Friday, March 31, 2017

Modern By The Yard Ezine

Modern By The Yard Ezine has produced their fourth (4) ezine and
there are some super duper patterns there for you to sew and quilt.
Here you have "Spring Fresh"
designed by 

Twiggy and Opal has designed this colorful table runner--
oh, WOW--what color selections!

These Ezines are FREE!  Check it out here

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Another Finish.............

Made it by the skin of my teeth--where did that saying originate anyway?

(After Shakespeare, a prolific coiner of new words, the King James translation of the Bible has been the biggest source of phrases in English. ‘By the skin of one’s teeth’ is one of them. Meaning ‘narrowly’ or ‘barely’, and referring usually to a narrow escape from disaster, the phrase comes from the Book of Job, in which Job is subjected to horrible trials by Satan, to be relieved finally by God. The precise phrase Job uses is slightly different:
‘My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth’ (19:20).
Exactly what ‘the skin of one’s teeth’ might be is not entirely clear, and there have been many theories put forward. The most plausible explanation is that it refers to the thin porcelain exterior of the tooth (rather than the gums). In other words, Job escaped with his teeth, but just barely. Job is comparing the narrow margin of his escape with the shallow ‘skin’ or porcelain of a tooth: the equivalent, in fact, of a ‘hair’s breadth’)  
It's interesting that a lot of the slogans we use today is a Biblical reference.  Any who--I did finish
March pattern on Estonian knit along designed by Toni L. Lorenz.  
It was a continuing pattern from February.  I'm using handspun silk--
soon to switch to another yarn as I didn't have much silk to use.

I have the other mitt finished from Helical Stripes--it doesn't matter
to me if they match or not--finished in time to begin April's adventure in
the Year of Techniques from AC Knitwear

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Done, Done It!

Yes, it is finished--well, almost!  Needs some quilting though.
We'll get to that later.  I'm hoping to have several small wall
hangings ready for the quilter and she can just zip them
on one backing--that's my thought anyway--not sure,
how she feels about that though!!

I've been working away on my blocks from three monthly QAL--
so excited to get these two out of the way--until I really
looked and no way.................I put the last section of
the red block on upside down!  Gee whiz--going too fast
isn't always good.

Rip-it, rip-it and we are back on track! 
Slow down Nelly--don't need mistakes that take time
to correct..

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pooling Party........................

Let's go pooling!  Not a real swimming pool, but a yarn pool.  There are several patterns
on Ravelry that uses variegated yarns.  How to pool your yarn? And why?
Twist Collective has an excellent article on how and why--I know it takes 
some math figuring and I'm not the greatest at math, but, this looks like
an adventure in knitting.

What is pooling?  This all began with crochet method of changing the way
yarns work up.  There is a way you can make the variegated yarn colors
create patterns in your work.  Here is video on knitting to pool.

In one way, this is all very interesting and intriguing--I know I need someone to hold my hand,
hence, there will be a KAL with
You can find her basic DaVinci Cowl pattern on Ravelry; take a look on
Pinterest and/or join her Facebook group here.  Her knit along
begins April 1.

First, I need to find a good variegated yarn that will work with this technique--
does that mean I can buy, buy, buy?  

She also has KAL for Rhapsody which begins May 1.
This is a 30% discount on the pattern now through end of April
if you wish to join in this KAL.  I'm thinking if my yarn
for DaVinci doesn't work for pooling, I can use it for Rhapsody.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Summer Reading With Your Ears!...........

Every year I post about this terrific program--free audio books for youngsters!  But, I, as an adult like reading some of these books also.  Look at this list!!  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!  Wow!  All good reads or rather listens............hop over to their website and sign up to download these weekly audios.

