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Welcome to the first installment of the Libbie’s Lab newsletter!! I definitely intended for this to be released on Monday but alas, life has a knack for getting in the way!
Because this is the inaugural email, I think it would be best to catch y’all up to where I am at. Right now, I am in a knitting rut. I have little to no interest in any of my projects at the moment despite thinking they’re all really cute! This tends to happen when life gets chaotic. I can’t quite relax into the soothing clicking of knitting needles when there is a wedding to plan, a business to run, classes to plan, freelance work, and the whole ordeal of making sure my basic needs are met. No complaining because #blessed but you know how it is!
So to cure my brain fry, I am going to show you what’s in progress for me and maybe it will make them seem exciting again!!
Firstly, I have been working on this Stripe Overload Polo for several months now. It went into my Time Out pile after I mis-measured the length and basically made a sweater-bra. It was such a rookie mistake that it took a while to bring myself to rip back the ribbing and lengthen it.
Recently I was finally feeling brave and fixed it but then the ribbing did that annoying thing where it puckers and becomes wider than the sweater…??? I have no clue why this happens but I simply can’t live with it. So I ripped the ribbing out yet again and plan to reknit it. I will obviously need to finish the sleeves as well but what a frickin’ ride!
My second project is this blue, recycled cotton sweater. It’s definitely the only one I genuinely feel like working on. That’s likely because I casted it on mere days ago with the arrogant assumption that I can finish it before I go on trip next week(lololol).
I am winging this one which of course makes it more appealing to my brain. I am basing it off of the green Toast sweater(above) that I looooove but does not fit in my budget. I am going to shape the sleeves like white sweater(above) though because it will be a fun detail on an otherwise very simple sweater.
Thirdly, I am crocheting this cotton tote out of a bunch of random balls of cotton yarn that I hate knitting with but love the color.
Cotton is nice and durable for something like this but I am finding it so tedious to work with right now. The only thing that is keeping my hands from cramping is this silicone chunky boy that is holding my crochet hook.
I am planning to pick up these crochet stitches and just knit them… it might be ugly or cool. It could truly go either way. Regardless, this project is definitely one where I hate the process but want the result so bad that I haven’t ripped it out yet.
Of course I have a pair of socks going as well. These are an on-the-go project though so they will take a while and I am okay with that!! The pattern is the free Basic Ribbed Socks pattern by Kate Atherley.
Lastly, I casted on this fluffy sweater a couple months ago and never really kept at it. I love the yarn and the colors but for some reason, I haven’t made my way back to it. I bought the yarn on a visit home to Minnesota last year and was so excited about it. It’s being knitted on 9mm needles which should make it a quick win but it’s just like that sometimes!!
Finally, I want to end each newsletter with some things I want to make or find inspiring right now so here they are.
5 Things To Make Or Be Inspired By <3
My friend Glenn’s newsletter called Junior Year is very fun and she always gives the best style advice!!
I loved the recent series on the Clothes Horse Podcast about the ethics of secondhand reselling. It’s long but worth a listen!
I might be late to the party but I just finished season 2 of Next In Fashion on Netflix. This season was good but I liked the first season way better!! Minju forever <3
Thanks for reading!! Maybe some of these will be FO’s by next month’s newsletter! <3