A Sunday in Spring

Good food.

The cheese was soaked in red wine. It’s delicious.
An egg, and the salad had dried cranberries, praline pecans, and a balsamic-fig dressing.

The return of Ball.

I love ball.


A good walk.

The water felt very healing.

My favorite path.
I found this clearing and I think it is enchanted.

Kochi Jacket

It’s my first try at this sewing pattern. I have mixed feelings.

In the con column: in this fabric it’s not a very versatile garment, because I semi-hate it.

In the pro column: I think I may like the pattern itself.

I have found one (1) outfit I can wear this with that feels like Something I Would Wear ™️, and, in fact, I have worn it and I think it was fine. It helps that the fabric, while not being a print I find myself wanting to be draped in, reminds me of an album cover which amuses me.

It really is a stretch.

So, why did you have that fabric in the first place, Shin Ae? Good question. I don’t have an answer to that one.

Anyway, I like the pattern enough to try it again, and I’m in the process of doing just that. I disassembled a dress and am using that fabric, because the dress, it was…perhaps you know what I will say…

a sack.

Feather Duster shawl

Pattern by Susan Lawrence.

I knitted my version in Madelinetosh Pashmina, a wonderfully soft blend of merino wool, cashmere, and silk. The shade is called Composition Book Gray.

I was on the fence about trying the yarn or the pattern until I saw another person’s version on Ravelry in this exact yarn and color. I loved it so much I ordered the yarn immediately. I believe it was Beth Kling whose version I copied.

I wonder if you can see a theme is emerging: sometimes I don’t realize the potential of an idea until I see someone else has done a beautiful thing. I think this is great inspiration for us to show our work to one another. It has been such a help to me, anyway, to see what other people do with what’s available to us.

The pattern is not at all difficult once you get going, and it’s very gratifying to work. People seem to like this shawl when they see it in person, and I’ve knitted the pattern as a gift at least once I can think of, if you happen to be looking for patterns which are well-received and not too taxing to complete.

Still happy, still birthday

Birthday present show and tell!

This book, released just last week. It’s a treasure trove of patterns, plus it’s a beautiful object in itself.

A bottle of perfume, which I chose because it’s soft, and it tickles around the edges of my memory, in a good way. I’m choosing tell, not show, for that.

A necklace, from Midwinter. It’s a moonstone, and I love it.

Ishbel shawl

Ishbel, pattern by Ysolda Teague.

My version, knitted in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. The shade is Tart. I don’t have the skill to photograph the color accurately. It is dark and luminous and rich, the most beautiful red.

I use this at Christmas. I tried once for Reformation Day, but it’s still too warm and humid here for wool shawls.

Happy birthday to me!

It was today! It was good!

I got to take a small break from some of my work, and eat what I wanted, and do the kinds of shopping that I like to do, and none of the kinds I don’t like to do. I got to take a walk, and chat with my friend, and later I had treats with candles to blow out.

I made a tart with a cookie crust. The pastry cream is flavored with vanilla, a tiny hint of rose, and a splash of Cointreau. Raspberries on top. Rob got me a Carvel ice cream cake. It’s an annual treat that makes me laugh and which I find irresistible.

I’m older now.

Here I am, being pretty much my current age, although ever-so-slightly less old than I am now. It’s from a couple weeks ago, you see, when I got my new phone and was playing with the camera and it’s the closest thing I have to Birthday Shin Ae, because I didn’t take photos today. I also didn’t go on a walk in the woods, which feels like something that should have happened, but here’s the thing: I can do that tomorrow.

I hope you had a good my birthday, too.

Nani Iro Tunic Dress

This is the first one I made.

Sometimes, when I’m trying a new pattern just to see what’s up with it, I’ll piece together scraps of fabric rather than using new yardage. That’s what I did here.

Front bottom.
Back, with Catthew. I regret leaving those white panels unembellished.

I used some fine linen, some rougher embroidery linen, quilting cotton, fine Japanese gauze, Japanese double-gauze, a vintage cocktail napkin, pieces of a flour sack dish towel I dyed in tea (ha), and unbleached muslin which is one of my favorite fabrics of all, I think.

Here’s a detail of the little pocket at the top. I lined it in Nani Iro cotton gauze fabric. The edging is a snippet I crocheted in linen thread.

A detail of one of the botanical appliqués I used:

It’s a nigella pod from my garden. I just draw the pictures on muslin with a fine felt-tip pen. They fade eventually and need to be redone, but it only takes a couple minutes to go over the original lines.

A detail of the old napkin. It makes me laugh. It’s the piece with the embroidered heart-like shape on it:

Detail of the the other front panel. I crocheted the tiny flowers to attach here and there, and knitted the small length of lace. Both are done in linen. The appliqué is another drawing of nigella from my garden; that one was still in bloom:

It’s a little bit of a pain to fit all the pieces together, but it’s a good exercise, and one way to make sure small pieces of fabric don’t go to waste.

Here is the pattern. It’s a dress or a quite voluminous shirt:

y’all it’s a sack