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Sweetheart out of town
Means Cheerios for supper
And sewing till dawn

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I know I don’t usually post big lists of links on my blog, but there have been a lot of nifty sewing-related things popping up lately that I thought might interest you. Because, you know, I assume if it’s interesting to me, it must be interesting to everybody. Or at least it should be.

First up:

Nancy found the Burda archives!  Not the paltry ones on the German site that don’t go back nearly far enough or link to enough images, but the ones from the English language site dating back to 2006. I know lots of Burda fans (me included) were disappointed with all the great stuff about the magazine that disappeared along with the English language site when they redirected it to BurdaStyle (also a great site, but not the same content!), and in particular the super valuable archives. Great sleuthing, Nancy! To be honest, I think these will get blown away eventually once they’re done transitioning everything and we’ll lose access to them, but hooray for now!

Inkstain, Denise, and CarmencitaB (thanks, guys!) pointed out that my original dress pattern, the Coffee Date Dress (shown above are two versions I made for my friends Lindsey and Teresa in exchange for their modeling services) was mentioned in the Guardian’s online article “How to Make the Perfect Dress.” How flattering- you know how your Selfish Seamstress adores a good ego-boosting shout-out and a little international press. I actually love the Guardian’s DIY article series and even once managed to snag a free copy of an Alice Temperley pattern from them. (I haven’t made it yet- the pattern is kind of… inscrutable.)

Photo by Andrea Mohin/NY Times

As a huge fan of the New York City Ballet and its legendary costume designer, the late Barbara Karinska (I immediately recognized that tutu as her design for Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, that’s how much I adore her costumes), I found this New York Times article about refurbishing the company’s ballet costumes to be both fascinating and sad. As hobby sewers, the NYC Garment District is practically an infinite buffet of goodies for our sewing addictions, but sources and resources are disappearing irretrievably for the costumers, which means they’re losing their ability to reconstruct the costumes exactly as the original designers intended.

I know that everyone and their mom has been blogging about Jessie Steele aprons since they were featured in the new Sex and the City movie (no, I haven’t seen it, and no, I don’t plan to.) But they’re so delightful and dainty and whimsical I just had to show them to you in case you missed them. I’ve never owned an apron, and haven’t made one since the age of 6 (Would you believe I made it as a present for my sister? My Selfish skills were so poorly developed back then!) because there are always so many other real clothes that I want to sew more. But don’t they just make you want one? If you like that polka dot one, you’re in luck because Butterick 4945 includes a variation that’s almost identical.

And finally…

Yay! Arielle is back to blogging! She’s lived through a nightmare but now she’s received all of your generous sewing goodies, thanks to the wonderful Cidell and her beloved Nigel. Now it’s time to help Arielle get her sewing mojo back- pop on over to Fashion Maté and welcome her back with a hug!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done battle with a new nemesis. No, it isn’t that I’ve been so busy beating up on classic nemeses like Yoshimi or Lauriana, nor have I been too amiable or cheerful to make new enemies. Quite simply, for the last couple of months there just hasn’t been all that much new evil going around. Just lots of happy sewing on everyone’s part. No real need for warfare.

Or so I thought. My relationship with new Selfish Seamstress Nemesis Tasia, a.k.a. “Gimme that Coat Nemesis,” started out like my relationships with anyone else. Diplomatic. She’d leave a cheerful comment here and there on my blog, and I would think to myself, “Excellent. Another worshipper at the holy shrine of the Selfish Seamstress.  How can I use this one to my advantage?” And one day I clicked on her link and noticed… her blog looked sort of threatening with its wonderfully capable sewing and delightful fabric choices and handy tips. Hmmm.

At first I didn’t worry. After all, Sewaholic.net has only been up for a handful of months. And with a mere dozen or so followers, it seemed unlikely that Tasia would be able to assemble much of an army. But she kept posting and kept posting… more and more jealousy-inducing garments and goodies, and the next thing I knew there were 27 followers! Clearly she was growing more powerful by the day and was gearing up for battle with the innocent and peace-loving Selfish Seamstress.

And then one day when the Selfish Seamstress was minding her own business, the belligerent Tasia launched her attack…

KABOOM!

