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Settings for Three Gemstones

April 14, 2017

12Apr17gemsettingswpI decided to set/wire-wrap three stones from my gem collection, clockwise from upper left: Labradorite, Lake Superior agate, Australian opal. Settings are gold filled wire.

Hand Painted Cap

March 11, 2017

BryanHat1wpJust finished painting this cecropia moth today. It’s for my business partner; we sell these moths. I figure a guy who’s so good at raising such creatures ought to have some sort of advertisement, so this is it. It’s painted with acrylic paints on a generic cotton baseball cap for “Moth Guy Extraordinaire.”

Boggy with One Sleeve

January 19, 2017

Boggy sweater with one sleeveI had daughter do a fitting of my hand knitted “knockoff” sweater, having added the first sleeve, so I could see how that change would work on a human. It works fine. Dale of Norway’s machine made Bogstad sweaters were my inspiration for this hand knit having a similar style. I’ve made changes, both to convert it to a hand knit and also to personalize. The Dale sweaters are assembled from flat pieces of machine knitting, but this hand knit is worked in the round and steeked, for cutting. I’ve extended the horizontal bar of the yoke into the sleeves, which Dale’s style doesn’t do. The embroidery on the Dale sweaters’ placket borders¬† is added as machined ribbons; however, my garment is hand embroidered directly onto the placket borders. Closures will be traditional Norwegian pewter buttons and a clasp — when I get that far. This sweater is destined to be for a daughter-in-law. Daughter has already received hers, a Peace knockoff, my first attempt at one of these conversions.


Boggy on a Human

January 8, 2017

Dale Bogstad inspired hand knitDaughter came over today to eat our food, blacken our fry pan, claim our apple cider vinegar. Under the circumstances, I decided the least she could do as recompense was to temporarily donate her body as a living manikin, so I could determine whether or not the DIL sweater fits a female humanoid. She insisted I chop off her head, ’cause I couldn’t get her out of silly-grin mode, which looked quite silly on the photos.


Boggy and Pauper Hand Knitted Sweaters

December 18, 2016

18dec16awpAm using daughter’s Pauper sweater as a template for DIL’s Boggy. Daughter did not cough this up without some resistance, and I have to make good use of it quickly. It’s sweater weather, and she wants it back. I get that. I was desperate.¬† The whole story of this sweater is documented in my Bogstad Journal on my website.

Bogstad Inspired Hand Knitted Sweater

December 13, 2016

13dec16awpA couple years ago, my daughter requested I knit her a Norwegian sweater, and, because it was her preference, I ended up knitting a knock-off of a Dale of Norway sweater. (It’s pictured farther down the blog.) The Dale was a machine knit, and so I created a hand knitted version of the garment, and wrote a pattern from my notes, so I’d be able to duplicate the process. That was a wise move.

I offered to do something similar for a daughter-in-law, and so am knitting another Dale inspired sweater, different color pattern. Because DIL lives 14 hours away, I can’t do adequate fittings, and so this project is moving along much more slowly than daughter’s did. Was able to do a recent fitting, and am hopeful that this is the final lap.

Dale Garn came up with a pattern for the first Dale sweater that I knitted, but it was released after I had knitted daughter’s sweater. My version and the Dale Garn version are not the same. I tried to stay true to the garment design of the original machine knit. Dale Garn created something that’s easier for hand knitters to knit, and so some things were modified to make simpler.

Mazda’s Hands-Free Bluetooth and a Tracfone

September 15, 2016

I recently bought a used 2013 Mazda with a middle-of-the-road trim package that includes Bluetooth and a hands-free phone system to be paired with one’s cell phone. There’s a list of compatible carriers and phones on the Mazda website, and it did not include Tracfone or my specific phone, an LG 306G, which is not a smartphone.

Because someone, somewhere, in a forum, had simply stated that they’d paired their Tracfone successfully to a Mazda, I decided to give it a try. I followed the instructions in the owner’s manual, and tinkered with the phone’s Bluetooth settings. It paired readily and works great with the Mazda system and its voice commands. Very nice.

Before pairing the phone, set your own PIN into the Mazda system using the voice commands. It can be anything you want. Default is 0000. Then turn on phone’s Bluetooth and select “search new device.” When the Mazda is found, the phone will ask for the PIN. Enter the default if you’ve not already programmed a personal PIN in the car.

No reason not to give any Bluetooth equipped phone a try with the Mazda hands-free system.

I don’t normally post this kind of stuff on my blog, but thought it might be helpful information for others hoping to pair a not-mainstream carrier and phone with a Mazda.