Today’s date!

It’s fascinating how our brains work, and what will is amusing or intriguing to some people but not all.

Ed’s been having a blast letting pieces of wood suggest the form for him to shape into spoons. For months making spoons has been his playtime. He’d made dozens excited to debut them at Oregon Flock & Fiber. Just a couple weeks ago a friend off-handedly asked if he was planning to have a table at the Santa Mouse Holiday Bazaar, an annual bazaar on the 1st Saturday in December at the local high school.

I called the school. Yes there were still a few open tables; an application would be mailed to us. It arrived right before Thanksgiving. A check was written, the form filled out and mailed right away. Yesterday we received email confirmation that we’re in.

Twisted Eddie’s Spoon Thingies (his name!) will debut this Saturday. We’re very excited to finally be able to sell at an in-person venue.

A tiny sampling of all of Ed’s spoons.
No two spoons alike.

Originally we’d planned to take only the 250+ spoons but I know there are bound to be down time when I’ll want to spin. If I’m spinning the odds are people will be curious. Curiosity could lead to spindle sales… I’ve talked Ed into taking Roadrunners as we have an ample supply of them.

Perhaps we need to change our business website to “Spindles and Spoons”

Interesting number combinations of dates amuse me,
Carving unique, twisted spoon amuses Ed.

Breed Blanket Project Progress

Clockwise from upper right:
Brown: Manx Loaghtan / White: Targhee (This will be a corner square)
Dark Grey: Shetland / Medium Grey : Romney (Edge)
Med-light Grey: CVM / White: Polwarth (Edge)
Grey: Corriedale / Ivory: Cormo (Corner Square

I’m currently spinning Rambouillet and am knitting a Lincoln / Charollais square.

This beautiful fiber was sent to me several months ago by a dear friend. It’s the perfect Christmas season spin! The Icelandic Horn spindle seemed a fitting choice.

With a mug of Golden Milk (Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger, honey – also from the person who sent the fiber – and a dash of pepper) which seems to help me sleep better.

Merry December month! May it be a month of getting the important things done, not stressing about the minor stuff, and choosing to enjoy the season.

Paint Parties

First paintings

ETA: This post was supposed to “Publish” yesterday – Friday 11.12. I have no clue why it didn’t.

Several months ago a local woman decided to hold a monthly paint night in town. She’s passionate about painting and enabling others. When I tenatively suggested to Ed that it might be fun to go to the paint party he was all for it.

Ed’s had fun with paints from time to time.

Me? I don’t recall having art in school other than a few times doing typical elementary school Mothers Day cards and once, in 3rd grade, ironing crayon shavings using wax paper. When teachers would have us draw a picture of our families and/or house I wanted to hide under the desk.

My lack of know-how or ability to render what my mind saw onto paper was daunting and demoralizing.

Yet, there have been times when I’ve attempted drawing with pencils or ink and enjoy trying.

This seemed like a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone!

We’ve had a blast! The teacher doesn’t stress about making things look a certain way. She demonstrates each step as we go, heaping loads of encouragement and praise. The whole atmosphere is upbeat and cheerful.
Tonic after the past umpteen month.

Tonight’s picture was a cow. Our granddaughter loves cows so Ed invited her to paint. Aurora hung out with me at home while Ed and Violet went to the grange. Ed figured he’d assist Violet but he quickly realized she needed no help!

Let the fun begin

Our canvases have always been blank but the teacher decided it’d be easier for participants if she sketched the cow on the sleds ahead of time. (Almost all participants are adults.)

She definitely wasn’t intimidated or hesitant. She had blast!

Grateful for:
Fun opportunities to step out of the comfort zone
An upbeat group of people who aren’t critical of how the person next to them is painting.
The friendly, cheerful teacher, and her husband who helps with setting up and cleaning up.

Project Indecisiveness

Do you ever have seasons where it’s a real struggle to settle on any project?

You really want to be creating but the focus is gone. The possibilities seem endless but figuring out which seems impossible.

Or everything you start feels wrong, there’s something else that seems more appealing.

I really want to weave something with my hand-spun. All hand-spun or commercial warp? What do I want to weave? My brain darts between scarves, towels, rugs (not with hand-spun).

Or, “What about that pair of felted boots that still need to have the lacings made, buttons and soles attached?” I actually managed to buy soles for them several weeks ago.

Last Thursday I wrote about the Breed Blanket Project (BBP). It’s sort of on hiatus, again. Block two was sort-of completed on Sunday.

I still need to make the two missing Log-Cabin sides on each of these blocks but don’t have enough of the specific breed yarns. There are a couple different approaches that could work:
1) Spin a large amount of one breed to use for two of the Log-Cabin strips on all the blocks.
2) Make all the blocks with just two Log-Cabin strips.

The other dilemma: I’m not enjoying spinning or knitting thicker yarns.

With the push to work on the BBP I’d set aside Ed’s vest. This week seemed like a good time to get back to it. Feeling the needles working the yarn has confirmed my love of knitting with finer yarns.

Everything about it is soothing and satisfying right now.

Yet, I want to be spinning.

This afternoon I spun cotton for almost an hour with the walking wheel. There’s a shirt in my mind that wants to be woven and worn.

A couple of months spinning is in this cop

I’m grateful
—To have managed to completed one project this year. (Can that really be?!?)

—That what has been a very dry season feels as though it’s finally about to get some rain.

—For being able to share with others who are also passionate about yarn and understand the need to make things.

A Different Journey

Once again it rained hard during the night then was dry most of the day. (It’s drumming on the roof right now.)
Instead of tackling Grandview hill I walked east and north out of town up to Maplewood Cemetery. It’s only one mile and not as challenging. Much of it is along quiet fields.

Shortly after 5 pm on February 10, 2021 my doctor called to give me the news that the biopsy revealed breast cancer. Stage 1. She was referring me to a breast cancer surgeon, I’d be hearing from them the next day.

The news wasn’t completely shocking; I’d felt the lump three weeks earlier and was able to get a mammogram the next day. A long history of fibrous breasts had made me pretty complacent about random lumps and bumps but this one felt much different. More defined. Distinct.

With many Covid-19 limitations in place I wasn’t able to get the 3-D mammogram until the 2nd of February which showed the need for a biopsy. At that point I was thankful that they were able to schedule it for the 9th.

The following months were rather bumpy with lots of hurdles, a lumpectomy and radiation. My faith in God and the promises of hope that we have in Him gave me courage and strength when so desperately needed.

I’ll share more, breaking the “journey” up into other posts.

Meanwhile, a couple more pictures from today’s walk:

This fine fellow kept a close eye on Pippin as we walked past. Pippin also kept a keen eye on him. It’s a good thing he was on the leash!

What’s visible of Scotts Mills from the cemetery. (Zoomed)

As soon as we got back home I made bread to go with tonight’s soup.

Grateful for:
Medical knowledge, technology and intervention
For the health I have
For the strength, and peace, that God gives
For the pleasure of kneading bread and the comforting aroma of fresh baked bread.

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