This one landed smack in the middle of the Selfish Seamstress’s humble home on the web. The Selfish Seamstress was knocked off of her dainty little pointe shoes when Tasia left a link to her stunning turquoise coat in the Selfish Seamstress’s comments! It was on. And Tasia started it. And to make matters worse, Tasia went on the offensive with some of the most powerful sewing artillery known to woman: Covet. Yes, she attacked relentlessly with massive rounds of covet, and now the Selfish Seamstress can’t stop dreaming about her own turquoise Lady Grey from Collette Patterns coat!

Something needed to be done. So the Selfish Seamstress made her way over to Tasia’s turf to scope out the enemy, and there she was ambushed! By gorgeous choices of colors and prints whipped up into drool-inducing garments that no one would ever guess were home sewn unless they knew about Tasia’s powerful skills:

KABOOM!

Not only did she break out some massive covet with this one, she doesn’t even say what the pattern is. You don’t even have the chance to fight back.

KABOOM!

This covet is nearly unforgivable- not only does it take advantage of the Selfish Seamstress’s weakness for a vintage-inspired watercolor floral, but it actually FORCED the Selfish Seamstress to go out and buy the Cynthia Steffe Vogue 1174 pattern herself. Argh!

And finally, KABOOM!

Truly evil and inspired! A print that the Selfish Seamstress wouldn’t give a second thought to on the bolt, but Tasia in all of her wicked genius saw its potential not only for a beautiful dress but also its potential to use this fabric to make the Selfish Seamstress very very covetous indeed! And of course, the Selfish Seamstress will never be able to find this same fabric- a double blow dealt by Tasia to Selfish’s already weak defenses.

Readers, I am warning you about Tasia NOW for your own good. If she’s come after me, you can be sure that she’s got her sights set on you next and you’d better be prepared. Like I said, at the moment, her blog is young and her army of followers is still a manageable bunch, but she’s talented and ruthless, as can be seen by her bold and daring color choices. She’s going to keep posting and winning hundreds of loyal followers if she keeps it up. Plus she’s so darn cute. You’d better head over to sewaholic.net and find out just what you’ll be up against, and maybe launch an attack of your own against Tasia!

Burda’s 7.2010 full preview is now linked off of the German BurdaMag site. (Remember, no more English BurdaMag site anymore, boo hoo!) Actually the preview has been linked off of the Russian site since this weekend, but I didn’t really have time to go through it.  Well, as the first preview suggested, it’s looking very promising indeed.  First there are the things that I want to wear:

That top totally reminds me of one I had back in college from Anthropologie and it’s making me nostalgic.

Then there’s the stuff that I really want to wear even though I’m not sure I could pull them off.  I may try anyway:

I have just the right wool flannel for those pants too. I love the pleats-with-no-front-fly look!

Then there are the things that definitely wouldn’t look good on me but that *you* should wear because they are kind of great:

And then there are the things that NO ONE should wear. I’ve harped on the ruffle sleeve blouse twice already, so that one goes without saying. But also:

I have to say, the “bones” of these two aren’t great to start, but the fabric choices are definitely not helping. Bedazzled purple for a vest just screams “crazy lady” and seriously- heather grey jersey? Are these the pants that harem girls wear when they go to the gym to shoot some hoops? I like how I’ve arranged those two images on top of one another too because they look like a crazy harem outfit together. Or maybe like what a genie wears to bed.

[Incidentally, the preview also clears up the “Hello, College” versus “Hello Colleague” question I posed in my post about the first preview. Even native German speakers fell on both sides in their guesses as to what Burda intended. In the full preview, that spread is labeled “Auf dem Campus,” which translates to “On campus.”]

Anyway, the Selfish Seamstress is tapping her fingers together in giddy excitement. It just so happens that Dan is going to be flying through the Frankfurt airport later this week, and he may just be called upon to snag a copy for his Selfish lady from Relay, as well as a couple of Kinder Pingui from Quickers while he’s at it. Come this weekend, she hopes to be flipping through it with selfish fingers all sticky with chocolate.

Remember back in the good old days before the Selfish Seamstress decided that knitting was somehow a reasonable use of her time and she actually used to sew? Remember the leopard print coat project?

