It’s starting to feel real

First, this is not really a crochet-focused entry. Sorry. But I have no real progress to show since my vest! Which, by the way, is totally awesome. I wore it out in public for the first time yesterday and it was super cute.

But all I’ve been working on since then is a sweater, and damn is it going SLOWLY. It’s the stitch, it’s a very dense/textured one. It’s adorable, but takes forever. I’ve been working on it for a few days now and I’m only just starting to get near the end of the first sleeve. To be fair, I say “days” but really that just means maybe two hours total between work and sleeping. This job is going to kill me. But I’ll stop rambling now.

You should check out the sweater, though. It’s called the “Spencer Sweater”. It’s kind of a pricey pattern at $7.50 but with how much work is involved I think it’s worth the price. Check it out right here on Ravelry! (This is not at all any kind of endorsement or anything, I’m just really excited about this pattern and want other people to see it.)

Anyway. What I wanted to talk about is how it’s finally starting to feel REAL that I’ll be moving across the country this August. A few times since we moved down here, we’ve made commitments to move back up north, but then my husband would always change his mind or admit that he didn’t really want to move away from Texas. But last fall, I finally sat down and told him that I’ll live back up in the Midwest someday no matter what, and I’d obviously like that to be with him and our future family.

So he finally gave in and we’ve been planning to move by the end of this calendar year. It wasn’t until the new year started that it suddenly hit us, though. Before that we were stashing away a hundred bucks here and there when we could afford it, but we had planned to move so many times before that it was hard to feel like it was really happening.

Now that it’s 6 months away? We’re getting very serious. At least a hundred bucks a week, often more, is being put away. I’m shopping around for places we can rent. I have no idea when it’s appropriate to start applying for jobs but I’ll start that as soon as I can.

I’m just really excited and wanted to tell someone. By this coming fall, I’ll be living near my parents again! I haven’t seen my family in nearly 3 years now and I can’t take it anymore. I’m dying to hug them again.

That’s about all I wanted to say. Sorry it’s not a very exciting post this time. But I hope someone out there can relate and is also excited for an upcoming move…or if you’re where I was just a year ago, getting really frustrated about not having a concrete plan, just be honest about it. Make plans! Make it happen! You can do it.

Now get back to crocheting/knitting, because that’s what I’m going to do! Go make some stuff and have fun!!!

I just want to remind you to please check out my recent pattern, the Hippie Fringe Vest, if you’re interested. Thank you!


It worked.

Holy crap you guys, my vest pattern actually worked out.

I can’t even figure out what to say. I’m in the middle of getting the actual written pattern sorted out (and taking some pics to make it easier), but I had to update you guys on here that I finished the prototype and I LOVE IT.

Check it out:

I’m planning to take better pics (when do I not say that?) because these were taken by balancing my phone on a fence. I need a friend with an actual camera, or a friend willing to model things for me.

Anyway, isn’t it totally cute?? I love it. It’s the length I wanted (the actual vest covers my butt and then the fringe goes about to my knees), it’s not heavy or thick, it drapes nicely…total success.

I’m going to go back to typing up the pattern now so I can release it later today, hopefully! I’ll include a link on here once I have it up.

Edit: Just posted the pattern! It is a paid pattern. I’m not sure how that will work but I’m trying it out.

Here’s the link to the Ravelry page!

It’s actually working!

Only a small update today because I haven’t put in much work on the vest…because I was out of yarn. But today I went to Joann Fabrics and stocked up, so now I can show you that the vest is over half finished!

Check out the first front part:


Damn, I guess you can’t rotate images on here. Just pretend it’s not sideways. Check out how my shaping is actually kind of working! (I made it wider on the bottom because I forgot that hips/butt are a thing.)

That’s all I can say right now, I’m starting the second front part right now. I’m HOPING to have a finished item by the end of the weekend. Fueled by wine and pizza rolls, I might even make good progress tonight. Bring it on!

It’s actually working!

I just had to show you guys the progress. I spent too many hours on this vest today, but look!!

That’s the back piece. It actually turned out like what was in my head!! 

That’s all for now, I need to take a break for the night. But I’ll hopefully update with more finished tomorrow!

My largest undertaking yet.

I haven’t been on lately because I have such an exciting life! Just kidding, I’ve been working 45 hours a week. That leaves very little time to even touch yarn, let alone blog about it.

But I finished a few large projects recently (for myself…), so it’s time to start something new. And a couple of weeks ago, I saw a customer at work who was wearing this GORGEOUS long fringed black vest. It was an open stitch that looked so squishy and soft (I felt like it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask to touch it) and went down to about her knees. Then there was this fringe on the bottom and it was just so pretty.

I saw it and immediately was like “I have to make one”. I scoured the internet (well, Ravelry) and didn’t find anything quite right. One pattern came close but it wasn’t really the look I wanted.

So I decided it was time to truly challenge myself. I’ve been too scared to design anything but scarves, because they’re very much one-size-fits-all and easy to customize from there. But I’ve wanted to take on something a bit larger and more intricate, and this vest idea seems like the perfect opportunity.

I was thinking black like the one I saw on the customer, but that didn’t sound right. I considered charcoal gray, but it didn’t seem like that would go with many outfits.

So I was at Joann Fabrics last week (my newest obsession, plus it’s next to a brand new World Market…I’m in heaven) and just browsing around looking for inspiration as far as my yarn choice.

Then I saw the Lion Brand section. It was all on sale! That had to be a sign. And I remembered how much I love Heartland. It’s soft, drapes nicely, and has just a little bit of a sheen…perfect for a garment!

Then I spotted the perfect color, that I hadn’t even considered.

A deep, beautiful blue. Also known as their colorway “Lake Clark”. To demonstrate why this was the perfect choice, let me just show you my gauge swatch:


I still just love staring at it. It’s a deeper color like I was looking for, but it’s far from boring.

Plus, as a pale-skinned brunette, blue is one of my best colors. Just saying.

So the gauge swatch turned out wonderfully, and I got started this morning on the actual product…


Yum. It’s turning out even a tiny bit bigger than my gauge suggests, but I think that’s a math issue. Something drapey like a vest should actually have a few inches of wiggle room anyway, so I’m not worried.

I hope to be able to release a pattern within the next few weeks! I’ll probably be looking for testers, too, because this is a more complicated pattern than I’ve ever tried. Wish me luck!!! I’m going to get back to work now.