2017 SYNC Audiobook Title Pairs

April 27 – May 3
THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich, Narrated by Charlotte Parry, Christian Coulson (Hachette Audio)
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde, Narrated by Greg Wise (Naxos AudioBooks)
May 4  – May 10
FEED by M.T. Anderson, Narrated David Aaron Baker, John Beach, Anne Twomey & Tara Sands (Listening Library)
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams, Narrated by Stephen Fry (Random House Audio)
May 11 – May 17
BRONX MASQUERADE by Nikki Grimes, Narrated Jessica Almasy, Cherise Booth, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez (Recorded Books)
TEENAGE DIARIES: THEN AND NOW by Radio Diaries, Hosted by Joe Richman (HighBridge Audio)
May 28 – May 24
THE GATHERING: SHADOW HOUSE BOOK 1 by Dan Poblocki, Narrated by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
IN OUR BACKYARD: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT by Nita Belles, Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella (Oasis Audio)
May 25 – May 31
FREAKLING by Lana Krumwiede, Narrated by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
BOY by Anna Ziegler, Performed by Sarah Drew, John Getz, Travis Johns, Amy Pietz, and Bobby Steggert (L.A. Theatre Works)
June 1 – June 7
BEAST by Donna Jo Napoli, Narrated by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)
OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay, Narrated by Julia Whelan (Tantor Media)
June 8 – June 14
PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama, Narrated by Julia Whelan (Elizabeth Fama)
IF I RUN by Terri Blackstock, Narrated by Nan Gurley (Zondervan)
June 15 – June 21
THE RED UMBRELLA by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Narrated by Kyla Garcia (Ideal Audiobooks)
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois, Narrated by Rodney Gardiner (Dreamscape Media)
June 22 – June 28
To Be Determined
THE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692 by Stacy Schiff, Narrated by Eliza Foss (Hachette Audio)
June 29  – July 5
AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ by Richard Montoya, Developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, Performed by Keith Jefferson, Richard Montoya, Todd Nakagawa, Sean San Jose, Kimberly Scott, Herbert Siguenza, Tom Virtue, Libby West, Caro Zeller (L.A. Theatre Works)
MY NAME IS NOT EASY by Debby Dahl Edwardson, Narrated by Nick Podehl and Amy Rubinate (Brilliance Audio)
July 6 – July 12
REBUTTAL by Jyotsna Hariharan, Narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch and Nina Mehta (HarperAudio)
REMEMBER TO FORGET by Ashley Royer, Narrated by Will Lasley (Blink)
July 13 – July 19
THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR by Mark Schatzker, Narrated by Chris Patton (Dreamscape Media)
SUGAR by Deirdre Riordan Hall, Narrated by Tara Sands (Brilliance Audio)
July 20 – July 26
GONE: GONE SERIES, BOOK 1 by Michael Grant, Narrated by Kyle McCarley (Tantor Media)
THE ONE SAFE PLACE by Tania Unsworth, Narrated by Mark Turetsky (HighBridge Audio)
July 27 – August 2
AIRBORN by Kenneth Oppel, Narrated by David Kelly (Full Cast Audio)
SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoe Marriott, Narrated by Amy Rubinate (Brilliance Audio)
August 3  – August 9
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys, Narrated by Emily Klein (Listening Library)
IN MY HANDS: MEMORIES OF A HOLOCAUST RESCUER by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, Narrated by Hope Davis (Listening Library)
August 10 – August 16
SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older, Narrated by Anika Noni Rose  (Scholastic Audiobooks)
METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka, Narrated by Martin Jarvis (Naxos AudioBooks)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Shopping For Birth-day Quarters.............

It's that time of year again--the ex-patchers give fat quarters (18"x22") as birthday gifts.  It's always fun to shop for these fabrics--keeping fingers crossed the recipient will like what you have selected!

Here is the list:  Judy--Bright Kaffe Fassett--this will take some shopping!

Camilla--Brown (is that a plain brown or a patterned brown??)
I settled on patterned brown!

 Debby--gold and black OR creams (which do you think would be easier to find?),
just a little red

Sandy--medium to dark reds that read as a solid for patriotic quilt--now that's specific!!
Now, that I see this in the camera--it's not looking so Red!

Karen--black and white or white on black

Tedi--medium to dark pink or orange batiks--hmmm, which will I choose?

Annette--naturals--beiges and ecru--no white


I know--I'm not suppose to buy for myself, but you
can never have too much cream

Linda-- gold or yellow batiks
That takes care of all the birthday wishes except for that bright Kaffe Fassett Fabric
more shopping in my future!!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Need Inspiration for Colorwork?

Do you ever get stuck with ideas on what colors to use for your next project?  I do all the time.........
I have taken to viewing old seed catalogues

Actually, the blog features numerous Arts and Artists work

But, there is nothing like viewing these colorful prints

Smithsonian Digital has several of these vintage seed catalogues
for your viewing pleasure--whether you take up needle and thread
or brush or paint, there are good color choices to be found 
when you get stuck in a rut.

Friday, March 24, 2017

In The Land of Mesquite!

