Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer Quarter Handmade Wardrobe Plans


Ever had a bad day turn into a bad week which turned into a bad month? Between the frequent cold, rainy days that cause fibro flare, several migraines, an eye infection, and cramps (Seriously, why can't they give epidurals for killer cramps?). I've just not been feeling well. I haven't been able to do the walking involved to get healthy groceries so trying to eat well has been difficult. And, standing to do the cooking is difficult as well. My nausea has been cranked up along with hot flashes and dizzy spells. Just sitting at the computer is difficult with the nausea and headache much less with cramps. Each day is mostly just survival mode. So, no picture with this post.

I will be at home in China for half of this quarter and visiting friends and family in the US for the other half, so some of my making will be in China, some in the US, with lots of travel knitting time, but limited packing space both ways. The good news is that much better yarns and fabrics are available in the US. Plus, my sewing machine in China is held together with duct tape and rubber bands and in the US, I can borrow my mom's sewing machine. So, while this quarter's planning is a bit tricky, there are some advantages.

China: June to first half of July

* Finish up some gift knitting for US (8 hats)
* Cast on a pair of shortie socks
* Cast on another lacy summer hat
* Sew a Matcha top (First, I have to put the pattern together, though.)
* Work on Starting Point shawl
* Finish green wristers for AC protection

Plane Knitting to US

* Lacy summer hat
* Shortie socks
* Gift hat
We're talking a two 5 hour plane rides, a 14 hour trip, and about 8 hours in airports. I am not running out of knitting while traveling because that would be really, really bad. I need to knit when stressed and everybody around me needs me to knit when I'm stressed.

US: Last half of July to end of August

* Sew a purple French terry skirt
* Sew a second skirt, indigo dyed
* Sew another sleeveless Matcha top, purple
* Sew a long sleeve Matcha top, indigo-dyed
* Maker's Tote? (Indigo-dyed fabric with sashiko stitching and red gingham binding?)
* Knit a Hitchhiker shawl (finish in US)
* Knit an Irish Coffee sweater (get a good start on, plane knitting, finish in China)
* Knit a Barley Light hat
* Indigo dye session: fabric for Matcha top, linen for cross-stitch, skirt fabric, DMC floss, yarn

Plane Knitting to China

* Start Find Your Fade shawl
* Work on Irish Coffee sweater

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