Knit: Nevermore

We are a Baltimore Ravens household. My husband has been a season ticket holder since the Ravens came to Baltimore in 1996. When I got married, as a sign of love I accepted them as my team too****.

So when I came across this lovely sock yarn from Dragonfly Fibers called Nevermore (The Ravens are named after the Edgar Allen Poe poem, if you didn’t know), how could I resist.

And so, I lovingly knitted a pair of Ravens colored socks for my beloved. I used the standard top down “sock recipe” from the Yarn Harlot’s “Knitting Rules” and did a K3P1 pattern for the leg and top of the foot. I did the heel and toes in black Serenity sock yarn.

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This yard was pretty dreamy to work with. I love good yarn.

The socks haven’t been to a game yet, but I’m hoping they will be lucky.

****Unless they are playing Peyton Manning. My loyalty goes: Peyton F Manning then Ravens.

Run: This magazine cover is everything

I have been a part of the running world for around 15 years now. I am not always active (like now) but I am always aware and always consider myself a runner. During that time I have read/browsed a million running publications. They always offer some good advise and present lots of advertisements and they always, ALWAYS, have a skinny runner on the cover. Until now!

This cWRover for Women’s Running is amazing. A runner on a magazine that is large and in charge. She is plus-size model that is actual plus-size (a term I hate) not a padded out size 6. And she isn’t in a special “plus-size” issue, she is simply the July cover. She is simply a runner. She is awesome.

Lately, I have been feeling too fat to run. I have felt like I needed to get a little lighter before I did that to my body. But I am inspired now. I may be slow and labored right now but I can run. Well if my ankle will hurry and cooperate that is.

Well done, Women’s Running. Well done.

Sew: Butterick B5316

Fabric: Cotton suiting  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:

Pattern Sizing: I made a size 2017475592416_407455910b_z

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes. Though I didn’t really use them too much.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the pleats that create the waistline

Fabric Used: A cotton suiting from Hancock Fabrics. It had nice body that held the crease well and cause the skirt to stand out from the body a bit. I used self fabric to line the bodice.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added piping to the neckline and arms. After these photos were taken I stitched the pleats down another inch to lower the waist a bit. I also raised the neckline, as written it was low, low, low, low and I wanted this to be a church dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t know if I would sew it again. It is a nice pattern but I don’t know that I need more than one in my wardrobe. I would definitely recommend it though.

Easy pattern that makes up a nice dress.

Run: Interrupted

The running is going poorly. Last Tuesday, I had a little motivation and I got up at 5:00 AM to go out for a bit of a walk/run. I was ready to get back to it after a  long battle with Plantar Fasciitis in my right foot. THe PF hasn’t gone away but has lessened in severity.*

Out I went, it was already miserable hot and humid at 5:00 AM so there was a lot more walking than running but I put in about 40 minutes and made my way back towards my house. At two houses away, I stepped off the curb to go around a car that was parked across the sidewalk (a particular pet peeve of mine) and lost my footing. Down I went, I tried to stand up quickly to maintain some pride and realized that things were not ok with my left ankle. I hoped I could walk it off but walking hurt, really bad. I somehow hobble back to my house (if I had been any further away, that couldn’t have happened). I collapsed into chair, removed my shoe and sock and watched my ankle swell to a nauseating shape and size.


A trip to urgent care and a few x-rays later, I was diagnosed with a sprain, outfitted with a  splint and told to stay off my ankle with a full recovery taking about 4 weeks.

F$^* %W*(#)( #(*&%)9!!!!!

I did not have time for this. I had work, I had plans for the weekend that I had been looking forward to forever. But my ankle did not care. My ankle had its way. I did make it to work that first day and that was an enormous mistake, trying to get to my office from our parking lot on crutches in 100 degree heat was torture. Knowing that I had to make the return trip at the end of the day was depressing. The next day I got smart and stayed home.ankle knitting

Bright side, since I was confined to my chair with my husband waiting on me hand and foot, I was forced to do much knitting.

A week later now and the ankle is much better. Still sore but I can put weight on it and get around. No running or long walks though. Naturally, I have never been more motivated to workout than when I can’t.

* I have to thank my Vionic shoes for the relief from my PF. They have and aggressive arch support that takes some getting used to but has really helped me. Not sponsored, they don’t know I exist.

What’s on the needles?

Yes, the title of this blog is Sew.Knit.Run., which means I do in fact knit too. Finished knitting projects are fewer and farther between than finished sewing projects for the obvious reason that knitting is a a much slower process than sewing but also because a) I tend to have several projects going at once (which drives my husband insane) and b) I lose my knitting mojo as the weather warms up. It is lovely to sit by the fire knitting a sweater for hours, less lovely to sit in sweltering hit covered by a heavy knitting project.

But it isn’t quite summer yet and I have vowed that this year I will plan ahead for next year’s cold weather, so I am working on a couple of things.

First up: Harvest by Tin Can Knits. I have never made a cardigan before and when 17066172261_315901276a_kI try something new I always go to TCK’s Simple Series to try it out. I am making this from some very inexpensive acrylic yarn, by Caron in navy blue*.  I decided to make this one in my size (I love to knit for my kids, they are so small their projects go fast) so it is taking a good long time. That’s why I always have another project to relieve the boredom

Socks: These are Paton Kroy socks in Bramble stripes. I am following The Yarn Harlot’s Sock Recipe, which I usually do when making socks. I love making self striping socks. The frequent color changes and all the twists and turns of socks keep me from getting bored. In theory, I keep this project at work to work on during lunch, conference calls or anytime I need to think. In reality, it comes home almost everyday because I just wan 16879155908_305a7984d7_kt to get in a few more rounds. That’s the downside of self-striping yarn. You just want to do one more color band.

So that’s what’s on the needles. Do you knit in warm weather?

* I would love to knit exclusively with lovely high quality, wool and other natural fibers unfortunately the budget does not allow that. I do use it when I can and for special items.

Simplicity 2683: An Easter dress

Is there anytime of the year more fun to have a daughter than Easter? Maybe Christmas. But when you have  a a little girl who loves froo fro16813614078_8bb71815ad_ko dresses , Easter comes a close second.

Enter Simplicity 2683 I have had this in my stash for a while but never got around to making it. It is a simple empire wasted, six paneled dress. I made a base of white polyester taffeta from JoAnne and made a second dress in pink lace to top it. It was this layer to which I stitched the sash.  I joined the two layers at the neck and arms

I decideSONY DSCd to do a wrapped bias binding rather than a turned facing. I thought it added a little more interest, but I did have to consult some sewing resources to do the square neckline with the bias tape.  I used this basic method: and I think it turned out quite well.

I serged all the seems and used a center back staSONY DSCndard zip. The flower is store bought. I wasn’t going to bother with it  but Caroline saw the picture on the pattern envelope and latched on to the fact that there was a flower. So a flower she had to have.

I think SONY DSCit turned out great. My little princess loves it.


Plantar fasciitis

Irony maybe? I don’t know. You start a blog with “run” in the title because you are excited about spring and getting your butt out there to run and get in shape and boom, you are struck with the most horrible Plantar fasciitis episode ever.

Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.  – Mayo Clinic website

I can hardly walk much less run at the moment. So I guess, right now I am sew_knit_hobble.

Anyway, hello. I am Laura. Wife of one, mom of 3 (2 mine, 1 step), worker, sewist (sewer?), knitter, out of shape former runner who desperately wants to return to just being a runner. I don’t think I am particularly good at any of my descriptors but I do them and I love them. So I made this here blog to talk about it.  And really to talk about whatever. I intentionally made multiple topics because I tend to shift my focus periodically and randomly.