today’s challenge

June 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Question: Can I take a men’s sweater and alter it to fit me better? I do sometimes buy men’s sweaters specifically to have something big and shapeless and cozy to wear. But today I found this sweater at the salvation army and it just won’t work for me unless I make some changes. I love the colors, but the neck is too stiff and tight, and the torso is way too long. It fits, but is neither comfortable or flattering.


Plan of action: First remove ribbed collar and re-knit to be looser, probably in a cowl style. Next, remove ribbed part at the bottom of the sweater, and maybe also the blue stripe above it. Maybe do the same to sleeves?

Stay tuned to see the finished result!

And if I don’t like how it turns out, I’ll just unravel the entire thing and re-use the yarn.


Mrs. Bale

April 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Sallie and I were watching “As Time Goes By” last night, and we both rather liked the sweater that Mrs. Bale was wearing in one of the episodes. So now I am browsing on ravelry, trying to find a similar lace pattern so I can make a Mrs. Bale scarf or shawl. It’s probably too much to ask to find the actual sweater pattern.

meet my crock

May 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm | Posted in craft tools | Leave a comment
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L does her yarn dyeing in crockpots, and she was telling me how easy it is.  You can just walk away and let the yarn soak up the color.  And she has created some lovely results!

I saw a crockpot for sale at a thrift shop recently, and I went back and forth about whether to get it, and finally didn’t because I didn’t want to carry it home.  But today I decided to go back and see if it was still there.  And it was.  And now it’s plugged in, sitting on my kitchen counter, and contains a sweater that wanted to be purple.

I have blue fingers again, just like last time I played with dye, because I just can’t resist sticking my hands in and squishing things around.

crockpot by the back door

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