My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Archives for February 2022

The New Arrival

Look who came home with me this week!

I call him Bernie

Since I seem to have renewed my interest in sewing, I’ve been thinking about getting a modern machine. So on Thursday I bought this lovely Bernina B475 QE.

I did a bunch of research before choosing a machine. Some of the standouts of this machine:

  • Totally automatic button holes
  • A GIANT bobbin that holds 70% more thread that regular bobbins
  • Knee control that raises and lowers the presser foot

I spent a couple of days playing with it and yesterday made my first project:

Butterick 6024

It’s a simple pattern and everything went very smoothly! I’m looking forward to many more sewing projects with Bernie.

Pre-Bernie last week I completed these projects:

Butterick 5741
Folkwear 117
McCalls 5912

And Loki worked on his camouflage skills.

You can’t see me

Now With Less Denim

Since this alleges to be a knitting blog, a picture of my Oregon Cardigan in progress:

A couple of rounds away from starting the armhole steeks

And of course I did some sewing last week. I drafted my own pattern for this:

100% linen — not vintage

Then I returned to my antique linen — another 100+-year-old sheet.


Then a quick return to denim with this shirt:

McCall’s pattern number 6613

Followed by an easy cotton top:

Burda pattern 6972

Loki kept an eye on everything going on outside the window and kept me informed!

Sentry cat!

Gotta Love Leftovers

Fabric leftovers, that is.

I made this with leftover denim from one of my shirts:

Simplicity pattern number 9409

It has carpenter apron-type pockets on the front. And the back:

Next, I used the remainder of my antique linen sheet to make this:

Butterick 6099

I made this shirt in denim, and on this linen version I made some alterations to the pattern. A cool feature of this shirt is that I cat it so the sheet embroidered monogram is centered on the back of the shirt, just above the hem:

Monogrammy goodness!

Next up: another denim shirt, this one with fun piecing on the front

Butterick 6667

Then I did something daring: I drafted my own pattern:

I’m wearing it now!

And then yesterday I made this:

Butterick 6465

I like denim shirts — why do you ask?

And I’ve been knitting along on the Oregon Cardigan.

Starmore Color Genius!

And Loki has been working hard too.

I am adorable

Where Did We Leave Off?

I appear to have accomplished a lot last week. Since last we spoke, I made this:

Butterick 6689

I showed you this top in denim last week. I made some adjustments to the pattern because I really liked the shape of the top. I did not make the weird pleated collar (I didn’t on the first one either, but I made a better neck facing on this one), and I resized the pockets because I didn’t do the pleats on them either. I reworked the back pleats so they are symmetrical instead of al facing one direction:

Pleat symmetry!

That’s plain muslin, by the way (pre-shrunk). And I had enough to make this:

Butterick 5997

I confess: I do love pintucks!

Next up was this:

Simplicity R11065

I bought this pattern because it is similar in style to my favorite Gudrun Sjödén tops. The fabric is chambray. I am going to tweak this pattern a bit and make it again. I’d like to drop the waist slightly and possibly make one with a lower neckline. This one has a button and loop closure in the back because the neckline is quite high.

Then I hauled this out:

My old sewing box — 40+ years old

The legs were falling off and all the screws were loose. I emptied it, glued the legs back on with wood glue, tightened all the screws and gave it a good once-over with furniture polish. It’s looking pretty good for its age!

Then yesterday, I finally broke out the special fabric I mentioned on my first sewing post. I decided to use it for the first shirt pattern I made a couple of weeks ago:

Simplicity 9044

What is so special about the fabric? It is an antique French linen bedsheet that is 100+ years old. Modern linen does not compare to the linen of 100 years ago! The linen worked beautifully for this pattern and I am beyond delighted with the results.


I am also delighted that I had enough of the sheet left for another shirt. Stay tuned for that!

Now my Oregon Cardigan is calling to me:

Knit me, please

And Loki is helping me with the laundry.

Look Mommy, I’m helping!