A Tutorial on Binding Scallops

I finished this quilt well over a year ago and have never gotten around to blogging about it.  Isn’t that bad?   I made it for my office – or should I say, my husband’s office.

It’s nice and manly right?  Actually, my poor husband doesn’t have any  of his own “manly” rooms in our house, as I can’t bear to give up any quilt/decorating spaces!  I guess this room will have to do until we finish up a man cave in the garage.

The reason I am bringing up this quilt, is that I have wanted to do a quick tutorial on binding scallops.  I have done tutorials on lots of binding techniques and I have had some requests to cover scallops as well.

I begin by MARKING my curved lines on the quilt, as shown by the yellow line in the bottom of the photo (more hints on marking the curve to come in my next post).  The key here is NOT TO CUT the curve, just mark it.  If you cut the curve, then you have to sew next to a stretchy, bias curved edge.  NOT FUN.

Begin sewing along the curve by lining up the raw edge of the binding with the drawn line.

Sew until you reach the top inside point of the scallop.  This point will be a seam allowance width above the drawn line.   It is easier to show this with a photo of how it looks after it is sewn.  See the red dot on the top inside point of the binding?  That is where you will stop and pivot.

Now, back to that pivot point – be sure to stop with your needle DOWN, as shown, then turn the quilt so you are ready to sew along the next part of the curve.

Next, use your fingers to swing the binding over to meet the drawn line.  The key here is NOT to get a tuck along the left side of the needle, but you will have one along the right side.

I usually use the point of my seam ripper to assist in getting the tuck of the fabric underneath the foot of my machine, like this.

If you have done it correctly, it will look like this:  See – there is no tuck in the fabric above your sewing line, but there is a tuck to the bottom side.

Still with me?

This is how it will look after you fold the binding  fabric over the sewing line.  See that nice little mitered corner?

If your binding looks as shown so far, you can continue sewing along the drawn line, making the swoop along the large outside curve.  The trick to this part, is to work in a little excess fabric along the bottom of the curve as shown.  See the slight excess fabric ripple along the folded edge of the binding?

This part takes a little bit of practice.  You need to get just the right amount of extra fabric for the curve.   With really round curves, you will need to work in more excess fabric than if you have a flatter curve.  I usually sew one curve first, then cut off the excess fabric so I can fold the binding to the back side and see if the curve lays flat.

Repeat until you have bound along all the curves as shown.  Now you can cut along the drawn line, so you are ready to hand-stitch around the curves.

There are several little tricks that I use for to doing the hand sewing on the binding.

First, you can refer to this tutorial for my hand-stitching technique for bindings.

Secondly, you will need to take a few extra steps for making the mitered corners.

Before you get to that inside mitered corner, flip the quilt over so the front side is facing up.   Pin the miter in place from the front side of the quilt as shown.  (this is a different quilt and a different angle, but it is still the same technique)

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Turn the quilt over so the back side is facing up and stitch to the miter as shown.  Notice how the pin is still in the front side of the miter, holding everything in place while you are stitching.

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Bring the needle up inside the point as shown and do a couple of tacking stitches.  If you don’t do this, the miter will just pull out after the pin is removed and you will never get it back in place!!  I have learned this from personal experience ;-(

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This photo shows doing  the tacking stitches  from the front side of the quilt.  After the tacking stitches are done, continue toward the next miter.

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This is how the back side looks after the hand stitching is completed.  See how the curves lay nice and flat?

Next, I added a rod pocket to the back side  of the quilt and hand-stitched it in place. (I cut this piece 5″ wide – Fold in half with wrong sides together, sew the long side with a 1/4″ seam and turn right-side out).

Slide a curtain rod through the pocket, hang and enjoy!

This quilt pattern was based on the Hopscotch pattern from my Fat Quarter Five book. The fabric used is Sanae. The chevron runner shown is from our On the Run book.

In my next post I am going to share some hints for figuring out the size of the curves, plus a few ways to make the process go faster.  Faster is good when it comes to scallops, trust me.  I have learned from experience, so I am anxious to share these tips with you also!  (I just didn’t want to overwhelm you with too much info in one post).

