Spring is starting to feel like it is just around the corner here (despite some flurries today), the days are getting longer, and the air is feeling much less winter-y. It has me starting to think about what additions I'd like to make to my handmade wardrobe for the season. I participated in Me Made May last year for the very first time, and found it to be a good exercise for someone who loves to make garments and accessories, and generally just wants to make everything I can. It forced me to wear some items that I loved making, but found hard to incorporate into my wardrobe. And it made me really think about things that I both want to make AND want to wear, which don't always overlap. And while I think that it is still good to make things that just bring you joy through the process of making, I want to make sure I focus my efforts things that bring joy AND have purpose. So, I decided to put a little plan together for what I want to make for spring. I am hoping to do this for each season in some capacity, but we will see how my spring makes go first.
First, I am planning to make two Wiksten Tanks, one in Liberty of London's Tana Lawn in Emilia's Flowers - Blue and one in Emilia's Flowers - Red. I am also going to make a Wiksten Tank Dress in Liberty of London's Tana Lawn in Poppy & Daisy - Pastel. I purchased all three of these fabrics from Purl Soho. I have modified the pattern slightly to make it fit me a little better, I found that the first one I made gapped at the back of the neck and was a little low in the front. I am also planning to lengthen the tank slightly since I like my shirts a little on the longer side. I was inspired to make these by Madder Anthology I , a book of beautiful knits. I loved how well these prints paired with hand-knits, and I think they look so spring-y!
I am planning to make one other top for spring, the Sailor Top from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I bought some Robert Kauffman Brussels Washer Linen from Purl Soho, and was gifted some Quebracho Red dye from A Verb for Keeping warm by a good friend, Kaitlin. I always seem to be looking for more warm weather tops, specifically short-sleeved tops, so I think this will be a good addition to my closet. You may have seen some of my photos of the dye process pop up on my instagram recently.
I am also hoping to make a Fen Dress from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I bought the fabric from Fancy Tiger Crafts as well, though it doesn't seem to be on their website anymore. I have not decided yet if I will go with the crew/scoop neck like I drew above, or if I will go with the v-neck version.
The last sewing project I have planned for spring is the Endless Summer Tunic from A Verb for Keeping Warm. The Fabric is Robert Kauffman Chambray Union - Indigo Dot that I purchased at Nido a while ago. I made an Endless Summer Tunic last summer out of quilting cotton and found that I didn't love the way it draped, so I am hoping that this light gauzy fabric will really suit this pattern. I think that it will work well as a layering piece, and on its own as the weather gets even warmer.
I will be knitting just one accessory, as I don't usually wear too many accessories. I think that the Imogen Cowl by Carrie Bostick Hoge will be the perfect accessory though, and it should pair well with most of the other things that I am planning to make for spring. I will be using Quince & Co.'s Tern in Oyster, purchased at Nido. Also, I just love the Frost Flowers stitch pattern so this is one of those items that I will love both making AND wearing!
Next on my list of makes for Spring is a sweater that has been on my list for quite a while. It is the Lila Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge. I will be knitting it out of Swan's Island Pure Blends Merino/Alpaca Worsted yarn in Oatmeal. I have been wanting to make this sweater for a long time, but after seeing the super cute versions from Marlee of Have Company and Ani of Close Knit, I knew I needed to make it a priority!
My last make for Spring is the Lesley Pullover from Hannah Fettig's Home & Away. During my visit to Wing & A Prayer Farm I saw a beautiful yarn hand-dyed by Tammy with Walnuts and overdyed with Indigo. It is a pretty, bulky Shetland/Mohair blend made from wool from the Shetland sheep: Padme, Winky, Wendy, Aisling, Argyll & Angus, and fiber from the Angora goats: Trillium, Lupine & Samson. After seeing this yarn, I knew I needed to make something with it, and decided on a Lesley. A perfect pullover in a perfect yarn.
Sadly, this morning I learned that Samson, one of the angora goats that gave his fiber for this yarn, passed away. And although I did not know him well, I know I will be thinking of him and of Tammy as I knit this sweater. This is not something that one would normally think about when knitting with a yarn. But, it is an important thing, I think, to recognize the hard work and hardships that come with farming. If you don't already know about Tammy and Wing & A Prayer Farm, Tammy is the shepherdess/proprietress of the farm. One of her missions is to share her experiences on the farm and to educate people about fiber farming. She is an incredibly sweet person and loves the animals like her own children. This love and passion for what she does comes through in the yarns that she creates.
So, to say the least, this sweater will be a special one for many reasons.
Just one more of those reasons is that I am knitting it with a good friend of mine, Jennifer (of Never Just Jennifer). It will be her very first sweater (Yeah Jen!)! You can follow our progress on Instagram with #JenandMegknitasweater.
Finally, I will be accessorizing some of my spring makes with jewelry from my little sister's next collection (see below). It will be coming to our etsy shop very soon!