Well, this is as far as I got before I put it aside. I had basted it all together, edited the fit to my liking (fitted!) and done what I thought was the final stitching and some very meticulous topstitching. All it needed was the collar, lining, finishing:

The material is so soft and lovely, the fit was looking good, and did I mention that the topstitching is meticulous? Because it is:

It’s my beloved triple straight stitch in dark brown thread. And how about this pocket?

Well, say goodbye to all of it, girls, because I’m taking the whole thing apart. Yep, I was all satisfied and on the brink of having a nice, soft, new leopard jacket, when I stumbled upon my old inspiration photo for this garment:

Sigh.  It has such body to it, such crispness. I’ve decided that I have to at least aim for a little more crispness, and soft simply won’t do. I had already lined the front with Armo-Weft. For some reason a salesperson in Germany (where I first started sewing for real) recommended Armo-Weft as a good interfacing for coats and jackets and as a result I use it often, but I think I’m going to stop as it really doesn’t seem to offer any body at all. The plan now is to interface the whole body of the coat with a heavyweight sew-in interfacing, the sleeves maybe in muslin. The Selfish Seamstress is never satisfied.

Of course, my local fabric store, which gets away with ridiculous prices and “eh” quality because it’s practically the only game in town, doesn’t sell interfacing that is wider than 22″. Seriously! So I had to buy six yards of it for an above-the-knee jacket! And of course, narrow as it is, it’s still not 1/3 the price of 60″ interfacing either. The salesperson explained, “Well, people only use interfacing for collars, so you don’t need it to be wide.” Whatever. How’s that polyester glitter organza bridesmaid dress coming along?  What’s that you say?  You finished it and now you’re working on homemade Snuggies?  How fun!

But don’t think my snobby contempt for the store kept me from a couple of fun new acquisitions. The Selfish Seamstress doesn’t really have principles and isn’t above hypocrisy.

The one on the left is another (!) leopard print, this in a very matte slightly stretch satin in a silvery shade (not metallic). I want to do something very va-va-voomy with it, or at least as close to va-va-voom as one can get without much natural va or voom. Wiggle skirt or perhaps I’ll finally get around to Vogue 1117. The one on the right is an oversize navy and white polka dot (with a quarter there for comparison.) It’s on the heavy side, like duck, and it’s all cotton with a nifty rib texture:

This one is definitely destined for a skirt, maybe a pencil or a BurdaStyle Marie, though I suspect that shape would have a foreshortening effect on me. But I love the idea of a skirt with giant navy polka dots, paired with a dainty white blouse and red accessories.

Oh, and in blocking news, Sasa has now discovered the left side of the Swallowtail Shawl:

We arrived home last night at about 1AM, after a grueling day of flying during which I managed to put the final stitches on my Swallowtail Shawl. This morning, I woke up bright and early, eager to block it. I find blocking lace very satisfying in its ugly-duckling-to-swan transformational magic. First I laid it out unblocked to show you the “before” shot.

All crumply and the lace pattern isn’t so visible. My plan was to show you the “ta-da!” after shot once it was all stretched out for blocking. So I soaked it for a bit and squeezed out as much water as I could, pulled out the old Dritz pins and started pinning.  I’m not much of a knitter either in terms of skill or frequency so I don’t have any fancy blocking equipment- just sewing pins and the old futon.

Once I had it all pinned out, I turned my back and walked halfway across the room to grab the camera to take a “blocking in progress” photo (yay!  Dan got a new one to replace the broken one so hopefully no more camera phone photos!) and when I turned back to the shawl, I saw that something had changed in those brief 3 or 4 seconds…

Can you spot the difference? Yes the lace pattern is now all opened up and stretched out nicely, but there’s something else going on in this photo. Look carefully at this next one and tell me if you see it:

Wow, Sasa, that shawl is still wet! Since when does she have any affinity for damp things?? This feels a lot like the last time I blocked a Swallowtail Shawl.

I’m thinking that maybe it’s just a part of the pattern that isn’t mentioned in the instructions.

Well, she’d better enjoy it for now because once it’s dry it’s getting shipped off to my mommy, cat hair and all.

Even during somber events, it’s inevitable that Dan and I find moments of levity. This was certainly the case today, when Dan so kindly modeled his sartorial masterpiece from his junior high home economics class, which has been buried in his parents’ house from the past decade and a half. Why it is he hasn’t been wearing it all along is a mystery to me. After all, isn’t early 1990s Long Island middle school fashion the epitome of chic?

