Takes All Kinds to Make a Rainbow

I was right; I don’t like it. That’ll teach me to trust my gut next time.

Still, it’ll add nice variety to my collection. Maybe someone will want it someday to knit an ugly little hat for a little boy. Guys always want to wear ugly stuff.


Did you stay home today?  Yes but X went out for hardware

What local business or charity did you support?   I bought a Vermont Brewer’s t-shirt and raffle tickets for Dragonheart

What’s for dinner? Turkey soup!

Happy Angstgiving!

But seriously folx! X helped with the pie this morning.


Did you stay home today?  100%

What local business or charity did you support?   Marshfield School of Weaving – bought dishtowels from their online covid-safe Xmas sale

What’s for dinner? Leftovers


Did you stay home today?  Well duh! 100%

What local business or charity did you support?   Probably take a day off from that today, though I may be in a Black Friday online buying mood after lots of food & wine

What’s for dinner? Well duh!

Book Corner 2020.53

My co-worker/manager/friend gave me this book because it was written by his pastor. It was very Bibley. But I gave it an honest try.

(I don’t get why Christians spend so much time studying the Old Testament. Jesus did away with all that. He replaced it with one commandment: Love Thy Neighbor. It doesn’t require much study.)

In spite of the Biblical talk, I think his main message was Unity, and I can certainly get behind that. The Christian way of phrasing this would be to say we are all members of one Body of Christ. Not much different from the visualization that helps me get along: we are all just One Big Thing. For me, that encompasses the whole biosphere. Literally just One Big Thing. So yes, I got something out of it.

Did you stay home today?  Popped into the front of JCAT to get my pickup. < 10 seconds

What local business or charity did you support?  United Way, JCAT, Phoenix Books – that takes care of yesterday, today, & tomorrow

What’s for dinner? JCAT, I get the Chicken BLT every time. Side salad if it’s a weekday, sweet potato fries only if it’s Saturday. I have very few rules left from WW days, but minimizing fries is one of them.

Book Corner 2020.52

by Virginia Postrel

Virginia Postrel writes here a sweeping overview of all aspects of textile production, something I understand normal people seldom think about.

It’s a unique book in that Postrel barely inserts herself into the story at all – no “My Year of Trying to Learn Spinning, Weaving, and Other Fabricky Things” this. She might begin a chapter or section describing her attendance at some textile-related class, or getting food poisoning in India while researching some dye method, but then poof – it is quickly no longer about her at all. Refreshing!

Not that I wouldn’t want to hear about Postrel. Long ago I enjoyed a book of hers called THE FUTURE & ITS ENEMIES, and I used to read REASON magazine when she was editor. I listened to an interview with her promoting this book a short time ago. She learned to weave & spin, too, as part of her research. She was fun to listen to.

But the book jumps all over. The chapters are: Fiber, Thread, Cloth, Dye, Traders, & Consumers; and within the chapters themselves she also does a lot of jumping. I would have preferred more depth and more narrative arc, somehow.

My favorite chapter was “Dye.” I love this observation: “‘Any weed can be a dye,’ fifteenth-century Florentine dyers used to say. But that’s only if you want yellows, browns, or grays…” Ha! That’s always my complaint about natural dyeing with things you can find in Vermont: all I ever got was yellow.

And her dye class in India: “Rinse and dump, rinse and dump – tub after tub of water gets hurled into the yard. To my drought-trained Angeleno eyes, it seems like a disturbingly thirsty process.” I’ve often thought how different my hobbies might be if I lived out west – the washing and the dyeing of fiber uses tubs full of water. Happily, I live in a place that dumps snow during the winter in ample amounts that I feel perfectly happy pulling all the water I like out of our well all summer long.

It also seemed to me that the book was a bit Eurocentric. I wished there had been an exploration of how they made calico in India – instead, all that’s discussed is how it changed fashions and spurred competing industries in Europe.

There are copious pictures and a beautiful cover. I would recommend jumping around as the interest takes you. (  )

Did you stay home today?  100%

What local business or charity did you support?  None yet – I’d better get on it

What’s for dinner? Pasta, nature’s most perfect food

Making up for Lack of Pix

Vermont cranberries + Vermont maple syrup

My next variegated yarn… I’m not sure I like these colors much. The orange will dominate. But once it’s spun up it can surprise you.

Did you stay home today?  Nope. Grocery day.

What local business or charity did you support?  Sweet Clover, Jericho Market.

What’s for dinner?  Jerk Chicken Kabobs.

More Pretty

Did you stay home today? 100%

What local business or charity did you support? Marshfield School of Weaving

What’s for dinner? Black bean soup. One of a couple of things my knock-off Instapot makes foolproof.


Welcome to the fold:


I’m bringing back this feature, like I used to do during the spring lockdown, because it’s quasi-lockdown time again; and these are three things that are personally helpful for me to focus on:

Did you stay home today? Literally 10 seconds in the lobby of Railroad & Main picking up my order

What local business or charity did you support? Railroad & Main

What’s for dinner? A chipotle chicken quesadilla, no side, from Railroad & Main

The first is helpful because it reminds me my boredom is for a purpose.

The second is helpful because I know I’m better at making the world a better place through my dollars than by actually being a nice person. Hey, we all have a role to play.

The third is helpful because food = comfort.