2015 Queue: The Sweater Project

Lately I’ve been craving sweaters. I have about 50 in my queue, and in my early days of knitting, I definitely tried to tackle them, but for various reasons (fit, not feeling confident, color, etc), I never finished my sweaters much less wore them. Since I have been knitting for eight years and I still have no sweaters to show, I have decided that 2015 will by my year of bigger projects specifically sweaters and blankets. Yahaira also agreed to knit several of these sweaters together for some fun KALs! I am hoping to knit six sweaters this year and here is my queue.

For my six sweaters, I chose three pullovers & three cardigans. I don’t wear a lot of RTW (Ready-To-Wear) pullovers, because I have found they are generally a little too short for me. With some shaping and torso lengthening, I would definitely wear a hand knit pullover. Below is my very hopeful schedule!

January-February – Strokkur by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Ístex Létt-Lopi

Ysolda Teague's Strokkur

March-April – Docklight by Julie Hoover
Yarn: Fancy Tiger Craft’s Heirloom Romney

Julie Hoover's Docklight

May-June – Northdale by Gudrun Johnston
This will probably take longer, as it’s colorwork and in fingering weight, but I thought it would be a fun, longish project.
Yarn: Undecided

July-August – Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
Yarn: Undecided

September-October – Arlo (Modified for Adult) by Michele Wang
Yarn: Undecided

November-December – Portage by Melissa Schaschwary
Yarn: Undecided

I’m extremely excited about this challenge! Next time I’ll post my additionally VERY hopeful blanket queue! What are your plans for 2015?

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Goodnight 20’s. Hello 30’s.

I turned 30 today.

I hope to have things to share on here. Hopefully I will be more productive today.

Good night 2013. Hello 2014.

2014 Goal: Blog my knitting & sewing projects.

Yesterday, I took a plane from Philadelphia to Colorado to celebrate Christmas with my family. It’s a week or so late, but I’m excited to see my siblings. I haven’t seen them since my grandmother’s funeral.

The past year has been very intense and I am excited that this year is new and full of opportunity. It’s crazy that in November I will turn 30. It feels so weird. I feel like I’ve always been 30, but I also feel like I shouldn’t turn 30. Oh well, that’s eleven months a way. I have plenty of time to go through a graceful mental break down.

Anyway, 2014, I am very excited for you.

paunnet Deer & Doe Sureau Sew A Long

Sureau Sew-along
Hello! This is going to happen! I’ve already made a muslin, but I am going to make this for reals!


I’m still in the process of setting up my apartment, but I thought I’d share something I made this weekend in an effort to not let blogging fall between the cracks anymore.

I’m the kind of girl who always needs to be able to have a quick change. Whether it’s a date, black tie, or work function. I need to be able to run to my closet and grab what I need with no trouble– even when I get a call to meet a friend at the local comic con. If you must know, I grabbed my hulk shirt, green jeans, and put jean shorts over them. Instant costume? Yup.

The costume change– maybe that’s why I love super heros which of course extends to the Incredible Hulk. A scientist with an anger issue, that means he’s a smart guy with a bad boy streak-what isn’t appealing about that? Amirite, ladies? However, when I started reading comics in high school and I discovered there was a She Hulk character (Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jessica Walters), I immediately found it one of the funniest things ever. I don’t know why and I still can’t explain why, but the idea of a She Hulk is hilarious to me. 

Ridiculous, but she works that outfit fiercely!

So who knows why when I saw the McCall’s M6599 I immediately thought, I want to make a vintage-inspired She Hulk dress. It’s probably because I’m insane.

I think it’s a good pattern to have anyway, so I decided why not have a little fun with the muslin for a future dress and make the muslin possibly wearable? She Hulk Dress.

It’s totally see through so I’ll eventually line it, but I really do enjoy the bodice.

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I am currently working through an intense move, so all my sewing & knitting is packed up aside from a really cute crochet bag I’m working on. I do have a bag or two I haven’t blogged about, so I will try to write something up.

Feel free to follow me on instagram at itsjustchristine in the mean time.

FINISHED: Renfrew Top in Geo Dot on Blue Cotton Jersey

Renfrew Top in Blue

Renfrew Top in Blue
Pattern: Renfrew Top (View B) from Sewaholic

Fabric: Two yards of Geo Dot in Blue Cotton Jersey

When I started getting back into sewing for the bazillionth time a few weeks ago, I never ever thought one of my projects would be making a t-shirt. For the most part, I can find a t-shirt that fits me perfectly, but when Dixie tagged some adorable knit fabrics from Girl Charlee on pinterest, I swooned.. Sure I own white, grey, and black t-shirts in every neckline and length imaginable, but my “uniform” of plain T-shirt and jeans was less than inspired. I needed something a little grown up, but as easy to throw on. So, here is my first (of three) t-shirt I made.

Now what to do with all this extra fabric…

I usually wear a large in t-shirts, but since the pattern went up to 41 inches, I thought I should just use the largest size (16) and hopefully it would fit. I kind of swim in this shirt, so the next two I am making are going to be size 14. The good thing about these shirts is how easy they are to adjust. I know I should be making more muslins because I keep making things too big, but I don’t mind tweaking for the next project.

Renfrew Top in Blue

Renfrew Top in Blue

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FINISHED PROJECT: Colette Patterns’s Iris (Light Blue)

Colette Patterns - Iris

Check out how wrinkly I can make shorts! Just kidding. Very similar to the others, a light blue denim I found at Fabrics on Fourth.  I am into them. They’re way too big though. I could easily do two sizes smaller, probably another. Since they’re high waisted they have to fit over my lovely belly that currently houses a delicious burrito.
Colette Patterns - Iris

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FINISHED PROJECT: Colette Pattern’s Iris (Red)

Colette Patterns - Iris

My beautiful pair of red shorts I made.Colette Patterns’ Iris shorts. Red denim purchased at Fabrics on Fourth in Philadelphia. Size 16– though I should have done a size or two smaller!  Eventually I will have a picture of myself in them.

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FINISHED PROJECT: Pleated Coin Purse

I love grabbing some fat quarters that I like for future little projects from Spool.  Here is a quick pleated coin purse for my friend Tanya. The pattern is from Bags– Modern Classics.  Ignore my unkept nails.

Pleated Clutch Purse

Pleated Clutch Purse

Pleated Clutch Purse

Pleated Clutch Purse


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