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a cozy sweater for cold days

During one of this winter’s extra-cold days, I decided it was time to crochet something warm. I poked around Ravelry for a while, and decided this tunic was the one. It wasn’t terribly difficult, although I did have to start over after having made a lot of progress because I realized it wasn’t going to fit. I also lost inexplicably lost count of my stitches while working on the front, so it’s a little narrower than the back… fortunately you can’t tell.

I’m pretty satisfied with how it turned out. I took a risk with the sleeves, not knowing how the style would look on me, but at the end of the day I was just looking for something cozy that I could wear in my cold, cold apartment (when it’s -30 outside, nothing keeps this place truly warm), and that’s what I achieved.

This post is late-coming. I finished the sweater over a month ago, but I have yet to take any pictures. I’ll edit this post to add them once they exist.

ETA: Here are some pictures, finally. The quality is not great, which is the norm for photos taken in my apartment.

Goofy pose #1

Goofy pose #1

Goofy pose #2. The back does lay normally, I assure you.

Goofy pose #2. The back does lay normally, I assure you.


“imagine a scarf as an unlimited canvas.”

One of the things on my 30 by 30 list is “learn how to knit.” Thanks to Kate’s unused copy of The Knitter’s Handbook and several sets of needles, I have succeeded. Or, I know the basics anyway, well enough to make Darren a new scarf. Ribbed for maximum knit-purl experience.


You know what I don’t like about knitting? Blocking. I had to pin this scarf to the hallway floor and shoo the pets away while I steamed it. It was worth the effort though, obviously, because it’s a nice scarf in the end. I should probably make one for myself, because I definitely need MOAR SCARVES.

Now that I’ve managed this simple guy, I’ll have to find time this winter to learn more complicated patterns. Knit things for everyone! One day there will be sweaters. One day.

I have a chair problem…

…or an obsession.

A good chunk of my time this weekend was spent sewing. I meant to share the results sooner, because I still don’t have pictures of everything. I’m updating now because it’s an excellent way to procrastinate on something else.

In a previous entry, I mentioned that I wanted to make a new seat and back for our director’s chair. I found the frame next to the dumpster of the building across the street and made a haphazard seat that wasn’t very functional or comfortable.

I had fabric left over from my previous upholstery project, so on Saturday I went to town.

I recently won a blog giveaway from A Certain Type of Glow which included, among other things, a discount code to SoChick‘s online shop. Using this code, I acquired a few different Amy Butler fabrics- this pillow was made from one of them. I had a full yard of this polka dot pattern, and made a lunch bag with the other half. I haven’t managed to get a photo of it yet but it is awesome.

Anyway, I made the seat of this chair the proper way so people can actually sit on it. This pleases me and kind of makes me want to rearrange the living room. Darren might actually be on board with this idea.

I have two other half-yards of different patterns, so two more pillows will be made in the future. For the couch. I’m digging this neutral-with-pops-of-bright-color thing we have going on right now.

In addition to the chair, pillow, and lunch bag, I also modified two t-shirts. Compelling!

In non-decor related news, I have a four day weekend coming up. No plans, though. Maybe I’ll spend it all playing with my shiny new phone.