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Oh, this is turning into a nightmare. Time to put it down for the night.
I picked the wrong fabric. It is a little too stiff to lay just right. I’m hoping I can fix it somehow.
First time around the side seams were three or four inches too far to the back. The ruching looked great from the side, but from the front it looks like a potato sack extenuating all the spots on me that I hate.
Luckily I cut the front too big so I have room to move the seams forward, but in doing that it completely removed the arm holes, so I will have to recut them.
Im really glad that I basted the seams. Its made pulling them out so much easier. 6 months ago


This hat makes me look like I’m trying to go all reggae Rastafarian.
When I put it on it loses its beret shape and turns into this big poof.

:-( 6 months ago

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I found the perfect pair of shoes.
They are the perfect tanned leather, oxford brogues and I love them but they are a size too small. I stretched them, and stretched them and I know if I can just wear them they will eventually be perfect. I have too many pairs of shoes that after I wear them a while are just too big. So I brought them to work, thinking that if I wear them around the office I wont actually get as many blisters as I would trying to wear them around the neighborhood. 6 months ago

redstarKnit my stash

My first beret 6 months ago

redstarred sweater

pattern from
Lucie sweater 6 months ago

redstarThe Finished black dress

Photo 1 6 months ago


Finally feeling good after three months of anxiousness. 6 months ago

redstar13 10 06

31 min cycling
average 12.8 mph
total distance: 6.4 miles

First ride in a long, long time. Good but tired and now wheezy 6 months ago

redstarGrey dress

I love the dress found here. Of course I cant afford it. Going to try my hand at manipulating a pattern to make it. 6 months ago

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A bevy of quail.
A bouquet of pheasants [when flushed].
A brood of hens.
A building of rooks.
A cast of hawks [or falcons]
A charm of finches
A colony of penguins
A company of parrots
A congregation of plovers
A cover of coots
A covey of partridges [or grouse or ptarmigans]
A deceit of lapwings
A descent of woodpeckers
A dissimulation of birds
A dole of doves
An exaltation of larks
A fall of woodcocks
A flight of swallows [or doves, goshawks, or cormorants]
A gaggle of geese [wild or domesticated].
A host of sparrows
A kettle of hawks [riding a thermal]
A murmuration of starlings
A murder of crows.
A muster of storks
A nye of pheasants [on the ground]
An ostentation of peacocks
A paddling of ducks [on the water]
A parliament of owls
A party of jays
A peep of chickens
A pitying of turtledoves
A raft of ducks
A rafter of turkeys
A siege of herons
A skein of geese [in flight]
A sord of mallards
A spring of teal
A tidings of magpies
A trip of dotterel
An unkindness of ravens.
A watch of nightingales
A wedge of swans [or geese, flying in a “V”].
A wisp of snipe 6 months ago


and my photos are always squashed for some reason… 7 months ago

redstarBlue hat

Here is my finished blue hat: 7 months ago

redstarupdate on black dress

The dress itself is finished. I hemmed it today.
Just waiting for the lace to come for the edging on the bottom. I have yet to make the flower as I am still trying to figure out how best to copy it. 7 months ago

redstarBlue Hat

This is the next project: a blue wool hat

This isnt costing me anything since I have the yarn left over from a sweater. 7 months ago

redstarBlack Sweater

I finally finished the black sweater I’ve been working on for months and months. 7 months ago

redstarBlack sweater

Just in time for a heat wave, the black wool sweater is almost finished. Started the last sleeve yesterday. Hoping to have it done in a couple of days.

I also took the last red sweater I made apart and it is waiting for an overhaul, as is the brown sweater with the drop stitching that I made last year. It came out way too big and bulky. Hoping to make something a little chic-er. 7 months ago

redstarBlack Sheath Dress

This is the next dress I am working on. Mine is black wool with strands of red and blue thread randomly spread throughout the fabric.
I don’t know where the dress is from, but I have a pattern for a dress that looks sort of similar, so I’m going to give it a try. Need to find the lace across the bottom. I have a black slip, so I am going to sew some black lace onto the bottom of it so that it hangs out. 7 months ago

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redstarLiner shot

Here is a shot of the liner. It isn’t perfect, but who is going to be looking into the inside of my purse? 7 months ago


So I really wanted to make this purse with thicker, lighter leather. But I figured since I have a lot of this brown leather left over I figured I would try it.
There are some wrinkles in it, and I had some issues with the liner. The one I really want to make wont have a liner, so it wont be an issue. But, I am glad that I tried it and that now I have a great purse out of scraps. 7 months ago


Here is another shot of the scarf: 7 months ago

redstarWriting Scarf

I found this tutorial a while ago and wanted to try it:

Amazon had both pashmina’s and the Tee Juicy markers, and I bought both for around ten bucks. I also wanted more writing, so I used the fine marker. I think if I were to do this again, I would use the medium. I started by pinning the pashmina to the table cloth and then slipping acetate underneath the pashmina so that the marker didn’t bleed through.The woman that did the tutorial used the heavy marker. But after the first half of the first line, it became impossible to continue writing (couldn’t reach across the middle of the table). So I unpinned it and just held the pashmina down as I wrote. I started by using a yard stick so that the writing was straight, but because the fabric was so loose, the lines were really crooked. So I started free handing it. Also, it was hard to continue the fancy writing I started the first line with, and after a bit, I went back to my own handwriting, so if you try this you may want to think about it.
Im pretty happy with it, and am looking forward to wearing it tomorrow. 7 months ago


It was a very surreal experience. 7 months ago

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Did this without meaning too. I ended up standing next to her and actually touched her arm. 7 months ago

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