A day

Ever have one of those days? Start out with a 10 hour work day and go on from there? I feel like I can’t even think straight anymore. The heat isn’t helping.

Anyway… lots of little bits today.

  • I updated the gallery today and there are 399 Jaywalkers as of this very moment. Get out your camera and take a picture already, then e-mail me!

    ETA: We have a winner! The 400th submitted Jaywalker is Michelle’s! Congratulations!

  • I’m glad you guys are looking forward to what I have to say about the KnitPicks needles. I’m having some technical difficulties with the necessary gadgetry, so bear with me a few more days. I’m hoping Wednesday night or Friday morning I’ll be able to do the necessary tests.
  • I need a little bit of help with sewing. I know what I want to accomplish, but I have no idea how to say it in English, so Googling has been frustrating. This is another one of my sewing class frustrations – sometimes I know how to do stuff and I don’t even know what it’s called.

    Instead of that folded up bunch of fabric, I want to make a mitered corner. The fabric is folded twice. I’m not attaching a binding or another piece of fabric, it’s just folded on itself (in fact, if you remember, I’m quite good at mitering binding tape).

    What is this called? Mind you, no binding tape involved (’cause that’s all I’m getting right now with Google). Know of a simple tutorial with pictures somewhere? Let me know. Know the appropriate page in Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing? Even better (I’m having a day and can’t for the life of me navigate the index, apparently).

  • Annie received the Egyptian dress and I’m thrilled that my work was up to par. For a picture of the dress on a mannequin (as opposed to draped against me), look here.
  • I’m happy to see that another knitter is investigating the pleasures of Classic Silk. I agree with everything Lauren writes – that it’s a much lighter yarn than you imagine, and that it has a quality similar to Felted Tweed.

I’m pooped. Good night.


38 thoughts on “A day

  1. jennifer.

    How to describe? You’ve got the fabric folded, then cut diagonally across the corner to eliminate bulk, then refold the fabric to how you want it to look.

    Is that good? If not, I’ll find/make a post with photos!

  2. Katie

    De-lurking to ask how you organized to knit photo-shoot models for other people’s books. It sounds like a lot of fun to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Grace

    I googled mitered hem and this popped up.


    It looks much more complicated than what you need.

    I do something even simpler than this.

    Press the hem once along each perpendicular side. There will be a little square a the overlap. Open out the hems and turn up a hem at a 45 degree angle to the 2 other creases at the point where the two creases intersect. Trim that corner just a bit.

    Now press the two perpendicular sides back up. They should meet in triangles at the corner. Then open up the hems and press the raw edges even with the creases. Fold them hem back up and press again.

    It takes longer to explain this than to do it.

    Email me if you need me to draw a schematic for you.

  4. Sue

    Searched on “sewing mitered corners” and got this: http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa121697.htm

    Hope that helps.

    You might want to look for the big Singer Sewing book (not sure of exact title) – it’s like the Vogue Ultimate Knitting for sewers instead of knitters. Not the same as learning from someone showing you, but a great, very detailed reference, would definitely show things like hot to miter corners.

  5. Purly Whites

    Sorry about your sucky day! We can all wait for the Knitpicks review. Or at least I can, since I got a special preview. Hee hee!

    Watcha sewing?

  6. Captain

    I saw Annie Modesitt’s high praise for the dress you knitted for her upcoming book. I notice she didn’t have to tweak anything after she received your finished item — congratulations! I could never afford all the silk to knit that garment, but it is a very sleek creation. (I was just thinking how fun(ny) it would be to wear it to the current King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History here in Chicago!) You did beautiful work.

  7. amy

    I know that kind of day. Mine started with 13 hours…ended up with 14.5. Congrats on the great words from Annie. The dress is absolutely stunning. If I had a figure to speak of, I’d want to knit it. So, what’s the sewing project?

  8. Wendy

    I like the instructions Captain posted above – that’s how I do it. The only tricky part is getting the little right-angle corner that’s folded back covered by the folded over side hems.

    And you might to get used to pinning with your pins at right angles to your seam/sewing — with the pin heads facing to the left. That way when you’re sewing on your machine you can wait until the last minute to remove them with your left hand as you come to them. Do I sew over pins? Yes. Are you supposed to? No. But sewing over an occasional pin in the 35+ years I’ve been sewing haven’t hurt me or my machine.

    Good luck!

  9. Ellen

    I saw the finished Egyptian dress on Annie’s site and I just have to say: that’s really impressive.

