Work in progress

By Coralie, in Knitting Sewing0 comments

Lately, I’ve been feeling like writing blog posts is taking all of my free time. Sadly, this means I didn’t have enough time to create and actually make something.


Don’t get me wrong, I love dreaming up new posts and making tutorials and I certainly don’t plan on quitting it any time soon. What I need to do is find the perfect balance between sharing and making. However I had a big sewing project to complete last week and couldn’t find the time to blog and sew at the same time. A decision had to be made and I chose the real thing.

So I’ll start this week’s post by saying sorry about being missing in action last week but it was for a good cause! 🙂

This made me think about all the projects I have going on and how I’ve never got around writing about them. So here’s my attempt to let you all in the loop and see what is currently being made in the Stitch-N-Smile’s studio!

(So the list doesn’t transform into a never-ending one, I’ll be sticking to the started or soon to be started projects. There’ll be another post for the futur ones! :-))

Let’s start with some knitting!

It took some time but the Phi for you shawl by Laura Nelkin has finally been started! 🙂

This pattern is part of the 2015 MClub. It’s an easy, mindless knit, perfect for the self striping yarn designed especially for it! It’s so clever and fun to see stripes evolving while knitting, I’m having a blast.

Work in progress - Phi for you by Laura Nelkin

There’s also a new pattern in the making. It still needs to be finished but I’m doing my best to make it available soon. Updates and pictures to come! 😉

Work in progress - New Knitting pattern

As for the garments, I’m currently working a very nice shrug knitted with an oh, so soft Drops yarn. (oh no, just learned it’s discontinued…:-( )

I’m not following a pattern for this one, but used the Craftsy class “The perfect fit seamless crazy cardigan“. While the name seems a bit weird, this class has actually a lot of very interesting information about top down sweaters. I’ve learned a lot and I’m looking forward to wear it, this silk and alpaca is scrumptious.

Work in progress - New shrug pattern

Here’s a detail of the raglan cable increase. Seeing these cables just makes me smile, it’s the simple things in life you know…

Work in progress - Detail new shrug pattern

There’s also another garment being knit at the moment. It’s the Ivy Cardigan by Glenna C. that’s available for free on Knitty. This one was started quite some time ago, but I never got around to finishing it. The two fronts and back are all done and I’m halfway through the sleeves. My goal is to be able to wear it soon, before the days get too hot this Summer. Hopefully this year will be the one!

Work in progress - Ivy cardigan from Knitty

What drew me to this design is the beautiful cable edge. It’s simple, but very effective and it adds a little interest that’s fun to knit!

Work in progress - Detail of the Ivy Cardigan from Knitty

And to finish with the knitting projects, here’s one that’s not been started yet but will soon!

This Mystery Knit Along is also part of Laura Nelkin’s MClub and will start on April 28th. It’s been a while since I’ve done a MKAL, it’s going to be fun! 🙂

Work in progress - Next MClub project

Now let’s talk about what’s currently on my sewing table!

Indiesew had the great idea to organize a Sewalong for making the Named Clothing’s Jamie Jeans. I’ve never made jeans before so I’m looking forward to start. The fabric (a stretchy black cotton) and supplies have all been found, now I just need to get some ink back into the printer for the pattern! 😉

Work in progress - Jamie Jeans by Named Clothing

And finally, the Granville shirt by Sewaholic!

This Easter I’ve stumbled on the cutest of floral fabric and just knew it wanted to be a blouse! After a bit of research (and some hesitation with the Deer and Doe Bruyère shirt), I decided to give this pattern a try. There’s still a chance I’ll change my mind but I know I’ll need a nice casual blouse to wear for May. Anyone has sewn one of these patterns? Do you have advice?

Work in progress - Granville shirt by Sewaholic

Wow, didn’t realize until now how much projects are in progress! 🙂

Stay tuned for updates here on the blog or on Instagram and Facebook! I’m looking forward to show you all of these finished!