On July 4, we marked, of course, our nation’s birth. At our house, we also marked another milestone, the hanging of a small curtain that you or I or Cristina or Belinda (I can’t remember) knitted up in 2005 as a photography sample for our first book. The photo shoot was in January of that year. It was me and our team of two photographers, Steve Gross and Sue Daley, holed up in Southampton. and nearly snowbound, for two days of intense contemplation of light, shadow and knitwear. The cheap curtain rod I’d picked up at the hardware store was one of those white metal, spring-loaded jobbies that adjusts to fit inside a window frame. Standing there, looking into the kindly, discerning eyes of Steve and Sue–the eyes that had created the magnificent book Old Houses — I knew: this was not going to fly.
Steve said, “Wait a minute.” Coatless, he ran outside, rummaged around under a snowbank with his bare hands, and came back with a frozen stick. Sue threaded the curtain onto it, and stuck it into the window frame, where it stayed just long enough for them to take several slow shots on their large-format camera. (Remember film photography? The light-test Polaroids that we meticulously taped into a spiral notebook? Sigh…) It’s on page 44, for all eternity.
Overnight, the stick dried up and fell out of the window, and that was the end of that.
Recently, in one of my Kon Mari fugue states, I found two joy-sparking items in adjoining kitchen drawers. One: the Bubbly Curtain, circa 2005. Two: an IKEA Dignitet wire curtain rod setup that must have been left there by the Curtain Rod Fairy, as I have no recollection of buying it.
This past weekend, niece Kristin–always game for DIY fun, especially if a power washer or shop vac is involved– revved up a drill and installed the hardware. It took her a while to cut the wire to size, using kitchen scissors and a lot of bending back and forth. But now, at long last, Bubbly Curtain is in the window for which it was custom made.
Since it’s Euroflax linen, it will be there for a very long time.