Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday fragments

in which our plucky heroine changes her plans...

Progress is happening on the handstitched cardigan... the basic assembly is done, and I am planning on stitching reinforcement strips along the center front, and body and sleeve hemlines next (I do this to help keep the edges from curling, which jersey knit is prone to doing), binding the neckline edge, and finally sewing on the snaps! In addition, Marya pointed out that the plaid wool in my Fabric Resource Center coordinated perfectly with the cardigan I have been working on!

I might have to will change up my SWAP plans yet again, and make a plaid pinafore instead of a brown one... The real difficulty I am having is finding fabric that works for what I need to add to my wardrobe, and that also works with the SWAP guidelines, but I think that this revised plan pencils out...

Choose two neutral colours: black and indigo, 3 garments from each colorway

1. black randomwale corduroy pinafore
2. black DWR rain poncho
3. black knit top

4. indigo dark denim pinafore (already made, from SWAP 2017)
5. indigo pinstripe top
6. indigo rayon popover top

Choose 1 accent color: brown, 2 prints: a brown/indigo plaid, and a floral print; one garment in each of these -

7. brown knit top (can use RTW Uniqlo turtleneck)
8. brown/indigo plaid pinafore
9. floral print cotton blouse

2 more additional garments in colors already chosen

10. brown/black flannel top
11. Alabama Chanin style cotton jersey cardigan

adding a "candy" thermometer to the kitchen tools was long on my list. While I am not a confectioner, it will make judging when jam and marmalade are fully cooked a lot easier. I found one at my local New Seasons, instead of having to order from Amazon, and tested it as soon as I got home. Boiling water at sea level is 212 F. I did have to adjust the dial just a few degrees, which was very simple, as the storage case the thermometer fits into has a hexnut wrench built into the case!

While out running errands today, I saw a flyer that our neighborhood association will be giving away 25 free fruit trees at the beginning of March. Not sure if I will be lucky in the lottery, but I did fill out the form, because who knows? I am asking for a Smyra Quince, out of the list of trees available, in the hope that not that many people will want a quince, whereas one has been on my list for years now, and I have the perfect spot picked out...

February SMART goals (x=extra)
1 Slavic scroll blank -cracked water barrel
2 another A/C sleeve -bag to Goodwill
3 grapefruit marmalade - -
4 Seville marmalade - -
5 x- -
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

grateful for: my excellent neighbors to the south


  1. Love how the plaid matches your sweater. Your friend was a doll at finding it in your stash for you. The hand work on your sweater is absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see it finished.

    1. I am working working working on the cardigan...

  2. So cool about the neighborhood assoc giving away fruit trees! AFAIK, ours (Sexton Mtn, I think) doesn't even meet ;-( I've been seeing signs all week about upcoming meetings, but nothing for us, darn it.

    And, like Ann, I love how that plaid looks like it was made for your SWAP - great discovery.

    1. I have never been to a neighborhood association meeting, but now I am curious...

      I figure if I turn the plaid into a pinafore, it will be worn at least once or twice a month if not more, in the cooler seasons, where if I use it for SCA clothing, it might get worn once or twice a year!... when I looked at it that way, it just made more sense to use for everyday garb

  3. I’ve found when you have definite favourite colours that you gravitate to, then a surprising amount of your stash “accidentally” coordinates! Great combo.

    Here’s hoping you win your tree! It seems a perfect choice since you love jams and jellies. (Me, I can’t use one jar up in a year. I like it but I just don’t eat it.)

    1. I don't actually eat a lot of jam myself, but I love having it on hand when company comes, and I do put fruit sauce on plain yoghurt (in lieu of buying flavored yoghurt) But even if I never made preserves, I would still want a quince, as the fruit even when whole has a strong and floral/fruit aroma, and would be lovely to sweeten the indoor air in the autumn

  4. What an elegant outfit that will be! I'm eager to see it.