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Betcha Thought I Forgot About This Old Blog….


OK, at 63 (!) I’ve been been trying on a few different personas, just one more sign of my decision to never grow up, but here I am once more, an amalgamation of several whos and whats, as reflected in my new title, Mud and String.

As I type this, I’m en route to Bangkok, Thailand again, accompanying Big Mommy and the three grands, the Papoose, the Sprout and the Peach. All growing up so so fast and leaving me in the dust regarding what’s cool and what’s not. Anyhow……..

This trip has been very crazy, beginning with the first leg of the 30 hour trip being delayed an hour in Little Rock due to weather in Dallas, setting off a chain of situations like dominos falling. First, we missed our connecting flight to Hong Kong and so were stranded in Dallas for 24 hours, waiting for the next plane to Hong Kong. An adventure unto itself…More on that later.

So here we are, 32000 feet in the air, five hours into a 16 hour flight, with the outside time showing as -43.6F, wearing clothes that were fresh yesterday – Wednesday morning around 5 a.m. –  closing in on 48 hours. The time is 4:49 pm on Thursday, according to my ipad. I pity our seatmates! 🤭🤭🤭🤢🤢🤢

We made it to Hong Kong! Here’s the view from our gate waiting area-

Before I close this out, a few pics of recent projects

Ninilchik Swoncho

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.

 

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Knitting

By the Sea


I joined The Handmade Sock Society’s Season Two sock club this week.  Since the theme is “A Sanctuary by the Sea, I thought it fitting that the project yarn I’m using is Knitpicks Stroll in the colorway Seashell Tonal. I love the soft pink and grays of this yarn!

 

You can find my project notes here.

One more thing – I’ve started a pottery blog, The Insomniac Potter. I hope you’ll pay us a visit!

An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts. John Junor

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Knitting

New Pots


Here’s a look at what’s come off my pottery wheel these last few days.  I’ve been practicing this particular shape, which finally jelled a couple of days ago.  I hope you like them.

#1

Low fire red clay

#2

Getting more comfortable with shape, still

needs practice but coming along🙂

Thanks for reading!

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Knitting

WIPs


Here are a few of the projects I’m working on at the moment –

Clockwise from left:  Whatever Socks, Malabrigo Sock, Indiecita colorway for me.  These are a variation of Hermione’s Everyday Socks using (I think) a linen stitch, Sunburst Lichen Cowl, in a really pretty blue mystery yarn and last, a pair of Simple Skype Socks for Babydaddy using Fingerpaints Supersock Self Striping from Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, in the Java Jive colorway.

From the pottery wheel

Unfired pots, using low fire red clay

A couple more days of drying time and then they’ll be ready to bisque fire, the first step toward a finished pot.

NEWS FLASH – Unfortunately, the darker, larger pot didn’t make it through the first firing. ☹️

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. Janis Joplin

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Knitting

Better Handle


ON MY WHEEL

I’ve been throwing up a storm this past week, with about a 50/50 satisfaction rate, which is about par for the course.  Unless I’m really really happy with the finished pot, it goes into the reclaim bucket.  My mug handles are definitely getting better — they should be with all the practice!

I’m running a full bisque kiln this morning and have ordered a few new glazes.  Hopefully by the end of this week they will have come in and I can get the newly bisqued pots glazed and into the kiln for the final step.  Several have gift potential, so I’m anxious to get them finished.

ON MY NEEDLES

I’ve made a pact with myself that there will be NO NEW STARTS until I finish my current WIPs.  That’s all I want to say about that, as several of these also have definite gift potential. 🤫 Anyone else who will be working down to the wire on holiday gifting?

A goal without a plan is just a wish.  Larry Elder

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Knitting

Deep Breath In


CALENDAR FREAK OUT

After getting home from bell rehearsal last evening, I updated my calendar practice and performance wise and took stock.  Yikes!  Between today and 12/16, I have three practices and five performances.  OK, I’m retired and with a bit of juggling, this is totally doable.  So, now, I think if I (temporarily) put all my WIPs on the back burner, I can just about have all my gift knitting finished and ready to go by Christmas Eve. 🎶🎶

BAPTISM BOY

Shepherd William Lee Coleman

Baptized December 2, 2018

Is he an angel or what????

OFF THE WHEEL

I finished this pot late last  night, now just waiting for new glazes to arrive.  Here are the ones I ordered –

 

I’m SO happy to have my own little pottery studio set up.  The winter break in class is the longest – eight weeks, give or take a few days and I tend to get pretty bored, especially if the weather is nasty.  It can get pretty cold out in my garage studio, but my little space heater does a good job warming it up.

Life is good!

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye off your goal.  Henry Ford

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Knitting

As Promised – A Bit of Knitting, A Bit of Throwing, A Bit of Ringing


ON MY NEEDLES

I seem to be caught in a startitis vortex, convinced that every new project start magically completes the WIP above it in the Everlasting Endless Knitting Queue, except it doesn’t.  The tabletop  next to my knitting chair continues to become more and more crowded and is developing a layered look, sort of like what you’d find in an archeological dig with recent stuff on top and progressively older stuff underneath that.  Here’s a few off the top-

Freak Flags

Sequences

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5

 

Freak Flags has progressed to this –

I’ve recently fallen in love with banners and such so when I saw the Freak Flags in MDK Sequences it was all over but the knitting.  The plan is to make a set of seasonal set for my mantle, with this particular set in fall colors.  Winter will be next using blues, grays and whites.

I’m making good progress on my Simple Skype socks –

Enlarged to show stitch detail

Simple Skype Socks

Fingerpaints Supersock Self Striping

100% Superwash Merino

Java Jive

RINGING

Have I ever mentioned that I’m a handbell ringer?  Advent is upon us, a busy busy time for musicians, with extra rehearsals and the butterflies that go hand in hand with ringing in public,but it’s a labor of love.  Aren’t they beautiful?

THROWING

Here’s a look at the first pot out of my very first glaze kiln –

 

  Multiuse Pot

B clay with grog

 Mayco Jungle Gems Peacock Green on outside and Blue Azure on the inside

I like the inside better I think.

BIG DAY TODAY

Hit the ground running this morning…..Baby Shepherd will be baptized at 10:30 mass this morning and we’re having a Baptism/Birthday/Belated Birthday chili supper this evening to celebrate.  I’ll do my best to get photos of the Baptism Boy and Birthday Boys up on the blog in the next few days.  Busy with blessings!

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.  Albert Schweiter

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