There it is in all of its delightful buffalo plaid flannel sleeveless goodness! As I examined the garment in all of its crooked-seamed and minimally-finished glory, I did notice that it had a rather impressive button placket down the front with some slightly wonky but impressively capable buttonholes, a skill that I would have thought would be beyond the scope of an 8th grade home ec course. I complimented him on this achievement, and he said that “it came with that.” Turns out the shirt was some sort of kit from a company called Pineapple Appeal (still around today, but alas the plaid flannel sleeveless sack is no longer available!) Home ec for slackers! I guess the shirt came partially (or completely) cut and partly assembled and then it was up to the 13-year olds to polish it off into the badass fashion you see here:

Oh yeah, did I mention that it came with a sweatshirt hood? Sweet.

I’ve always rather envied Dan because he’s got the sort of build and coloring that allow him to look good in just about anything. As it turns out, there are exceptions. I suggested to Dan that the shirt could possibly be improved with the addition of some sort of saying painted across the back, perhaps “Young hearts run free” or “Live fast, die young” to which he responded, “Why not both?” Perhaps this is a project for another time.

In actuality, Dan’s a pretty able crafter these days, home ec fashion nightmares notwithstanding. He’s not an obsessive freak like his sewing-addicted fiancee, but he knows his way around a sewing machine, and has even been known to unselfishly knit up a pretty pair of felted slippers for the Selfish Seamstress’s perpetually chilly feet:

Or crochet a pillow for her perpetually scheming head:

As you can see, I not only milk him for all he’s worth, but get a little sharp-dressed arm candy in the deal. Now if only we can find his old Z. Cavaricci’s to go with that shirt…

I stumbled upon this on the German BurdaMag website.  It comes out today, but what is it?  It’s EAZY!

It’s labeled issue number 1 and I haven’t seen it before. It looks like it’s meant to be a DIY fashion magazine (lots of “pimping” and “upcycling” and other refashion buzzwords) with some sewing patterns in it geared towards the younger set and the beginner sewer. I think it’s great to put out something for beginners, but the projects generally look more like “crafted” fashion than “sewn” fashion in my opinion:

I haven’t actually flipped through a copy of this yet, but a lot of the clothes look like they might be refashion projects (e.g. that dress on the bottom looks like two tank tops sewn together at the hems, right?) but the patterns seem to come in a bunch of sizes, and the cover says that pattern sheets are included, so who knows?

It’s definitely not Selfish Seamstress style, so I don’t expect I’ll be getting a copy for myself, but I see how it could appeal. The clothes have a definite American Apparel vibe to them. I’ve always assumed that since American Apparel uses (expensive) American labor rather than (cheap) outsourced manufacturing, that’s why their garments seem to have a minimum of seams, finishing, and details, which is not really the way I like to sew. I guess if Eazy gets people into sewing by being approachable and unintimidating, that’s great. Though I have to say, I’ve seen plenty of first-time sewers take on classically constructed garments as a first project with great success, and I think that first big accomplishment may even get people more excited about continuing to sew than a one seam skirt with no hem and its accompanying ooh-I-made-a-skirt-in-20-minutes-all-by-myself glow.

As a side note, Eazy seems to be an entirely separate publication from Burda’s twice a year Easy Fashion. Although Easy Fashion is geared towards a younger, trendier market than regular BurdaMag or Burda Plus, and towards the less experienced sewer, the main difference in the difficulty lies in the fact that all of  patterns are ready to cut and come with fully illustrated instructions like a Big 4 pattern. The patterns themselves range in difficulty on a scale not that different from regular BurdaMag. Also, Easy Fashion is published once around March and then once again around August, so I don’t think Eazy is meant to replace it.

But let me get this straight then. Burda launched an online community called “BurdaStyle” and then went and renamed their magazine “burda style” differing only in capitalization and the use of a space between the words. Then they have their “young” magazine “Easy Fashion”, and they go and create another “young” magazine and call it “Eazy”?? Granted I have no background in marketing, but doesn’t it seem a poor idea to give all of your products the same name? :) In any case, I guess this means that we should keep our eyes peeled for a BurdaPluz to come out soon!

