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Moving to WordPress

I've decided to move the blog from this platform to WordPress. I haven't automated the forwarding, so you'll have to click something to go there: https://cantankera.com I'm too cheap to pay for hosting for something like this, so it's just a forwarding URL. You'll see that it lands you on a different site: https://canoftankera.wordpress.com/ Overzealous security settings on a browser such as Firefox can prevent forwarding if you just click on the easy-to-remember URL; do not be alarmed. Bonus: comments should work without an annoying capcha! Downside: in the process of migrating the posts, all the commenter names got converted to "Anonymous". There's not that many comments, and you can still figure out what's going on from the URLs they are attached to. The Blogger site will remain in place; it looks like the Wordpress site hotlinks the pictures to this one.

Pining

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I don't make plans for things I am going to sew, but there are some garments that capture my imagination and get put on my "maybe" list. Here are some of them.

Life after Burda: Grasser 855

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Bore-da continues to disappoint, so I decided to sew up one of the patterns that I got for my scientific investigation of Grasser and VikiSews: Grasser 855.

Bulletproof mittens

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I used to be a leather gloves sort of person, but ever since I started knitting obsessively, I have reverted to mittens. The only problem with knit mittens is that they can develop holes around the thumb area. I've had that happen to two pairs already. Between cross-country skiing poles and dog leashes, it makes sense. So I've decided to make some mittens out of sock yarn, with nylon. My Briggs & Little Tuffy socks have yet to develop holes, and my oldest hand-knit pair of those is 6 years old. So I am optimistic.   I knit these top-down, starting with Judy's magic cast-on (6 stitches on each side) and doing increases to 42 stitches. US5 needles. Didn't track carefully how many stitches I ended up with on the thumbs, just eyeballed. They fit alright and I've already tested them out in a snowball fight with my dog! There is about 40g left from the ball, which is 114g to start. Enough for some sock toes and heels, or to make the vulnerable parts of another pair of

Some Russian sewing superstitions

This is one of those things that you would not know about a country unless you grew up there... or studied its folklore in an anthropology class, I suppose. But every now and then I reflect on Russian superstitions and wonder at how I managed to grow up capable of even a grain of rational thought. 

Cable Sourcebook Chunky Cardigan and a hat

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I've been wanting a chunky white cable sweater for a while, and I realized that one of the books I already own has a pattern  that's just right! So I made it. Norah Gaughan chunky cable cardigan This is a pattern from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook . Here is the model photo:   I am a sucker for this sort of white cable fluffiness, although I haven't ever knitted anything like this. I figured it was time to try it, and after my experience of knitting my dad's sweater , I decided a bulky yarn would be the way to go. At least it wouldn't take me several months to finish. I am also trying to overcome my aversion to seamed knitwear. I have gone so far as to rework seamed patterns into seamless in the past, but I figured I need to stop being a baby and just get over myself. I ordered 10 balls of Briggs & Little Atlantic yarn in Natural White, and I happened to hit a "color of the day" sale on the Maritime Fibers website , so I got it fo

Burda 2017 05 103 trousers, wearable muslin edition

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Burda 2017 05 103 In sewing news, I did manage to sew up these pants.  I've wanted to try this pattern for a while, because it reminds me very much of a pair of Gap chinos that I wore to pieces back around 2007 or 2009. They were very comfortable and, I thought, flattering. These are not the sort of pants that are fashionable right now, which is pretty much the reason I am interested in the pattern. The current fashion for trousers is not my thing at all. These Burda ones have a flat front, straight pockets that don't flip out on the sides, and the fit in the a crotch doesn't look like, I dunno, you have some sad secret you want to hide. There is no wrinkling or tightness there, unlike the currently fashionable wide-legged patterns I see, which just look super-uncomfortable to me. I've had a few misses with Burda pants, so I decided to do the thing properly and make a wearable muslin. This fabric is an inexpensive stretch wool from Mood; I think it's meant for suit