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.

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

Easy Gifty

In October I’m going to a house party, and need to come up with some elegant gifts to take to the two elegant ladies whom I will join at this party. I’ve been racking my brain for something that would be not too expensive, not too time-consuming, and yet very welcomed and cherished by the giftees. In one of the yarn and yarn shop e-mails to which I’ve subscribed, I read about Berroco’s new super-bulky “Link”. It comes with a free scarf pattern, “Wink”. Now here’s the thing: Wink knits up on size 35s, i.e. whopping big needles. And if … Continue reading