Edit:  Click here for the link to Part 2 of Binding Scallops

I am off to finish one of my boy baby quilts.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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Baby/Bump Update

Once again the last couple weeks have flown by without a blog post.  I have been busy “nesting” and working on lots of quilt projects.   My nesting has involved cleaning out closets (which doesn’t make for a very interesting blog post), taking down the Christmas decorations, and freshening up my decor with a few brighter quilts.  I have also spent way too much time on the internet looking at baby nurseries (which once again, doesn’t make for a very interesting blog post).

Gypsy Girl from the book Fat Quarter Five. Fabrics from the Verna collection by Kate Spain

(click here to see the Gypsy Girl Pattern)

I started the nesting process last fall when I needed to keep myself occupied while we waited for test results.  I was really craving bright light and colors at the time, so I repainted several rooms in the house, including my front entry.

Both the yellow and the red have been lightened and brightened.  I ordered a new rug from Company C.  I find it really hard to find rugs that are just the right colors, so I was excited to find this one.  I wanted it to match the Secret Garden fabric (by Sandi Henderson) that I had been collecting, with the intention of making a new quilt for my entry.  After getting sidetracked several times, I finally got the borders on the quilt and it will be the next quilt on my quilting machine.

I added a few colors to the original Secret Garden line, just to make it blend better with my rug.  I added the darker red, darker blue dot, and the browns.  It added the extra pop of color that I was looking for.

(BTW – the pattern is called Modern Day Diamonds and can be found in my Living Large book.)

As I am working on my quilts, I am continually taking pictures of the process – either to remember the placement of the fabrics or to audition different design elements.  I find that if I don’t have a picture, I won’t remember it!  Lately, all of my pictures have had a funny addition at the bottom of the shot ~

Yes, that would be the “bump”.  Remember a few weeks back when I was trying to get it to show in the photo?  Not a problem anymore.  What a difference 4 weeks will make!

I am currently at 22 weeks and we just had another ultra sound yesterday.  We are so happy to say that everything looks really good!  I was shocked to find out that the baby is in  the 90th percentile for weight  (though of course, that can change).  I guess there was a good reason that the bump has expanded so much in the last month!

We also found out what we are having – the doctor is 95% sure that it is a boy.  The baby didn’t give us a” perfect” shot of the goods, but there were several shots that can really only be explained by being a boy.

So, in case you were wondering, on Joel’s side, we will have a total of 6 girls and 2 boys (counting just the grandkids.  Joel has 3 sisters and no brothers, so that would skew the numbers a bit).

On my side, we have just the opposite with 2 girls and 6 boys.  The slightly scary fact, is that all 6 of those boys will be 5 and under when our baby is born!  Life is gonna get crazy!!!!

Either way, we are just so excited to have good news to report and didn’t care what it was.  We couldn’t wait to share our news with all of you!  (and start taking name submissions, if anyone has any good ideas😉 )

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Seaside Cottage

After about 7 or 8 months of not having any new products to show you, I finally have something new to share!  I have gotten the go-ahead to spill the beans on a new fabric line that will be coming out later this year.  I painted the line up last summer, so it seems like I have been waiting a while to show you! 

My inspiration began with all the images of cute cottages I had been seeing on blogs like House of Turquoise. (one of the best decorating blogs, in my opinion.)  I loved the cottages with weathered grey siding and a turquoise front door.  Isn’t it a great combo?

Love it!!!!  I could just move right in . . .  It makes me think of ocean waves, beaches, quaint cottages, white picket fences, sand in my toes, and cupcakes with extra thick frosting.  (Ok – maybe that last part is the bump talking, but you get the idea)

It makes me want to change the siding on my house or repaint – which of course I can’t do. 

But couldn’t I create a fabric line with this same feeling? 

 A cottage look with fresh colors?

I really wanted to do another line with more grey.  Last year Mom and I put out Whimsy, with one grey print, just to see how it would go over.  It was the first print to sell out!  So, I started mixing paint, adding more grey and using some of my favorite colors.  I came up with this line:

A look inside the sales card:

It’s a little hard to photograph off of a shiny sales card, so here is a closer look at the CADs of each color grouping

The grey prints:

The blue prints:

The cherry red prints:

The ivory prints:

The chocolate brown prints:

And lastly, the pink and green prints:

If you are quilt shop owner, now is the time to place your order for this line.  It is hitting the road with the Henry Glass sales reps this month – And if you don’t get in on the order with the first printing, you more than likely won’t be able to get it at all, so now is your chance!

