Month: June 2017

Peace Sweater # 10

I did lay this project aside for awhile because it wasn’t going very well. I was unhappy with how the sleeve ballooned when I switched to knitting in the round. The cause was the wrong sized needles. I really needed size 2 1/2, and I didn’t have them and couldn’t find any. Switching from 2’s to the round 3’s was just too sudden. Laying it aside must have been exactly what I needed, because one morning I woke up and was able to work out both the needle challenge and the switch from knitting flat to round in just a few minutes. (In my head, that is!)

The test of course, was to see how it would look, and the only way to know for sure was to start knitting. So, after considering for a day or two, I gritted my teeth and frogged the entire sleeve, which had about 20 more rounds than the photo above. I have outlined my steps here, so that I have them for the second sleeve, and who knows? There might be someone else out there trying to figure out a similar problem (🙄 yeah, right!)

A. Cast on using no. 2 straight pins, mark the center with a stitch marker. This will eventually become the underside center.

B. Knit the diagrams until you reach the first round row. Transfer stitches to double pins (no. 2) and start with new yarn on the  underside center. When you reach the new topside center, add a stitch marker and close the circle. Stitch the diagrams as directed, adding stitches to the underside center as directed in step C.

C. Increase one stitch on each side of the marker (total of 2) every 6 rows 4 times, then every 4 rows 3 times.

D. Switch to the no. 3 round pins after completing the triangle on diagram H. Continue according to the directions, going back to increases every 6 rows.

By waiting until the triangle is completed, it is easier to transition to the larger needles less noticeably,  especially if one takes care to knit loosely in the rows right before, and more tightly just after.

While it sounds a little crazy, the sleeve sure looks more like it should now! Getting over that challenge has me back working on this each evening, and as you can see, I am half way, maybe a little more. The next time I get stuck, I can just start the second sleeve,  instead of putting it away until I get motivated again.


Vogue 1537

As promised, here are some photos of the completed dress and coat from Vogue 1537. I’m not thrilled with the pictures, but then I never like my pictures so whatever! I have a little tweaking to do with the dress; I’m going to take out the gray zip and out a white one in, and when I do that I think I will give the hip area another 1/4 inch on each side. I didn’t notice it before, but I think it needs it when I look at the photos.

The dress is 100% handkerchief linen, underlined with silk organza, and lined with a basic polyester. The back has a deep V with inserts, which requires a side zipper. I never did take a photo of the back. 🙄

The coat is a silk/linen windowpane plaid, with the linen used as contrast, and lined with the same basic polyester. The coat has covered buttons and bound buttonholes. I have the original buttons on right now, I may change them out, but I really like those big ones!

Another Quilting Map

This past week I finally had the urge to go back to my Splendid Sampler quilts. I pulled out Splendid C, and was amazed to complete a quilting plan for it in about 30 minutes! I was excited, and motivated enough to put it on my project listing for this week.


I was so pleased, because when I last looked at it I had no idea of what to do with it. Not one square called to me, so I put it away, knowing that eventually I would have  an idea, but there was no point in forcing something that just wasn’t there.

Quilting is a big challenge for me; I am much more comfortable with a plan (provided is even better), and I struggle with this part of the creative process until said plan is outlined. Once it is, barring mechanical difficulties, I can usually get a lap quilt done is just a few sessions…but until then, not a pretty sight!

This also fits in nicely with my desire to clean up my sewing room a bit, so I have more planning space. Right now, my cutting table doubles as my desk, so it would be nice to clear out that pile of batting, border and binding fabric so I have a small desk space. My goal is to finish Splendid C by July 4th so I can send it off to its new owner, and give myself some more work space.😄

SAL Update – June 25

Welcome to the Stitch Along hosted by Avis and company! We are an eclectic group of stitchers that work on individual projects and use the SAL as a way to keep our momentum, and encourage each other. I love this group! We live all around the world, so check back throughout the day to see what everyone has been working on!

My current project is to recreate my Grandmother’s hardanger piece, created between 1895 and 1905, when she was a teen/young lady living near Mo i Rana, Norway. It measures 25 inches square, and I expect I’ll be working on it for a long time.

Last update, I had barely started, so no photo…(imagine a white cloth)

I have made some progress. I did not bring it during our recent trek to California, because I have learned the hard way, that stitching hardanger in the car is NOT a good idea! It doesn’t look like a lot of stitches, because that first square requires a lot of checking, counting and following of threads across the gap, to make certain the threads will match. I was pretty excited when I came around the final corner, and was on the money!

So, here’s my progress!


Check out what everyone else has been working on with these links.

