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From old Rags to a New Handbag!

So myself and a couple of my girlfriends are hosting our first annual  "DIY Your Runway" Event that focuses on helping creative women and maybe even those that aren't so creative find new and trendy use of the old rags sitting around in the closet that are more than likely headed to Goodwill or The Purple Heart. :-) ...more

TUTORIAL: How to Make a Kid-Size 18th Century European Buckle Shoe

Last week, I shared a tutorial to make a fake lace ruffle front shirt (part 1) for Piano Man’s historical school costume. For the next piece, I wanted to make a black boot cover over his rain boots. I researched online to find a tutorial to make a quick and easy boot for a child’s costume....more
Denise  Thank you for checking out my post, Denise. I take no offense for a lovely comment. =)more

Modifying a Sweater Pattern, Part I

In my last post, I said I was going to rip out the sweater I had started because I didn't like how the pattern wasn't lining up at the sides and that I was going to play with the gauge and ease to see if I could come up with some numbers that would make this pattern work for my size. I was talking about this yesterday at a knitting group and someone expressed some surprise that you could do such a thing. With that in mind, I decided to tell you how I modify a sweater pattern. ...more

Another Knitting Black Hole

I'm in another black hole of knitting.  Remember this picture of my Shadow Spiral Scarf I posted two days ago?...more

Forcing Spring

We were so sick of being stuck inside by the cold that we decided to stick ourselves in the car for a ride to Lake George last weekend.  We had a great dinner:Then went to look at the still-so-frozen-that-people-were-snow-mobiling-on-it lake:...more

Are You a Crafter or a Baker?

I have this whole theory about why I am a better cook than a baker. Baking involves following instructions and being exact. Cooking, much like crafting, can bend the rules. You can add a little of this and a little of that, and it might just make things better. Do that with baking, and your soufflé won't rise. I am a crafter. I love to cook and craft—baking, not so much. ...more
I feel like a Brafter. Baker + Crafter.more

Retro Jersey Suit – Simplicity 2154

I recently finished up Simplicity pattern 2154, a reproduction of a 1960′s suit.View Post ...more

Sew for Victory 2014

Lucky Lucille recently announced the 2014 “Sew for Victory” sew along, and I’m planing to join in the fun.ViewPost ...more

I am Grateful that I Have Discovered…

I am grateful that I discovered crocheting about 10 years ago because I hate wasting time waiting in doctor’s offices, watching hockey games and driving for hours in the car with nothing to do.Iam grateful that I have discovered......more

Rent Socks

Some of you know that I have a very long commute to work - 84 km (~50 miles) each way. In addition to this, my role at work has been changing lately and now I'm doing training in a classroom setting. The result of this is that now I have a hard and fast start time in the mornings and when you have to cross a city of a million people to get to work, traffic is unpredictable at best. So on the days when I teach, I spend the night before at a friend's place much closer to work. We have experimented with how to compensate her for this. She's not really comfortable taking my money....more