core library

One of the good things about moving is the opportunity to Take Stock.
Alice has been putting together her core library, boxing it up. It is extensive. Today she asked me what is mine, and what a fun exercise it is to consider what are my favorite books, a whole lifetime’s worth?
For the record, here they are. Undoubtedly I am forgetting some. Oh, and I don’t happen to own all of these at present. I can’t resist giving books away to people I think would like them! asteriks by the ones I am currently without.

Small is Beautiful, E.F Schumacher
Blood Orchid, Charles Bowden
The Curve of Time, M. Wylie Blanchett (okay okay I haven’t read it yet, but I can tell by holding it!)
The American Indian and the Problem of History, essays
The Art of Couture, Roberta Carr
The Vogue Sewing Book
The Opinionated Knitter, Elizabeth Zimmermann *
The Golden Compass and the other two in that trilogy, Philip Pullman
Klader!, Nina Erickson
Native Funk and Flash, Jacopetti & Wainwright
Little Big, John Crowley *
Knitting in the Nordic Tradition, Vibeke Lind *
A Language Older Than Words, Derrick Jensen *
History of Costume & Design (?), Max Tilke
Designing Knitwear, Deborah Newton
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin *
Kit’s Wilderness, David Almond *
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Carla Emery
Ferment & Human Nutrition, Bill Mollison
The Joy of Cooking, the Rombauers
Linnets & Valerians, Elizabeth Goudge *
The Cuckoo Tree, Joan Aiken *
Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotsen
Almanac of the Dead, Leslie Marmon Silko
Ceremony, ibid
Wild Children, essay by Hakim Bey (in the book T.A.Z.)*
Mikal Gilmore’s essay about his family (in the Family issue of Granta) *
my dictionaries, German and English
Healing Wise, Susun S. Weed
The Moosewood Cookbook, the original, illus. by Mollie Katzen *
Western Garden Book, Sunset Press
Plants for a Future, Ken Fern
most of Jane Austen’s books *
Mushrooms Demystified, David Arora
Journey from Head to Heart, Jan Engels Smith
The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk
Permaculture Design Manual, Bill Mollison *
Behaving as if the God in all Life Matters, Machealle Small Wright *
Rumi
the writings of Peace Pilgrim *
Rosemary Gladstar’s small books on using herbs
Women & Nature, Susan Griffin *
the Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Nan Goldin * (I have to count this, although I gave it away but it was monumentally influential and the first time I ever spent $40 on a book)

I think that’s it. Not exactly travelling light is it?

I discovered yesterday that my camera is really out of adjustment. I was practicing macro photography, but it was impossible. The lens must be at an odd angle, because the pictures turn out too high. It won’t photograph what I am pointing it at, in other words. I guess I will have to not need to use macro! I will try using Opal’s camera before I give up entirely.

Oh how I love making bias tape!
making bias
old things into new treasures…
This is another pocket belt in progress. To be sold. I think.

Yesterday was a perfect day! Imbolc is here! I gardened, and cooked, and went to work. I rediscovered the wonderfulness of all the diverse jars we keep our spices in. So many years of choosing interesting containers! I will have to photograph them.

I had grand plans for this entry, but my heart is not in sitting in front of a computer. I suspect that I will be an erratic poster (even more erratic than I already am? is this possible?) as the spring, and the move loom closer…

such a wintery light today. There are swans on the marsh below our house.

the marsh below our house

I promised an entry about my trip to Kate’s, but never delivered. Ah time passes.
We had a wonderful time. Alice and Woods made two Risk boards, one of them BPAL themed, and we played a super fun parlor game that we then replicated at home. It goes like this:
You have two sets of cards, a large set with nouns written on them, and a much smaller set with adjectives thereupon. (One word per card please.)
Each player draws 7 noun cards for his or her hand, and the starting player turns one adjective card face up in the middle of the table. All of the other players then look through their noun cards and choose one that they feel would represent said adjective to the player who turned it, otherwise known as the judge. The judge then reads them aloud, everyone laughs, or moans, and then the judge chooses the noun card that they like the best. The player who played the noun card of choice then keeps the adjective card, and that is one point to them. Remember that each player needs to keep seven noun cards in thier hand.
We played a commercial version of this game, but of course we had to make a custom deck when we got home. It is as much fun to write up the hundreds of noun and adjective cards as it is to play. Plus it is an ongoing process, the making of this deck.
We tested our deck out on some friends the other night, and it was a smashing success.

