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November on the Door Peninsula

November 17, 2015

Does any normal person go sightseeing in northern Wisconsin in mid November? Truth is, our weather has been unusually nice so far this autumn, and a lot of my best photography has happened in November or later.

I spent a couple days on Wisconsin’s Door  Peninsula, visited my favorite scenic places, and included the camera. These are some of what I got.

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Artistic Expression Through Plant Litter

September 7, 2015

A new pine needle basket

A recently completed basket

I completed this pine needle basket last week.

A Peace Versus Pauper Experience

August 28, 2015

Machine made Peace and hand knitted Pauper

An RTW Dale Peace and our hand knitted knockoff design, Pauper.

Yesterday, a friend and I drove to Wisconsin’s beautiful Door Peninsula for a day of scenery hunting and art galleries. It was delightful and never gets old. I also made another stop, a clothier, On Deck, that carries Dale of Norway sweaters. After having spent months knitting a Peace knockoff for my daughter, I desperately wanted to actually see and interact with a genuine Dale Peace. It happened!!! On Deck had their winter apparel out, and they had stacks of Peace. They even let me take loads of photos. I was so surprised at how thread-like fine the actual Peace yarn is. The sweater is “light as air.” Daughter’s “Pauper” sweater is truly winter outerwear, and she’ll be wearing it in the snow and cold this winter! My Georgia girl will get a Bogstad knockoff made from yarn similar to that of Peace and worked from the pattern I developed while creating Pauper (not to be confused with Dale Garn’s modified Peace hand knitting pattern that was published later). Now, at last, I know what to do with that! Pauper pattern available HERE.

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.

Pattern is here: Pauper Sweater

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.