Cotton project is sitting on my sewing table, just waiting for me to complete it.

I’ve pretty much lost my sewing mojo as of late while I’ve been focusing on my knitting.  It’s the last week for projects so I’m going to have to force myself to work on it.  :|

I only have 4 steps until it’s completed, too!

  • Sewing the shoulder straps together
  • Joining the bodice to the skirt
  • Inserting a zipper
  • Hemming

I can probably knock this project out in 2 or 3 evenings, I just have to get my mojo back.  I think part of the problem with this is that I’m not 100% happy with the fit of the bodice.  It’s *just okay*.  The fabric is amazing, but the fit isn’t wow-ing me and I’ve done all I can to improve it.

Is there anything you gals can recommend to get my sewing mojo back online?  Or do you just ride it out and when it comes back, it comes back?

  1. Suna / Sep 25 2013

    When I loose interest in sewing it’s also normally because of a project gone if not wrong, than at least not as well as I wanted it to. I’ll usually give myself some time away from the sewing machine to sulk. Then I’ll start something I know will work out well, like trousers. It’s not exactly instant gratification, but they work up fairly quickly. I have a tried and tested pattern of a 1930’s/40’s style trousers I know suits me well, and I do enjoy having a good selection of them :)

  2. Llynnda / Sep 25 2013

    Just ride it out. You don’t want to force yourself to do something that you don’t enjoy doing just to say it is done. Knitting, sewing, quilting and if necessary (tongue in cheek) jigsaw puzzles are supposed to be done for pleasure. Take my advice, Just Enjoy and go with the flow wherever it takes you. Now excuse me I must get back to deciding which of 7-8 quilting projects and the same amount of scrapbooking pages are calling me with the loudest voice.

  3. Lynn / Sep 25 2013

    I just ride out the periods I don’t feel like sewing out. One day I suddenly think,”I should go do some sewing” and then I am good for months usually If I try to force it, I make mistakes and rip out and repair everything I sew.

  4. soisewedthis / Sep 25 2013

    i usually go buy new fabric or a new pattern to get my sewing mojo back. then i’m excited about the new project and i either:
    – do the new project, which gets me in the swing of sewing again, and then finish the old project next
    or
    – finish the old project first so i can start on the new exciting project

    and one time i just abandoned the old project and it’s still sitting on the shelf a year later waiting to be finished. i don’t recommend that. your dress is looking good so far! you can finish it!

  5. Stephanie / Sep 25 2013

    I tend to just work on whatever I feel like. I have to remind myself sometimes that I sew/knit/etc for fun so it should be fun. If I’m not feeling something, I move on to something else. Lately, I’ve been in the mood for embroidery and handsewing so that’s what I’ve been doing. Alas, now I have to wip dresses hanging around waiting for my sewing mojo to come back…

  6. Jacqui / Sep 25 2013

    On occasion I feel like a garment is looking terrible part way through construction, but some how by the end it all comes together and I’m surprised how much I like it. Maybe once the skirt is attached the fit will look better?? Good luck Liz, can’t wait to see the dress.

  7. MarrieB / Sep 25 2013

    I’ve been in a knitting zone lately too. I think it’s best to just go with what’s motivating you. :)

  8. katie metzroth / Sep 25 2013

    I don’t really sew, I just lurk around blogs looking for other knitters, but the fabric of your dress looks just scrumptious! I find that deadlines help me to complete a project I’m not excited about…..but at least one quilting/knitting combo. project has been sitting for over a year, so that doesn’t always work.
    Good luck!

  9. Debbie / Sep 25 2013

    I think you really just have to wait it out and work on what feels right. Maybe doing short bursts of sewing (10-20 minutes a day) might help but if not, there’s nothing wrong with putting all sewing aside and focusing completely on knitting. I used to be very seasonal with my projects – I only wanted to sew in the spring and summer and only wanted to knit in the fall and winter.

  10. erin / Sep 25 2013

    Hopefully you can block the cardi a little bit bigger! Enjoy your knitting :)

  11. Bonnie / Sep 25 2013

    Your workis superb! I enjoy your writing style too. Love your commitment to quality in both design and construction. Don’t worry about your mojo. It’ll come when it does – just enjoy your aesthetic ethic ;)

  12. Erika / Sep 26 2013

    First, love how your knitting is coming along and looking forward to seeing how it evolves! As I don’t knit (yet) it always seems like such an alchemical mysterie =)
    Second, about the disappearing sewing mojo… If the mojo goes away due to a failed project, I turn to a TNT pattern and a fabric that really inspires me (new or from the stash, doesn’t matter as long as I feel good just handling it). If on the other hand it goes away because I’m too stressed about other stuff, or just have been sewing a bit too much recently, I like to catch up on my other interests. Weave som lace, read books, work-out a day extra each week, take long walks outside and enjoy the nature, meet up with friends I haven’t seen in a while, etc. When my soul is balanced, the sewing mojo returns.

  13. Joelle / Sep 26 2013

    Oh your dress is going to be amazing! The scalloped neckline!!! The fabric!! Well knitting is also a really nice way to spend fall evenings, so as long as you are enjoying yourself, it’s all good!

  14. Gail / Sep 26 2013

    I’ve lost my sewjo too lately. What I ought to do is just pause with the sewing, but what I actually do is make a couple TNT easy projects, like t-shirts. (And generally mess them up.)

    But I hope your sewjo returns soon, because your dress looks so interesting. I can’t wait to see how it comes together!

    Same with your knittings!

  15. Meli / Sep 26 2013

    The stitch pattern on the shawl is amazing!! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  16. Tasha / Sep 27 2013

    I’m sort of purposely leaving my sewing mojo in the dust for awhile, isn’t that funny? I spent so much time the first half of the year sewing like a maniac, and I started to look at my knitting progress and felt bad about myself. So I’m trying to focus on knitting for awhile. What I really need to figure out is how to strike a good balance… that hasn’t come to me yet. Ha ha.

    But but you are so close, you can totally finish your dress in time for Fall for Cotton! It really looks like it’s going to be great. :)

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