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Handmade Wardrobe // Metamorphic Dress

Finished objects, knitting, sewing, handmade wardrobeAndrea Mowry18 Comments
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This post is a wee bit different than my usual, but it's one I hope you will enjoy and maybe even resonate with!

I have had big dreams of learning to sew over the past few years, and I keep setting intentions to do it. But being a one-woman business and a mama to two babes under 4, doesn't leave much "me" time. Sewing a garment for myself felt selfish and I just couldn't justify taking the time for it.

But if I can get really honest here - I know that is not a healthy way to think. After a year of struggling with postpartum depression I have begun to take self care a lot more seriously. How can I take care of my loved ones, when I am struggling to care for myself? I've started small by prioritizing a 30 minute walk or run every workday. I've also been trying to get back into the kitchen, as I love to cook and know I feel so much better when I am eating food cooked at home. These little everyday things completely change my outlook on life. 

Well, after traveling, teaching, and designing - I got home and was feeling pretty drained. Thankfully, I had Meg McEwee's new pattern - the Metamorphic Dress, ready and waiting for me. I knew I just needed to push aside all of my excuses and schedule in my sewing time. As I washed, ironed and cut my fabric, I could feel the stress start to melt away. Excitement built as I began sewing, and I realized I was completely filled with joy. The joy of making just to make. The awe of watching my own hands create something beautiful to wear.

I will be the first to tell you - I am a total novice when it comes to sewing! But even for a newbie like me, I never felt in over my head. This pattern was clear, easy to read, and I love the "Burrito Role Method" tutorial! Any terms that were new to me, a quick google search clarified. (Yes, when I ready "clip the curves" my first inclination was to grab my sewing clips and actually put plastic clips on the curved neckline - LOL!)

It was pure glee when trying it on for the first time and realizing IT FITS! But wait, not only does it fit - but I LOVE IT!!! Y'all - I have worn this dress every day since I finished it! And each of those days I felt confident, proud, and totally filled up. I am so grateful that I finally took these precious moments, and even more so to the other artists out there that inspire me to create!

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I've already cast on a new oversized cardi design to pair with my Metamorphic dress! In these photos (snapped by my amazing husband, Peter Mowry (@petermowryphotography) while out playing with my kiddos), I paired my dress with my Kingsley hat and Raina Shawl (from the current issue of Making).

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A few pattern details: I chose to sew a Size 6 and it fits perfectly as a loose drapey dress, perfect for layering! I'm thinking about sewing up a second in a size down for summertime! I am a total newbie at buying fabric but if memory serves, I used Robert Kaufman Rayon/Linen blend for the top layer and the under layer is Technicolor- A Dream Weaves Collection by Kathy Hall Q-Tip Grey, and I purchased both at Dry Goods Design in Seattle :)

New Patterns // So Faded & So Faded Pint Sized

Finished objects, KNIT in COLOR, knitting, new pattern, saleAndrea Mowry40 Comments
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Good morning, knitters!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! We are kicking this week off with such an exciting pattern release! Ever since I finished my Find Your Fade shawl, I knew I needed a faded sweater! I was so inspired by some gorgeous yarn I had bought from Primrose Yarn Co a few months ago, and the So Faded sweater jumped on my needles and pretty much knit itself!

The first (of 3!!!) that I knit, I opted for a cropped fit. It is perfect for layering over collared shirts and dresses or worn with high rise jeans and (my personal favorite) overalls! I knit the sleeves to just about the elbow which is perfect for transitional seasons - hello Spring!!!

The day I bound off my cropped version I immediately grabbed some gorgeous Woolen Boon and cast on another! I wanted a more classic style - hip length with 3/4 length sleeves. Halfway thru, I KNEW I HAD to knit one for my daughter! I reversed the colors I used for my classic fit and had hers finished in just a few days! The changing colors make this sweater so exciting to knit, I just couldn't put it down! One of my favorite details is definitely the garter shoulders. I love that it makes this perfect everyday raglan stand out from the crowd. Because it is knit seamlessly from the top down, it is super easy to customize! Knit it the length you want for the both the body and sleeves! (I am crossing my fingers someone will decide to do a short sleeved version, binding off after the garter shoulders ;)

To celebrate this pattern release I am offering 15% off of all of my Faded patterns! Use the coupon code FADED on So Faded, So Faded Pint Sized and the Find Your Fade shawl until this Friday, 4/21/17 at midnight EST!

