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The Maine Memories Cardigan is getting close to completion.



As you can see, the front bands are finished. However, the gauge is rather loose for steeking colorwork, and the outer vertical rows of the steek were white, so the stitches of the outer vertical rows show through. I could rip out the bands and reknit them starting with one row of white, but I thought the green would still show through. My solution, then, is to knit an applied I-cord right at the join between the band and the colorwork. It will continue all the way to the bottom of each band. I think it will be a nice detail.


It still needs blocking.


I've been cooking more than usual this week. We had some salmon in the freezer I decided it would make an easy meal, roasted together in the oven where I was also roasting vegetables (which took longer, of course). We had fresh tomatoes that needed to be used, and Trader Joe's Sweet Potato Gnocchi.


There's lots more salmon, so I'll cut it up into meal-size pieces and freeze all but enough for one more meal.


I also made some Italian Pronto. This is one of my favorite quick meals. It can be varied a lot and still be easy.


I have plans to help with the dire need for face masks. This pattern looks to be fairly easy to make.


You can get a clear copy here. A YouTube video showing how to make the masks is available here. There are other kinds of masks, including some that have a pocket for a filter, such as might be cut from a furnace filter, a vacuum cleaner filter or even toilet paper (if you can find any). Because of the shortage, hospitals want to reserve the respirator-type face masks for people who need to be in very close contact with patients. A number of Facebook groups have sprung up to help match up the need with volunteers, and provide patterns and help to volunteers. Stitched Together and Sewing for Lives are just two.


Our four younger grandkids are all having to stay home from their school, which have closed (Wisconsin and Oregon). The Wisconsin grands are lucky enough to have teachers with PhDs and work as college professors, but their lessons come from the school district. They have this schedule:


The parents awoke on Saturday morning to find their students conducting a story hour for all the dolls.


We're trying to FaceTime with them once a week.

The Oregon grands also have their lessons at home.


This clearly exhausts their dad and his dog.


The parents are working from home on top of conducting classes.


We celebrated St. Patrick's Day quietly at home. Mandy must have developed a taste for Irish beer while on location in Ireland. (She picked the green bottle opener.) 

What's on my needles: Still Maine Memories Cardigan.

What's on my sewing machine: Ready to make some face masks.

What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. Another week with no progress, but I plan to pull it out as soon as my cardigan is finished.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: A Letter from Ireland. Mandy and The Writer visit Ireland. Mandy writes home.



What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith. I'm not very far into it yet, but it's interesting and different.


What's in my wine glass: Les Chiens Catalans vin de France Rouge 2018. There's a cute Boston Terrier on the label.

What's my tip of the week: It may not be easy to run to the store for more dental floss these days. Here's how to get the most out of what you have: If you tie the ends of your dental floss together, you can get by with less floss, and you can vary where on the floss you use it, so it doesn't break. If it still breaks, you can tie it in another place. It works best if you line up the two ends of the floss with the ends facing the same direction. (See photo.) Then hold them together as you tie a knot.




Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 24, 2020 at 5:31pm

Carol Ann, I would love to see photos of your modification!

Maybe masks will be a fashion statement instead of a necessity someday.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 24, 2020 at 2:10pm

Thanks for the mask pattern, Peggy.  I made the first one with the usual first-try stumbles, and it is okay.   I'm going to try a couple more to see if I can make it better.  I did add a little dart at the chin to make it tuck under a little at the bottom.  I'm using dragonfly patterned fabric for the outsides as  dragonflies are one of my favorite creatures, and I regard them as a totem!  After this kerfuffle goes away, it will be great for avoiding pollen (I am asthmatic) and smoke from the summer wildfires. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 23, 2020 at 4:54pm

Bonnie, no I haven't. I'll have to check it out. Sounds interesting.

Comment by Bonnie on March 23, 2020 at 4:12pm

I love the i cord edge!

have you listened to Fiber Nation podcasts?  I love the hosts selections and enthusiasm.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 23, 2020 at 1:47pm

You’re welcome, Pam!

Comment by Pam/NY on March 23, 2020 at 12:28pm

Thanks for posting the pattern

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