Thursday, February 8, 2018

wistful Wednesday and some Thursday thoughts

in which our plucky heroine struggles for dynamic equilibrium...

Springtime seems to come earlier each year, and while I love the new growth, and the sweet scent of daphne from my neighbor Carla's yard, springtime is always a difficult time of year as well. Being alone when all the adverts are about love and connection always feels a bit like salt in a wound, though I remind self that being single is better than being in a bad or abusive relationship, I look around and see so many of my friends with the kind of ongoing kindhearted daily connections that I do not have and at this point will never have. I try my best to focus instead on what is positive, and to find things to be grateful for every day.

Am finally feeling better after whatever viral beasties attacked last week.  I managed to get over to Marya's house again for some more scribal shenanigans. I've been doing some custom "blanks", decorated original border designs that will be used when something more individual than a charter is needed. Since these have not been handed out yet, I can't show the whole thing, but here are a few tidbits from the Slavic style one I was working on last week


There were a few organic Seville oranges at New Seasons this week, and as these rarely ever only occasionally show up, and not every year, I made certain to bring home a few pounds to make up a final batch of marmalade for the year. Seville oranges are closer to the ancestral citrus, and are much more bitter and full of seeds than our more common choices, and are used to make the lovely bitter-ish British style marmalade. I now have another eleven little jars for the pantry.

I'm beginning to stitch together the A/C cardigan, and had better think about the rest of the SWAP pieces. Methinks that what I really need are either tops or dresses, possibly another cardigan or jacket, or another pair of cropped pants for cold weather layering. My closet is pretty abundant in the pinafore category. Time to go poke around in the Fabric Resource center and see what is appealing...
Along with SWAP garments, we have the option of an additional "accessory". I am torn between my need for a new hat, and the idea of making a focal necklace from large fabric beads... A while back, I made these red beads for a friend, from some vintage Guatemalan ikat, and it occurred to me that something similar made from some of my other precious ikat pieces would be quite fun to wear.

February SMART goals (x=extra)
1 Slavic scroll blank -cracked water barrel
2 another A/C sleeve -bag to Goodwill
3 grapefruit marmalade - -
4 Seville marmalade - -
5 x- -
6 x x x
7 x x x
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

grateful for - the tender relentless approach of spring, which continually shifts the colors that I see every day. Tree buds and snowdrops, garlic sprouting and hellebore blooming...


  1. Yummy, marmalade. The beads look interesting, I would be interested in knowing how it is done if you had some time to share. I am very much a necklace person but I just use purchased and repurposed beads for my pieces.

    1. The beads were made using the same technique that medieval cloth "ball buttons" are made, by gathering up a circle of fabric twice over, and adding a few stitches at the end to help keep things smooth. I am going to try out making them again, and take photos, so as to have a bit of a tutorial... but in the meantime, here is a site that shows the basic idea
      The thing I remember being the most difficult was running a strand through them at the end to use them as a bead, since the fabric gets gathered down and stitched into quite a solid sphere!