If you are a quilter, this line will be hitting stores in June.  I will keep you posted when we get closer to the actually shipping date.  In the meantime, if you are interested in this line, you can let the quilt shop owners know!

I am really excited for this line to come out.  It seems to take forever from the time I paint it up, to the time it comes out . . . but I was anxious to show everyone.  I hope you like it!

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Thank You!

Where do I begin?  I can’t thank everyone enough for all the nice comments, encouragement, prayers, e-mails and support that have been sent my way since this post last week.  I really was nervous to share it all – but somehow just saying that we were having a baby left so much out! 

I kept waking up during the night, thinking about how I was going to tell everyone.  After several nights, I finally got up and just wrote it all down.   Shortly after posting it, the comments starting coming in.  I couldn’t believe how many people were praying for us.  I also couldn’t believe how many people had already sensed that something was up and had started praying for me without even knowing what was going on –  Even though most of us have never even personally met.   It just goes to show, that quilters are some of the best people around!  (You too knitters, crafters and other blog readers!) 

Joel and I have read each and every comment, and even though I can’t send each of you a personal e-mail, please know that your encouragement has meant so much to us.  We have been blown away!   I know I will go back to these comments in the future and reread everything that has been shared.  It’s amazing how many people have been on similar journeys or know someone who has been through this.   We feel for those who have been through a similar process.  We are excited to continue on in this journey.  I am grateful that the (evil) drugs are now out of my system and I am feeling more like myself.   It is getting easier to forget all of the past year and just be happy for today and the future. 

On a lighter note, Joel and I also enjoyed reading about how many of you got the Gandalf reference in my story.  Who knew quilters were into fantasy novels!  It sounds like many of you use LOTR quotes regularly.  For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, here is an image from the scene I referenced in my story:

If you have never seen the movies, it’s on TV practically every other weekend and would give you about 10 hours of sewing time if you wanted to watch the whole thing!

And on another lighter note, do you think Joel’s Beloved Daisy knows that she is about to be dethroned?

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The Winner, etc.

It was interesting to read the comments from my last post – I asked people to comment on what they were going to be working on in the upcoming year.  Of course many of you are going to be finishing up UFO’s and using up stash, but I was surprised to find out that many of you are looking to improve your machine quilting and applique skills!  I think many quilters avoid this two techniques, so I was excited to read that so many of you are wanting to pursue them.  I think it’s a great goal for the new year.  I should probably do a couple posts with some of my hints . . . but for now, the winner of the kit from my last post is:

Stephani in TX, who commented on Jan 3rd, at 11:57 am.  Please e-mail your shipping info to hmulder@wecnet.com to claim your kit!

I also have a project or two that I will be working on in the upcoming year.  I am so happy to close the book on 2011.  This last year has been a difficult one, for reasons that I never usually talk about on this blog.  I think people are usually looking for happy blog posts and I never know just how personal to get.   I feel as if anything written here might just as well be up on a flashing, digital sign on main street or across the ticker on the bottom of your TV screen.  But, all year I felt as if I have been living a double life from you.  I have read  Anna Maria’s blog post and several from Alicia at Posy Gets Cozy  that have given me courage.  Never did I think they shared too much.  Instead I felt a connection with them.  I thought of them often, prayed for them.  A line from a favorite movie came to me – it’s Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail, sitting across the couch from Tom Hanks saying, “What’s so wrong with being personal anyways.  If anything else, it ought to begin by being personal.  What’s so wrong with being personal anyways”  . . . So today, this goes beyond being my creative journal.  It is my personal story  – and I’m warning you,  it’s really looooong.

Where do I begin –  I married Joel over eight years ago.  We began by optimistically remodeling a house together.  That huge project and our careers were our focus.  Before we knew it, we were over thirty.  Then my career kicked into high gear, and I spent every available moment trying to keep up.  The thought of having kids was always easily pushed into the back of my mind.  I was living my dream, but I knew we had to decide sooner  than later.  A year of “seeing what would happen”, was followed by a check with the general doctor and trying his suggestions.  I began to wonder if there was something wrong and decided to see an OBGYN, even though I still wasn’t sure about this whole kid thing.  After numerous tests, they found nothing wrong and recommended the typical treatment of Clomid and IUI’s (intro uterine insemination).  The mention of the higher twins rate with Clomid sent me running from the office to hide for another two months.  Eventually, we decided to give it a try and I was in and out of the doctor’s office every month.  Another year passed with no results.  Another long year, somehow longer than the previous years. 

