New coverstitch machine after a long silence

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Hey, how are you? Good? Me? Oh, you know, no one mentioned to me that once you have school-aged children, you sign away the entirety of your June to end-of-school-year events. Finally, I seem to have emerged on the other side.

I got a new toy! Believe it or not, I decided I’d get more use from a coverstitch machine than from an overlock/serger, so I finally got one. It comes with the territory of being a short-limbed family who needs everything hemmed. So far, so good! I hemmed a pair of shorts for Sonya and the sleeves of a cardigan for myself tonight!

Machine is @brothersews CoverStitch 2340CV from Amazon, and I used @pellonprojects fusible tape (Lite EZ-Steam II) to help keep things together. @twosheep’s tip to sew narrow circumferences from the inside out totally saved the day.

Oswin | Crochet

Pattern: Oswin by Bernadette Ambergen. This was a fantastic design which combined a lacy, ambling pineapple edging with a sturdy scarf body in a pattern which was enjoyable and fun to crochet! The chart was easy to follow, and after some time, easy to remember by heart (written instructions were also provided, but I didn’t use them).

Yarn: Lana Grossa Lace Lux, #21, almost 3 skeins, approximately 900 yards. The color is a spectacular light turquoise which proved impossible to capture with either my phone or my camera. This is the best I can do after a lot of tweaking in Lightroom.

I went with the exact yarn recommended in the pattern because I couldn’t figure out a good substitute, and I’m glad I did! This yarn is 67% rayon and 33% merino, but has the sheen and halo of those silk-mohair blends. It’s an excellent substitute if you want the mohair yarn look, but no the mohair-ness. Now that I’ve worked with it, I think Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light would be a good substitute for the Lace Lux in this pattern.

Hook and finished size: size F/4.0mm by Clover, from my favorite crochet hook set; scarf is 20.5″ deep and 90″ across! That’s quite long for me: I usually prefer scarves and shawls which are between 60-70″.

I was quite charmed by this pattern, and really look forward to crocheting more designs by Bernadette – check them out! Mila looks like a good choice to me!

Some WIPs

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in here, but I have been knitting and crocheting a bit despite my silence, and posting some pics on my Instagram! Please click through to read a bit about my current WIPs and almost-FOs!

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