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Before I talk about Vancouver, please allow me to talk about last week for just a moment when I went to Dallas to visit my parents. Cowl progress (or some sort of knitting) happens always when I’m waiting on a flight.

But when I don’t get on… I go home and start sewing.

The Sewaholic Dunbar top is my latest project, due to the fact that I needed a tank top to wear under my mesh McCalls top. I’m a bit conservative when it comes to showing skin, and as cute as It was I just didn’t feel comfortable wearing it with only a sports bra underneath.

Fit check and I love it!

Eventually I do get on a flight… to Albuquerque. And forced to spend the night but I come prepared with a sleeping bag, may, and mask. That’s all I need for a good nights sleep anywhere!

Sunrise upon landing in Dallas.

And visiting something that doesn’t exist in California – Half Price Books! I do miss browsing this store, but I have found that my book collection no longer grows at alarming rates! I found this gem about scarf thing in a sewing your own travel wardrobe book from the 80s that I passed on.

An expiring Groupon for Segway rides is what took me to Dallas, and it was well worth it. A pleasant way to spend a Wednesday morning with my mom.

And then it’s back in the air.

And back to knitting.

Through some clouds.

And back to lush California!


The sewing spree continues with the T bar being attached to the back.

Layered under the McCalls, it gives me the perfect amount of coverage that I need.

A bike ride to enjoy the mustard fields.

My favorite place to buy fish, although I only purchase when I have guests around because it is a bit of a splurge. I’d rather have expensive fish occasionally rather than cheap fish daily.

The activewear sewing continues with a pair of leggings.

A relic from the past. Junior high I believe? My beloved prismacolor pencils that I still use to this day. Back then it was when I was into anime and manga.

Nowadays it is for outfit sketches.

These are he Sewaholic Pacific leggings. Also the fierst legging pattern I’ve used that calls for a gusset crotch. My first attempt was not very pretty, but I’m sure with practice it’ll eventually looks better.

One thing all leggings patterns have in common for me: they are always excessively long but when it is my first time making them I’m never ready to modify the tissue pattern until after I’ve sewn up at least one to see just how long they are.

In this case, quite a few inches!

Then it’s time to continue with a different legging pattern, Butterick B6295. The goal is to make a lot and figure out which one will be my TNT pattern.

I also made preserved lemons over a year ago. Finally I unsealed the jar.

Salt and lemons, that’s it, for one whole year.

A olpreserved lemon chicken tajine was the result.

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