    Beautiful, beautiful work. I, too, can’t wait to see it on a human being…

  10. Becky

    You might try looking in a quilting handbook/guide as those quilters know something about perfection and neat corners and the like. The ONLY time I’ve had to deal with such issues was when I was finishing a quilt, and even my sloppy self managed it. Is there a Reader’s Digest Complete Guide equivalent?

  11. gmtlvsred

    I like the look of the classic silk – it looks like it may be a good summer alternative to the Silky Wool I have been gathering. BTW greetings from The Amazing Lace “Pit Stop”.

  12. Olga

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  13. Folkcat

    My 1995 edition of the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing has a listing in the index for “mitering”. Pages 316-321 seem to cover all the basics, complete with diagrams and illustrations.

  14. Chelle

    The link from Captain looks pretty good. As a quilter, I think there are lots of ways to do a mitered corner and after trying a few, you’ll find what’s comfortable.

    Also noticed the pins like Amy. If they’re in different directions, it makes it harder to pull them as you’re sewing along. Especially if the ball is toward the foot. The perpendicular approach makes it easy to pull at the last minute and you can also attempt to sew over it. I bend a lot of pins that way, but pins are cheap, right? Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  15. Ruth

    It’s been done, but just to keep the urls coming, I found: http://vintagesewing.info/19th/1892-sn/sn-02.html

    where they have instructions on sewing a mitred hem (it’s a way down the apge, but makes sense to me!)

    On the pins front – I’ve killed a LOT of pins by sewing over them, and also broken some needles, which is not to be recommended. Having said that, perpendicular to the sewing line is much easier to deal with, and I haven’t learned from my mistakes yet (depending on the fabric).

    I wish you happy sewing, and a better day tomorrow.

  16. Lynn

    Kathy, I hate to say this, but with your learning to sew questions, I’ve found a wonderful wealth of new sewing info sites. A thank you to all of your very helpful readers!! :o)

    BTW, have you checked out the Weldon’s Practical Needlework books? They’re mentioned in the Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. They’re historical knitting patterns that Nancy based some of her vintage sock patterns on. We seem to be rather ‘scientific’ craftsters, so I thought you might appreciate them. The formal title of the books I checked out is “Piecework Magazine Presents a Facsimilie Edition of Weldon’t Practical Needlework” I think there are 13 or so books. Very cool.

  17. Kristen

    Kudos for sticking with the sewing and the Egyptian dress is BRILLIANT as well as gorgeous! BTW, I am the crazy broad who approached you in the knit shop in RI and told you I read your website everyday. I was attending an conference on autism there (I live in Sacramento) and couldn’t place you for a second but then it hit me! You really DO go to local(ish) yarn shops!

  18. Jacquie

    Mitered corners. Look in the world of quilting. Borders and bindings are all about miters.

    Isn’t it exciting embracing a new craft. You get to be a newbie all over again.

  19. minnie

    “up to par.” UP TO PAR?!?!?!?!? that is absolutely gorgeous! that dress alone inspired me to buy the book when it comes out. marvelous work!

  20. zeska


    I noticed you were asking for cotton sock yarn ealier. I haven’t tried this one before, but I spotted it in a Finnish knitblog, it is cotton-polyester. (BW should be Baumwolle, cotton, in german. I don’t speak german but from other languages I can guess enough.) The link to the seller is:


    There the link “sockenwolle”

    This is the blog I spotted it at: http://3105.vuodatus.net/

  21. Terry


    I’ve been quilting for about 20 + years now, and the corner that I use and recommend is the same one that is on the HGTV post above. It’s the most accurate, precise method that I’ve found.

    Love your blog, T.

  22. Elizabeth

    I found the same sites as above. If you get REALLY interested, you might want to try your hand at a “french handsewn” pillow–which is sewing bits of lace and fine batiste together to make exquisite pillows and children’s clothes, lace collars, etc. I used to make my daughter’s holiday dresses when she was little…


    Cheers- Elizabeth

  23. Judi

    In addition to placing the pins perpendicular to the line of sewing, you might want to get some pins with glass heads or the yellow flat flower heads, they are easier to see/remove (so you don’t wind up wearing one in the finished garment) and easier to grab as you are merrily sewing along – which I am sure you will be very soon.

    I haven’t really looked at the Sewing for Dummies book, but if it is up to the standards of their other books, it might be a good one to start with.

  24. Gryphon

    Holy crap, that dress is amazing! I want it! I want the patience and time to knit it! I want minions to do my bidding and make it for me! I want to have the body of Annie’s mannequin to put into it! Aside from that last, which I had for about 5 minutes when I was 22, these are alas not things which will be part of my life.

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