Friday, December 6, 2013

an ongoing and updated wishlist



...in which our plucky heroine observes how most of what is wished for "that can be given, involves more the gift of time and the sharing of some resources, rather than actual stuff."

the requirements are to keep the exchanged gift either handmade/homemade or if purchased to be $20 or less, it seemed a good idea to provide both general guidelines to what I like and do not like, as well as a modest annotated list of assorted Useful and Delightful things:

Random wishlist notes:

my favorite colors: The kind of blue that you get from indigo: nightsky and dark denim. The greyish color of natural linen. Taupe. Grey. Soft dull turquoise. The dark black brown of some kinds of undyed sheep wool. Bittersweet chocolate brown. Black.

Girl does not like chocolate and is allergic to cherries and hazelnuts...

I have a bit of a weakness for Japanese mugs with painterly cobalt and brown glaze, on a greyish stoneware background with little dark speckles. They are from the seventies maybe, I think, but not contemporary... this picture shows some that are currently living here, and I always keep my eyes open when thrifting in hope of finding more in this particular colorway... 

I mostly do not collect things, in particular I don't collect acorn kitsch, even though the house is named Acorn Cottage, nor do I collect chicken things, even though there are often hens in residence... I do collect maneki-neko that are under 1" tall, and have over the years found five, who sit nicely in a wasabi dish on the nightstand...

Annotated wishlist items that are less than $20:

jewelers hand vise
Tool Girl can never have too many tools, and doesn't have a hand vise... Lee Valley is most reputable, and has a delicious selection of tools and trinkets...

DMT pocket diamond hones
These smaller pocket size hones would be very handy

vintage ceramic mugs
The truth is that mugs often crack or break over time... these beautiful vintage mugs could be a good complement to the ones still here

Noro Kureyon
in the specific colorway #195, which is a discontinued colorway but a great favorite of mine. I love the rustic quality of Kureyon, and have used #195 to make a feather-and-fan shawlette back in '09

Boxwood Storage Tubes
doesn't everyone love small containers... these look quite delectable

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Everything that follows is from 2013 or earlier...

It would be a very good addition to the infrastructure here to acquire an extension ladder. One that is long enough to reach the gutters, or the attic hatchways, and strong enough for someone that weighs over 200 lbs... must needs do a bit more research as to what would be suitable


This was last years list*:
(and anything not yet accomplished 
would still be a most welcome wish to be granted)

  1. company while sorting/organising supplies - the sewing room, and the workroom both need attention, and I make much better progress with someone else there to keep me company, is a lot more fun to sort fabric etc with the option for tea and chat...
  2. garden beds built/load of garden soil & compost acquired - a truck with an open bed, or money for a dumptruck load, and a number of strong shovel wielding folks. I have a plan, just need helpers.
  3. debris hauled away - this involves someone with a truck, and help going all round the outdoors of the homeplace, to remove everything that needs to not live here
  4. massage - for many years I had an ongoing every other week massage trade, housecleaning for bodywork; I miss that. Even a modest amount of attention paid to sorting out the knots and such that have accumulated in the last six  seven years would help me a lot
  5. bicycle maintenance and tuneup - I have no experience with how to care for my bike, having only fairly recently started riding again. Would love to learn more, and know that the useful tool of bicycle will be adjusted and cared for properly
  6. standard concrete block - in sets of four or six... why, 'cos I have a number of plastic barrels destined for rainwater collection, and they work a lot better if they are elevated. Concrete is damn heavy to cart home on the bus.
  7. wooden kitchen cart - to add additional counter space here, will make having more than one cook in the kitchen a lot easier. FORHOJA has drawers for storage
  8. install the hard flooring - this is a big project only because it involves removing the entire contents of each of the two bedrooms before the flooring can go down. Probably a weekend for each room, one day to move stuff out, one day to put flooring down and move stuff back in (just a guess, the rooms are pretty small, but there is a lot of stuff. Or...
  9. wooden shelves on the walls in bedroom and sewing room - more shelving will allow better storage of fabrics and other supplies, as well as guest bedding
  10. cross country train trip in a sleeper car - I want to visit my friends and family in New England, I love train travel, and it would be an adventure instead of an ordeal.
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But, as girl is currently participating in the 2013 Friends of Dagmaer Sekrit Santa Gift Exchange, and my sekrit stalker pal is unlikely to be someone local, and the requirements are to keep the exchanged gift either handmade/homemade, and $20 or less, it seemed a good idea to provide an annotated list of assorted Useful and Delightful things:

Blue Moon Raven Clan Haida
pretty much any of the yarns in this particularly perfect colorway would make me happy

white scarf
bought one of their scarves a while back, they are a delicate cotton fabric and handprinted in India, this one is black on white, very reminiscent of Elizabethan artwork

blue scarf
Another pretty headscarf, this one in a more typical Indian cotton print, botanical designs on a blue background

jewelers hand vise
Tool Girl can never have too many tools, and doesn't have a hand vise... Lee Valley is most reputable, and has a delicious selection of tools and trinkets...

DMT diamond files in coarse medium and extra fine
Earlier this year Mr Robertson and his lovely wife came to visit, and he showed me a bit of how to better care for the sharpness of my knives, using this tool...

DMT pocket diamond hones
These smaller pocket size hones would be very handy

Noro Kureyon
in the specific colorway #195, which is a discontinued colorway but a great favorite of mine. I love the rustic quality of Kureyon, and have used #195 to make a feather-and-fan shawlette back in '09

Boxwood Storage Tubes
doesn't everyone love small containers... these look quite delectable

this Mary Azarin poster
I love the woodblock prints of Mary Azarian, and while her actual prints are far out of price range, this lovely poster is quite affordable
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rather more spendy, but also Very Useful, things:

Hills Hoist rotary clothesline
Imagine my surprise to find that Costco carries the renowned Australian backyard clothesdryer. For three out of the four seasons of the year, outdoor drying in the backyard is possible...

Excalibur food dehydrator
I have several friends that own Excalibur food dehydrators, all quite happy with how useful they are...

stove tec rocket stove
This could be a good option for emergencies, and potentially for camping trips as well...


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* Hmmmm, looks as if not a lot of progress was made in the last year at all on any of these goals, as #7 and #9 were completed back in  2011 and 2012. In addition, the building or acquisition of a proper clothesline setup is a vital addition to this list, and someday insulation in the walls, though that is a HUGE project indeed... There has been some improvement on the #4 , as I am now getting regular acupuncture treatments, which have improved my physical situation. (would still love to find a massage therapist to swap time with though) and there is a distinct possibility that #10 will be part of the plan for 2014 ( am currently fundraising towards that) as 'twill be my beloved aged parents 60th wedding anniversary next year, an occasion I'd not miss for anything.
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