February 12, 2007
Sunday morning, 10 a.m. Carnage on the living room floor.
Our friend Julia (age 10 But MUCH Older Than Carrie) was with us. Julia is a Mad Hot Beader. Julia can wangle her parents and grandparents into purchasing some serious beads. They bought her beads in LONDON for Pete’s sake.
The Manly Art of Beading
Joseph’s particular area of expertise is in Sales and Marketing. He made me a beautiful necklace of extreme symmetry. He tried to get Hubby to buy it for me for 8 dollars for Valentine’s Day. Hubby saw him coming and said no dice.
I did not know this when I handed over my 8 dollars for the thing. Hey–we must nurture the crafting impulse.
We did get some more sewing in, including Julia’s maiden voyage on the Janome. My conclusion from teaching two ten-year-old girls how to sew on the Janome Jem Gold is that despite its low price and light weight, it is a fine, fine machine. Those seams are going to be straight no matter what you do and the only trouble comes when somebody forgets to pull the thread back and the needle comes unthreaded. Next lesson is Threading the Needle.
Another thing I learned is that next time Julia and Carrie start freehanding dolls and doll clothes, there are going to be strict limits on their stash-grazing range. It’s too painful to have one’s precious yardage cut into. Scraps and uglies only!
We Pause To Honor the Handknits of the Past
Julia’s mom Jane wearing a cardi that her Aunt Ellen made 30 years ago (or more). Jane had the good sense to grab it when Aunt Ellen was retiring it from the active duty roster. (The women in Jane’s family are all the same size–halfpint–which makes it handy to pass sweaters from generation to generation, forever and ever amen.)
Let us reflect upon the grosgrain buttonhole reinforcement. Ellen used good wool and a classic pattern, and took great care with the finishing. These wood buttons will not be falling off in our lifetime. Expect to see Jane hauling ass down Broadway with her granny cart, wearing this sweater, in 2037.
It is so gratifying to see a well-crafted handknit going strong, pill-free and enjoying life. I resolve to sew my buttons on better. People: let’s revive the grosgrain buttonhole reinforcement.
In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, some trivia:
1. He hated the nickname Abe.
2. Lincoln’s mother and sister made all the family’s clothes from buckskins and from homespun fabric made from the cotton and flax that they grew, picked, carded, spun and wove. My takeaway: Dress your boy in natural fibers, and someday he may save the Union.