Mesquite trees grow everywhere in Texas and other southwest lands.
keep reading--you'll find out why I'm writing about Mesquite trees.

Mesquite trees are one of the toughest trees known to man with more than 40 species to be found worldwide, and 7 of those species growing in Texas. The most notably prolific of those mesquite trees growing in Texas is the honey mesquite.
Of the 167.5 million acres that Texas takes up in this United States, the honey mesquite flourishes like a bad weed on at least 56 million of them, or grow over a third of the state. 76% of all mesquite trees in the U.S. grow in Texas though they are native to other Southwestern states also.

Seedpods are the means by which the mesquite tree propagates itself and those seedpods can be up to 10 inches long. The seedpods are called beans, since they resemble green beans only much larger, and they mature in late summer when they are covered with a sweet coating that has a sugar content of as much as 30%. It is common for people to chew the sweet coating off the seedpods 

When I was younger, We had a number of mesquite trees in our yard and it was my brother's' job to rake the
seed pods when they fell--boy, how they hated to do that job!  Don't think they ever ate a
seedpod though!

One reason we hated these trees were the thorns!  Oh my--if one of 
these thorns hit you--big OUCH!  They are good protection from
outside elements though.

Okay, you are saying--why are we talking about mesquite trees?
If you got this far in the blog, you're in for a treat--
and I have a whole new admiration for these lowly trees!
Why?  All because of an article, by Teresa Morris, in this magazine
opened my eyes! These trees surround us--yes, I know the
wood is used for furniture and smoking meats, but
never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about
eating the tree!  The magazine has recipes in which you can
use this flour from mesquite pods.  

This is a low glycemic food, high in protein and fiber; used to replace 25-50% of
other flours; the taste warm spice flavor, cocoa and molasses--It's worth
a try!
 There are other food products that come from trees, but I hadn't even 
given them a thought.  I do know that one simple little pill that
gave the world a pain reliever-- Aspirin!!

"The ancient Egyptians used willow bark as a remedy for aches and pains, said Diarmuid Jeffreys, author of "Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug." They didn't know that what was reducing body temperature and inflammation was the salicylic acid.

I'm looking to cook up a tasty dish with mesquite flour powder--

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Helical stripes--oh yeah!

This has been a great instructional time for me!  Just take a peek
at this video from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear.
You can also find them at Facebook

why I never did my knitted stripes this way before??  simply simple--easy to follow and
mindless knitting!
I've divided my Zauerball into two sections--wish I had got
the colors different to begin with, but that is lesson learned!

I have the pattern, five needles (could use two circulars--but was
too lazy to go through my needles to find them!) 

Look at this!  No bumps!  No interference with the stripes--
just a continuous round.   
I'm ready for the thumb--so enjoying this knit!
Finished!  I know the thumb looks weird--I didn't knit enough
single rounds before I began the ribbing--and I was too 
lazy to rip it back--
now!  onto the second mitt!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Men's 1940's Fashion And Zoot Suit

There was an interesting feature of the Zoot Suit!  

men's suit with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. This style of clothing became popular among the Mexican AmericanAfrican AmericanItalian AmericanFilipino American, and, to a lesser extent, Irish American communities during the 1940s.[2][3] In Britain the "Edwardian-look" suits with velvet lapels worn by Teddy Boys are said to be a derivative of the zoot suit.[4]

Did you know that there was Zoot Suit Riots?  Yes, Riots
over who wore Zoot Suits!  This was more about race relations
than fashion.  Because of the L-73 restriction,Mexican-American
youths who wore these oversized suits were considered unpatriotic
and draft dodgers.  Tensions rose in Los Angeles when thousands
of military men on leave poured into the area and clashes
occurred between white servicemen and civilian youth of all
colors.  Hence: the Zoot Suit riot!  

Here is a two piece Palm Beach style suit with
yellow silk necktie.  This type of clothing became
beloved among American men in 1930-40's.  The suits
were comfort and casual.  Rather than hiding the natural
lines of the body, the new athletic style conformed and
flattered the male shape.

Of course, we have here the Army Uniform:
President Eisenhower wore this iconic jacket.  This
version was very similar to the WAC's uniform, 
which men like due to the comfortable and stylish jacket.
This jacket style is being worn now by the US Border
Patrol and National Park Service.

