I’ve spent A LOT of time in my studio lately…I’m listening to “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, short-listed for both the Man Booker and National Book Award for Fiction. It is a long, long, sad and dark book…but the writing is so
luminous, and I love the characters so much that I am hooked. I have come to love listening to Audible Books while I’m sewing; it encourages me to do a lot more hand sewing (good). When I come to a tricky bit in my sewing, I turn the book off, then start up again when I am ready. (I don’t multi-task very well)

My first item was part of an ongoing attempt to find a very high scrunch turtleneck that doesn’t collapse. I’ll post about that later (it’s pretty, and I’ll wear it, but the neck isn’t what I’m looking for).

Then, I made long OOP V8192, as a vest; I learned why there are only two reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review, both somewhat negative.

So, I was well-warned. I love the collar and decided to try it anyway. The main problem is that, in order to hang properly, I needed to add SIX sets of snaps to the interior. The top is essentially a double breasted vest without the necessary “buttons”.

Here it is in my studio, as I figure out where to place the double-welt pockets.

And here it is, on me (with background of emerging wisteria) The fabric is a 
wonderful rayon-blend two-sided crinkle woven from Marcy Tilton which I love.

I like it, although I’m not sure it was worth all the bother…it’s lightweight and drapey, perfect for my climate.


Next, as I was rummaging around in my studio, I found an almost completed knit top which I had totally forgotten about. It’s B5954, adjusted somewhat to take advantage of a paneled knit with a border from Emma One Sock. So I added a neck finish, hemmed the sleeves and bottom, and voila!

A women’s group I’ve belonged to for more than 30 years had a meeting this month in the studio of Seyburn Zorthian. We have two paintings of hers which I’ve written about before.

I’ve known Seyburn for a long time, but I was still fascinated by her telling us of the history of her painting…

and I found a new painting to love…

As a parting shot, check out my new polka-dot cat eye specs!

I’m heading over to Patti’s site, Not Dead Yet Style, to join the Visible Women. Come  see what we’ve been up to!


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