Wednesday, February 21, 2018

{I've Been Reading} The Ghost Notebooks

Can I just huddle up with my yarn and books until spring? We had some absolutely gorgeous weather and now its cold and bleak and we're under severe weather warnings. By the time this posts in the morning, they're saying we'll have three to eight inches of snow accumulation. I'll believe that when I see it, but I'd almost rather not know the predictions. 

The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick

When Hannah is hired as the live-in director of the Wright Historic House she and her fiance, Nick, are thrilled. It's a new start in a new place and at first they both enjoy exploring the drafty old building and its surroundings...and then things change.  If you've been reading my posts for long at all, you know how much I love books that involve hauntings. This one is different from most, and that's what made me enjoy it so much.  Those Ghost Notebooks isn't scary, but it's definitely suspenseful. Almost the entire book is told from Nick's point of view. He's an easy character to like and I really did care what happened to the couple.

Disclosure -- I was provided with an advance review copies by the publishers. All opinions are my own.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

{Thrift Shop Temptations} Vintage Needlework

Look, it's needlepoint! I'd absolutely love it except for the frame and mat and glass. Glass over needlework is one of my least favorite things.  And my budget is going, for the most part, towards things I can stitch for myself not things that someone else already made. 

Hopefully this will find a good home and a new frame. 

On the way back from the Frontier Heritage Fair on Saturday, the boys wanted to grab a pizza. Little Caesars shares a parking lot with a thrift shop, so I was more than agreeable.

And I'm glad I was! Just look at these little girls and their hair...

Judging by the price tags, these kits have been in a couple of different stashes. One was priced at $2.99 from Goodwill, ninety-nine cents from Goodwill, and $1.99 from the store where I found it. I'm sure there's some kind of logic at work there with that pricing.

You can't tell from the pictures, but I was actually picky this time. Half of the kits are still at the store waiting for another stitcher to love them. 

I would have looked for more neat stuff to get pictures of, but my phone was insisting that it was full and couldn't take more pictures, and I already had my basket full of these goodies. They wound up averaging $1.55 a kit, so I left the store a very happy stitcher.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Telluride Shawlette

I stayed up very late last night because there was snow predicted for this morning and I thought that, if it actually happened, it would make a pretty backdrop for the third shawl of 2018. 

Yarn: Knitpicks Shine, Melon, 5 skeins  

The rows in triangular shawls get steadily longer. Someone please remind me of that the next time I tell myself I "only" have another eighteen rows to finish the project. I didn't plan on staying up nearly so late, but it was well worth it. 

This project started with some Knitpicks Shine Sport that I'd picked up when they still had a tiny store in Vancouver that carried Connecting Threads fabric and occasionally some yarn. I counted four skeins in the bag and searched my Ravelry queue for every shawl that matched that weight and yardage, then changed my mind a couple of times after looking at the printed patterns and settled on the Telluride Shawlette

It's much easier than my first glance at the chart made it look. Every yarn over has to be in the right place to maintain the pattern, but its an easy repeat and I could find and fix mistakes on the fly. 

I didn't realize until the bitter end that I was playing yarn chicken. The pattern calls for 364 yards. I thought I had 440, which seemed like a safe margin until I started the fifth skein I hadn't realized was there. My shawl wound up taking just under 550 yards, which makes me think I either added an extra pattern repeat or was spectacularly of from the designer's gauge. Or, because of the way I bought this yarn in a bag without labels, maybe it was a return and all of the yardage wasn't there to begin with?

Whatever happened, I used it all up and made a pretty shawl and I'm happy.

The shawl, on the other hand, is extremely soggy. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

{Museum a Month} The Frontier Heritage Fair

Last week we visited a building that "museum" on its sign but no actual exhibits and I picked up a flyer for the Fort Umpqua Muzzleloaders Frontier Heritage Fair. That flyer totally made up for the wasted trip because we went and it was the most wonderful fantastic educational experience we've had in ages. 

I was expecting more demonstrations. What we did find were about half a dozen talkative vendors who were passionate about their hobbies and willing to share that with my kids. 

We wrote with quill pens, which is considerable more difficult if you're left handed, and saw how they're cut with a fancy device from the late 1800s. 

All three boys got a chance to try the pole lathe, which is different from a treadle sewing machine because sewing machines use a circular motion and the lathe is reciprocal... 

There was also a guy who had a display of old powder horns (old in this case meaning before the signing of the Declaration of Independence) and made new ones.

It was an amazing afternoon and I picked up flyers for three museums that I hadn't heard of before.


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