August 2007

Last weekend, I buried myself in my sewing room in order to get a little work done.  I have had a frustrating year fit wise, because my favorite source for tee-shirts changed the quality of fabric that they were using to something really inferior that stretches out like crazy.  Given that I don’t work outside the home, I really wear a ton of tee-shirts, so I needed to restock.

I hit a decent sale at JoAnn’s and found the neat jersey knit for 11.00 for a yard and a half….Plenty enough, even for me.  Check out the subtle vertical stripes.  Vertical is good for lengthening and slimming, and I need as much of that as I can get 🙂

Jersey Tee

I also found a nicely colored cotton interlock knit.  I am not as happy with this one, due to the weight of the fabric, but it works, and it looks ok.  Notice the ripply hem on the red shirt.  If I had used the super duper fusible tape that my Mom gave me, that bottom hem would look a lot nicer…..I’m still looking for it Mom….

Interlock Tee

And in other news my friend Tana, from the The Constant Evolution of Things Has nominated me as a Rockin’ Girl Blogger!  I’m thrilled, thank you Tana!  From what I understand, now I get to nominate some folks of my own.  I will have to do some thinking as to who to nominate. 🙂


Coming Soon:  Photos of new Lizard Ridge Squares 🙂  Yes, I’m still working on it.


A couple weeks ago I finishe a new shirt for myself.  This was a small experiment, in that the pattern for the shirt was one  that my mom made for me.  She took apart a ready-to-wear shirt and made a pattern from it.  Now I have the perfect pattern for a shirt I like!  After much moaning and gnashing of teeth I got Adobe to cooperate and was able to upload the pictures for my first photo tutorial.  This illustrates all the steps to creating a french trim V-neckline.

 So here we go:

















Well, I bit the bullet, and decided to enter both some knitting and sewing in my local county fair this year.  I have never entered anything in adult open class divisions before, so we shall see how it goes!

I entered my purple hoodie, Oregon Tote, and baby booties.  I was really debating about this, but decided after much angst that I should support my local fair.  I was in 4-H for many years, and it was always discouraging how each year, more and more commercial stuff was taking over the traditional exhibits.  When I first started entering things in the fair 20 years ago, it used to be the exhibit halls were stuffed with quilts, veggies, crafts, pictures, knitting, yummy looking pies and cakes, and all manner of animals.  It has been kind of sad going back and seeing how many fewer items there are.

 I look at this as a way of showing people what can be done with traditional arts and crafts.  Maybe my booties or hoodie will inspire someone new to take up sewing or knitting…..If more people were involved in these hobbies would we be lamenting the closure of our favorite local yarn and fabric stores?

 Food for thought…..what can you do to share your hobbies with other people?


 I thought rather than post any pictures about knitting today,  I would pass along one of my favorite summer time recipes.  This is a family favorite, and its even pretty darn healthy.  I don’t know the original source of the recipe but it’s one of the recipes I made sure to copy before I moved out on my own.  The recipe is from one of the yearly Southern Living Cookbooks, though I can’t recall what year

 *Despite the name of this dish, it is not very spicy at all, the lime flavor comes through much more than the jalapeno.  Best served with Spanish Style rice and big salad.

Grilled Lime Jalapeno Chicken Breasts

 4 chicken breast halves, skinned and boned

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup lime or lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 TBSP minced Jalapeno pepper

Salt and Pepper to taste

Place each chicken piece between waxed paper and flatten to 1/4 inch with meat mallet.  Combine oil, juice, garlic powder, and jalapeno and mix well.  Pour marinade over chicken and marinade for 1-2 hours (no more or the acids will break the chicken down too much).

Grill Chicken about 7 minutes on both sides seasoning with salt and pepper to taste

Bon Appetite!


Well since my planned post is not working out, I will go ahead and post pictures of my finished booties.  For pattern information and particulars about my version please see my previous post.  I will go back to seeing if I can get pictures for a sewing photo tutorial uploaded.