Monthly Archives: February 2011



I’m beginning to remake silk suiting and upholstery selvage into a new fabric.

Experimenting with weaves.


Making Lemonade


Figuratively, that is.

I got 4 yards of a herringbone winter white silk suiting. Thought it would make a great casual summer something-or-other and decided on Vogue 8639, a very loose tunic-y top and drawstring pants.

This is one of those patterns designed with different pieces for the the top fronts for A, B, C, D cup sizes. I got it so I didn’t have to fuss with pattern alteration for my, er, voluptuous figure.  And because the top was so loose and unfitted, I didn’t feel the need to make a muslin first. When will I learn?

And ohbytheway, the instructions for this pattern are terrible. I generally don’t follow instructions step-by-step, just give them the once-over for anything unusual, but for some reason, this time I followed them and caused myself tons of undue aggravation. I strongly recommend staying away from this one.

I started with the top. Though I measured carefully, the sizing was so off, so very off, that I had to try to fix it. It was just unwearable. The more  I adjusted, the worse things got.

After several hours, I realized that I should call time of death and move on. But I couldn’t bear to throw that great fabric away. So I started cutting it into strips and began weaving them together. Maybe they’ll become a soft summer handbag. Maybe a piece of art. It’s not clear to me yet, but I will have lemonade from this big lemon.




Ladies Who Lunch


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Not often enough, I have a chance to get together with a couple sassy, witty, bright women I have the privilege to call friends.  Lunch is at my house this afternoon.

On the menu:

  • Chicken and wild rice soup with smoked sausage
  • Pear and arugula salad with pancetta and a honey vinaigrette
  • White corn muffins
  • Flourless chocolate cake (recipes courtesy of Epicurious)

and wine. We mustn’t forget the wine.  A Pinot Grigio with the meal and a Red Zin with dessert.

I can’t wait!

A Shrug at Winter


I had one last winter project in the works that I finished up in front of the TV last night. I’m sure will still be plenty of days to get use out of this cozy shrug before packing it away for those brief couple months of warm weather.

I used this pattern from Lion Brand as a start, (it’s just a big rectangle in a rib stitch) but added in a couple rows of openwork stitches right around where the shawl collar would turn, around rows 20 or 22, so I could weave trim through for a little interest.

My trim is a selvage I salvaged (oh, that’s a cute turn of phrase) from a gray matte jersey that works just perfectly here.

In the Pink


I tried. I gave it good shot. I made cozy warm sweaters last week and did my best to embrace February and its bitter temps, wind, snow, ice and sleet. It’s 13 degrees this morning and I’m not feeling any better about February. It’s time to look ahead. I don’t know what’s going to happen here yet, but this is what we’ll be conjuring Spring with.

The Pinks

Are you feeling it?