Got back from the CNCH Fashion Show last night, with Autumn Splendor’s first ribbon in tow: “Most Original”! Â I like that a lot, as that’s exactly how I want to live my life. Â Not necessarily different for different’s sake (I think that’s kind of silly), but having lots of adventures, trying new things, and regularly stepping out of the rut of everyday life. Â There is such a thing as magical, and touching that magic, especially in original work, is what I strive for.
At any rate, here is a photo of Autumn Splendor with its spanking-new ribbon:
(And yes, that’s Kodachrome in the background.)
I’m pleased to say that The Fuzz is eating well and appears to be in great spirits. Â He’s still a bit more wobbly on his feet, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down much, at least compared to previously. Â (He isÂ a twenty-year-old cat, after all, and spends most of his time sleeping.) Â He has discovered the heating pad we set out for him (under Mike’s desk, his favorite hiding spot) and is spending much of his time there in comfy bliss. Â So I think he’s going to be fine. Â How wonderful!!
I spent some time volunteering, some time wandering through the vendor halls, and quite a bit of time backstage prepping for the Fashion Show. Â In the vendor hall, they had set Giovanna Imperia, John Marshall, and Habu Textiles together in a clump – the “Bermuda Triangle” for my wallet! Â However, I managed to restrain myself, and only bought some skeins of superfine silk tram to use as weft for Phoenix Rising. Â It will be a pain in the butt to wind from skeins onto bobbins, but I’d have to do that anyway since I have to dye the yarn. Â At least I can spare myself the skeinwinding!
John Marshall was also kind enough to give me a cone of monofilament silk to play with. Â This is an incredibly fine silk – even finer than the organzine I was looking at earlier – meant as a sacrificial weft for screen printing warps. Â You weave the fabric very loosely (one pick every inch or so) and then print on the resulting “fabric” without removing the warp from the loom. Â Bonnie Inouye also recommended this method to me, and I think I will try it. Â The monofilament is very fine and breaks easily when you want it to, Â but is strong enough to hold the “fabric” together for printing. Â I’m looking forward to playing with it.
In house-land, I’ve sprayed down the weeds in the front yard, and (if they are sufficiently dead) will spread compost on the yard today. Â I still haven’t decided whether to spade in the compost – I’ll probably go over, try it to see just how difficult it is, and decide from there. Â If I don’t spade it in, I’ll plant the grass and clover seed directly in the compost, which should be fairly quick. Â And after that – who knows?