Welcome April…

Goodbye March!! It was not a successful sewing and knitting month for me. I only finished one wearable garment! Time out to whine…

I started with a major disappointment – Butterick 5854 (blogged here).

Such a cute blouse pattern, I thought it would work so well. But it really did not suit me at all.

I kept trucking on and turned to another new pattern, this one from Marci Tilton – Vogue 8876. 
I was so sure that this pattern would be wonderful that I did my muslin in my intended fabric, a cute poplin from Fabric Mart. Over 4 yards of it! Thank goodness I was able to stop before I used my Robert Kaufman mini-dot contrast fabric as well.
Wrong. This style is not simply not for me. Wadded.
Never ever ever give up. I used a heathered red french terry from my stash to sew a maxi dress using McCalls 5893… Actually, it had emerged from its pre-wash a heathered pink. aarrggh.
This became the dress that kept on growing…on the hanger, it got longer and longer and longer. And unlovely. Wadded.

At this point I went into recovery mode and pulled out my knitting needles! On Ravelry I found the Weekend Retreat Cardi – good name, yes? It’s a really nice little shrug –  it’s knit top-down in one piece, no seams – perfect.  

It’s from Lion Brand, so you can get the free pattern download there or on Ravelry if you’re interested.
Fun to knit and easy to size…but I managed to get my gauge wrong. I thought for sure that I knit 18 stitches x 24 rows on size 8 needles with the worsted weight yarn I was using. So I did not even check. 
I measured the length as I worked – but not the width, since I had so many stitches on a circular needle. And yes, my cardi is too big. 
Frogged. 
But I will save the yarn and do it again – sensibly!
Hello April, welcome Spring! 
Bye for now, Coco

7 thoughts on “Welcome April…

  1. Wow. Knowing that you have wadders is a bit of encouragement for me- your work is so lovely- I know April will show you back on top and inspirign me anew!

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  2. April is sure to bring fabulous garments to your sewing room. You have had months and months of near perfection with only a few problems in March.

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  3. Well, I guess you are glad March is over and done with! April is a whole new month ahead hopefully with a few more successes in store for you – love the colour of your wool … J

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