When Life Cycle becomes a Chuppah!

Hello All! I decided that I needed to blog more than once in July (even though it was a vacation month)! I have been Instagraming religiously, which is a great way to share my days in photos, but I do owe you a post with photos from our trip to Europe and my meet-up at Wollmeise. Those are going to have to wait until next week as one of my Craftsy students and Ravelry members shared some photos with me from her wedding and I'm too excited for you to see them!

Earlier this Spring PlasticSushi posted in my Ravelry group that she was making Life Cycle as a chuppah for her wedding, and had LOST her knitting bag with her partially completed project while at a convention! We all went bananas and helped her brainstorm how to find it, and luckily she did, because look how absolutely stunning it is....

When I designed Life Cycle for my Craftsy class Lace from the Inside Out, I envisioned it as being a warm wrap, perhaps to make for an elderly loved one, and as a baby blanket for a new family member, but I didn't anticipate it's ability to transform itself into a Chuppah!

I am in tears... congrats Ariana and Ever on your marriage, may it be filled with laughter, love, friendship, honesty and support! Thankyou for sharing your creation with us!!!

All photos by Carina Romano at Love Me Do Photography and flowers by Chicory Florals.


A Morris Blazer (or Two!)

I'm hard at work on new patterns/kits during the day, but at night and on the weekends I've been working on some clothes for Europe. When I saw Kelly from CutCutSew's Morris Blazer on Instagram my girl and I decided we both needed one for the trip!
Pattern: Morris Blazer from Grainline Studio
Sizes: Size 2 (Olive) and Size 6 (Gray)
Fabric: Theory Stretch Twill from Mood
(I don't see the exact ones we got... but these are close! I think I need to get the dark denim for just one more.)
Modifications: NONE!! The olive fabric only had one way stretch, but the grey had two way stretch so I used interfacing on both the facing and jacket fabric. (There are notes about this in the sew-a-long.)
Sew-A-Long: Luckily for me right as I was working on this a sew-a-long was happening on the Grainline Studio Blog... I checked it out as necessary, the facing post was particularly helpful as I got a little confused about how to grade a seam.
Notes: What I love about this blazer is how fitted it is and still how much mobility I have. This is due to the stretch twill. If I had made it out of a woven it might have felt like a straightjacket!  The gray one (size 6) is clearly too big on me (it wasn't quite right on my girl, I think I should have made her a Size 4 with some mods). It would be great with a sweater underneath, though! I'm tempted to keep it for winter, but my friend already tried it on and claimed it for her own... it looked SO good on her I couldn't say no!
The Cowl: It's coming with me too! It's a Covert Cowl that Justine knit for me with a stunning skein of IndigoDragonfly Mer GoatLace (the yarn I used for Magia). It's such a treat to have a  design of my own that  I can wear without guilt... Thanks Justine!

All in all, this pattern was super easy to follow and I'm thrilled with the result, If you are looking for an easy sewing pattern (seriously, so much easier than it looks!) I would suggest going for it. It's a great weekend sewing project!