Thursday, November 13, 2014

WIPs becoming UFOs and UFOs becoming WIPs

Remember that time I signed up for an OAL (Outfit Along) and thought I could actually knit and sew an outfit to wear in two months? That was hilarious. First, an update on the knitting part of the OAL.

Last week I finished the body of my Myrna and tried it on with no needles weighing it down. Aaaaaaand it's too tight. I knew there was a risk of it not fitting, because early in the OAL the pattern designer announced that there was an error in the pattern. I decided to continue with the flawed pattern because everything I read indicated that the result would be that the sweater was too long, which was fine with me because the cropped look is not one that I'm used to anyway. I thought my biggest problem would be too-long armholes, but alas, I also need to size up. Unfortunately that means ordering another skein of yarn since I had the perfect amount for the size I was making. Since this is a short sleeved cropped sweater, it's November and I probably won't be able to wear it until April or May, I've decided to put it aside until January or February.

Isn't it pretty, though? Hopefully I won't make as many mistakes the second time I knit it!

In the meantime I'm working on the Enrobed Wrap Cardigan from Amy Herzog's Knit to Flatter. I'm using Shepherd's Wool in Autumn Gold. I used this yarn to knit a hat for one of my brothers for Christmas last year and I loved every second my fingers touched that yarn, even though I was still up finishing the hat until 2am on Christmas Eve. I hope this one fits...

The dress for the OAL...Well, I made three muslins of the bodice of Vogue 8993, and the final version has a successful FBA! But the waist is too tight. :/ I gained weight during those two months, got busy and frustrated and gave up. I'll return to this dress in the spring as well, hopefully with better fitting skills.

I also made a muslin of the Colette Iris shorts, which I never tried on. They're hanging in my closet and will also be revisited in the spring.

Finally, a UFO from last winter is once again a WIP. I adjusted my pattern for McCall's 6612 to include a cheater FBA. I'll cut it out Sunday night or one night next week. I hope to spend a lot of time sewing during the evenings next week, as I'll be taking my written preliminary exams Monday through Friday during the daytime and will need to decompress. When I hit happy hour Friday night after it's all over I hope to have the choice of wearing my new McCall's 6612 or Lady Skater which is next in line.

I'm pretty sure I'm putting the slow in slow fashion here.

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