In unfortunate news, there has been another passing in our family and Dan and I will be returning to New York for the next several days for the funeral. Posts will probably continue to be sparse for a bit longer, and sewing isn’t happening for now.

I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in the Burdaverse these days.  The old English language site now redirects to the BurdaStyle.com online community, a merging which was promised a long time ago and never entirely panned out until last week, and which doesn’t entirely make sense now because the site content never really merged, with the exception of the fact that the online community now sells BurdaMag patterns. If I were an English speaking reader wanting to find out more about the magazine, I think I’d be pretty lost. But if there’s one thing that remains consistent no matter what name changes and site changes happen in Burdaland, it’s that the Russian Burdites are always on top of their shizz. Once again, the July 2010 preview is linked off of the Russian site ahead of the rest!

For those of you who were hoping for the continued appearance of buff partially naked men in your BurdaMags, if there are any to be found in the 7.2010 issue, they’re not showing up in the preview. But this could get freaky:

Yep, Burda’s going to college** and things are about to get preppy. With three short guys in dandy candy-striped crested blazers with not-quite-matching candy striped ties. (Seriously, has Burda ever actually *seen* a college? Or are they working from a 1950’s picture book about college? Shouldn’t one of these guys be carrying a megaphone that says “COLLEGE” on it?) Is Burda replacing the Central European princes that they normally pull in to serve as arm candy for their leggy ladies with freshly scrubbed teenagers?

Nope.

Hey, why does the hot guy get out of wearing the dorky blazer? What kind of college is this?? Actually, I think I like the striped ones better. I’m actually liking the garments in the college feature a lot. They look like classics with nice details, not too basic. And most of the stuff in it looks really wearable, especially in their sophisticated yet casual palette of navy, khaki, and white. And while I’m generally not a fan of pleated pants (because I’m short!), is it just me or do the pleats get a lot more sophisticated when you get rid of the front fly? I’m really feeling those trousers in the top picture and am even thinking that maybe I could pull them off, for all of my inseam deficiencies.

But especially interesting is that after months of basics and simple shapes, BurdaMag seems to be taking a page out of Patrones and La Mia Boutique with the sort of trendy and youthful silhouettes and details that the comparatively conservative BurdaMag usually eschews.

It’s all very Bebe and Zara, yes? In general I think I’m in favor of them taking a more fashion foward direction in one of their features, though I don’t see myself making much of it because I’m not so keen on making things knowing I’ll only wear them a few times. And I don’t see that skirt going on heavy rotation in my wardrobe. More Patrones-esque dresses, very pretty and unusual for Burda:

And in case you still weren’t feeling the LMB vibe from this issue, have a look at this very un-Burda leather jacket:

Anyway, isn’t that so like your Selfish Seamstress, to whine and whine for months that Burda is doing nothing but rehashing what it’s done in the past, and then when they go radically different, she simply sniffs that it’s pretty and interesting, but she wouldn’t wear it enough to make it worth her while to sew it. Typical never-satisfied Selfish Seamstress! (But I am really eyeing those college clothes.)

But speaking of rehashing, some of the plus fashions are looking awfully familiar. In particular, don’t this blouse and dress from the new issue:

look an awful lot like this blouse and dress from 6.2009?

I’m going to hope that if Burda is taking previous issues’ Misses’ patterns and making them for plus, that they’ll eventually go in the other direction too :)

Overall, it’s shaping up to be promising issue which I suspect will have a little something for everyone. Even the crafts are pretty tolerable this time around, or at least not funny enough to be worth showing here :)

Though I completely understand if you, like me, need to get at least one WTF moment out of each Burda issue, and in case the boys-in-blazers weren’t enough for you, I’ll confirm again that Burda’s 1981 sleeve ruffles are back:

Oops, wait, no that was an actual Burda 1981 sleeve ruffle blouse pattern.  Here’s 7.2010:

Only this time, they’re taking a perfectly cute pair of shoes down too by pairing them with white ankle socks. Argh. Somebody turn the page, quick!!

[** UPDATE: Hmm. The plot thickens. After a couple of comments suggesting that the “Hallo, Kollege!” feature looks more like high school, I went back to the preview to have a look.  That’s when I realized that Burda is using the word “Kollege” rather than “College” which I had first thought. To the best of my knowledge the German word for “college” is “College,” but Burda used “Kollege,” which is the German word for a male colleague. Of course, that being said, German Burda very often uses English words in their features and titles because apparently that sounds hip and modern in German. Do any native speakers of German want to weigh in on whether the feature, which does appear to be at some academic institution of some sort, is intended to mean “Hello, college!” or “Hello, colleague!”? I can’t tell and now I’m so curious!]