We started talking about other options and trying other drugs.  No luck.  We began to come to the realization that we would probably need to do IVF (invitro fertilization).   Our doctor recommended a clinic in the Twin Cities and we reluctantly signed up to take an informational class.   At the class we were overwhelmed with information – what I would be going through, the (low) rates of success, the staggering financial costs.  I felt a ton of bricks begin to settle in on my heart.   We drove home in the dark, too overwhelmed to talk about what we were dealing with.   I didn’t like the clinic, it’s location in a huge hospital, even the people.  Joel agreed.  We talked with others who had tried another clinic.  We looked into their class and waited another month to get into that class.  We decided to go with this clinic.  It was the beginning of December, 2010.  Who wanted to deal with this during Christmas?    I couldn’t do it.  We set up an appointment for January.  Knowing how much monitoring this requires, I give up all my traveling for work in 2011, speaking and teaching classes.

We came in for our initial screening.  Some of it ok, some of it painful.  I had no idea what the images on the ultrasound screen meant.  We were told to wait in a waiting room for the doctor to come and talk with us. The Dr said that I had developed a uterine polyp and would not be allowed to move forward.  We had signed up for their warranty program, so they weren’t going to allow us to continue without resolving that issue.   The polyp had not been there during my previous testing, but was probably a result of the fertility drugs that I had been on for the last year and a half.  We were sent back to my OBGYN.  There was a three week wait for my appointment, then a few weeks on some medication, then a wait for another appointment.   During the appointment, they weren’t able to get into my cervix with the camera to see if the polyp was gone.   This had always been a painful procedure for me because apparently, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings lives in my cervix.  If you have seen the first movie in the series, you will remember Gandalf standing on a bridge facing the Balrok.  He lowers his staff to block the way and yells “You shall not pass”.  Again, he yells, “You shall not pass”, slamming his staff down harder while fire and rocks are falling all around him.  (Joel doesn’t think I should put this part in here.  He questions whether quilters spend much time watching Lord of the Rings and will even know what I am taking about.  I still think it provides a good visual and every time I went in for an appointment, I would think of this and hope Gandalf had the day off).

This was not that day, so thanks Gandalf, now I had to be put under and have surgery for them to get in there and take out the polyp.  Now it is April and I have to heal before I can go back to the clinic in the Cities.  Eventually we are cleared to start the process.  We take the class on the injectable drugs that I will have to learn to administer and we set a time-line with the scheduling nurse.  I struggle to finish my book for quilt market.

The next issue is that I have Quilt Market in a month, and this procedure requires lots of monitoring.  We finagle a little and I begin the first part – being on the pills for 21 days.  We come home from market (worst market ever – with the economy and knowing what I am coming home to) and I start the injectables.  I wait for the monster I hear I might become.  (Joel worked at a pharmacy selling injectables and had to deal with lots of hormonally crazed women.  My OB  told me his practice ends with injectables, because women on injectables are psychotic).   Luckily, the monster is kept at bay.  I am in the clinic every over day for a blood draw and ultrasound.  Each day I get new instructions on tweaking my meds.  When my ovaries each feel like they have eaten a giant Thanksgiving dinner, I go in, am put under, and 10 follicles are harvested.   This is now Memorial day.  After two days of bed rest, I am called in for the transfer, followed by  another two days of bed rest.  I deal with the side effects of the drugs.  The main problem is that I cannot sleep on these meds.  I spend night, after night, awake.  The long days are followed by even longer nights.  I feel the hands of this thing reach it’s fingers around my creativity and squeeze until there is nothing left.  We begin the long two week wait for the results.  After two blood tests, we are told the results are negative.   In the meantime, everyone around me (and their dog) is getting pregnant and having babies.  I am happy for them, but it is hard not to feel surrounded by babies.

