sidewalk ice We haven’t had much of the threatened snow; chances are, today’s concert will not be canceled.

We have been cold, though.

I stopped to snap a picture of one of the sidewalk ice floes on a walk.

The neighbor bulldog in the corner of the picture has a sweater on.





The bad thing is that it is cold inside as well as out. Here is the ice on the inside of my window.icy window

You are not supposed to notice how long it has been since I cleaned my window sill. You are just supposed to see the ice and feel sorry for me.

Not really. I have Fuzzy Feet.



old fuzzy footThis is a Fuzzy Foot I made for myself last Hallowe’en. It is still warm and cozy, though now it is insulated further with all the dog hair it has picked up.

Fuzzy Feet are a free pattern from (click on the link to go to the pattern).  Basically, they are a giant simplified sock, which you then felt down to a slipper.

This is in Wool of the Andes, in the color called “Iron Ore.”



And here is the leftover yarn from #2 son’s sweater, being made into a pair of Fuzzy Feet for #1 son, who has new fuzzy footoutgrown all available slippers.

You can see the heel and gusset, and I am working my way down the foot.

This is Wool of the Andes “Mist.” I didn’t check the needle size, as a) gauge is not very important for felted things and b) I have only one pair of humongous needles so it is a moot point.

The key to knitting something for #1 son is speed, so that he has little time to nag and whine.

Fuzzy Feet are perfect for that.

Pipes continues, but ever-lengthening plain navy blue stockinette sleeves are not that interesting to look at.

burgundy skirt

This is my finished sewing project for the week, a six-gored skirt in burgundy wool gabardine.

The pattern is Simplicity 5914, which includes a trumpet skirt as well. We made that for #2 daughter, and it turned out very nicely.

In fact, this is a TNT pattern. That is sewing blog speak for “tried and true” — a pattern which you have already checked and fitted and figured out, so that you can just sew it up without any drama or difficulty.

You are supposed to make all SWAP (“Sewing with a Plan”) pieces from TNT patterns, but I hadn’t done enough sewing to have any when I began the process.

I am now very near to completion of my SWAP, and I have several TNT patterns and like the concept very much. The key, I think, would be to make them in fabrics that were different enough, or to make them with sufficiently different details, that you don’t end up always wearing the same thing. The serious SWAP-ers also “morph” them, which is to say they add their own touches to make them quite different. This is a requirement in some of the advanced SWAP challenges.

I am content to have successfully completed my skirt.