Me Made May 2016 and a Spring Makes Update

All of the things I made this Spring that weren't part of my plans! Oops!

All of the things I made this Spring that weren't part of my plans! Oops!

I thought I would start off by making my pledge to participate in Me Made May 2016

I, Megan, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item four days of each week for the duration of May 2016. 

I had such a great time doing this last year that I wanted to participate again. I learned a lot about how the things I make can be incorporated into my wardrobe, and how maybe sometimes I make things that aren't really the sort of things that I wear. It has helped me to try to be a little more thoughtful with my making. And, since my handmade wardrobe has expanded some, I thought I would shoot for wearing a handmade item at least four days of each week for the month of May. And I am totally allowing repeats because I too am a serial outfit repeater! I am planning on posting photos for each day that I wear something handmade on my instagram account. You can find photos from other participants by following #mmmay16 on instagram.

And, I have a little update on what I had planned for my Spring Makes. My knitting plans are going quite successfully, but apparently I have been slacking on my sewing plans...

I finished my Lila pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge and I love it! I could wear this sweater everyday (and might this month)! I knit it out of Swan's Island Pure Blends Worsted in the Oatmeal colorway. I am debating ordering more in the grey color because that is how great this sweater is! 

This sweater also happens to be the only one that I took decent progress photos of, so I thought I would include those here as well :)

This was part of a little knit-along with my friend Jen! #JenandMegknitasweater

This was part of a little knit-along with my friend Jen! #JenandMegknitasweater

I also finished my Lesley pullover by Hannah Fettig from her book Home & Away. I knit it out of Wing & A Prayer Farm's yarn Emerald Peace, a Shetland Mohair blend dyed by Tammy with Walnuts and Indigo. This sweater is seriously warm. Like, I don't need a coat warm. It is the perfect example of why wool is the perfect fiber (sorry Angora Goats, mohair is wonderful too!)! 

As for my Imogen Cowl,  also by Carrie Bostick Hoge, I am about one skein in with two more to go. This one is going a little slower because I have to pay more attention to the pattern. And I really like knitting projects that I can relax on the couch (or in bed) with at the end of the day and not really pay much attention as I knit. So, for this project I kind of have to be in the right mood to work on it. It is just not as conducive to my normal routine of knitting/binge watching Netflix as I would like, but it is a very fun pattern to knit! I should have it finished this month!

My modified Wiksten Tanks are all cut out and just need the neck and armhole bindings (and some ironing!) before they are finished! I am hoping to get to that this week! 

And finally, I have dyed my fabric for my Sailor Top

Some of my sewing projects have been on hold because I have been putting off figuring out how to use the serger that my mom gave me. I tried once before to use it with mild success. I really hate unfinished seams and I don't like the idea of making french seams on everything or bias binding all the raw edges. So, I would really like to get this serger thing figured out before I sew up a bunch of new garments! Also, you might have noticed that in the first picture of this post there were quite a few things that I have made that weren't part of my plans. Well, sometimes I just get too excited about a project that I just can't help but make it! This also did not help with my sewing productivity, but I am going to try to focus on that in the next couple of weeks. I will try to post another update then.