This was my second time taking part of the Me Made May challenge - and the first time officially participating. I wear something me-made almost daily by default - I don't own store-bought knitted hats or woolen socks for example - but usually I just grab something on my way out or from the sock drawer and seldom really think about what I'm wearing. This year I've been trying to concentrate more on a functional wardrobe and knit more things that I need and love to wear, rather than just random stuff on a whim - things that aren't necessarily essentially my style even though I would adore the color of the yarn or have fun time knitting the pattern. So this challenge has been a good opportunity to see which pieces of clothing I keep wearing over and over again, and which ones are left on the shelves.
During this challenge (and the pregnancy) I've noticed the shortcomings of my wardrobe even more evidently than before. There is a clear shortage of the so called "wardrobe essentials" and "basic pieces of clothing" that every one should own. For example I still lack an everyday white cardigan and don't own that "works-with-eveything" black cardigan that I've been talking about for a while now, although I'm trying to fix the latter problem and casted on for the Yuki cardigan in black Drops Cotton Merino last Sunday. The extra focus on my wardrobe when planning my knitting projects has clearly worked though, and as you can see it has already produced quite a few new favorites.
There were a few pieces that I seem to love more than others. For example my Drachenfels scarves and Exeter cardigans were my regular go-to pieces this month. My growing baby bump made this challenge, well, extra challenging, and limited my wardrobe choices to a minimum: I don't fit into my sweaters anymore and don't even want to try because of the risk of stretching them shapeless so a big part of my wardrobe and many of my usual favorites were out of question for the time being.
Both of my Harper hats were also something that I reached for over and over again, which I credit both to the color choices and the minimalism of the design as well as the lovely and super soft Lamana Cusco yarn which is heaven to wear. Two other favorites that I used a lot were my Vector scarf and beige Cousteau cap, but for some reason they didn't make it into my outfit photos. Maybe because I wore them outside and took them of when I went in and that's why I forgot to consider them as parts of my outfit.