After a waiting period, I begin another type of drugs, this time for use with the two frozen embryos that were saved from the first retrieval.  After  five weeks of drugs, waiting in waiting rooms for more blood draws and ultrasounds, we have the second transfer.  I spend my days of bed rest up on the deck, as it is now July.  We wait the long two weeks again.   I continue to deal with the side effects.  No sleep.  My creativeness, my livelihood, is now laying somewhere behind me, squashed and choked.   Two blood tests are done.  The first one is positive for a chemical pregnancy.  The second one, three days later, already says that it is gone.  Meaning there was some level of attachment, that we must start over again.

In August I start the cycle again.  We have no more frozen embryos, so we will do the whole process again.  I start with the injectables, I am in the clinic every day.  A nice receptionist says, “you are starting to be a regular here”.  I try not to kill her with my look.  I try to get out before anyone else sees me.  The phlembotomists are silent as they draw my blood.  They know I have been here too many times.  My ultrasounds show that my follicles aren’t responding like they did the first time.   After a full round of drugs,  five ultrasounds, and  lots of money wasted, the retrieval is cancelled two days before the scheduled date.   I only have three mature follicles (last time 10 of my 20+ follicles were mature).  There is a good chance that having only three follicles won’t produce any good embryos (out of 10 follicles last time, we got 4 useable embryos).   If they put me under to harvest them and they don’t cooperate, I have to wait another three months before we can try again.  Our doctor recommends that we convert the cycle to an IUI instead.   I know what this means.  I have already had 9 IUI’s and none of them worked.   I turn off my phone.  I text my family to tell them what happened, as my voice doesn’t work.  I tell them not to call.  It is easier this way, as nobody knows what to say anyways.  My close family members go through this too.  I need sleep.  I still haven’t created anything for months.  That hasn’t happened since I was about 3.  Who is this person I have become?  My blog is silent.  I have nothing to say.

After two weeks, I do another couple blood pregnancy tests.  Joel is in St Louis for a work meeting.   The nurse leaves a message on my cell phone, but I do not check the message until that evening.  I call Joel in his hotel room.  He thinks he knows the results, as he hears crying on the other end of the phone.   But he is wrong.  The result is positive.  POSITIVE!  I tell him what the nurse says – that they rarely have to cancel an IVF cycle.  Even more rarely do the IUI’s ever work.  (Most people have had so many by the time they get to this point, that they aren’t working for a reason).   We can hardly believe it.  This hasn’t gone at all how WE had planned, but we will take it!  It is the end of September.

We spend the next three weeks wondering what is in there.  Is it still there?  Having three mature follicles means that we wonder – Is it just one or is three?  four?  Which thought is scarier, none or three?   After three weeks, we have an ultrasound and my OB says there is a confirmed uterine pregnancy.  Just one, and everything looks normal, though it is still very early.  He picks up the heartbeat and we see a small flashing on the screen.  He warns us that 20% of babies miscarry.  At my age he says to figure on 30%.  (Did I mention that I never felt old until we tried to have kids?  Apparently, 35 is practically over the hill when it comes to having babies.)  That 30% seems huge to me.  It is hard not to worry.  I say to myself, this is my miracle baby, and I want to keep it.

After another couple weeks, a second ultra sound still shows a heartbeat and all things being normal.  During the appointment the doctor still seems cautious, calling it the pregnancy that never should have happened.  That is how lucky we were to have it work in this way.  I pray harder.  At ten weeks, a third ultrasound shows something that actually resembles a baby.  It is busy boxing  and turns its head to look at us (I think) while the Dr is talking about it.  The doctor hears the heartbeat with the hand-held Doppler .  He extends his hand and says congratulations, you are through the miscarriage window.  You now have a 95% chance of keeping this baby.  At ten weeks, we breathe a little easier.  We start to tell some of our family.  At Thanksgiving, we tell more.   At Christmas, I show up sporting a slight baby bump.  At New Years, it is even bigger.  We have the multiple markers test and everything looks good.  As I write this, I feel the baby moving.

Finally, the four year wait is over.  We still have some things to get through and there is still uncertainty.   But hopefully, in about five months, we will get to meet this little baby.   Life will be changing in a big way, and I am finally ready for it.  Sometimes I think I needed to go through all of this to be ready.  To know for sure  (not that I would ever choose to go through it.)   I have been able to unstrap the misery that had tied itself to my back and move forward.  Joy is back.  I know each baby is a miracle, but I am still going to think of this as my little miracle baby.   Considering what we have been through, the significance seems greater somehow.  We are grateful.  I am over 18 weeks – almost halfway.  Here I am with Joel, trying to show off my bump.