And so I pick up my knitting needles for the first time in months and months. I don’t think I’ve knitted anything since finishing a Ticuna scarf for Dan last summer. I bought two hanks of Berrocco Ultra Alpaca Fine in a beautiful shade of rich peacock blue, which I’m going to knit up into a Swallowtail Shawl (design by Evelyn Clark) for my mother. I think she’s going to love this color.  My camera phone does not do it justice:

Here’s the swatch from the Berrocco site, which is a smidge greener than the yarn I actually have in front of me:

As with sewing, my knitting skills are decidedly intermediate. But the Swallowtail is a relatively easy knit as far as lace shawls go. And it has added benefits for other members of the household as well. As you can see, Sasa was very much on board the last time I knit a Swallowtail for my sister. She especially enjoyed the blocking process:

I expect that things will go similarly this time. Fortunately, my mother is used to living with a certain amount of cat hair, and I do not think a little more will deter her from wearing it.

Hi everyone, thanks for your concerned messages, and for the gentle (and some not-so-gentle!) prompts for the Elan 510 bra pattern giveway. I’m doing okay here but will probably be sparse on both sewing and blogging for a bit.

I finally went through the comments, and my goodness! I learned so much more than I ever wanted to about everyone’s unique mammary situations, and also that people are generally not so good at following essay instructions :) Granted, a small number of you did actually manage to explain why you deserve the bra pattern and why no one else deserves it within a slim 100 words, but really, uh, not so many.

So because Selfish makes the rules here, Selfish can change them at her will, and she’s awarding the pattern to one of the many who didn’t follow instructions. After reading so many sad sob stories about “girls” too big or too small for department store offerings, figures ravaged by nursing and pregnancies, natural lopsidedness which render symmetrical bras useless, foundation garments worn down to decaying threads, I have to admit that my heart-of-ice thawed just a tiny bit.  After all, the Selfish Seamstress knows too well the frustrations of the lingerie fitting room. And she had no idea that her blog was frequented by so many suffering women! But surely reader Amy had the most pathetic story of all, like a kitten with a missing leg wearing a big cone around its neck bumping into walls:

“I deserve it because I have the chest of a 12 year old boy. Victoria’s Secret laughs at me… the only bra they have that might fit is one that “enhances” me by 2 sizes, making me look like a schoolgirl that just overstuffed her bra with tissues. So, now I, a 37 yo woman, have resorted to wearing her 15 yo daughter’s outgrown training bras. What I wouldn’t give (or take!) to be able to make a lovely bra that made me feel like I could shop in the grown ups dept!”

I mean, Amy was not the only reader to admit to resorting to training bras as an adult, but HAND-ME-DOWN training bras?? From one’s teenage daughter?? Is there any mammary dignity left after you ask your offspring if you can have their castoff underwear??

Yes there is!  When you win a free bra pattern. Congratulations, Amy! I hope we can put an end to this oh-so-wrong situation. And I hope you never again have to leave a comment on anyone’s blog about how you wear your kid’s outgrown undergarments. Drop me an email at selfishseamstress[at]gmail[dot]com with your mailing address :)  The rest of you should wander on over to Sew Sassy and snag your own because it sounds like a lot of you have some real bra issues that you need to deal with.

In sadder news, my wonderful grandmother passed away last weekend at the age of 103, painlessly, and in her sleep at home. Growing up I did not have the opportunity to see her often, but she was a clever, spirited, and giving person whom I am fortunate to have known. Some of my fondest memories of her are of sitting on the living room floor with her at the age of 8 during one of her rare visits to the US, utterly enraptured as she taught me how to knit. It never occurred to me to ask her how someone who had spent almost her entire life in the sweltering tropics with no air conditioning and little time for leisure even knew how to knit. I guess it’s just a grandmother thing, and for that I’m grateful.

I’m going to take a short hiatus from sewing to revisit knitting. And in honor of my Ahma’s generous spirit, I will knit for someone else.

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