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Archive for June, 2016

Vegetable of the Week: Eggplant

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Eggplants are lovely. They’re fragrant, like a melon or a cucumber, but they have spongy flesh that soaks up a good garlic-laden sauce.   Nutrition Facts Eggplant Amount Per 1 cup, cubes (82 g) Calories 20 % Daily Value* Total Fat 0.1 g 0% Saturated fat 0 g 0% Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g Monounsaturated fat […]

Machine Embroidery

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Here is a nice place to read, out on my back patio. Nice, that is, until you’ve been out there for three minutes, at which point it becomes clear that the heat is unbearable. I therefore declared a PSD: a Personal Sewing Day. I’m using my TnT nightgown pattern, Butterick 6838, and a length of […]

Try the World: Sweden

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Vegetable of the Week: Carrots

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Carrots? This is not a new or a trendy vegetable! How does it rate vegetable of the week? Because these little snack packs are replacing my daily snack pack of cookies. Carrots are sweet and versatile, making their way into everything from stir fries to cake, but they’re perfect for that mindless stress-induced afternoon snack. […]

Craftsy Class #1: Sew to Flatter/ Plan Your Best Wardrobe

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Summer school this year is a bunch of Craftsy classes. I started with Nancy Nix-Rice‘s wardrobe planning class. She is the author of Looking Good… Every Day, which I own but haven’t yet worked through. One thing I realized during the class is how much the SewingWithAPlan process is for me a project — something […]

Summer School

Monday, June 13th, 2016

It’s half past June and I haven’t yet chosen my summer study. I am, however, enrolled in all these Craftsy classes, so I think I will be working my way through them.

Big City

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

The conference weekend was fun. I learned some things and met some people I enjoyed talking with. I was coerced into going to a party in a bar and didn’t really enjoy it, though I got into a conversation with a nice woman who had a fascinating work history. She was a church youth leader, […]

Fortune Cookies

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

My daughters and I got fortune cookies. Mine said to value love that stands the test of time. #1 daughter’s said to pay attention to the home, not the house. #2 daughter’s told her to ignore people’s flaws and focus on their good points. These were, I think, excellent pieces of advice for each of […]

Road Trip Knitting 2

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

My road trip knitting project for this weekend will be Lady Gansey from Wanderlust, in Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, colorway Mai Tai Heather. It’s very nice to knit with such a pleasant feeling and cooperative yarn, and the pattern is knitted in one piece, mostly in stockinette. It should be perfect. Also perfect, flowers […]

Road Trip Knitting

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

A road trip provides a great opportunity to get some knitting done, but it has to be the right kind of knitting. I thought I had the right kind in hand when I started this simple, not-really-lace scarf for #2 daughter’s birthday. It’s made from Kollage yarn’s Delightful, and it’s just a one-row pattern, so […]

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