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Book Review-Love Finds You in Lahaina Hawaii

Bodie Thoene has written some of my favorite book series, so I decided to check this one out of the library, even though the title sounded odd for her. What most would assume is a typical romance novel is far from it. It is actually two stories in one, and they are woven together to create an interesting read. One is set in 1973 and the other in 1898. I was not disappointed with a fluffy romance novel, but an intriguing and mysterious story.

I’ll just quote Bodie’s forward: “…in 1976. Brock and I met an old Hawaiian woman with a binder of early photographs beneath the enormous banyan tree across from the Pioneer Inn. It was among those sepia photographs that I first saw the haunting face of the beautiful young princess. When I asked the old woman about Princess Kaiulani, she smiled and said, ‘There is a difference between LEgend and the Truth. All is not as it seems in the history books. The true story of the Kingdom of Hawaii is a secret that has not yet been written.’ This is, in part, the story we heard that day.”

Of course it is fiction, some of the time sequences don’t match with the historical record, but is it ALL fiction?  While it wasn’t a typical can’t-put-it-down Thoene read, it was a good summer read, and one that kept me pondering for several days after I finished!

Favorite Things

I’m not planning to tour you around the entire campus, nor subject you to piles of graduation photos, but I am going to share some things that I found to be favorites of the week.

Being at the ocean, and seeing this little guy and all his friends coming in with the tide.

The mosaics on the buildings on the Stanford campus. They were very detailed and beautiful.

I did see some redwoods, though not the forest, due to special events creating all sorts of issues in the park that weekend. I think it was just as well, because these small ones, were kind of scary; I can’t imagine looking up at a 2000 year old tree. And, we did cross the Golden Gate bridge which is more red than gold.

Magnolia Trees! The buds are bigger than my fist, and the smell was amazing. I have never seen such huge flowers, they are incredible!

Seeing one of the original castings of “The Thinker” by Rodin.

Seeing Girl #2’s home away from home. She lived in Roble Hall for 3 years, which was built in 1898! The rooms had been updated, but still had a vintage feel. Old doors and hardware in the sleeping room, which just held two single beds with room to change! The living area had a bay window with a window seat and their desks, along with newer armoires.

Having my whole family together!And yes, that is the dress, which was still holding up well after 6 hours in 102 degree heat!

And, of course, seeing my Girl #2 graduate!! (not my photo, a friend of hers took this)

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Further Westward Ho!

Or maybe how far west can you go, would be a better title! Day 2 started with the long drive across the Nevada desert. How long? Long enough to knit an entire dishcloth and almost finish the leg on a 15 inch boot sock!

More specifically, it is 400 miles and change across Nevada, and the terrain doesn’t change much. It is a high desert plateau, covered with sage brush and not much wildlife. There must be elk, because we had three elk crossings on the interstate…the road goes through a giant, but very short culvert, with an elk passage over the top! No surprise that, because elk can be a little larger than a horse, not a good thing to meet at high speed! Nevada is made much bearable by the fact that the posted speed limit is 80mph, though the traffic flow was averaging 90 to 100 mph.

I kept looking for the mountains as I knew them from growing up in Colorado, but they didn’t look anything like that. Finally, just outside of Sparks/Reno they came into view, still with plenty of snow. Suddenly we were in the mountains, with coniferous trees all around, and going down the pass. We had now crossed into California, and the the ride down the west side of the Sierras was a little hair raising. There was some road work in progress, and suddenly the entire westward lane came to a complete stop. I’m not real keen about stop and go traffic on a 6% grade.

Had the traffic been a little less busy, we would have stopped at the rest area for some good pictures and a snowball fight. Those of you in the Eastern U.S. will laugh, but we South Dakotans think the traffic out here is insane!

Once we exited the Sierras, we were suddenly in a wide valley, filled with all sorts of crops. The photo I successfully caught was grapes. Since this is not the valley famous for its wine, I am guessing these were grapes for juice, jam, etc. but I don’t know for certain. We started into another set of hills which really shocked me, because they are totally brown! DH explained that California lost its native grasses long ago, and now only have annuals. Their season is already over, so they have already gone dormant. It also explained how wildfires get out of hand so quickly in this country! The hillsides were filled with windmills.

While it wasn’t the same day, we’ll continue down to the ocean. I’ve seen the Pacific once in the late fall on a very cold and gray day, so seeing the ocean in June was a treat. I was surprised by the wind, it is constant and pretty strong. The sand was incredibly soft and warm which made up for the cool ocean breeze. It was a glorious day and the hour we spent there was wonderful! I found a few shells and a broken sand dollar as a memento. Watching the tide come in was fascinating!


Again, these aren’t great photos, but they give you a flavor of our trip west. I get one more group up with some photos of the beautiful campus and things that amazed me.