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. 
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!


  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.


  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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