Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I'm recovering from my knee surgery. My knee hurts. There is hope that it might be a bit better, since I can sometimes move it from bent to not bent, without shrieking in pain. It's not all better, because removing a torn meniscus from a knee with bone on bone arthritis is not going to change the state of the arthritis. But some better is better than not at all better...which is what I was hoping for.

So I'm sleeping a lot and being boring. It takes me about a week to get over a general, I've found. No point in rushing it, because it just won't be rushed.

The only interesting thing? I can't stand grey on grey on grey. So I made my crutches more interesting:

Back to sleep....

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Finished Tallit

I just realized that I didn't post the final done photos.

Here are the cute little corner reinforcements.

You can see the wrong side,'s a bit of a pain to end off the ribbon, you have to sew it in place, knots would distort, come undone, and be nasty.

Here is the atarah

And the corner with tzit tzit

See? DONE!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fishy yarn!

Ok, well Nora calls it Ocean Yarn. But that is ok ;-).

I love me some Nora Yarn...

This is the skein I got.


Isn't it totally gorgeous? You can just about see the fish in it, but it's hard to get it spread out just like Nora had it originally. But I can see half a tail (she does each painting in pairs, so each skein is a half fish). When you look at the sock being knitted up on the Holiday Yarns blog (linked above) it's quite clear that that yarn is OCEAN! Nora is amazingly does she get that from painting a fish????

As I was spreading it out to take my pictures, Wendy started oohing and ahhing over it. "Mummy, won't you make me socks out if it? Wouldn't it be great for me to be in the frozen artic of Philadelphia, and wear this socks so I don't freeze to death? Can't you just see me in college, going like, 'Oh, yeah, I'm that cool!' "

So it looks like I might just have to make Wendy some fishy socks. She wants a shell pattern, like TheGeorg used (and I meth Georg today, at NHSheep and Wool!!!), on the Holiday Yarns blog.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hats, hats and more hats!

I should really put in all my links from the Sheep and Wool Festival. But I don't feel like I'm going to talk about hats.

We have too many hats.

I have several modern hats, a Tilley Hat for sailing and going being a tourist. My sons have them too.

I have some modern hats, like the one I'm going to wear to Barry and Elise's son's Bar Mitzvah.
Photo on 2010-05-01 at 11.57
(bad photo booth photo)

Abe has a small collection of baseball hats.

Wendy has a few of her own, mostly go unworn.

But we really have a lot of colonial hats.

The prettiest is Wendy's Purple Silk, made by the Fairy Godmother, Hallie.
wendy hat

See? Here is the shelfohats

There are bonnets,

And straw hats galore,

We have foolish looking, mostly dead, old tricorns, (I hope he actually threw that one away!)

and nice tricorns (that always need brushing),

And you can see my nice hat boxes that I make...lots of carefully cut cardboard taped together with the kind of paper packing tape you have to wet with a sponge to get to stick. I hope to get more made, and color code them by type of hat and person they belong to...

But, really...we have too many hats!


The funny thing is...they all get worn!

Atarah and Town Meeting tie for finish.

I'm sitting here in the kitchen, hot! I'm sooooooo glad to be hot! I spent the winter freezing. I was always cold, Abe was in short sleeves, temp was 67 or 68 and I would be wearing a long sleeved shirt and at least 2 sweaters, wool slippers, and I'd still be cold. Today I'm hot because I was virtuous. Abe, the boys and I took our bikes to the rail trail and rode from Bedford to Lexington and back...with ice cream in the middle. It was a nice ride. I helped some teen fix his chain. It was really tangled, and he was walking the bike home, so I fixed it for him, I think embarrassing him, because I did it easily, but it was very tangled, I'm just pretty good at untangling yarn, very practiced at that, and chains are similar to yarn. Teddy loves his new bike, and he would ride off for a while, turn and ride back to us, then go on again. That way he got a lot more miles in than I did.

Now, as for the embroidery.

The atarah got blocked. I soaked it thoroughly, then it needed to be hung, over something without edges, to drip dry. I didn't want to use the regular rack, because it's not clean enough, so I rigged this up in my sewing room. It was pretty stable, but I didn't trust the cats, so I taped it in place.


It's dripping into that bowl.

Here's a close up:


You can see the fancy support system I rigged up. It worked, it didn't budge until I took it down!

I'm really pleased with this, it's just coming out so pretty!

At the last night of town meeting, I started sewing it on.

See? You can tell it's at Town Meeting, because we have our voting slips on the table. Town Meeting is a pain, but I love it, too. We are the legislative body in the town, all the adults who care to register and show up. There is such a long tradition of doing this, I just love being part of that.

The corners make me happy.
They aren't that hard to do, as long as you do it have to snip off the extra across the corner, so that you only have 1/4 inch beyond the point, then fold that in, crease it, then fold in the edges, and match the folds to the middle, and then the tricky part is keeping it that way until you stitch it! Basting the wrong side folds together would work best, but I usually just use two pins, carefully, and tweak it with my needle when I get there. Nice sharp points make me happy.

Sewn on:

Isn't DONE nice?


I finished stitching the atarah on as the the Head Teller and Town Clerk were adding up and checking the results of our last vote, which needed to be counted (most votes are just "hold up your ballots" and if it's not absolutely clear, we do a "standing, counted vote" where the Tellers go up and down and count every row/table and right it down. This takes a while. I like that, too, since I am a teller, and walking around counting is fun. You do it in pairs, and have to be very careful To Get It RIGHT! We have lots of tellers, from as many different areas of town, age groups and political leanings as possible, so that we get it right!