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Seamwork DYW: Think Like a Designer

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Today — and that word is important — we are supposed to find 50 pieces of inspiration for our collection. 50. In one day. Having collected these things, we must analyze them, but I am stuck on the 50 items. I found some pictures of elegant ladies in age-appropriate outfits. It's not 50, but it's […]

Seamwork DYW 1: My Why and My Goal

Monday, February 19th, 2018

I'm doing the Seamworks Design Your Wardrobe series. I paid a ridiculous amount for a special binder. Note the typo. I won't buy from Zazzle again. We start with a set of questions: What's the biggest challenge you face with your wardrobe now? I have clothes in all sizes, mostly too big. How would you […]

Life is a Dream, by Pedro Calderon de La Barca

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Sunday School today, then church, annual congregational meeting with barbecue and salad, and then La Bella and I went to see a play: Life is a Dream, by Pedro Calderon de La Barca. It's a long series of philosophical conundrums, or conundra. The author was a Spanish gentleman of the early 17th century. The sets […]

Murder Ahoy

Friday, February 16th, 2018

We had staff meeting today, complete with The Baby. I wrote my required blog posts, deposited my paychecks, cooked and cleaned, and then settled down with Ketch and a cuppa to watch this evening's knitting movie (part of this month's KLL assignment). This is a Margaret Rutherford portrayal of Miss Marple, in a story which […]

DNA: Great-grandparents F.D. and Diana

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

In 1907 and 1908, F.D. worked as a general helper and typesetter for the Louisiana Press Journal. His sister worked at a shoe factory, under Joseph Robitall, whose daughter Diane married F.D. in 1908. F.D. continued office work for a few more years, working for Stark Nurseries and Orchards and for the Burlington and Quincy […]


Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

I have congenital cataracts. Until now, they haven't been in my field of vision, so it has been no big deal. Today I went to the eye doctor and learned that the cataract(s) in my left eye is growing. They recommend surgery. I can wait, the doctor said, till I begin to notice some change […]

They Can’t Throw Kittens, Can They?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

I'm reading a book about human interactions with animals. The author is troubled by human inconsistency about animals. If we're okay with fishmongers tossing fish around in the Pike Place Fish Market, he wonders, then why would we be horrified if they were throwing kittens? If we love kittens and scratch them under their chins, […]

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

"I need something to calm my nerves. Where is my… you know?""I put your you know in the back right drawer." Mr. Gatch pulls out… his knitting. His secret knitting habit turns out to be a pivotal plot point when the ambitious young junior executive claims that knitting helps him think more clearly. "I feel […]

Seamwork Design Your Wardrobe: Prep

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

I'm adding this journey to my year of journeys: Seamwork's Design Your Wardrobe. It begins on the 19th, but they accidentally gave me early access. It goes very fast, it seems to me. Having glanced through it, I think there are a couple of things I need to do in order to succeed: Organize my […]

Pantone Fall 2018 Palette

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Here's the fall 2018 palette from Pantone. There's a broader range of neutrals than we've seen in the last few seasons. Purple is back, and along with it some ugly clashing oranges and yellows — but that's just me. Quetzal Green is a blue-green shade a bit more green than teal, but I feel that […]

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