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.

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

Forget that Swirl Shawl!

A month ago I posted my summer project. After knitting two or three of the swirls that would make up the scarf, I threw my needles on the table and said, “No, I Won’t!” I pulled out every stitch I had done, wrapped the yarn back around the ball and went in search of a better pattern for that yarn. I have never sewn or knitted anything for my guy. His skin is sensitive to much wool yarn, so scarves he purchases have to be of very fine, un-itchy wool. But this yarn—Jojoland Variegated Fingering Weight Superwash—should be gentle to … Continue reading

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