An almost FO

So we went on a short holiday for the weekend and I only took two projects with me. I brought my vest in stardust and the soft seashell pashmina. I think I’m going to do this more often. Just take one project and don’t do anything else until it is finished. So even though it’s not an official FO, I’m still going to share this post with you πŸ™‚

I’m super excited because of my history with crochet. This is the first crocheted garment I’ve finished (it only needs a wash and buttons, so it’s considered finished in my book), and it fits! It’s a bit tighter than I wanted, because I was going for a winter vest, but that’s my fault alltogether because ofcourse I didn’t swatch. I just jumped right in and I think I even stretched the cast on string of chains. Thankfully it’s an easy fix and I’ve made the button band a bit wider than it first was. I’m pretty sure it’ll all be fine after a good wash and some buttons πŸ™‚

I’m honestly really excited about the way it looks. I’m very happy with the way the yarn behaves and I’m super impressed with the way a crocheted vest looks. I’ve always seen them in stores and on the internet, but I’ve never actually made one, and that’s a world of difference. It totally feels like something I can do again.

It’s also a lot less intimidating to make sleeves fit. I thought I’d need some more measuring and some more math, but it just works the way you think it should work. I also have a lot of love for the hdc ribbed cuff and hem.

To be very honest: the sleeves are a tiny bit on the tight side, but I still think washing (and otherwise ironing) will sort it out. In the worst case scenario it’s a good incentive to lose a bit more weight, because I’m seriously working on losing the baby weight now πŸ™‚ I only need to lose 0,5 – 1 cm on my arms. It’s really not that much, so I guess it’s something I should be able to manage before it’s cold enough to seriously wear this vest πŸ™‚

I seriously love the different textures on this thing. Because I’ve never finished attempted a real crocheted garment I always thought it’d be hard, but it was so much easier than I thought. Even the shaping is so much easier compared to knitting. I guess I felt like I wasn’t proficient enough at crochet to attempt something like a vest, but now that I’ve done it I can say it’s really much easier to crochet a vest than it is to knit a vest. Crochet in that sense is MUCH more forgiving as a technique. I’m absolutely going to crochet more garments for myself, but especially for my kids because it’s such an incredible quick technique!

I spent the past few days sitting next to the window, covered in a lovely warm vest, sipping coffee and enjoying the sound of the pooring rain. It’s so good to be away from home every once in a while.

So, here’s my opinion on Scheepjes Stardust. I had never really worked with the yarn, and I’m honestly really impressed. It’s a very lightweight yarn as a single strand, but if you crochet two strands together it creates a very lush and bouncy, soft fabric. I absolutely love the effect the mohair and stellina give this yarn. It has a soft shimmer, but it’s not too flashy. It’s got a very gentle halo, but it doesn’t shed.

I’ve seen a lot of shawls crocheted (and knit) with this yarn, which is pretty understandable at 100 grams and 540 meters. But I honestly think (doubled up) it’ll make for some amazing jackets, vests, hats and legwarmers. Which is probably what I’m going to make with the rest of the ball I have left. Probably going for a two or three colored, double held, stranded knit legwarmer <3

In other news: I’m getting used to working with a bullet journal, though it’s already as if I’ve always had one. I remember having an art journal, a personal notebook, a scrap book, different to do lists and agenda’s all in different places. Now it’s just one book where all of my thoughts, plans, ideas and reminders are kept. It’s already taken most of the chaos out of my head and given me a lot of free space. It’s as if my mind was constantly occupied with all the things I was too scared to forget. I had all of my to-do lists and thoughts, but in the morning I’d wake up and have trouble remembering everything and wouldn’t know which was best to begin with. An overly full head causes a lot of problems, I’ve learned that.

Anyway, since I’m only starting out with bullet journaling I’m not going to show you any of my spreads because none of them are really ‘mine’ yet. I’ve taken a few examples from some of the people I started following on instagram and on blogs. In a few months time I’m going to have some designs and spreads that are actually made specifically for me and for what I need, so I can show you then πŸ™‚

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