Confession: I am a yarn hoarder.

I guess, as a knitter, it’s not that much of a confession, but I recently went through my stash and found many half-finished sweaters, frogged yarn with no project, and skeins that probably have not been touched since I purchased them. Sadly, my stash is no closer to organization than when it started. The worst part is I only have a sweaters worth of yarn in one yarn.

Back in 2013, I had dreams of making a sweater, so I purchased eight skeins of Fancy Tiger Craft’s Heirloom Romney in Elderberry, a deep grey/purple. I found the color so unique and the yarn so rustic and comfy. Below is the back of the sweater I even started! My big sweater plans never quite took off so the beautiful Elderberry Romney has resting deep in my stash.

Like the Heirloom Romney, I immediately fell in love with the relaxed fit and beautiful brioche lace rib in the Docklight sweater from BT Fall 14. It looks completely different from anything in my wardrobe and looks so cuddly as the weather gets colder in Philadelphia.

(© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood)

Since I don’t have the yarn for Riddari rather than my originally planned Strokkur, I decided to start with the Docklight for my 2015 sweater queue. I knit up a swatch a few months ago and got gauge for the body with a Addi Turbo US 6 (because sometimes brand matters.)

I am about 30% done with this sweater now. I got a little caught up in projects outside of knitting, but in the past few weeks I’ve been trying my hardest to get this sweater off the needles!

Part of my 2015 Sweater Project is coming clean about sizing. It isn’t that I am embarrassed of my size, but if I am being honest, the reason I have never worn a finished sweater or abandon sweaters half way through is because of sizing. I’ve never been shy about the number on my clothes– at my smallest I was a size 12 thanks to my bustiness– so It’s never really bothered me. I know all body shapes are different. However, it seems most knitting patterns fit a very different body type. A very specific body type. A body type that is the opposite of a mine.

I’m a short lady, I have small shoulders, and no hips but I have a large bust– about 47 inches of bust. I constantly look at sweaters and think, “Will this make me look bigger?” It doesn’t help that the popular patterns usually don’t have bust shaping– for even over a size B cup and are featured on models who might not have the same curvy/lumpy problems I, and most other women, have.

So, I’m going to just knit. And take the leap and represent for my busty sisters out there.

Let’s do this!

And I’m only two weeks late to wish everyone a Happy 2015!

Though I’m itching to get started, it seems I haven’t stopped since I got home from my trip to Colorado. I’ve been working on one project that seems to have slowed to a snail’s pace.

One of my goals this year is to try new yarns. Though I invest most of my money in Shibui and madelinetosh, I want to branch out to new yarns. Last year was my year of Brooklyn Tweed, but this year will be dedicated to trying new yarns and knitting from my ever growing stash.

During my Colorado visit, I was able to stop by Fancy Tiger Crafts— one of my favorite yarn and fabric stores– to grab some yarn I couldn’t find locally. My purchases were a couple skeins of Rauma’s 3-Ply Strikkegarn and Imperial Stock Ranch’s Columbia 2 Ply.  Last weekend, my friend Heather and I had our first visit to Hidden River Yarns in Manayunk, PA. I grabbed some Quince & Co’s Puffin and Lark heathers and Peace Fleece’s Worsted.

I can’t wait to get swatching and share some pictures! Any new yarn goals in your future?

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?

I turned 30 today.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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