Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday fragments

in which our plucky heroine is doing a bit better today, as long as I don't have to put on a hat or touch the back of my head. Washing my hair was an unpleasant surprise. My joints are still pretty sore, but definitely improving as well. Arnica is my friend.

made progress on the grey wool capelet/gollar... I cut out the already modified pattern pieces, same as I used for the my rain capelet, but this time using a finely woven brushed grey herringbone wool for the outer layer instead of Goretex. For the inner layer, I looked through my shelf of melton cloth pieces, all of which are from the late lamented actual "mill ends" formerly available at a local fabric store years ago. I picked a deep chocolate brown, thinking that would be a great coordinate for a chunk of my wardrobe. I noticed that it felt different than most of the other melton, somehow "silkier"... which would make it feel wonderful against my neck... and then I noticed that it had a different mark on the selvedge:

Much to my surprise, I had a luscious piece of cashmere from Amicale Fabrics! Since the piece wasn't big enough to make an entire garment, I feel no qualms about using it to line my capelet; it will bring me a great deal of everyday pleasure as well as warmth. I've stitched the lining pieces together, and stitched the outer layer pieces together. Today, I've taken some time to stitch the black wool edge binding in place, and once that is done, and some heavy hooks and eyes added to the center front, it will be a great warm piece to wear around the Very Chilly house this winter.

After experimentation this year, have decided that best for candied peel IMHO is pommelo... the extra thick peel is also extra absorbent, and makes the most succulent confection. The pommelo are all gone from the store now, so I will make some grapefruit to go with the other candied peel. Half of what I make will go to my dad, and the rest will be put aside for next years fruitcake.

My new automatic LED herb planter is beginning to function. Small basil plant is from Trader Joe's, and the arugula seeds are sprouting! I think that I might need a new packet of cilantro seeds though, since they are not doing anything (they were from 2018)


January SMART goals (x=extra)
1 card for Bera better light in workroombag to Goodwill
2 Awesome Sauceimprove dotted necklinepaper recycling
3 horses blousebutton replaced bag to Goodwill
4 Wanda ring
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today's gratitude - random fabric stash wonder... cashmere!!


  1. Look at those little arugula sprouts! I'd forgotten the joy of seeing the tiny specks of green pop up from the soil. I think cilantro does take a bit longer - when did you plant the seeds? They might need up to 2 weeks. I suppose after 2 years they could be less viable but it seems unlikely they would all be completely dead.

  2. I agree that cilantro takes longer to sprout - and I remember it as being kind of iffy wrt germination?
    Glad to hear that you're on Recovery Road - that sounded like a nasty fall!

    What a lovely discovery in your stash! You've given me an idea of what to do with the thrifted cashmere men's suit jacket that I picked up years ago. It was a slim size, so I had no hope of wearing it, but have always meant to re-purpose that gorgeous fabric.