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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.

Treble Clef Earrings for Musicians and Music Lovers

February 13, 2016
Precious metal and gemstone pierced earrings

Treble Clef earrings for musicians and music lovers

These started out as a personal design only, but when I posted them on FaceBook, I was inundated with requests to purchase. I was not prepared for that, but have since bought the supplies needed to go public with this offering.

The clefs are made of fine jewelry wire, either gold or silver, and gemstone beads. The gold is 14K gold filled, having a brass core. The silver is argentium .925 silver — same purity as sterling, different alloy that prevents the silver from turning black with tarnish. They will tarnish but only get dull looking. A jewelry cloth will restore them. Sets come with flexible backs and display/storage cards. They are packed in a plastic bag for storage when not in use, which helps keep them bright and free of tarnish if kept sealed.

Buy here

Precious Jade

January 11, 2016

Precious JadeThe church we belong to is near a building that was constructed to house missionaries on furlough. Most of the resident missionaries attend local churches of the denomination they are affiliated with. However, a couple currently staying there, who will be leaving soon, chose to attend our church probably due to convenience of location. As with most missionary couples, the husband spends the weekends traveling to seek support at affiliated churches, and he must roam far and wide. The wife stays home with the kids and sometimes has no car.

In the case of this couple, the husband is an American. He’s a young man, but has been serving in the country of his calling since having finished college. His wife is a native of the country he serves in. Her given name means “Precious Jade.”

Because she was attending our church, I got to know her some, and as we had more contact, she became a friend, and then a rather dear friend. I’ve baby-sat for her and had the family here to visit, and they’ve done the same. I love them very much.

The Lord did an absolutely miraculous thing for them that totally frees them up financially, so they can devote themselves to their work. It’s so cool and amazing! When he was visiting a church a couple hundred miles away a few months ago, following the service, a man approached him with a proposition that sounded too good to be true. In fact, the missionary initially wrote it off as one of the wacky things one encounters occasionally in congregations. The man said he had a business in the country and immediate location of where the couple serves. He wanted to hire the missionary, because he had need of the skills the missionary went to school for, he needed an English speaking liaison to the native employees, and . . . he wanted the missionary to share Jesus with the employees for the sake of their salvation!

The missionary asked the pastor of the church if this was for-real or as nutty as it sounded. The pastor assured him that the man spoke the truth.

So, the missionary now has a professional career in his country of service and is financially set, no longer having to rely on getting church support. He will put his education to good use while being an on-site missionary with the full blessing and support of his employer. He is already well acquainted with the people and their culture, and is fluent in their tongue. He’ll also return to the U.S.  yearly as part of his job description, allowing him to remain connected to all his people here, and his wife can come, with him or alone, and she/they can be our guests for their short term visits, if they wish.

The whole thing is so exciting, the kind of thing only the Lord could orchestrate!

I ordered the jade stone over a month ago, before all this was settled and before I knew what was going on. I chose it because my friend’s ethnic name (she doesn’t use it here) means, as I said, precious jade, and because she is — a precious gem. I’ve no idea if she will like it, or if it’ll fit into her culture. It’s simply a love-gift to honor her.

I will miss her, but . . . she will be back! And we have computers to communicate with! Thank God for all the amazing means of communication and connection He has released to mankind to bless us with at this time.

And I thank Him for the marvelous ways in which He brings people together at His appointing. He blows me away!