My main form of entertainment was reading. I came by that naturally since my mom was a grade school librarian, (also my sister and my brother-in-law are both librarians too.) I grew up in a house were my mom would be making dinner and reading a book and that book was not a cookbook but a best seller. She'd have it propped on the counter as she would mix ingredients together. I could never figure out how she ever mastered that technique because whenever I try reading my cookbook to cook something I get all sorts of ingredients into it. Also in our house we only had one TV for the longest time. Most of the time I didn't care for what was being watched. Since my mom was a librarian we'd have books all over the house. I'd much rather go and curl up with a good book and be entertained for hours by reading it. My favorite genre is science fiction.
I was a middle child in a big family. Most of the time I was left alone to do my own thing. The only person who really took an interest in me was my mom's mom. She lived about 2 miles away and when I got older I was allowed to go visit her. In fact I was encouraged to visit her since she was house bound and couldn't drive a car. My grandma believed that idle hands were the devil workshop and so she decided I needed to learn how to do certain things. First and foremost she made sure I knew how to sew. For that I will always be grateful to her.
Next she decided I needed to learn how to embroider. I was about seven years old and she thought I could handle that. She used to be a school teacher in a one room school house and was very good at instructing you and then leaving you be to master it on your own. She would only help you when you ran into a major problem that would keep a piece from being finished. If it was something minor she would say 'Leave it, every hand made piece needs to have at least one mistake in it so that people know its hand made - otherwise they will think it came from a store.' That was some of the best advice I ever got. It allowed me to make minor mistakes in my stuff and not have everything perfect. But don't get me wrong even though she wouldn't get upset with one tiny mistake she would not let you have a lot of mistakes either. I would hate it when she would look at something and say 'You can do better than that'. She would undo what I did and then hand it back to me to do it better. Here's the first piece I ever embroidered. It's a pillow case.
(Please excuse the shape of it. I used to have a dog that when he'd get nervous with thunderstorm he'd hide under it. Then he developed the bad habit of sucking on it. Needless to say he started to put wholes in it and I ended up putting it in storage thinking one day I'd get around to fixing it. Trouble is the colors in my house are no longer in that color scheme and I didn't have a lot of motivation to get it fixed.)
Here is the second one. I did this one using an afghan hook and stitch. You were suppose to embroider on top, but I was lazy and thought it would be faster just to change the colors of the thread and just crochet the colors in. It took some experimentation but I eventually figured it out. I was pleased with the way it did turn out. Can you guess what team my husband was a fan of at the time.
After I mastered crocheting she moved me onto Knitting. At first I mostly did scarves. But then I eventually moved up to other more complicated things like hats and mittens. I have nothing from that time. But I still to occasionally like to knit. I've had some on going projects for years. My children wanted to have an afghan like my husband had. I prefer to knit. I was so happy to find that they now make needles were you can have your knitting as long as you want it to. I was able to knit afghans for two of them and am working on a third one for my youngest son. I usually like to work on it when I watch TV. I don't watch a lot of TV so these projects are taking a lot longer than I had planned on them to take. (Because blogger is messing up with what it will include and the order of things I'll show you what blogger will let me have.)
The completed one on my son's twin size bed.
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The other hobby that I have that I love to do and takes mega amount of time is to weave. In September/ October I usually have demonstrations to give at various places because there is usually a break in the weather. Some of the events I've gone to are Colonial Days, Red River Revel, Family days at the State museum and Pioneer days@ LSUS. I've gotten some table top looms for these events so that I can transport them easily and they have to be set up for those demonstrations since most people don't like to see you warping the looms (besides it takes too much concentration power to do it while you are being constantly interrupted - its best to do it at home w/ relatively peace & quiet.)
So now I'm going to see what loom images blogger will let me use. This really is getting old and frustrating.
|Modified chevron pattern on a 4 harness loom|
Here's a very simple basic one that gives a tabby or twill weave.
|Simple one harness loom with a tabby weave|
Here's my inkle loom . This gives you a different type of weave since the warp threads wrap around the weft.
here ). Here's just a few that I made. Most of the time when I was making them I tried to keep someone in mind as I would make them. I would try to picture that person wearing them. This blue ended up being given to a friend of mind with blue eyes.
And this one was for Evelyn at Geolnerys.
Now you can see why I've not been blogging much and geology isn't the only thing I'm musing upon.