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I've been putting my EverSewn Sparrow 15 through its paces on the doll clothes. I made Billy a dress shirt this week.


Here's the back.


I used my Checkered Shirt Pattern and just made the sleeves short. Then I made Billy a sleeveless cardigan (sweater vest) to wear with it.


And here's the back.


It's knit from the bottom up. The right front border continues over the shoulder and around the back and connects by grafting to the left front. You just pick up stitches along the back neck. I've published the pattern as Dapper Doll in my Ravelry Store, and it includes the shirt pattern. (They don't allow sewing patterns normally, but if it is part of a set that includes something knitted, crocheted or woven, you can do it.)

I spent some time this week working on the last clue for the Mystery Knit Along for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. I'm not done yet. I still need to weave in the ends and block. It was too late last night when I finished the bind off.

We've had snow. Between snowstorms, we've had some sunshine and a few hours of pleasant weather. During some of these nice midday times, we have hit the dog part near us. Rocky and Dusty have really enjoyed those visits. It makes me happy to see Rocky running around like a younger dog.


We live in an interesting neighborhood. I think I have mentioned that there is an airstrip for small planes at the end of our street. We don't have a lot of planes taking off or landing, but it's still in use. Recently a lady who didn't know about the airstrip saw a plane go down to land and thought the plane had crashed. She called 911. I think that was what prompted our local TV channel to post this segment, which aired Wednesday. I thought it was interesting.

I also had these events this week:

1) Visit from someone from the people who are replacing some of our windows. A young man came to measure and see if we needed to take shades down.

2) The dogs went to the groomer.

3) I had a haircut.

4) I saw the podiatrist about my foot. (He thinks it will continue to get better if I wear my orthotics all the time except in the shower and in bed.)

5) I had choir practice.

For some cuteness, I thought you would get a kick out of our youngest grandchild, Johan, who was getting ready to go to school. The sharing topic for the day was the letter U, so he put underwear on a ukulele. Cute. Billy reminds me a lot of Johan.



Commercial plug: If you want to support the Girl Scouts but don't want the cookies, you can buy them from my Brownie granddaughter Daphne here and have them donated to the Ronald McDonald House.


What's on my needles: Still the Mystery Knit Along for the Rose City Yarn Crawl, but getting close to done.

What's on my sewing machine: Just finished a dress shirt for Billy. He needs a jacket, but I need to get some fabric for it.

What's in my hoop: Still the Spring Flowers quilt. I hope to get back to it after the yarn crawl.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: Choosing and Chosen. Billy finds his calling.


What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Winter and Rough Weather by D. E. Stevenson. (Another title for this novel is Shoulder the Sky.) Now listening to Andrew McCabe's The Threat. Very interesting to listen to. I think these former members of the FBI are good writers because they have to write up everything that happens to them in the line of duty. In detail. They also make good narrators for their own works, perhaps for the same reason.

What's in my wine glass: Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel 2017. Lovely.

What's my tip of the week: If you ever make a small pot of tea in a small teapot using a tea bag, you have probably had the tag on the tea bag end up inside the teapot when you pour in the hot water. You can buy tea bags that don't have tags. You can pull the tags off. Or you can do what I do: wrap the tag around the handle of the teapot and tuck it under the string. No need to tie it. The tag will hold onto the string.



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 11, 2019 at 8:50am

Today's should be interesting. It's a report on the Yarn Crawl.

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 11, 2019 at 4:51am

I'm glad to be back on line. Had computer problems. I got a kick out of Johan's uke wearing shorts. Just too cute. I always enjoy reading your posts.  Here in Maine we have been getting some big snow storms also. But this week is promising temps in the 40's so it will be melting fast. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 25, 2019 at 1:55pm

Good idea, Janet!

Comment by Janet/MO on February 25, 2019 at 12:03pm

Love the pic of Johan.  He is very creative.  Must take after his grandma!  I checked out the Rose City  Yarn Crawl.  They have some lovely patterns.  There is a nice fairly new yarn shop in Columbia MO.  I am going to suggest that she host a mystery knit along.  

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