Showing posts from 2015

Winter: Hearty Vegetarian Stroganoff

It's raining in the Pacific NW, after a long, hot, and very dry summer. I'm glad the weather has finally turned-- cozy months ahead!
** Note: I don't have any exact measurements when cooking, so these are all approximations and you can adjust to taste.
1. Roast some vegetables. Whatever you want-- an organic variety of mixed veg, especially if in season, is best!  Pan 1: I added Rosemary to the mix on left (chopped finely after taking picture): potatoes, parsnips, cauliflower, red onion, and entire head of garlic, peeled and left in whole cloves. + olive oil, sea salt
Pan 2: cauliflower, sweet potato, onion. + olive oil, sea salt. This is set aside for tacos later this week!
2. While veg roasts, cook 1 cup whole spelt with 2.5 cups water until tender. Bring to a boil, then simmer with lid on for 30 - 45 minutes. 
3. While those things cook, make mushroom stroganoff!!
-- add oil or butter to pan, enough to prevent sticking and make the food a little fatty too, because fat i…

Banana Bread; 1941 recipe

Roughly 20 years ago, my grandma Bonnie agreed to host 4-h classes at her home for a group of 'neighborhood' girls one summer. We lived on a farm in a rural area of northern Utah and neighborhood is a loose term there, meaning people living within about 5 miles of home. Grandma was one our nearby neighbors-- just a single mile bike ride toward the neighbor's dairy, and up the canal road lined with cattails and wild plums, past the shop that housed all of our farm implements. 

That summer, we rode bikes to her house once a week and learned the basics of baking: the purpose of sifting flour, the correct way to measure flour in a cup, and how/why we should fold the batter of quick breads. My baked goods won a prize ribbon at the county fair that year, and went on to the state fair. Grandma's baking (and her guidance) is just that good!

I learned to bake banana bread from her, a memory I'll cherish forever. When she moved into assisted living this year, her household goo…

Handspun: Merino/Bamboo yarn

I'M BACK! What's the occasion? I drank coffee in the evening.

Many, many months have passed while I've ignored this space. There were times when blogging was a major past-time for me and now it feels like a fleeting memory. I'm considering reviving the space, in large part because this is how I take notes and document my craft-- the details in what I do, the changes I consider making, the troubles I have, and the successes I celebrate. My appreciation for others' blogs continues and I read many faithfully, thankful for their insight, amused by their lives, and glad to have something to do when I have downtime (though, truthfully, my iphone has taken place of knitting in the purse and I have very mixed feelings about the amount of screen time I maintain...).

So, on that note, I've been spinning again and loving my time at the wheel. I bought this fiber eons ago-- the receipt in the original bag I've kept reads Sept 10, 2011, purchased at Fiber Gallery in Sea…

Pattern Fitting trial with Lutterloh


This Lutterloh adventure is coming along quite nicely, as I've already taken a trial on the vest pattern included in later editions. The vest pattern is designed for women and is intended to help illustrate what fitting changes will be standard for our individual Lutterloh patterns in the future.

The first step to using the vest fitting pattern is enlarging the base pattern, using the special ruler included in your Lutterloh set. Please read the Come Sew Lutterloh with Me blog for more information. It is a treasure trove of help!

Tips/Steps from my experience:
Gather your tools:Ruler kit, push pin, tape, french curve or curled ruler It helps to have something beneath your pattern to push the pin into. I used a cardboard mat beneath my pattern & paper, and added a second square of cardboard beneath the mat so I could push the pin farther into my pattern without damaging my floor (or table)Measure properly! Watch the instructional video on Lutterloh's website about pat…

Vintage Lutterloh Sewalong

Hi friends!

I've been reading my vintage Lutterloh books with longing (except the German one... I just stare) and have even given attempt at drafting a pattern with decent result. I'd really enjoy having other people with whom I can discuss the efforts, and my friend Emily and I got talking about how this would be a fun group project.
The Lutterloh system is based on the golden rule-- that our body is proportionate and so the patterns draft up from a drawing based on your bust and hip measurements. I encourage you to read their information online, watch their videos, and do some google work to see how others do it. As it is, the two of us are going to give it a shot and all of you that have your own books (Lutterloh maintains copyright) are invited to join. If you feel like joining, send me your blog address and I'll link it here so we can reference who might be posting. Instagram is my favorite platform (helllooooo lazy) so I'll post there most frequently with #lutter…

Sewing Advance 9464, a vintage skirt pattern

Hi friends! Did you know this blog post has been in draft form for over a year? It turns out I had a bunch of sewing entries just waiting for pictures to publish-- not sure why I did that. Moving on...
 This pattern was a real delight to sew. The waist of the pattern matched my measurements but I carry a little extra something at the hips, so I graded out a couple inches at the sides. Easy-peasy. This pattern is wonderful because it uses only ONE yard of 54" fabric, which conveniently is often the width of wool. Yay! Also, extremely easy sewing since it is a front, 2 back pieces with a zipper, and a waistband.
 I grabbed the fabric from my stash, surely having spent no more than $5 total on the fabric. The plaid was grabbed from our local crafty reuse store, Scrap, and was old coat pieces left as scraps. I pieced together the plaid on the bias for trim, then sewed it into a tube. Pressed flat and sewn down, it worked quite well! You will see, however, that I must have stretched…

Sewing Vintage Vogue 9103

I once made a crack to my boyfriend that the only thing from the 1970's that I love is him. This pattern made me question that assertion, but in the end it's mostly true.

 This Vogue dress has been in my stash for ages because I really admire the neckline detail. I generally think of A-line dresses as pretty flattering, and if I'd tried harder to get the proper fit it probably could have been my favorite but I JUST . DONT . LEARN.  Let's talk about the pattern and finished dress first.

1. I love pockets, but these were a little narrow because of the stitching up the secret pocket in the center front panel. I'd leave the stitching out of it and have one big pocket.
2. Princess seams = awesome. Great design.
3. PLASTRON!!!!!!!

Use your favorite vintage fabric! Also, transfer the markings onto the plastron before sewing/mitering the corners. I failed, and had to patch my fabric because I sewed wrong and trimmed, then realized my pressing error. Duh.
4. Invisible …