Visible Mending

Visible mending continues to be an obsession. Not for the least of reasons because I’m a total klutz.

These jeans started as a visible mend on a tiny little hole I caught going over the fence. Then I just sort of turned them in to art jeans. And then I was going over the fence again yesterday…

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To explain, the fence is about 2 feet high and is used to keep the dogs out of the garden. But I got to work and disguised it as much as possible while repairing.

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This one isn’t as smooth, but I couldn’t find the sticky back repair fabric I’ve used on other things. But amongst all the thread, I don’t think the repair is all too obvious.

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Been Awhile…

It’s been awhile since I mentioned our classic 1965 Field and Stream Travel Trailer since we finished the work and have used it a few times, some of the shine has gone off. But thanks to my husband lurking around on some vintage trailer forums, and our 3d printer, I got to add a bit to both our memorabilia and my hobbies.

Apparently there’s a fad with classic motel keychains. And so while he was working one up for an acquaintance with a Shasta, I designed a few for our Field and Stream.

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In my huntings I found an eBay listing for a sales brochure, wish I’d found it before it sold! But it’s cool to add more details to the history. It’s a model 15 and apparently was designed to be rented out for weekend adventures.

To be clear – I stand with Ravelry

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Popular fiber crafting website Ravelry released a statement in June 2019 stating that they were “banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.” Additionally, “We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

I do understand how this stance is difficult for some, particularly those Trump supporters who do not view themselves as in support of white supremacy. They support some of his policies, but not all. An understandable position that most of us face when selecting political figures and parties. Trumps negativity and support, or at least tolerance, of hate groups, does not allow for support of any of his more “reasonable” policies. (BTW, how any working class American can support a gold tower living billionaire who has lost millions and shafted small business left and right is beyond me.)

I, myself, have never been a fan of Trump as a politician. I hold the, apparently odd, belief that my politicians, those people making decisions over rules and laws of our country, should be better than I am. I want them smarter, more ethical, more understanding. Trump is none of those things. And even barring everything and anything he did pre-running for the presidency, my breaking point came when he mocked a disabled reporter.  His policies, his boastful and ignorant tweets, his continued actions, to my view, show he has not grown into his position nor learned from any mistakes.

So while Ravelry could have been more moderate in their stance, banning only hate speech or banning all negative commentary, including anti-Trump language, it is their house their rules.

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And to speak to a comment I saw on a YouTube video in support of the “wave” of people leaving Rav about a Ravelry rep saying “I knew you used acrylic,” that comment was from a yarn snob not affiliated with Raverly. Besides, plenty of people who prefer natural fibers and nice yarn can and do acknowledge that acrylic has its place both in the use category and in the socio-economic category.

Double Knitting

Recently started a lovely little cowl in double knitting. It’s the Dots inside and out cowl. I’m knitting it in Trendsetter Yarns, which is apparently a Blue Faced Leicester/Cormo blend. It’s definitely a “sticky” yarn, not merino soft. But I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

I’m trying out my knitting ring, though I’m also trying to make a better one on the 3D printer!

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Tried to take a video, took a picture.

I’m using Tinkercad to do the designing. It’s a bit of a “dumb” program, but since I don’t usually draft 3D, I’m liking the interface. And I’m using Curio to slice it for our 3D printer.

This isn’t my first foray into double knitting, that came with the Hemisphere Hat, which I knit not once but twice. I’m tempted to do it at least once more since both times it came out quite big.

Back to the project at hand, here’s a clip of me double knitting in an Eastern European style. I am not a combination knitter, I both knit and purl through the back loop. I believe I’m considered Continental since I hold my yarn in the left hand and a Thrower as i do a little flick motion, so I don’t actually have to drop the yarn and pick it up again.

So gross to get clean

Major props to people who make soap for a hobby.

We tried our first batch over the weekend. It’s a lot of very careful measurements, a lot of time mixing, a LOT of time waiting for stuff to cool down. And now waiting to see if the soap will set up. Our “flavor” should be some rosemary that we soaked in oil + some lemongrass essential oils. We’ll see.