We just have to mention the WAVES suit, 
which combined naval uniform traditions with
restrained feminine style.  The suit is well-known for it's rounded collars above pointed lapels and adapted square knot Navy tie.  Discharged WAVES continued to wear their uniforms
after the war.  They could remove insignias and modify the buttons
to be worn as business suits.

Women became essential to building ships, bombs, aircraft.
Here is Bell Aircraft coveralls, worn by Evelyn Delong Paris, as she
worked on B-29s.
Bravo Women!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bare Necessary.............1940 Style

 Okay, we continue on our journey through 1940's fashions, thanks to exhibit at Pacific War Museum. Fredericksburg, Texas.   This exhibit opened the door to a world that I didn't really know--I'm a WWII baby.  My dad was stationed with US Army in France--what he did, we are not sure and he never spoke of his service after his return.
Did you ever wear stockings?--Nylons, as they were called during the early part of 1940.
Hemlines rose due to the material shortage making hosiery essential.  The only stockings
available before 1940 were either cotton (too thick), saggy rayon or
expensive silk, which ripped easily.  Some gals either took to 'hosiery cream',
which provided an illusion of stockings or Some even took to using black
eyeliner to draw a seam down the back of their leg--seamed hosiery
was the rage.

Then on the market--nylon stockings appeared!  As soon
as they hit the stores, they vanished from the shelves.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the new material went
to military uses--in parachutes, aircraft fuel tanks, shoelaces,
mosquito netting.  Nylon became 'the fiber that won the war'
That led to another situation:

Silk Chiffon Wedding dress, worn by Marjorie Brown on her
wedding day to Sgt. Denton Trautman

Silk!  no less

Such lovely design--my mother wore a silk satin wedding dress--
I remember when I was 5 or 6 wearing that dress while
I played around the house!  how could she let me wear such
a creation??!!

Here you have a Rayon crepe maternity dress:
L-85 exemption, which limited fabric yardage, did allow for
these exemptions: 

children below five
burial clothing
religious garments
wedding gowns
maternity dresses
These allowances showed that the American government had a 
commitment to protect core national values such as family and religion.

There is so much more to this exhibit--I wish you could walk through
this era as I did and experience the life style of the those who
sacrificed so much for our freedom

Monday, March 20, 2017

DIY of 1940's Fashions

You think we, as 21st century people, created DIY--nope!  This concept of do-it-yourself was created as a desire to support the troops and provided an surge in 1940's garment making.  In 1942, sewing pattern sales rose 40-50% over the depression years.  By the end of the war, the number of female home sewers nearly doubled!

We continue our tour of the 1940's fashion exhibit presented by
Pacific War Museum located in Fredericksburg, Texas

"Help fight the war with scissors, needle and thread!"
Sheath dress made from linen table cloth--
conservation advice promoted cutting down existing
materials and remaking them into new practical wearables.

This table cloth dress headed the advertisement
"Use it up, wear it out, make it do--or do without!"

This is evening gown with bolero jacket, sewn by Edith Dyer
Edith was married to Navy expert cyptanalyst, who was
stationed in Pearl Harbor during the war.

She made this ensemble to wear to dances and social events
held at the Officer's club.

Tailored black wool dress going away suit,
sewn by Mrs. J. G. Keyes, who used a Vogue Couturier pattern
as her going away dress when she married in 1940

Many brides wore going away suits after the wedding ceremony;
in some cases the suit served as the wedding dress for those wishing
to satisfy wartime restrictions.

Another example of a 'going-away' dress

Here's a booklet on Make and Mend for Victory
that was used for Alterations, Make Over, Accessories--
practical knowledge for those home sewers
Another example Of DIY--this nylon night gown
Through nylon disappeared on the home front, this 
scarce luxury item could still be found among military personnel--

In parachutes!

Not only were there home sewers, but knitters who wanted
to be of service to the military.  In the above photo, you will
see, lower left corner, the Vogue pattern that was used
to make the going away suit in the above photo.

This half knitted sweater, in colors suitable for military
was "Bundles for Britain", a small knitting
circle, led by New Yorker Natalie Wales Latham.  This
organization expanded to a number of branches and sent thousands
of sweaters, socks, scarves and caps across the Atlantic.

Here is the pattern "Man's sleeveless sweater--V-neck"
"Takes 2 hanks--Khaki color, 2 prs. #6 needles, #4 needles to be
used only for 3" ribbing at the bottom of the sweater"
You can find 1940's knitting patterns here