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November 2010

Gotta Travel On

We avoided the mall/shops on Black Friday in favor of Liz's Antique Mall. This place is huge and has so much to look at.

We've been listening to a lot of bluegrass lately on our TV, which has a bluegrass channel. It has told us that Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass and yet they never seem to play his music. It was only after I took this photo and downloaded it to the computer that I realized the top record is a Bill Monroe record. It's this song (this was the only video I could find, which is really a tribute to someone's dad). I'm really digging the bluegrass music.

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Of course there used to be textile mills in this area and I love it that I always find a lot of tools of the trade in the local antique shops.

A set of handcarders, used for to card cotton for spinning.

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Bobbins that look like they were used for thread. I got one of these; I want to start a collection.

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Spindles. I might have to go back and get a few of these.

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And a sheepskin, perhaps for keeping baby warm.

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I like to look at the useful things, things that were once a part of someone's everyday life.

A cigar mold.

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Not sure what this is, but it looks cool. And useful. For grinding. Or something.

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A handmade corkscrew.

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And of course I love the glassware.

This is vaseline glass, which was made with uranium oxide - it glows like this under black light. Cool and scary.

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Pretty blue and silver.

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And I adore jadeite.

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Then there's the other stuff - the stuff that's just plain fun to look at.

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The things we bought - a ceramic kitten, nesting dolls, a bobbin, a light-up globe, all at 20% off for Black Friday. Didn't get any Christmas shopping done, but that's ok with me.


I found a gorgeous Polaroid SX-70 at an antique store a few months ago for just about the best price imaginable. And a lovely blog reader was way too kind to send me some 600 film to go with it. You have to modify it a bit to use that film with that camera and so I finally, finally got around to doing that yesterday.


It's not really going so well. Too light, too dark, blurry, bright spots, dark spots.

But I shall keep trying until I either get it or run out of film. I might ask someone more knowledgeable if they know what else I can try.

I have an idea for a project for 2011. A photography project. I have a few film cameras and I think I'm going to use them. I wanted to learn to develop my own film, but I might have another little project going that could keep me from that for at least the next year. But we'll see. No promises.


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It's been a wonderful thanksgiving week so far. I made a complete Thanksgiving dinner for 10 all by myself (my mom made the cornbread dressing & an applesauce/peach/pear crisp), including turkey (Alton Brown rules the turkey and a digital thermometer is an absolute necessity), sides, and two pies. It was good! I was proud of myself.

My brother and his wife and my mom are staying with us until tomorrow, which is also my birthday. And last night I heard something new about my grandmother - she and my mom went to see both Bill Cosby's and George Carlin's stand up way back when. And my grandmama loved it! Is that completely awesome or what? I never would've guessed!

Today we're going to an antique shop I like to visit. And we're eating leftovers. This morning I made a (steel cut) oatmeal bar with choices for everyone - peanut butter, banana, raisins, walnuts, raspberries, blueberries, brown sugar, local honey, milk, and I may be forgetting some things. It's been so nice to have a house full of family. I am most definitely thankful.

I hope your Thanksgiving has been even more wonderful than you imagined too.

A bit of knitting

So I dyed up some Merino wool in what was supposed to be kelly green. It was a new-to-me dye and I thought that it'd make a good Christmas yarn. But it was more neon than I thought it'd be and I decided maybe it wasn't so good for a Christmas yarn. So it sat for a while alongside some wool that I dyed brighter pink than I intended.

One night I took some of this neon green wool & spun it really thin. Then I took some more and spun it thick and thin. And I took some bright pink and spun it thick and thin. Then I plied each of them with the really thin green.

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I measured V's noggin and knitted a small swatch out of the pink/green to figure out how many stitches to cast on and then I knitted her a hat. When I got done, I decided it needed something at the top, so I spun some more thinnish yarn from the leftover green and made a pom.

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The rest of the green wool, I spun as a regular thick & thin and put it in my shop. It's just a tiny skein - about enough for a border for another hat. The pink is still sitting. Not sure what I'll do with that.

I also finished my Good Luck Cowl the other night. Love it!

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Also, here's one answer to the question people ask me all the time - what can I make with one skein of that thick & thin yarn besides baby knits? Jennifer Kelley has a great pattern that uses it, called Beautiful Dawn. She made it with some of my yarn & I think it's just gorgeous.

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She has this one for sale in her Etsy shop, but the pattern is for sale there as well.

Next for me I'm going to do a thick and thin with this.

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And I've already spun some supercoils out of it for the border.

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Another hat, I'm thinking. Maybe some new gloves, as the ones I knit her last year no longer really fit. I like the brights for Miss V - they really fit her personality!