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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sleeveless-ish version

The first shot is with the sleeve extension and the second is the shortened version.

 I took the sleeve down as far as I could go without encroaching on the side seam which might make the whole thing too tight. Because of the vertical rows of the knit, it wants to follow the shoulder line into the arm. But as you can see from this photos of me wearing it, it is straight up from the side seam.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Vest Idea

Tangier yarn: 47% Silk, 19% Acrylic, 17% Cotton, 17% Rayon
and Nashua Superwash wool: Aran: 50% Wool, 50% Merino

Friday, September 9, 2016

Magenta October Gift

 Magenta October Gift....11.5x24" Silk and cotton, hand dyes, fused and machine quilted, hand embroidered. $300.00

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Lowering the neckline

This is the view from the shoulder seam. In the previous designs I didn't have a seam and joined the front and back by picking up stitches and knitting the shoulder triangle attaching  both sides.
Now that I have done it this way I think I can pick up and knit a half hexagon from these triangles. Or at least I will try.
Essentially, the back is straight across at the neckline and in order to meet it I added a tiny triangle atop the last half diamond (the triangle knit after the last diamond). The tiny triangle is decreased on each edge, like the very bottom triangles at the hem.

Here's a view of the top of the neck, so it is obvious how wide the back neck became, the way I ended it. I am going to try knitting the fronts and back together with a three sided unit, but first I will make a swatch and figure it out stitchwise first. I don't like seams, as they are lumpy.

Here's a diagram of the last unit and the decreases. Those interior decreases will be Sl 1, k2tog, psso. The edge decreases will be just knit 2 tog. I think...haven't done it yet.
Best wishes!

Saturday, June 25, 2016


This is the day I realize I must stop eating like there are no consequences. This cute pattern looks and feels awfully tight on my body, and is a size 16, so it should fit. Obviously I am kidding myself. The bust is so tight that it shows stretching across the front. The sleeves are squeezing my arms like a girdle. My butt is sticking out like a big blob. The bust darts are way above the bust, and wrinkles form under the armpit. What a disappointment or rather what a wake-up call. I won't be wearing this to church tomorrow.
 I guess I can no longer deny that I have reached an endpoint and must diet. So now that we have moved, it is the perfect time to take control and end this self-indulgent behavior. I will need your encouragement, of course. Luckily I still can go to and work it out there. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The End of the Garden Bins

Carl and Carl Jr. from up on the mountain, came with our old trailer and their truck and took away all 6 bins, in minutes. We're getting things off our checklist of things to do before we move.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Garden Bins

 We have five troughs that are about 3'x8'x28" and one six foot circular one. All have drilled drainage holes. We spent about $1000 to buy all of these. 
Cattle trough garden: Cattle trough garden: