Tuesday, October 31, 2017

swappety preppety


in which our plucky heroine is making plans...

The rules for SWAP 2018 have been posted! Every year around this time, over on Stitchers Guild, the planning begins for the annual Sewing With A Plan. Eleven garments, four months, a coordinated wardrobe. I completed it last year, and the clothing I made is in heavy rotation, since I have a miniscule wardrobe. This year my plan is to "Fill The Gaps" in what I need to get through a week; a few more pinafores, some cardigans, definitely blouses and dresses, and possibly a vest or jacket (those very useful third layers)
Doing my best to find enough fabrics in stash close enough in color that all work together for my neutrals. Indigo fabrics - dark indigo denim, textured weave rayon?/linen blend, indigo denim jacuqard, medium indigo rayon. Brown fabrics - baby wale corduroy, brushed twill, linen/hemp, cotton jersey. One print fabric - midcentury style floral print cotton, in indigo, russet brown, turquoise, green, and lavender. Accent colors are grey and black (not sure why the central grey fabric looks greenish).

I often use black as an accent against brown often as edge binding and/or trim. I prefer low to medium contrast to high contrast in my wardrobe. Am not 100% sure I want grey for my other accent color, but it works better than anything else I have in my stash, as I have quite a few different grey fabrics, all of which work with brown and with indigo, but not necessarily with each other.
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers workroom wall patched x
10 two Inktobers studio shelf sides x
11 laser cut wreath x x
12 felt padding for W x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x
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Monday, October 30, 2017

moar media Monday...


in which our plucky heroine offers up a little seasonal entertainment...


Tam Lin- from Liege & Lief by Fairport Convention...
I first heard this back in 1972 when I first went away to college, and they joined my short list of dearly beloved favorites, along with Pentangle and Steeleye Span
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It isn't my holiday, not being part of that culture, but the imagery in these two short videos is so sweetly heartwarming... we all miss our dearloves who have left the bright world behind


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Are You Happy Now, by Richard Shindell
only indirectly about this holiday season, and rather bittersweet, like the crunching of leaves underfoot...

Sunday snippets


in which our plucky heroine makes actual progress...

The Wastekeep coronet project has been a very long time in the works, and will soon be completed. For this I am most grateful, as I have been "general manager", and understand a bit more why the renowned Mr Dawson delegated that aspect to me... Still, the final part of the project is in my hands: to create the shaped, silk-covered padding that will enable the coronets to be worn in comfort, protecting hair from being caught in the hinges, and evenly distributing the weight of the multi-panel coronets.
the outer layer of striped blue and gold silk is yet to be applied; this is the inner padding of multiple layers of woolen felt, (the bottom edge of the coronets will rest on the visible extended lower edge of the padding for greater comfort when being worn)
... a closer view of the constructed inner layers for the coronet padding showing the multiple shaped layers of wool felt stitched together. Indeed this is almost a form of tailoring, and I am rather just making it up as I go along, since there are no "instruction manuals" for creating things like this...

The padding, visible here in its "uncovered" state, (as I double check the fit at every stage of the process) will finally be stitched in place once the decorative outer striped blue and gold silk covering layer has been added. There are tiny holes, just visible along the bottom edge of the panels, to allow the padding to be securely connected, and eventually to be removed and refurbished or replaced.

Monday, October 23, 2017

media Monday


in which our plucky heroine puts one foot in front of another...


I remember the very first time I heard this song, riding down the highway, sitting in the front seat of a truck next to the man I thought loved me, and maybe he did... then.. this song rose up in my heart like the sunrise over the road, and the music still sends me into a dream of hope rising out of despair, years later...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine is rather tired...

Horrible nightmares early this morning of trying to escape wildfires, where what looked like rising fog turned into smoke just ahead of fires on two sides of a valley... Back in the late eighties, the year I lived in the hills north of Sandpoint, we had a level 2 evacuation alert for forest fire. As a child in SoCal the hills burned almost every summer, so it isn't surprising that fire is in my database as a danger, just not one that usually shows up in my Dreamlands*.
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Perhaps I am not the only one that feels ambivalent about the invasion of my kitchen by tiny sugar ants. It happens pretty much every year around this time, when the weather gets cold and wet. Suddenly they are all over my countertops, despite my efforts to keep the counters clean. And every year I wish I had some way to just ask them to not show up, but instead, every year I kill them. Mix together several common household pantry items, a spoonful or two of peanut butter, the same of sugar, and the same of borax (which I keep on hand both for occasional laundry use, and as a backup flux for soldering). After mashing those together, I add in just enough water to make a thickish slurry, so it will be both irresistible to the ants and easy for them to carry back to their colony, where it will also kill any other ants that eat it. This can be placed in small shallow containers where no children or pets can access them, and in a few days, the ants will be gone...
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Inktober continues...

21. furious


22. trail
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all the blustery weather has done a great job of knocking down lots of bay nuts from the local trees; I intend to collect some in the next few days. They do require quite a bit of processing, though. The last few years I have totally missed their very short season. I have a cunning plan, that hopefully will work out, if I can gather at least a pound or two...
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers workroom wall patched x
10 two Inktobers studio shelf sides x
11 laser cut wreath x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x
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* There are specific and interconnected neighborhoods, places, and buildings that I return to again and again when I am asleep, I call them the Dreamlands, and someday I will draw a map of them in my bright world life... it would be interesting

Saturday, October 21, 2017

fun with laser cutting


in which our plucky heroine is out on a most blustery day...

while normally weather like this is perfect for indoor chores and creations, today was also the final day of the Intermediate Digital Design for the Laser Cutter workshop out at Rockwood Makerspace, which is about two hours each way on transit, fortunately with only one transfer, and that one has bus shelters! There was enough time this morning for me to not only cut out the tiny wooden box that was our assigned project, but to do a bit more with Illustrator and use what I had learned in class to create and cut out another piece:
This circular motif, which is intended to become another block for fabric printing, is about 5" diameter. It will need to be glued to a sturdy backing board first, as the openwork makes it relatively delicate. My inspiration for this design, which combines a leafy wreath with wee pomegranates, was this 4th to 6th C silk samite woven fabric. I took a drawing I made (that was a quarter of the circle) and then copied, mirrored, and joined it all together digitally to create this design and prepare it for laser cutting... I very much hope that there will be additional Library makerspace access granted to adults, as this is a wonderful resource as well as great fun.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday fragments


in which our plucky heroine can barely look beyond the cottage walls...

IMHO Xandy Peters is a genius of a knit designer... just look at her newly released "Fly Away" scarf pattern... Later on this winter, I will dive back into the peculiar world of stacked increases and decreases. Fox Paws was one of the most unusual, satisfying, and challenging knitting projects, and this looks to be equally wearable and visually different than any of my other knitwear...
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More Inktober drawings:

13. teeming


14. fierce


15. mysterious


16. fat


17. graceful


18. filthy


19.cloud
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Just for the record, this is the progress so far turning the open shelving in the workroom into closed cupboards.  After removing the upper shelves, which were only accessible using a stepstool, and repairing the wall with spackle and paint, last night I attached the side panels to the shelving. Still need to create and attach blocking to the wall, and the front of the shelves, to make tracks for the masonite sliding doors. The doors will be latched, or rather lashed in place with cordage and cleats attached to the side panels, the whole plan intended as part of the ongoing earthquake safety efforts here at the cottage...
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I didn't realise til tonight that this song, long a favorite, was actually written by Mary McCaslin and Jim Ringer...

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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers workroom wall patched x
10 x studio shelf sides x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday thoughts - the unholy wall and other tidbits...


in which our plucky heroine continues incremental improvements...

The west workroom wall had many holes remaining from removing the redundant shelving, ever since deciding that craft storage shelving taller than can be reached without a ladder was not ideal, both for reasons of convenience and for reasons of excess... It took, over the last few days, several tries with the gloppy spackle to fill the holes, but eventual success was not in question. Rather than sand down dried spackle, I simply use a very slightly damp sponge to smooth off any rough edges.

Today I found the most likely grey paint can, and after MUCH stirring, ended up with suitable paint to dab over the patched areas, and the wall is quite improved. Next up is continuing with adding in side walls to the remaining shelves, and then "tracks" to guide sliding door panels. Eventually I will have nice safe earthquake proof cupboards instead of open shelving, and then it will be on to a second pass of decluttering, and finally creating doors for the other shelves still needed to store supplies, materials et al...
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Library Makerspace saga: my struggles with Adobe Illustrator, while frustrating, were eventually successful, I hope. Will find out in a few days. Having to make an instructor chosen project is also frustrating, but I totally understand the rationale - that way we learn a bit about how to use the program, without also going all over the map, in the very very short time frame we have. The other assistant tech pointed out that she thought I would really enjoy the abilities of the petite CNC machine they have there for carving blocks for printing - I asked if there were any plans to make access available for adults (since I can't really masquerade as a teen!)...
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Look what showed up on my doorstep Tuesday!! Three wee maneki-neko, which had been wrapped up carefully with a card wishing me a happy day, the whole thing neatly sent with the most gorgeous decorated address label. Thank you eversomuch to my online pal Cricket!!
...while I am not usually one for collecting things, I do have a very *small* collection of maneki-neko that are less than 1" tall. And amazingly these three bring my count of unique and different wee maneki-neko to *sixteen*!!

Largest are just over 1" tall, smallest are just over 1/2";
made from paper, glass, porcelain, composition, and synthetic rubber

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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers west workroom wall x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday snippets and media Monday

in which our plucky heroine tries for balance and fails...



Communication is an art form. There was not quite enough of it this weekend, and worm bin confusions ensued. There will be more building and woodworking to solve the Unfortunate Incident and create an object that is the correct size.

The good was getting useful tools and supplies readily available. I now have a vacuum accessory long desired, the round ended dust brush with horsehair bristles instead of plastic. Which was not spendy at all, being all of $8. Now I will be able to easily dust the outsides of the paper lanterns, which means the cloudlight and the bedside lamps. We also went to the Other art store, the one that has the best paper selection, and acquired two sheets of translucent decorative patterned paper (checkered, and unryu) to refurbish the window in the workroom. I like light, especially in the dark season, but dislike passers-by looking at me. Another lovely piece of rust red marbled paper will be an accent mat for the Chihiro print that Ariadne gave me ages ago, which has been patiently waiting for me to frame it and hang it on the wall.

There where six bags of unwanted fabric and other housey clutter sent to Goodwill over the weekend, and the yard waste bin filled with botanical detritus, and the big bedroom no longer has a table piled high with fabric scraps. The really good stuff was folded and organised, and the whyever is this here stuff went away. Bit by bit more breathing room in the cottage..
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday thoughts


in which our plucky heroine has a slightly better day -

Last night I started taking an online class, taught by my pal Kaðlin (who is an actual scientist) on research techniques and skills, which is an area that I feel sadly weak in, considering all the years of education in my past. But still, never too old to learn more. My activity in the SCA involves not only making interesting things, but in studying what was done in the past, and sharing that information. Getting better at doing the research will allow me to also be a better teacher!

I also took a weatherisation workshop this evening, which involved riding over to the Old Kenton Firehouse in the rain. While some of the workshop was more like review (good to know all the things I am already doing "right"), I did learn a bit about weatherstripping I didn't know, and everyone eligible got weatherisation kits that include things like pipe insulation for water heater, outlet insulation, door weatherstripping kits, and nice sturdy window film kits that are reusable and removable (unlike the cheap ones that gets stuck on with tape and heated with a hairdryer). It was rather a challenge riding my bike home trying to keep the large bag full of useful supplies from falling out of my rear bike basket, but I made it home safely. Looking forward to some additional weather-proofing of the Very Drafty Cottage. Incremental progress is still progress...
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The pair of anti-tree-rat mesh cloches to protect my salad table plantings from the depradations of the nasty squirrels.. some bird netting, flexible plum branch whips, and a bit of hardware should let my efforts actually grow undisturbed....
Cut off the lower few inches of green onions, and replant them... I have been doing this for years on and off, and it is a great way to get more green onions pretty much indefinitely... The winter greens, kale and mizuna, which I replanted after they were torn from their first planting by tree rats, seem to have mostly taken root and started growing again. The bird netting has kept them safe!

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I am starting to look forward to drawing every morning...

10. gigantic


11. run


12. shattered
While #10 and #11 were really easy, #12 was really difficult for me to come up with an idea - I was pleased to finally combine various medieval figures to "tell a story" (the tale of the unintended vegans), and created the naughty dog who stole the whole joint of ham entirely out of my imagination.
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedø
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened ø
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe ø
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries ø
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 ø
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions ø
8 another three Inktobers x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday musings and some vintage media


in which our plucky heroine makes incremental progress...

the Inktober project has been turning out to be rather fun so far. Looking up medieval drolleries and marginalia, and drawing pictures first thing in the morning whilst I wait the hour between meds and breakfast is a lot more pleasant than doing chores while hungry... and doing chores after breakfast means I have more energy to actually get stuff done!

7. shy


8. crooked


9. screech

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Managed to put together a second "tree rat barrier" for the salad table, so the other half of the flats will be protected, and part of todays tasks will be to plant out green onion starts. It is no real trouble to cut off the white rooty ends of the green onions from the store and replant them, which gives many months of small amounts of allium goodness, which is often all I want at one time (a few bits to sprinkle atop soup, or eggs, or whatever) I read about this way of growing green onions years and years ago in Mother Earth News, and have been doing it ever since. (You can even grow them indoors, if you have enough light, and no cats)
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Times have changed, but techniques remain the same... this period piece from 1961 is fascinating for the glimpse of cuttlebone casting, a home studio of the period, and the amusing beatnik commentary. No one I know smokes tobacco while working; but I wish I had a vintage fireplace built in to use for a fume hood!

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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2  puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedø
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened ø
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe ø
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries ø
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 ø
7 four more Inktobers x ø
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Saturday, October 7, 2017

imposter syndrome and other snippets


in which our plucky heroine does her best to not feel like a fake...

The thing is, I have many friends that I consider "real artists". They seem to just create incredible artworks out of thin air, as it were. They are always drawing or painting or doing whatever their chosen art medium(s) are, irrespective of their circumstances. Some of them get professional recognition, teach at renowned institutions, and otherwise appear to me to be far further along in their profession than I am. I struggle with motivation to create "art" as opposed to what I consider "handicraft of daily life", and while to others I may look like a great success as an artist, it doesn't feel like that to me. I know that comparisons are odious, but I cannot seem to help comparing myself to others who have much greater personal or social success as artists. This is not to say that I am not aware of how much effort they put into their art lives, because none of this is easy in our culture.

There are quite a few things about how I live my life that I actively am working to change. Decluttering and reorganising my living spaces has been ongoing for a number of years, and is finally starting to make a difference in my everyday well being. I feel like if I could also spend some small time every day drawing, that it would likely provide yet unknown improvements to my abilities and self-concept. So, I decided to make things as easy as possible for me to be successful at "Inktober" (do an ink drawing every day for a month). Instead of leaving it totally open ended, which never works well for me, I chose to use supplies I have on hand. Index cards are small, and I am making a uniform border so that all the drawings will be the same size. I also chose to have all the designs be inspired by medieval marginalia, and relate to the word prompt in whatever tangential or direct way I can come up with. This lets me enjoy random internet searching in a focused way, and the whole process of research/drawing/inking is intended to be part of my before breakfast routine all month long.
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A bit worried, I am. Woke up from my midday nap with a huge dark bruise on my belly, for no apparent reason. No other symptoms. Called the nurse hotline (after attempting to look up info online scared me badly, Dr Google is not your friend) and they ran me through their flow chart, and said, we do not know what or why, but you can wait until Monday to see a doctor. I have an appointment Monday afternoon at the local clinic. Hotline nurse also suggested I outline the bruise with a sharpie!, to see if there are any changes... I sure hope that this is just some weird anomaly, and not the beginning of something terrible
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I meant to post earlier about what I accomplished in the short workshop I took at the Library Makerspace, on Beginning Digital Design for Laser Engraving... Our first assignment was to create a word art pendant, as a way to learn about using the program (Illustrator) to move, connect, and create a useable vector graphic that can be then opened in the program that the laser cutter uses. Since all the Makerspace compters are Mac, and I have a PC at home, it was not only a new program to try and suss out, but a whole different operating system. It was challenging, and while I am unlikely to wear a wooden name tag, it will make a nice workbench decoration!

The two little plywood ponies (just under 2" wide and 1/4" thick) in the background were my other project, that took up the two additional evenings. My first attempt involved trying to scan a drawing I made, and then get Illustrator to open the graphic, that took all of evening two, and didn't work very well. I then, whilst home in the interim, redid my drawing, took a digital photo, and then processed it on my home computer, and saved it in various formats, since I didn't know which would interface when I was back at the library Makerspace. It turns out that saving the design as a TIFF worked the best, and with help I was able to then translate that into SVG, and then to the laser cutter...

The tiny ponies will be glued on individual blocks of wood, and used for block printing fabric. The other thing is, I love learning to do new things, and to stretch my brain. The Makerspace at the Rockwood Library is intended for use by teens and there are only a very few classes offered there for regular adult library patrons. But since commercial maker spaces are incredibly spendy to access, I am going to continue haunting the library events web page, just in case they offer additional workshops. And, of course, I sent them my glowing review of the class we just completed!
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2  puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedø
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened ø
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe ø
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries ø
6 five Inktober drawings ø ø
7 x x ø
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday fragments


in which our plucky heroine keeps on drawing...

Four more Inktober drawings. There just may end up being a calendar for 2018, these are about the right size... maybe a wee coloring book calendar?
3. poison


4. underwater


5. long


6. sword

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almost done making a multicolor ball for baby Kestrel, from scraps of Noro... Strips of knitted stockinette roll up into tubes, which are then woven/braided/interlaced together and the ends grafted. This is ideal transit knitting, being easy and small and modular. I am almost finished, the partial strip on the needles is the last one.

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adding to my list of odd things never before seen in the neighborhood... today, riding my bike home from the doctors office (yay flu shot, yay herd immunity!) I was passed by a motorcycle, which had a Yakima bike carrier attached on the rear seat, which had a bicycle strapped to it! Talk about carrying your backup with you....
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Thanks to my friend Kada, I have two jars of (now destemmed) blue elderberries, which will be turned into elderberry syrup this weekend, to help with immune support this winter. Reading online, apparently just freezing the whole bunches stems and all makes removing the berries from the stems, prior to cooking them up, a whole lot easier.
I will vouch for that, it worked a charm. (Berries must be cooked before ingesting, and apparently the stems are actually mildly toxic so not including them in any preparation seemed a wise move.) I will be canning the syrup for shelf stable storage, since my fridge is very wee indeed

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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2  puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedø
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened ø
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe ø
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries ø
6 five Inktober drawings ø ø
7 x x ø
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Monday, October 2, 2017

Inktober, visons of gussets, and other tidbits


in which our plucky heroine appreciates tiny bits of postive effort

Inktober is committing to a drawing a day for the whole month. There is a list of one word prompts for inspiration. In the interest of making it feel doable, I am drawing on index cards. The way I perceive it, the challenge works on several levels - to draw every day, and to interpret the daily word-prompt into a concept and image that can be turned into a wee medieval picture.

So far I have done "swift":
and "divided":
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Have been reading about sleeve patterning... not sure if I am more or less confused than when I started this journey, but I definitely have more information to mull over. There are several different issues I am trying to solve for, some specific to my own body configuration, and some inherent in the challenge of getting flat inflexible fabric to allow for movement in more than one axis. My next attempt will be to use two separate sleeve gussets, one at the underarm seam, for movement raising/lowering arm, and one at the seam between the back bodice and the sleeve, a modified motorcycle gusset, for moving the arm forward from the side center... we shall see what happens.
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Last weekend I saw a man taking a pony for a walk. A most dapper man, wearing a western hat, a tailored coat, and jeans, walking along the sidewalk on Lombard towards St Johns, with a beautiful liver chestnut pony with a flaxen mane and tail wearing a halter and lead rope... I have seen a lot of folks taking their pets for a walk on a nice day, but this was a first!
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Please to remember... when it gets terribly difficult to ride the bike forward, it might be a good idea to check bike tire pressure! The new tires apparently become flat without "feeling" flat to the touch. After adding in a substantial amount of additional air, it suddenly became much easier to move forward. I am still Very Happy with the new air pump with attached pressure gauge.

Have been gradually finding things that need mended, or repaired in some way, and just doing it... I found the missing Sterret scribe that I like to use for all kinds of marking, and it was rather frozen in the closed position. Ended up needing to apply a bit of WD40, which soon improved the situation. Then it occurred to me that maybe the same solution would help with my ever-cranky U-lock, which annoys me every time I ride my bike and need to use it, which is pretty often... I worked some of the solvent/lubricant into the lockset, and repeatedly locked and unlocked it... it isn't *great* but it is a LOT easier than it was before. I suppose I will need to reapply it pretty often, but when out and about today, I was able to either lock, or unlock it on one or two tries, instead of the usual ten to thirty or more.

Have also repaired my black/brown shot linen pinafore, which somehow got a tear right in front. Since I don't have any of the fabric set aside for mending, I ended up taking a chunk out of the pocket lining, which matches, and using that to patch the tear. To replace part of the inner pocketing with a different fabric is an invisible repair, and this lets me repair the front with the same fabric I used for the original and get another few years of wear, since I love this pinafore! (which apparently I made back in January 2016, originally intended as a dress, which since it didn't work out, turned into a pinafore which I wear a LOT) The linen is heavy enough for winter, but lighter than my usual denim or corduroy.
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot spider plantø
2 ø pinafore mendedø
3 ø U-lock loosened ø
4 ø Sterret scribe ø
5 øø ø
6 x ø ø
7 x x ø
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x



Sunday, October 1, 2017

October goals


in which our plucky heroine looks assiduously ahead...

There are several things I've been trying to change into habits - drinking more water every day, and eating cruciferous veg at least once a day. I intend to continue my efforts with these two, and also add in two small actions to my everyday morning: to write down one thing I am grateful for, and to take time first thing to do a small drawing, as I am participating, in a modest way, in Inktober.

Last month was difficult for a whole lot of reasons both internal and external, and so I am a bit behind where I hope to be for my SMART goals, but am confident that those too will prove to be possible to play catch up in October.

And, finally, my autumn 6PAC sewing may turn out to be less than 6, but if I work through the remainder of the fitting issues on my blouse muslin, I will be able to leap into sewing for me with a lot less limits.
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot spider plantø
2 ø øø
3 ø ø ø
4 ø ø ø
5 øø ø
6 x ø ø
7 x x ø
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x