Ready for Me-Made-May?
Zoe Edwards of the So, Zo...What Do You Know sewing blog established the Me-Made-May challenge in 2011, after having experimented with it herself in March of 2010. As she describes it, "Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You decide the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU. For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May."
I wear something I've made most days as it is, but this May, I'll be thinking specifically about what's missing from my wardrobe that I'd like to incorporate. What's the sweet spot between what I want to wear, and what I want to make? Do I have stuff I need to fix, and could I do the mending in a creative way?
Here is a FAQ about Me-Made-May, with more background, and more inspiration. An optional part of the challenge is people documenting their participation online, so expect to find bountiful inspiration on Instagram and elsewhere, tagged #MMMay18.
Woodi & Gradient
Woodi is an interesting fiber--53% abaca pulp, 47% cotton. We're planning to use it for the Crochet Market Bag (or Hat!) class in June, but it would also be perfect for baskets, because stuff--it needs a place, right?
We've also got fresh colors of Schoppel Gradient, and with road trip season upon us, the Backseat Passenger Cowl remains one of the all-time great meditative and portable knitting projects.
Making No. 5
Release date was April 20th; mine arrived just a few days later. Issue No. 5 focuses on color, and there are so many appealing projects inside. We also have issues 1-4 available in limited quantities.
Last week, there were several days where it was 35 degrees in the morning, and in the mid-seventies by late afternoon. What's a better easy-on/easy-off layer than a poncho? Take a look at this Ravelry bundle, and see if anything strikes your fancy.
Thurmont is a textured lace shawl that I'm working up in a hemp, linen, and silk blend--Daisy, from Knit One, Crochet Too. The yarn was so well-received that the K1C2's first batch sold out, and we'll be happy to have it at Yarn Folk when the new stock arrives from Italy early in May. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying both the yarn and the pattern--when it's finished and blocked, it promises to be a marvelously drapey wrap indeed!
Spruce Point is cruising right along--three pieces are finished, and the fourth is about 30% complete. Of course, when the sweater is seamed (and sometimes, even when it's not) the finishing work is a significant portion of the project. (Seaming is one of the skills that will be covered in the Choose Your Own Sweater class.)