About Jan

Musician and geek and Juris Doctor; lover of fine art and fine craft; mother and grandmother and significant other and friend. Passionate about sewing.

A New Take on a Crocheted Rope

When I was taking care of the grandkids the other day, I took them to the local library for a little while. In the craft aisle, I found Bethany Barry’s Bead Crochet. Dear friend and fellow beader Bindy Lambell (here’s a look at some of Bindy’s beautiful beads) taught me bead crochet when she stayed at my home during the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in 2007. I’ve made a number of bead ropes before, but always with size 6 or 8 seed beads of various colors but no variety in size or style. When I looked at the projects … Continue reading

My Go-To Gift

My older son visited from Dallas last weekend. In a Monday evening text, he asked if I’d like to have lunch with him on Tuesday. When I woke up Tuesday morning, I realized I needed a quick gift to send back to Dallas with him. I’ve made a number of Nancy Ota’s Zip It bags over the past few years. My grandchildren’s teachers received bags for Christmas last year. I frequently give them as gifts to friends who will be traveling. My favorite use is for all the adapters one needs in this age of technology. No more digging through … Continue reading

Summer Project: Swirl Shawl

Once I returned from my recent vacation to Italy, my time was consumed first by the Verdi Requiem, then by blogging about the trip. It’s amazing how much one can forget in 30 short days! I’ve been totally unmotivated by knitting or any other handcraft. Then today I was cleaning up all artistic detritus hanging around the family room when I found a knitting kit I purchased a year ago on one of my taking-care-of-Mother trips to Asheville. So the next knitting project is a shawl pattern from Jojoland. It knits up in individual hexagons. Okay, so there are 82 … Continue reading

Pattern Review: Vogue 8582, Marcy Tilton Top

I have taken several Marcy Tilton workshops and find her to be an inspiring teacher and innovative designer. Besides that, she’s a very special and thoughtful person and friend. As I’m preparing for an Italian vacation this summer and obsessed about what to pack, I decided to make Marcy’s tunic top, Vogue 8582. On one of my most recent trips to check on my mother in Asheville, I stopped in at Waechter’s Fine Fabrics and came away with a couple yards of an olive poly/rayon/spandex knit, similar to this. I normally eschew polyester. (Define:eschew – to avoid habitually especially on … Continue reading

YarnSensory Overload

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to spend three short hours at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, known to avid knitters simply as “Rhinebeck.” I have never seen so much yarn and knitting accoutrements in one place. I only visited about 5 of the buildings. There were probably 20. I don’t believe I had ever seen alpacas before. I wanted to bring them home with me! How cute!! (And in answer to my son’s question last night – no, I didn’t immediately want to begin raising them. There are limits …) And the yarn. Oh. My. Gosh. … Continue reading