Keep your eyes out for amazing So Faded kits from awesome indie dyers! Custom kits will be available thru Kitterly.com, Hue Loco and Woolen Boon - just to name a few!

Psssttt...later this week I will be sharing a very special interview and giveaway with Nicole from Hue Loco!

New Pattern // Boho Blush Shawl for AVFKW & Naturally Straight Forward

brioche, Finished objects, knitting, NaturallyStraightForward, new pattern, sale, yarnAndrea Mowry6 Comments
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Boho Blush Shawl

Almost 2 years ago, my dear friend, Annie Rowden and I, got together and began working on a project that focused on naturally dyed yarns and enjoyable patterns that were engaging, but still relaxing to knit!

At the 2016 Stitches West we were lucky enough to snag some of the most breathtaking, naturally dyed yarn from Kristine Vejar at her gorgeous A Verb for Keeping Warm booth! If you've never had a chance to work with AVFKW yarn, I cannot recommend it highly enough!

 Entwined in Mesa, that was soon to become Boho Blush!

Entwined in Mesa, that was soon to become Boho Blush!

I am always drawn to blush pinks, and I think that this Mesa colorway may be the perfect hue! I knew I wanted to knit up something flirty and romantic. As I ran the yarn through my fingers, its bouncy texture whispered garter stitch, with a little texture thrown in to keep it engaging. Some designs take a lot of contemplating, sketching, swatching and trial and error to get it just right. Boho Blush - was not one of those designs. This shawl was destined to be. I cast on and the stitches just flew off my needles, everything just falling into place! The brioche and lace bands add a balance of squishy texture and delicate openness to the shawl. Its crescent shape hugs your shoulders and the fringe is just. SO. FUN!!!

I know you all will love knitting this shawl! I can't wait to wear it all year round :) Make sure to also check out Annie's perfect new pullover, Menhir, also knit up in lovely AVFKW yarn!

Help me celebrate Boho Blush by saving 15% on your pattern with the coupon code BOHOBLUSH until 3/1/17 at midnight EST!!

xx

Om & Yoga Shawls KAL Wrap up!!

Finished objects, giveaway, knittingAndrea Mowry2 Comments
  Sarah 's Yoga shawl makes me want one in gray!

Sarah's Yoga shawl makes me want one in gray!

I am so blown away by all of the beautiful Om Shawls and Yoga Shawls created this summer by all of you!! Here is just a few of them, and the beautiful people that created them with their own two hands. By far, the best thing about designing knitting patterns, is seeing how all of YOU knit them up and make them your own! I hope you all stay super cozy in your new shawls in the coming months (and years!)

You can check out more projects over on Ravelry, and we would love to have you join our next KAL - the Anniversary KNIT in COLOR KAL!!

Congratulations to Karen Stocks - the winner of the KAL giveaway prize!!

  Brittany's  beautiful neutral and marled Om shawl!

Brittany's beautiful neutral and marled Om shawl!

  Anne's  bright Om Shawl knit with Plucky is amazing!

Anne's bright Om Shawl knit with Plucky is amazing!

  Julie 's Plucky Knitter Om Shawl is beautifully unique!

Julie's Plucky Knitter Om Shawl is beautifully unique!

 Love this Navy Blue with pops of color by  Amber ! Wow!

Love this Navy Blue with pops of color by Amber! Wow!

 Absolutely loving these pinks by  ArsinoeLaCrapaude

Absolutely loving these pinks by ArsinoeLaCrapaude

  Katharina  also knit up a Yoga Shawl!

Katharina also knit up a Yoga Shawl!

