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.

Katherine Tilton’s Vogue 8793

Pattern Description: T-shirt with interesting collar options and suggestions for mixing fabrics. Designed by Katherine Tilton Sizing: XSM-SML-MED/LRG-XLG-XXL Fabric Used: Purchased from MarcyTilton.com, it is now sold out and I am not positive about the fiber content. I believe it is rayon/lycra. It’s absolutely yummy with great stretch. The companion stripe has less stretch, so has to be cut accordingly. Marcy and her team frequently post “Cool Combos” – a yard or so of several fabrics that they like together. Kudos to the team, all of whom have great eyes for the mix! Needle/Notions Used: Standard 10 or 12. A … Continue reading

Oh, Pretty Baby

Look at those two photos. If you saw that mass (or mess) of yarns on the left sitting in a pile, would you have any idea that the finished product would look like that infinitely touchable baby blanket on the right? Nope, me neither. I went into Fine Points Yarn Shop on Larchmere in the Shaker Heights neighborhood of Cleveland shortly after my birthday. They had sent me a quite generous birthday discount offer, and I was determined to use it! My daughter-in-law has suggested that I make a baby blanket or two for her photo studio. She thinks her … Continue reading

Another Finished Scarf

A month ago I wrote about a pattern I had started and then discarded, and the scarf that was to take its place. I started the scarf in July. It was to be a two-skein scarf. I took it along on our Independence Day week at Lake Erie, and got quite a bit done. After we got home, I finished the first skein and started on the second. The scarf is 60 stitches wide, and is not what I categorize as a TV-watching pattern. Because of the broken cables, it’s a pattern that requires counting every stitch and every row. … Continue reading

Sleepy Bunny

When I saw the bear and rabbit dolls designed by Debbie Bliss for Noro Yarns, I knew the rabbit was going on my list of projects. My grandson loves bunnies passionately, so the bunny will be offered to him for his bunny collection. I love Noro Kureyon yarn. A year ago I made a throw for our family room out of Noro Kureyon in their color #321, black/brown/gray. This throw is perfect on our brown couch, and keeps my toes completely toasty while I’m knitting and watching television. All Noro yarns are hand-dyed in luscious colors, with occasional unexpected hues thrown … Continue reading

A Stained Glass Road Trip

What began in June as an I’m-going-to-strip-this-old-trim-off-10-layers-of-paint project has morphed into a whole-new-breakfast-nook effort. Let’s be clear: I could not have done this project without my Spousal Equivalent, the Jazzman. When I got portions of the trim in the breakfast nook down to bare wood, we realized the bare wood in the living room and dining room—the “public areas” of the house, by 1927 standards—was a much higher quality wood than what was in the “family areas.” Once that was determined, continuing the brutal task of stripping the wood to stain and varnish it made no sense. So I started … Continue reading