Saturday, May 09, 2015

My favorite mug


When I got back from India, I posted the following on Facebook:

Nice to be back home again on a Saturday morning. Up early making cupcakes with Ellie, drinking coffee that my husband made, in a cup my mom threw.
This is the cup.
My favorite mug

My mom made it in 2007.  She's been doing pottery since I was little (and I am currently in my early to mid 40s).  There's a lot going for this cup other than the fact my mom made it:  it is nicely made, a pretty color and holds a perfect amount of coffee (although some weekend mornings I need 2 cups.)

It's nice to use something that my mom made - it feels connected to her.  And I like that it' is used in everyday life.  This is not something you take out only when it's Thanksgiving.  This is something I try to use (if it's clean) on any day I don't need to use a travel mug.  It may not have been made specifically to be an heirloom, but might end up as one if I don't break it by accident before then.  Actually, maybe I should ask her to make another one just like it so no one has to fight over this one.

My parents are both make things and it is neat to live in a makers' house.  They made things like coffee cups and curtains, desks and shelves.  In almost every room, you can look and see something they figured out and put together.  I remember noticing it one day when I was in high school or college and thinking it was neat.  I brought it with me - I like that you can look around my house and see things that I made and we are using.  You can look around my house and even see things that my mom and dad made and that my grandfather made (I may be stereotyping, but aircraft mechanics are not stingy with the fasteners.  I will show you sometime.)

One of the examples that makers-as-parents set is that trying stuff is good.  They can also set the example that coming up with a plan before you start is good too.  There's a time and a place for each - it depends on if it is important to end up with a certain thing when you're done.   Oh and other lessons:  there are times when neatness counts, sometimes it doesn't matter if you're doing something wrong as long as you stick to being consistently wrong in the same way.

Then there's the practicing the craft.  All through my childhood there would be one or two nights a week for like an 8 or 12 or 16 week session where she would be at pottery or upholstery or something.  I think she started taking pottery with some of her friends at a high school's community education program - probably on a lark.   She stayed with it.  She's studied at a few different studios.  Due to family situations and scheduling, she was on hiatus for a while.  But, she is back to taking pottery again and she enjoys it.  This is great to see.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Quick Socks

Quick post for quick socks.

My sister gave me two skeins of Borroco Sox for Christmas.  Here is the first skein in sock form (rav project link).  It's my usual vanilla 64 stitch stockinette socks (64bit socks).  They're longer than I usually make, but these were more about the journey than the destination.


Stripey Socks

p.s.  Did you see how the stripes match up?  Dude.  I didn't even hope to get them to match when I started.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

knitting in India

I had to go to India for work again.  This time, I didn't bring any metal needles with me - I learned my security lesson from the last trip.  Also, I wanted the balance of easy/memorizable and interesting and using stash yarn.  I felt ready for the trip when I found "Neato"  by JumperCablesKnitting.

The stash yarn was Plymouth Boku - a wool/silk blend with long color changes (similarish to Noro, but without flashes of hot pink or chartreuse).

Of course, I was going with my usual mode of not using the recommended yarn, needles, gauge, etc.   I ended up seriously winging it (ending in the middle of a repeat when yarn was running short) and making goofy counting mistakes (after several days of jetlag, apparently counting to three is much more difficult).

The pattern was fun, forgiving, and made something nice.  I gave it  to a co-worker in India and am making another one out of two more skeins of the yarn (but in gray).  
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Christmas sock yarn

For Christmas this year, my sister got me two skeins of sock yarn (Berrocco Sox).  They're both really pretty.  I got the first sock of the first skein done.

Lots of short attention span issues with the knitting lately.

Socks!

 Soon: I finished a sweater for El and started a new project for my India trip.