Month in Review – March 2015

March. I think it was a good month, but I’m caught up in the middle of a whirlwind right now and it’s hard for me to reflect on anything without knowing that it’s colored by what’s going on right now. To make a long story short, we found our dream home, put an offer on it and it was accepted! Except for the fact that we have spent 48 hrs trying to figure out how to get internet connected at the house and it looks like it may not be possible and, with both of us working from home, permanently living in a house without internet isn’t an option. We are pretty crushed, and have 24hrs left to find a solution or let the house go to someone else. I know there will be another great house for us out there, but I’m so tired of moving from one place to another and just want a place to call our own.

Also this month, I thought I was going to have a big pattern release, but there were some glitches and delays with printing the patterns. So, I will definitely have something very exciting to share in April, but (probably not unexpectedly) there are always surprises and delays when getting new big projects going!

raglan sleeve cardigan 2

Butterick 6336 vintage

ginger jeans 3
southwest eyeblinder dress 4

I got to do a fair bit of sewing for myself this month (or at least get blog posts written on things I’ve been working on for a while), which was nice, since I find that designing patterns actually requires very little time in front of the sewing machine. I’ve been wearing my professorial sweatshirt cardigan a ton and enjoy the silly 70’s tunic sweatshirt as well. I sewed a sweatshirt that was a flop as well, I’m looking at the silver lining of it since it highlighted out a last couple of fit adjustments I want to make on the pattern. My Ginger Jeans with giant cuffs were successful and getting worn a bunch, despite needed some more work on crotch curves next time around. The big win of this month was my Southwest Eyeblinder Dress – I love it and can’t wait for the weather to warm up here so I can wear it!

vincent and the doctor shawl

I’ve finished knitting my Vincent and Doctor shawl and have absolutely adored wearing it. It’s the perfect weight for spring and it looks great with dark jeans, so it’s in heavy rotation right now! I posted a Week in Pictures since I went to the Southwest to visit my mom and I got inspired by the beautiful scenery (including desert wildflowers!).

8 pin ears to back

I finished posting about the Monster Wear Hat & Mittens with the sewalong for the Hat, sewalong for the Mittens, and some funny sewalong video outtakes featuring cameos from my cat.


I continued to write my #IAmAWIP series with I am a Dreamer, I am a Feminist, I am a Pet Lover, and I am Mentally Healthy. I have found it interesting that I was able to write a giant list of topic ideas, but can’t work through the list in any systematic order – instead I seem to need to brainstorm each week independently based on what’s going on in my life at the moment.

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  1. I appreciate your being so open in sharing your life with your readers; many of us are not able (psychologically) to do that. Good luck on getting internet; I can’t imagine not being able to access it.

  2. I know how emotionally draining it is to house hunt! We were doing the same at the beginning of this month until I just had to say no, I can’t handle this right now. But you still got a ton done! Good job!

  3. We too lost out on our first dream house. But we honestly did find one that I love even more. I know it SUCKS, but you’ll have a home soon!

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  4. Oh my! I can totally relate to the stress of moving or not and resettling and just wanting your own space.
    Re the internet, where we moved to doesn’t have the most reliable internet especially since we’re not in our own home or have our own line right now. I too work online so it’s been interesting. I have found that it does make the internet time more intentional. When it’s working, I make sure I’m getting business that NEEDS to be done, done and not just trolling FB for the umpteenth time. Just thoughts… Hope you get things figured out soon!

  5. I sympathize so much and wanted to say 2 things:

    1. Dream home: if it can’t have internet then it was ALMOST your dream home but not quite. I know how hard it is to wait and hope then have to let a place go because I’ve been there. It took us soooooo long to find ours and we finally came across it almost by accident, when we were going month-to-month in a rental where the landlord really wanted us out. But maybe you can work it out! I mean, how likely is it that there could be a spot on this earth with no internet connection in, say, two years?

    2. Getting patterns printed: it always takes so much longer. But it’s worth the wait to get it right! Just remember that. The crafting world and market is, fortunately, not so fast-moving that you’ll miss your chance because of a little bit of delay. Although I totally, totally get the stress.

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