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How I sew a muslin + Sew Caroline Larchmont T

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Instead of a straight-ahead sewing pattern review, I thought I’d walk through my process for making a muslin. I stitched the Sew Caroline Larchmont T that appears in the new “Weekend Style” sewing book. It’s a simple woven T-shirt pattern that was a freebie in the spring issue 2017 of Sew News magazine. Because it’s only three […]


Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Weeknight Roast Chicken

The bird in question. “Why is the kitchen filled with smoke?” I had just returned home from a bike ride. MVH was watching Paul and minding the Weeknight Roast Chicken, as dictated by Cook’s Illustrated. And the lower level of the house was honest-to-goodness hazy. “It’s the chicken,” MVH said. “Or more accurately, we’ve reached […]

The big coverup: Pink stitches

I livened up my teal coverup with hot pink zigzag stitches. Before I get into it, I want to explain my absence. I was on vacation. I wasn’t being lazy. Well, I was being lazy, but not at my house. MVH and I traveled to the southern part of Croatia, also know as Dalmatia. It’s […]

The big coverup: Pink bubbles

White washing machine, pink bubbles. Hrm. There were pink bubbles in my washing machine. Lots of pink foam. And it made me nervous. MVH didn’t even know I was washing a Rit-dyed garment, and I could feel him getting anxious across town. I didn’t panic. Of course there were a lot of bubbles. I washed […]

Bottled

MVH fills bottles. First there was brewing. Then there was grainy tea. Then there was transferring the beer to the secondary fermentor (this wasn’t particularly interesting, so I skipped showing this part of the brewing process). After the secondary fermentor, which is a glass bottle large enough to hold the volume of two cases of […]

First draught

MVH checks the beer recipe before we start brewing. Pots. And pails. Home brewers’ most important supplies are pots and pails. I was a little surprised by how many vessels my husband, MVH, and I used when we brewed a batch of American wheat recently. I had never been through the whole process at once. […]

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