No Fear New Jeans! Morgan „Mom“ Jeans

For the last years I went back and forth between „I want to sew jeans! It’s totally doable!“ and „No way, a zip fly is way too complicated. You don’t have to make EVERYTHING“. I just couldn’t decide if jeans-making was something that I would enjoy or actually could do, I was scared of the fitting part because buying jeans is my absolute nightmare. So I observed and admired all you jeans makers from afar and stayed with making elastic-waist pants. So you are wondering what changed my mind in the end? A good old pattern sale! When Heather from Closet Case Patterns announced her No Fear Jeans Month and pattern sale, I didn’t hesitate too long and finally bought the Morgan Jeans pattern.


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Refashioned Silk Kalle Shirt & A Very Late Summer of Basics Outfit

I almost finished my Summer of Basics Outfit in time, my summer pants and cotton scarf were done on time, but somehow I didn’t quite manage to finish my silk shirt until shortly before christmas. Now that my outfit is done, however, I am even more happy about it! The whole discussion around the Summer of Basics shifted my way of thinking about my new projects. Of course, still a lot of my projects are started for fun, but I am also thinking more and more about filling holes in my wardrobe and prioritizing projects that I need right now (for example a warm cardigan for the rest of winter).


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Queer Craft: Close-Knit

I want to explore more about how queerness and crafts intersect. This time, it’s about queer knitting in a movie! The movie I am going to write about is the only one I have ever seen where knitting played an interesting role in the story development, but we never know! Maybe more will follow! Or maybe you have some great movies to recommend?!

I recently had the chance to see the Japanese movie Close-Knit, written and directed by Naoko Ogigami (2017). As the title suggests, the practice of knitting plays a central role in the film. It tells the story of Tomo, an eleven year old girl, whose mother disappears for a love affair one day and leaves Tomo in the care of her uncle Makio. He lives with his new girlfriend, Rinko, who is a trans woman. Slowly the three get to know each other better and navigate the everyday live in this new family constellation. The film is quiet and full of small gestures. Rinko’s identity is not the focus of the film, but rather the complicated familial relationships between the main characters.


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A Queer Knitting Club

As I said in my post about my plans for 2018, I moved to a new city and I want to meet people! To be precise, queer people and knitters, sewists etc. So in order to make this plan reality, I created a little flyer and a Facebook group for this Queer/Feminist Knitting Club that is about to start here in Nantes. Join!


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A Knitted Patchwork Blanket


I started knitting this blanket last year, before The Big Moving, as one part of reducing my wool stash (other parts meant giving yarn to friends and donating to a kids art school). So it looks like I have been really loving those natural brown-beige-grey-black-white natural alpaca colors and was lucky enough to have a lot of leftovers. So I started knitting pieces for a knitted patchwork blanket.

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Another No Frills Sweater!


This is the last project of 2017 and the first finished one of 2018. I knitted the No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit before, so it was a quite straightforward sweater, perfect for Christmas holiday travels and cozy evenings in front of the TV. It’s the (late) Christmas present for my girlfriend, and the only modification she requested is a mock neck with a folded neckband, like I saw on another No Frills Sweater on Ravelry.

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A Feminist Photography Zine!

So this is an ad for something really cool my girlfriend and some friends created (and I participated in!) and I want to share it with as many people as possible: Its a queer-feminist photography zine called The Log, and now you can buy your copy on Etsy!

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Looking Back on 2017, Looking Forward to 2018

2017 has been an intense year, politically and also personally for me. I spent most of the year writing my Master thesis while working a part-time job, which was not easy at all and definitely not a nice process. I got a medium grade, which was a sad ending to a Master (in Gender Studies) that I largely enjoyed. So I am not a student anymore, and for now, not hunting after deadlines and not writing pages and pages for only one or two people to read feels nice! I handed in my thesis in August, and directly afterwards we left for a stunning hiking trip in the Dolomites (which was definitely a highlight last year!). In fall another giant project followed: My girlfriend and I moved to Nantes in France! The city has been great so far and there is a lot to discover, but finding your way, finding a job and friends is also a lot of work.

However, with all these big projects, I still managed to make things and even write about some of them here! My crafting and blogging highlights were the following:

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Visible Mending

I found this sweater some years ago at my parent’s place, when my mother was sorting through clothes to donate or throw away. It’s a nice and simple wool sweater that nobody except moths were ever interested in: It had some bad holes in the shoulder area.


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DIY Period Underwear Zine


I made my first zine! Judging from the feedback that I got for my original period underwear article, you all are quite interested in making your own period underwear! So I thought it would be nice to improve the instructions, add extra tips and tricks and illustrate the whole process. And because I love zines and think there should be more sewing and knitting zines, I put it all in a zine! Working with a new medium has its challenges, but I really liked the process and I am already thinking of other zine ideas…

For this occasion I started an Etsy shop where you can find this little zine, and hopefully more in the future.

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