Archive | July, 2010

Alcohol–Spiritual Facts

30 Jul


“So it will be seen that every quart of fruit wine not made for medicine, or sacramental purposes, helps to build up the cause )intemperance) which we all so much desire not to encourage.  And for those who take any kind of spirits for the sake of the spirit, let me give you the following:

2. That whis-key is the key by which many gain entrance into our prisons and almshouses.

3. That brandy brands the noses of all those who cannot govern their appetites.

4. That punch is the cause of  many unfriendly punches.

5.  That  ale causes many ailings, while beer brings to the doer.

6. That wine causes many to take a winding way home.

7. That cham-pagne is the source of many real pains.

8. That gin slings have “slewed” more than slings of old.”


These are Dr. Chase’s opinions, not mine.  But I find them interesting.

Shawls and others

29 Jul

There were lots of lovely hand spun items yesterday at Troy.

And there were two Best of Shows.  The first was this Orenburg shawl. Spinning the lace weight two ply yarn–over 400 yards per ounce was the least of her work, the maker told us.  It took her three years from start to completion.  Two of those years were knitting and re-knitting, and re-knitting.

Orenburg shawls are knit in one piece, unlike true Shetland shawls, which are knit in pieces and grafted together.

The second BOS was a hand felted basket adorned with felt balls and bead and filled with over a pound of lovely blue handspun.  The yarn was spun from a mix of four fibers–the percentage of each was meticulously given on a 3×5 card.  A large sample of the sweater and the pattern from a 1992 issue of Vogue Knitting was included.   (That was back when it was worth having a subscription to that magazine.)

Here is Ellie wearing the winning shawl in the fleece to shawl contest.  The team, Cat’s Cradle,  used the theme of an ice cream parlor to great effect. Their presentation was spectacular; their shawl lovely and well done.  Hand spun warp using seven different kinds of wool.  They called it ‘”fudge ripple”.

Here is a portion of a small blanket of handspun made from squares on a a Weave-it pin loom.  I grew up with a large multi-colored wool afghan similar to this one made by my mother during college.  Ours had larger black borders around each square.

Burning Log

29 Jul

Sunday we had supper at S and H’s.  Afterward Henry introduced us to a Scandinavian summer treat he has seen in his journeys for work: the standing log bonfire.

Envision a Yule log set on end and meticulously chainsawed into eighths for 7/8ths of its length.

If starting with a dry hardwood log Henry says the fire is started on the top and burns down over the course of the evening. He provided a wet pine log, and so started the fire down inside (gasoline was involved) and hoped it would work its way out.

The heat coming out the top was intense.  Marshmallows burned almost instantly.  Popcorn in a cast iron skillet popped and then burned within two minutes.

This is what the log looked like near the end.  Fun, fun, fun!

Henry says pre-cut logs are widely sold in parts of Europe during the summer.  Wouldn’t one be fun to have in the snow in winter?

Troy Fair Judging

28 Jul

was today.  In the Sheep to Shawl contest there were three entries.   More shawls and lace this year in the knitted categories.

Saw some wonderful Cormo roving and bought some merino/silk/cashmere yarn.

It was hot.  We worked hard.

Pics tomorrow.

Bed-Room Carpets–For Twelve Cents and a Half Per Yard

27 Jul


Sew together the cheapest cotton cloth, the size of the room, and tack the edges to the floor.  Now paper the cloth as you would the sides of a room, with cheap room paper; putting a border around the edge if desired.  The paste will be the better if a little gum arabic is mixed with it.  When thoroughly dry, give it two coats of furniture or carriage varnish, and when dry it is done.

It can be washed; and looks well in proportion to the quality and figure of the paper used.  It could not be expected to stand the wear of a kitchen, for any length of time, but for bed-rooms it is well adapted.


My guess is that “the cheapest cotton cloth” in 1870 was heavy duck canvas, not lightweight thin stuff, which would have been saved for dresses.  If doing this today, I would use heavy canvas,  cut it to size and hem it, then glue the paper on outdoors and let it dry there, and varnish it there before bringing it inside.

What a great idea, though, don’t you think?

Metaxas Interview about Bonhoffer by Scott Ross

26 Jul

Here at CNN.

Which I do not watch.

Scott Ross was my pastor a long, long time ago.  Some of his interviews are quite good.

The Bonhoffer biography by Metaxas is incredibly good.

Sweater and Bonnet

26 Jul

In a few weeks, God willing, Someone will make their appearance.  Since it gets cold in the winter, here is my contribution towards the wardrobe:

It is the baby sweater from the February chapter in E. Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac.

Funny how the outside and inside light make it looks so different.  It is actually nicer looking than either of these photos gives it credit.

EZ shows a bonnet in that chapter, but gives no directions.  In her charge ahead spirit I  decided to come up with something similar.

The main body of it is the lace pattern.  A long strip of it.  Then I knit and ripped out many times the garter stitch for the back of the head, trying to get it appropriately head-shaped.  Added  the garter stitch to cover the neck.  Made an idiot cord to use as a closure.

This is the best approximation of the yarn’s true color.  It is Lamb O’Lakes wool that I dyed.

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