Sometimes Monday’s | 5.7.18

Sometimes Monday’s | 5.7.18

Are for finishing touches!

And, my nana’s button stash has the perfect vintage buttons.

That’s right, the weekend ended with an Esme Tunic (dress for me) and a Pilvi Jacket. AND, I even figured out how to partially line the jacket (yes, even more repurposing of clothes that no longer fit!) And, I mean really super easy! I traced the patterns on Friday afternoon, cut out both patterns on Saturday and sewed the tunic and most of the jacket on Saturday afternoon. I finished the facings on the jacket and the hemming on Sunday afternoon. (To see a bigger image, just click!)

Lotta Jansdotter’s patterns are well written, despite finding the pattern pieces on the somewhat confusing pattern sheets! AND! The cap sleeve tunic is easy to alter post sewing. It just a simple side seam construction!

And, the sleeveless Uniform top with pockets also turned out wonderfully and will easily become a wardrobe staple. But, I really need a sweater or something with it – I am never warm inside when the A/C is running. So, I will more than likely make another Pilvi jacket.

I have one more dress that might have enough fabric to deconstruct into another tunic/dress, and maybe I will get to it this week!

How does your Monday look?

Week Beginning

Week Beginning

When I am in a rut, the best thing to get out of that rut is to find a new perspective! Welcome to that new perspective!

Instead of focusing on what has passed, I am instead focusing on what lies ahead.

With joy…

And excitement…

And, just maybe I will find myself more focused and productive for the week!

With that frame of mind – a better breakfast has been a topic I have been contemplating for some weeks now and last week I tried something new: overnight oats…And, guess what? I really loved this little change in my morning routine! They are simply delicious and so quick and easy to make! This week I am trying some new variations! It seems the possibilities for overnight oats are endless…

I am also spending some time this week thoughtfully reviewing my volunteer time – without even really noticing, it has crept into a much larger slice of my week than I originally intended. There is a solution in this tangle, I just need to find the wherewithal to say no…sans guilt. And for me, the best thinking time comes while I am making and this week I hope to have a Uniform tunic or two completed along with a solution to my problem!

There you have my plan, or at least some of the plan for my week. What does your Monday hold in store?

Monday Randomness

Monday Randomness

I spent the weekend contemplating how best to photograph my Lunar Phases shawl. I am not sure I got it right…it is HUGE and not at all easy to photograph! And, I did not block it aggressively at all. I just gently blocked each of the phases to their original dimensions and then gently stretched out clue four that joined the clues together. For all its size, it is not at all heavy but rather it is incredibly light – it is easily a wrap for cool summer nights!

This morning the 2018 Women’s Prize shortlist was announced and I am trying to comprehend how The Idiot and Sing, Unburied, Sing can even be on the same list, much less a shortlist!

Knitting ennui continues, but I think I might be turning the corner. I pulled out some insanely deep stash late last week and did some swatching with a modicum of success! I started a new sweater on Friday and I also have made some progress on knitting mates for single socks! I also found some yarn that will work beautifully for a new Vodka Lemonade (this one, sadly, no longer fits.)

And, because Laundry is Life… the mountain awaits me! I hope your Monday is painless and over quickly!

Monday is for…

Monday is for…

Resting!

It was a weekend full of lots of work; trimming, raking, and bagging umpteen bags of yard debris is hard work! By Sunday night, my body was complaining loudly but, we are ready for spring (even though winter is not entirely done yet…)

Today I am going to spend some time catching my breath and maybe getting started with clue 4 done on my Lunar Phases MKAL! This is the final clue so I now have a vague idea of how this will all come together and can I just say that Larissa Brown is a mad genius!!

And!! There could even be a load or two of laundry in process whilst knitting today. I can be talented like that! Hahaha!

I hope your Monday is full of the things you need.

How is it Monday already…

How is it Monday already…

…and why is it snowing again???

At 5PM last night, Steve said to me how is it Sunday night already? Where did the weekend go?

I could have used at least one more weekend day, or maybe two! Doesn’t a 3-day work week sound amazing?

Good things about the weekend:

  • The snow did not stick!!
  • There was a glorious amount of sunshine!
  • The forsythia and lilacs are holding their own against some bitterly cold nights.
  • There was knitting time, and reading time, and some other entirely mundane things (i.e. housework)

People asked on Instagram about the Friday cocktails… you can find the recipe here. Mod’s I made: we used Hendrick’s, no raspberry infused ice cubes, and no club soda. It is a very interesting flavor combination and I would absolutely make it again. Also, Steve thought that the raspberry-maple syrup would be a great addition to a beer! Ha!

Outside of all that, it was a very low-key weekend here. And, after last weekend it was most welcome!

My agenda for today? I have two library books due this week – so my plan is to get at least one done today! Monday’s are for reading, yes?

Now, when is the next 3-day weekend? Amirite?

P.S. A huge congratulations to Carole on her win on Saturday! I am so proud of her!

Mother Nature, Supreme Jokester

Mother Nature, Supreme Jokester

This is what we woke up to this morning.

Mother Nature apparently did not realize that yesterday was April Fool’s Day, however, weekending continues as Steve has today off for his birthday!

But, maybe the joke is on her because tomorrow it it supposed to be in the 60’s here. Ahhh, springtime in Pittsburgh!

I hope your Monday is less white than mine!

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