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SWAP 2017: Colors

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

I haven’t made a full SWAP in years and probably won’t accomplish one in 2017, either. But I enjoy planning them and I am taking another PSD today, so I thought I’d plan one just for fun. The new style SWAP has 12 pieces: Core 4 (jacket, skirt, pants, top) Inner column 2 (top, skirt) […]

Wardrobe and Weight Loss

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Last time I published a picture of my closet, it was full of drab,  swampy colors. They were hanging neatly, but the overall look was sober. That picture is shown below. The picture above shows my current wardrobe, mostly in pretty, soft colors, not as neatly arranged. I now wear size 10 jeans and size […]

Froggy Evening

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Yes, I frogged the sleeve. Then I watched Father Brown all evening and reknitted the sleeve.   Check out the pretty wee buttons: I will take a PSD (Personal Sewing Day) tomorrow and on Sunday as well, sewing up some pieces of my SWAP and enjoying a hermit-like weekend before moving into weeks with even […]

Frog or No?

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Is the right arm obviously larger than the left? Like, so obviously that it has to be frogged? It’s just a couple of stitches and I hardly noticed it till now, but in a sweater this tiny, it probably is bad enough that I need to frog it. Sigh.

Lucinda Guy

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

My Knitpicks summer sale order arrived. I was very restrained, ordering only yarn that I specifically needed. The Little Girl has chosen a Lucinda Guy ensemble for her Christmas present. It’s the Jack Frost Jacket from Handknits for Kids. With it she wants the Dougie Dog hat and scarf. Adorable, right? She wants the red […]

Amy Herzog’s Sweater Modifications Class

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

I took Amy’s Knit to Flatter class last summer, and this year I watched her new class. I bought the associated book last year and made a very nice, well-fitting sweater. I bought several sweaters’ worth of yarn and spent quite a bit of time dithering over the pattern/ yarn matchmaking before I gave up […]


Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Scott Adams recommends focusing on a single metric when deciding how your life is going: energy. I have a good, relatively objective way to measure my energy level. I spend 30 minutes every morning doing Wii Fit step. At the end of the 30 minutes, Wii Fit tells me the number of steps I’ve taken. […]

Fruit Salad Yarn

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

This is Salade de Fruits from La Drogeurie in the Peaches in Syrup colorway. This is a bamboo/cotton blend, very soft and pretty. It came as a kit, with the pattern and buttons included. I’m making Villelaure, a straightforward raglan baby sweater. The pattern begins with short rows in garter stitch — point de mousse […]

Independence Day 2017

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

#2 daughter, the Good Ol’ Boy, DIL, the Little Boy, and the Little Girl came over for the 4th. To say nothing of the dog. Minimal decoration. Fried chicken, grilled ribs, lots of fruit and veg, and some easy pastry.

2017, Part 2

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

I spent much of the weekend thinking about plans for the rest of the year. I talked with #1 daughter about the future of the business, reviewed my New Years goals, set up a new planner (and a six-month fitness planner, too), and did a lot of ruminating. At length, I decided that I am […]

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