 

So, getting back to where I started with this post, this year I am making a baby quilt. 

Or maybe even two, or three!

or four, or five . . . .

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Happy Holidays . . . a little late . . .

The holidays have come and gone – already.   I hope everyone got time to enjoy them!  It has always been a favorite time of year for me – Probably had something to do with having a birthday, Christmas, and time off from school, all within the same month.  Now there are a few different reasons, but still something to look forward to all year long!

I have one more Holiday quilt project that I have yet to blog.  It hangs in my kitchen above the island.

It’s a quilt I have made many times before, but it fits so nicely into this space.  I used my Christmas line from this year, called Deck the Halls.

As a little thank-you to all of you who have spent time here with me over this past year, I would like to give away a kit for this project.  I know it’s a little late for this year, but just think how far ahead you can be for next year! 

Just leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing.  I would love to hear about your quilting projects for the upcoming year or what new techniques you would like to learn about in quilting this year.

I have decided I am going to leave this quilt and my Christmas decorations up a little longer this year.  Sadly, I didn’t get around to having any people over this month to see them.  Instead, I will show you around and we can pretend that you all got to come over for Christmas.  Just imagine lots of quilters and chocolate!  I may or may not have eaten your share of the chocolate and Christmas cookies.  Sounds like a fun party to me!

 

  

Happy Holidays!

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Fall Knitting

It’s been about 3 months since my last knitting confession.  To be honest, I haven’t finished a knitting project since!  That’s pretty bad for me.  I have started two projects, but they have been pretty challenging, so the going is slow.  Since they aren’t far enough along to show yet, I will share three projects from this fall that I haven’t blogged yet.

I will start with my favorite project first, because it involves my new favorite yarn.  It’s it bea-uuuuuu-ti-ful?

 

It’s Madeline Tosh Vintage  –  a hand-dyed yarn, so that means you have to alternate skeins while you are knitting.  That’s not my favorite thing to do, but the beautiful color variations in this yarn make it worth the extra effort.

The pattern I selected for this yarn is called the Zoe Cardigan by Cheri Christian.  It was so quick and easy to knit, that I was done in no time!  

As you can probably tell, it’s a top-down cardigan, so there is no time spent seaming.  The lace and cable patterns are really easy to memorize, so that saves time as well. 

The cute lace/cable detail is also done on the shoulders.

You can find the Raverly details here.

 

My second project is the Whisper Cardigan from Interweave Knits, Spring 2009 issue.

It took me a little longer than I anticipated, as I am not used to working with such a fine gauge of yarn.  I do love this color though, as I may have mentioned about a hundred times before.

I am debating about adding more length  to this cardigan.  I’ll decide next summer when I can start wearing it . . .

{Ravelry details here.}

 

My last project is another short cardigan, though I will not be lengthening this one.  You start at the bottom and work your way up, so that won’t be happening!   This cardigan has really unique construction, which made for a very interesting knit.  I learned a few new tricks too, so I always love that.  The pattern is called Watershed and was designed by Amy Swenson.  The yarn is Pure Pima by Berroco.

I love the details along the edge  . . .

The edging works its way up the sides and meets in the back.

There are more fun details that carry up the back of the sweater.

The only thing I don’t like about this project is if the whole sweater isn’t adjusted right, it looks like this:

Of course it only stays in place about two second, so mostly it looks all slouchy in the back.  I’m not sure what to do about this.  I already took the collar apart and did short rows, eliminating about 2″ of extra width along the top of the collar.  That took care of some of the sag, but if anyone else has any suggestions, I’m all ears.  I’ve heard that celebrities use sticky tape to keep their clothing in place.  Maybe I will have to try that.  Sounds comfortable, right?  Or maybe I will have to starch the collar like my Great Grandma Anka used to do with her doilies.  Again, if you have a more comfortable suggestion, I’m game to try it cause I like this little cardi and want to be able to put it to good use!  

That’s all for now – I’ll be back shortly with my last Christmas quilt of the season.

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