Cozy

You want this shawl. Really.

I’ve written about Indygo Junction patterns a time or two, so it’s probably no surprise that I’ve sewn another of the company’s patterns. This is my first time sewing one with knit fabric (the gorgeous stripe is from Michael Miller) and I’m thrilled with the results.

The pattern is the Simple Sleeved Shawl and the whole thing — tracing to hemming — took about 2 1/2 hours. The shawl is unlined, which is why I chose the striped knit, since it’s yarn dyed and looks the same on both sides. The shawl comes in two lengths; this is the longer of the two and sized M/L. I think most people could wear that size, actually. When I took it to the shop (it’s on display there as a sample), it fit everyone who tried it on, all of us different body shapes and sizes.

I opted for the long vs. short because I wanted to make sure it was right for me, proportionally. I think I might go just a little bit shorter the next time I make it (yes, I will make it again!) because I did not go as deep with the hem as the pattern instructed. The extra length gives you some play to pin the front to the opposite shoulder (see photo above right), or just to wrap it around yourself for a little extra huggability.

I’m so eager for the weather to turn cool enough to wear this shawl! (Hear that? Yes, I could be tired of our unseasonable warm weather *cough*12 degrees above normal*cough*) I can just see pairing it with jeans or maybe a cute cord skirt, tights and boots.

Like I said, you want this shawl.

Computing in Style

My older son sort of volunteered me to make a laptop bag for one of his friends. She was having trouble finding one to fit her new computer and he knew how much I liked her, so he asked if I could help her out. She’s one of my favorite young adults, so I really couldn’t say no.

I knew when I saw this Amy Butler fabric in the shop that it was “the one,” but the boy insisted she’d prefer something else. While he juggled bolts of fabric, I snapped a pic with my phone, uploaded it to Facebook and tagged it with her name so she could see some options. As I expected, she loved the fabric I chose. (Score: Mom – 1,000,000; J – 3)

I drafted the bag to her computer’s dimensions with a little more room to accommodate the AC adapter and maybe a notebook. The bag closes with a parachute clip and strap to make it tough for someone to open it without her being aware.

She’s been at college a couple of weeks now and says she loves her one-of-a-kind bag, which mostly has been used as a messenger bag to carry her books to class. I’m just happy to have sent a little handmade love with her to college.