Crocheting · Slow Fashion

Review of Dusklyn Sweater by The Velvet Acorn

I'm gonna be honest. I don't think I could have ever managed this pattern if I didn't have a couple of years experience sewing and making adjustments to patterns. I made this sweater four, yes FOUR times because it took that long to figure out how to get a decent fit. Here's the saga.

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Recipes · Sauces and Condiments

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

I was reluctant to make strawberry rhubarb jam. However, after my attempt at making just rhubarb jam, I knew I needed to explore adding something else to rhubarb. Rhubarb jam alone doesn't pack much flavor. It doesn't make for a good jam in the morning on toast. It is sharp and citrusy, but that's about it. By adding the bare minimum of strawberries, I was able to round out the flavor of rhubarb without losing the wonderful essence of rhubarb that I love. This recipe is so delicious. If you have a hard time finding 10 pounds of rhubarb, look at my notes below.

Sewing · Slow Fashion

Simplicity 1286 Pants

Necessity is the mother of invention. I have been dreading this day, but the day has come. Ryan no longer fits in ANY of his work clothes. Luckily, he's a school teacher and that gives me until August to rectify the situation. Now we are faced with two choices. Go out and buy clothes, which are really expensive, or suck it up and learn to make him pants and shirts. Because of the dire situation, I'm forced to make this happen. I'm pushing myself to figure out a pant pattern and a long-sleeved shirt pattern.