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Archive for July, 2015


Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Yes, of course I frogged the sweater. I have rebellious moments of thinking that I won’t, but of course I do. So I am starting over with Blossom Heather Adiri, and I hope to have it reestablished before I head out on vacation. Yes, I’m going on vacation. My husband and I are going to […]


Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

I am about to finish the second skein of yarn on my Blossom Heather Adiri, and I have finally noticed that I’m doing it wrong. You might recall that I had decided there was an error in the pattern because the cast on stitches did not work out to an even number of repeats. That’s […]

Butterick 6099, Wadder?

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

I am not a good seamstress. I’m slapdash and inaccurate, I don’t know the intricacies of setting up my sewing machine, and I have limited trouble-shooting skills when things go wrong. However, I use good quality fabrics and easy patterns, and I usually can wear what I make, at least around the house. The photo […]

SWAP Thoughts

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Here’s the thinking behind a SWAP. Your typical home seamstress sees a great fabric — maybe quilting cotton with totally kawai rubber ducks — and decides to make the Sorbet top she’s been reading about at all the sewing blogs. She posts the picture to Instagram and hangs it up with a sense of accomplishment. […]

Day 14

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Lace — especially moose lace like this in sport weight yarn — doesn’t look like anything much till you block it, but I think Adiri 3 will be quite a nice sweater, more textured than lacy but nice even so. My husband has been out of work for two weeks and has spent nearly every […]

Puerto Rico and Northwest Arkansas

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Not too long ago, Arkansas was impoverished, with many people living without electricity and indoor plumbing, diseases like malaria and hookworm devastating the population, and the highest debt in the nation. Now, Northwest Arkansas is prosperous. Partly, this is the Walton family and Walmart. Having some local billionaires who want to support their community (even […]

Well Underway

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Adiri and I have made friends. This is the ribbing and one repeat of the pattern, and also one skein of yarn — sport weight Wool of the Andes in Blossom Heather from Knitpicks. There’s a point when it’s clear that you actually have the right number of stitches, the right needles, the right yarn, […]


Monday, July 20th, 2015

There are some foods involving the Evil 6 that I’ve not yet given up. Pizza is one. However, I am now making my own healthier pizza. This is a simple crust made with King Arthur’s Pizza Flour: 1 cup warm water 2 T olive oil 2 cups flour 2 T yeast I’ve tried lots of […]

Knitting Pattern Error

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

  The pattern for the Adiri sweater clearly states that the lace is a multiple of 16 inches. The size I’m making tells you to cast on 216 stitches. It is evident that this is not a number divisible by 16. I did not notice this before I switched from the ribbing to the lace, […]

Cleanliness and Tidiness

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Tidying and cleaning both provide satisfaction, but of different kinds. Cleaning is a physical accomplishment. You scrub things and they become clean. You feel like you’ve done your part for the health and welfare of the household. But of course the area you’ve scrubbed will become dirty again and you’ll have to clean it again […]

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