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Currently, I'm a stay-at-home mum to an inquisitive and often rambunctious three year old girl and her sunny little brother. In a former life, I was a lawyer. I know which I prefer. On the odd occasion that I get some downtime, I knit, crochet, read, sew, sing badly, dance even more so, enjoy a glass of wine and watch bad TV, sometimes in varying combinations of the foregoing and not necessarily in that order of preference.

Monday 11 May 2015

Me-Made-May '15 - progress so far

The main lesson I've learnt this week is that I need to take photos as soon as I get dressed.  You'd think, since I have two small children, I wouldn't have needed to figure this out, but apparently, I'm either naively optimistic or really not that bright.

As predicted, I've mostly been wearing knitwear, but this has the advantage of making the dressing pretty easy - the uniform of jeans and top stays much the same.  It has been a useful reminder that I generally really like the stuff I knit and just don't wear it as often as I should.  So, without too much effort, I've managed to wear something I made every day of the month so far, and I've enjoyed pulling out stuff that hasn't been worn for a while.  I like that it makes me think a bit more.

So, what have I worn so far?

1st - my wonderful yellow Antrim pullover, with navy jeans and a white 3/4 sleeved top.  There's no pic of this on the day because, after a picnic in our local bluebell wood, it was pretty filthy.

2nd - my wine red Spire Smock cardigan, with more jeans and another white 3/4 sleeved top.  Sorry, not very imaginative - I have a style, it seems, so I guess 3/4 sleeved tops should be pushed up the sewing list for next year!!!  No "on the day" pic of this either because, inexplicably, I didn't learn my lesson from Friday and, even more inexplicably, I decided the back of Mr Man's chair was a good place to hang my cardi while we were eating dinner.  One enthusiastically consumed yoghurt later, and the cardi was heading for the wash...
The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot the change in my hair and the much more "put-together" outfit.  This was taken the day was went to by Birdie's first shoes, way back in 2011, back in the days when I made an effort.  All 3 items of knitwear are me-made.  Does that get me a bonus?

3rd - Finally some sewing!  I wore my Butterfly Coco top with a pair of jeans.  There's even photographic evidence this time!  Yes, that would be me, on a carousel, with my daughter and her godmother.  Kew Green Victorian Fair was a lot of fun.

4th - my navy Cassis cardigan with a stripey 3/4 sleeved top and, yes, more jeans.  I even took a pic!

5th  - a green Rose sweater, with.... yes, you guessed it, a white 3/4 sleeved top and jeans but, in the pic I'm sat in my office/sewing room because I'm working on one of the WIPs I mentioned in my last MMM post.


6th - not only am I wearing something I sewed, you can also see my legs!  And I took a picture.  Yes, this is me wearing the new skirt I finished on 5th.  More to follow re the skirt.  I also made the cardigan - it is Capri by Sarah Hatton, from Rowan 43, in the much-loved and sadly missed Calmer yarn.  Love this cardigan.  Ravelry informs me I made this in 2008 - can't believe it is 7 yrs old, but know it is true.  It has washed beautifully and been worn so much.  Probably my most worn knit.

7th - two Colletts got in on the action on Thursday, because I wore my wool/silk Siivet pullover with a brown vest and jeans, and Birdie wore a very lovely little dress I made her from half a metre of Alexander Henry "La Paloma" fabric that I bought at a Stitchcraft expo at the Excel Centre in March, teamed with some purple cotton and cream bias binding.  I think I posted this one in my last round-up, although I have had to modify (read "remove") the sleeves since then as they were a bit tight.

8th - back to the Cassis cardigan, with jeans and a navy 3/4 sleeved top this time.  No pic, because... who knows, I must have got distracted.

9th - more cardigan action this time as I wore a denim skirt, brown boots, and a white and navy striped t-shirt plus my creamy white Twist & Shout cardigan, which I forgot to photograph.

10th - back to the green Rose sweater but with a similarly green top underneath this time.  Mr Man spilt his breakfast down this before I even had time to think of a photo.

11th - the Coco top is out of the wash so has been worn again.

I will concede I'm not wearing the widest variety of things, since three items have already been worn twice, but I'm still wearing stuff I made and I have realised I do tend to wear the same things regularly, whether I made them or not, so at least I'm making sure some me-made stuff is getting some airtime.

In other news, having already hit my goal of completing one of my sewing WIPs, I've made some decent headway on the other in the last couple of days too.  My Cappucino dress is definitely taking shape.

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