Kate gave me this hat, and I have been letting Alice wear it. It is perfect. The ganomey pattern from Elizabeth Zimmermann, altered a bit. Thank you Kate!!! You are great!!!
ganomy hat

Okay, here is my happiest creative moment for the season.
pocket belt
a pocket
Isn’t it so wonderful?
It is embroidered, quilted, appliqued. Coffee satined denim from some of my mom’s jeans. All other fabrics old thrifted, or otherwise scrounged. This has been on my wishlist for so long. Inspired ages ago by a post in juju loves polka dots and also by gooseflesh on flickr…

all refreshed

Just home from vacation. A little four day stint in Portland, and it was good. We had been talking about driving to California, but I thought that we could experience a sense of travel and Adventure without spending tons of money on gas, and indeed we could. I highly recommend the notion of taking vacation close to home!
Alice and I visited Shanna and Ivon. While at their place we discovered the Most Hilarious show Ever, the Mighty Boosh. Alice got her ears pierced, and Shanna gave her her first ever real haircut!
alice's haircut

Also Ivon loves Alice! See him jumping for joy?
the boy needs to play some soccer

We took alice shopping, too. It was really her coming-of-age trip, although we didn’t plan it that way.
So she has some schnazzy new clothes, a fresh cut, and she is looking good.

I made Shanna a pompom garland:
a garland for my friend

And I was moved by this way I set up to ply handspun into rope for the garland:

ply set up

It’s hard to say why this struck me as so wonderful. Although the shadows are pretty cool…
I think it has to do with the fact that I could conceive and execute immediately, with what I had on hand: a double point needle, two strands of rope that I had plyed earlier (‘s red lobster yarn making yet another appearance), a tiny ball of handspun, a dresser drawer. It’s DIY, baby.

Also, I love this art on shanna’s wall:
art on Shanna's wall
Always have. some day, I swear, I am going to make a fiber version.

I did continue working on my freeform knit project. It was hard to do this while on the road. Here is some of it:
day 20

Okay, this has to be installment number one, as I am in need of caffeinated beverage.
Part 2 will be: the visit with Kate (aka Calendar Girl) and Woods!
Stay Tuned!

what I made today…

is this hat.

handspun hat

I am fairly well pleased with the photo. It is in line with my aesthetic goals for my shop. For my life even! The only trouble with extending the aesthetic out to my surroundings is that it requires me to spend time developing new habits, and I want to spend my time making stuff. I figure that moving into a new house will give me a good start on a fresh look. I simply won’t have to move everything over to Astoria! Oooh, I had better not leave a mess behind, though, or I will sorely regret it…
Speaking of Astoria, I did indeed get a bank account there yesterday, which is noteworthy here on the blog for the sole reason that, completely by accident, I ended up dealing with my mother’s banker. She even had little stories to tell me about my mom. Funny ones, too.
Life is so poignant. Damn.

I love this photo.

from the flickr photostream of eclectic gipsyland.

Here, too, is a REALLY invigorating and soothing (what is this, aromatherapy?) photoset seen on flickr. Belonging to nesting.emily. I highly recommend it. ha hah!

now back to knitting. Or maybe sewing. One of the projects I have going right now is a pocket-only apron. You know, I inherited a large number of clothes from my mother, and most of them not so nice. I am working on finding ways to use some of the denim from her jeans that I can’t take to the thrift store. I imagine much of the fabric will end up as mulch, but a small amount of it is going into this little apron.
I think that I need to admit that, at least for the time being, I am not settled into doing only (up to) three projects at a time. I was doing so well, too!
na ja.

Here is the freeform piece I have been working on:

day 9

this is a few days back. New additions added daily! You can see the whole set here. I like this exercise. It will be quite a moster after 365 days of knitting on it. Then I will have a gallery show and sell it. hah hah!

Two things happening today: I am starting to plan my itinerary for Alice and my trip to Portland next week, and I am going into Astoria to open a bank account! I got the word from my soon-to-be landlady that we will need to start renting there on April 1! Exciting, and scary. I haven’t been financially independent since I don’t know when. I will be soon, though…

I have been having a hell of a time staying focussed on one project. So many ideas, so little time! I have an ad coming out on etsy’s Showcase tomorrow, and so I am working on a hat to feature in my shop; I have a pair of socks on the needles; I have to finish those tights for Sonni’s daughter, and so on. It will all get done in good time, though.

What else? I have decided on a general aesthetic for my etsy shop. I am having a banner made even. It will be good, just you wait.