 Beautiful Yoga shawl by  ARockandaTree  using yarn she dyed herself!

Beautiful Yoga shawl by ARockandaTree using yarn she dyed herself!

 I love  Rebecca's  Hinterland Om Shawl!!

I love Rebecca's Hinterland Om Shawl!!

  Dana 's multicolored Yoga Shawl is so inspiring!

Dana's multicolored Yoga Shawl is so inspiring!

  Katharina 's beautiful Om shawl!

Katharina's beautiful Om shawl!

  Alexa  is such a cutie in her Om Shawl!

Alexa is such a cutie in her Om Shawl!

We Are Knitters // Mushy Vest & Giveaway!!

Finished objects, knittingAndrea Mowry62 Comments
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Apparently, I am all about quick bulky knits these days! And expanding the color palette of my wardrobe! Here is my latest finished object - the Mushy Vest from We Are Knitters!

I cast this on in the afternoon, and was completely finished by the following afternoon. Talk about satisfying! I also had a lot of fun playing with the large needles and super bulky, singly ply yarn (which is SO soft!)

A knitting kit from Urban Outfitters is actually one of the things that really got me back into knitting in my teen years. I remember it came with neon yellow and neon pink acrylic yarn and needles, and you could choose to knit either a scarf, skinny tie, or leg warmers. I, of course, went with the leg warmers. I wonder if I still have those somewhere...

Knitting kits have come a long way since my teen years! I was so impressed with the options available, everything from blankets and pillows to sweaters, hats and baby knits (Hello, Teddy Sweater!!).

My kit came with all the yarn I needed, wooden needles (definitely nicer than the aluminum needles of my youth ;), directions for the pattern, a label to sew into my completed vest, and a darning needle to sew the pieces together. In other words, everything I needed to complete my project.

These kits would make awesome gifts for any knitter in your life (or a gift for yourself!) They come with everything you need and everything is high quality. The patterns are all modern and fun. And the really exciting news?? I get to give one away!! To enter for your chance to win the kit of your choice (up to $100), just leave a comment below telling me which kit you would pick and make sure to leave your email address in the comment! The contest will close Saturday, February 2/20/16 at midnight EST. Can't wait to get your hands on your own kit? You can use the coupon code DREARENEE to save 15% off of your order at www.weareknitters.com! You can also find their fun and inspiring feed on Instagram!

Want to see some more pictures of my finished vest? Head on over to my Ravelry project page!!

Agnes Sweater KAL #havefancyhouse

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Designing knitwear doesn't leave me a lot of free time to knit other people's patterns. But I really love to support my fellow designers, and sometimes a gem comes along that you just can't turn down! Jaime (Fancy Tiger Crafts), Marlee (Have Company) and Lizzy House, decided to host a fun little knitalong (#havefancyhouse) for the Agnes Sweater. If you aren't familiar with this sweater, let me share with you the key points - bulky, quick, top-down, seamless, pockets. Pockets. Seamless. Bulky. QUICK! I couldn't resist (even knowing that with this ever-growing belly of mine, I wouldn't actually be able to wear this sweater until next fall.)

I picked up some Quince & Co. Puffin in Fox for the body and Osprey in Audouin for the pockets from Have Company. (Not to mention a really adorable new dress from Conscious Clothing that I will be able to wear while pregnant and after!!)

I have a strong tendency to lean towards greys and greens when knitting up sweaters for myself, so I pushed myself to go against my norm with orange. I am so happy I did. What a fun addition to my wardrobe!

This knit was super fast. This sweater could easily be knit up in a weekend. The result is a bulky knit sweater, that doesn't leave you feeling like you just added 10 pounds of bulk to your frame (huge win!) I love the deep ribbing for the neckline, hem and wrists. The directions are very simple, and easy enough for a beginner. I would happily knit myself a couple more of these! I will have to see if, sans belly, the torso is long enough next fall. I am very short waisted - so I think it will be okay, but luckily, I have a whole extra skein of the Puffin if I decide to add some more length! To see more pictures, you can hop on over to my Ravelry project page!