it's time to . . .
(On Monday mornings, I share a few things I found over the weekend.)
"A sobering thought: what if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?"
--- Jane Wagner
Okay. So today's word is . . . not so interesting, really. And we all know what it is and what it means. But it's worth a bit of pondering anyway!
Here's a little opinion piece from The New Yorker that talks about . . . milk. And its evolution from something everyone drank (definition 1 b (1), above) . . . to, well, more the "food product produced from seeds" version (definition 1 b (2), above). It's interesting. (And did you know that milk - the traditional kind - is one of the official beverages of the impeachement trial?) (You can't make this stuff up.)
Have you seen Greta Gerwig's Little Women movie yet? I am a huge Little Women (the book) fan, and I loved the new movie version. Not only did I like the way Gerwig chose to tell the story, but I loved the way the whole movie looked. And especially the costumes. What a feast for the eyes! Period details, historical context -- and so much color and texture and layering and . . . hand knit shawls! If you loved the costumes (or if you're just interested in costuming and/or fashion), you might like to read this piece about Jacqueline Durran, the costume director for the movie (and one of the Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design).
(And here's a link to the Little Women movie trailer.) (Those costumes!)
I tend to be very monogamous in my "making" process. I (pretty much) knit one thing at a time. I tend to be the same way with my stitching or sewing or even drawing. So I tend to finish what I start . . . and usually in a fairly timely manner. (I know. Bor.Ing.) But I understand that lots of Makers do things differently -- and love having multiple projects going at the same time.
If you fall into the latter category, you might be interested in this blog post from the owners of Wool & Honey (a really charming and wonderful yarn shop in Cedar - near Traverse City - in northern Michigan). The post explains how to use "The Gideon Method" for finishing those projects you may have hanging around. It's pretty brilliant!
And now . . . I have a question for you. Over the weekend, I went to a little "wine and wool" festival with a friend, and while I was there, I purchased 3 wool dryer balls from one of the vendors. I've been wanting/meaning to make some wool dryer balls for myself for quite some time, but . . . there they were: ready made and selling like hotcakes! So I bought three and give them a "spin" in my dryer yesterday.
And my dryer (a very nice and perfectly functional Speed Queen dryer) . . . didn't like them.
As in . . . my dryer shut off after a minute or two of drying with the wool dryer balls bouncing around inside. Repeatedly. When I dried the load in my usual way - without any dryer balls - it worked without a hitch. What is going on here????
At first, I thought maybe the dryer balls (which are pretty dense, to be sure) were bumping the dryer door open and stopping the cycle. Nope. I had Tom check the dryer vent to see if it was clogged. Nope. I googled. It doesn't seem to be an issue for others.
So I'm throwing it out here: Any ideas about what might be happening here? Has this happened to anyone else?
(And . . . anybody want 3 brand new dryer balls?)
And that's it for me this morning!
I hope your week is off to a great start.