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Painted Canvas Shoes

June 17, 2015

Hand painted canvas sneakers

Decorated canvas sneakers

It’s been years since I’ve had a pair of painted canvas shoes to wear. Had always bought cheap canvas shoes in the past, and they were always worn out by the end of summer. The heel stiffeners would break through inside, and my toenails would find their way through to the outside. These are real nice canvas shoes, L.L. Bean, and I’m hoping to get more miles out of them, especially after having invested several hours into painting them.

Two Saturniidae Antheraea Polyphemus Moths

June 12, 2015

2015 eclosures

Two perfect, newly eclosed female moths

Following a lot of rain, a total of three female poly-moths eclosed from their cocoons today. They are perfect and stunning, as always. Their appearances never cease to delight me. It’s such a brief time when these wondrous moths escape their cocoons and begin their life cycle all over again. At present, they are outside in a cage, calling for males to come find them. I’m hoping to witness that amazing event as well.

Peace Sweater is Finished

May 27, 2015
Finished Dale Peace inspired sweater

Finished Norwegian style sweater for my daughter

I actually call this thing the Pauper Sweater. It’s not exactly like Dale of Norway’s Peace sweater, but it’s close, and it’s what we can afford. The construction is designed for hand knitting. Dale’s sweater is a machine made ready-to-wear; out of necessity, the pieces must be machined flat. The hand knitted version is worked in the round, seamlessly except across the tops of the shoulders, and to join the sleeves to the bodice. There are minor variations done on the motifs, and the placket detail is hand embroidered in place of machine embroidered ribbon. The recipient loves it.

Now we know it fits!

April 30, 2015
Successful sleeve addition

Sweater with sleeve fits well.

I completed the sleeve today and grafted the front half of the cap into the sweater bodice. It proved a perfect fit, and also looks just perfect on the recipient. This is a great relief! I never know whether a garment construc- tion will work for certain until I get this far. Now I know. The second sleeve will be easy to create, because I’d written all the instructions as I worked my way through the first one.

Have much finishing to do as well. Need to tuck yarn ends and tack facings. The wrong side must look as good as the viewable side.

Norwegian Sweater Becoming a Reality!

April 1, 2015
Incomplete but wearable

Unfinished but wearable garment.

I’ve made a lot of progress, and actually have a garment that can be put on. Am currently working a sleeve, the beginnings of which are on the model’s wrist. She is the future recipient of the sweater, and it’s fitting her well. She’s pleased. We both are.

The cuff looks rumpled because the facing is not yet tacked down. The slit needs a button; the placket needs a clasp.

I’ve contacted Dale to inquire about permissions pertaining to publishing, but it’s not looking like they will respond. If not, I’ll create a stranded design of my own and publish the construction method with it. The construction is mine; I’ve no idea what Dale has done to achieve their garment shape. It’s a machined ready-to-wear. My garment is strictly a hand knitted construction, and the construction is working out very well.

As for the construction method, it can be used in conjunction with any stranded motif design.

Dale Peace Sweater Continues to Grow

March 5, 2015
Peace continues to grow

Making great progress on Peace sweater

My hand knitted version of Dale’s Peace sweater continues to progress. I’ve completed the midriff and am working on the crossbar. I’ve bound off for the armholes, added steeks, and am working the armhole openings. There are darts along the sides, as this sweater will be worn by a slender young woman, my daughter. The needle pulls the sweater out of shape so that the darts are difficult to discern. I continue to document all the instructions for this garment as I work it out.

Dale of Norway Peace Sweater

February 5, 2015
Daughter Wants Peace

My version of Dale of Norway’s Peace

Because my daughter asked me to (how could I say no?), I’m knitting a Dale of Norway Peace sweater using photos, because there is no pattern available for it. Dale has always sold it as ready-to-wear only, though they are now, after nine years, threatening to develop and publish a pattern. In the meantime, though, daughter wants, so I will knit. Neither of us have any patience. Ha ha. I’m having to ad lib some. I think I’ll do embroidery instead of attempting to find ribbon like Dale’s. I won’t use the familiar heart zipper, but will add a pewter clasp to the placket instead. At this point, I’m not yet certain what else I’ll modify. Will find out as I progress. And . . . I’m writing a pattern as I work.


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