Archive for November, 2007

FO – sweater

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

A couple of days ago I think I finished this sweater — I say “I think” because I’m not at all sure it fits. The sleeves are awfully tight, and the sleeve caps are very lumpy. I’m somewhat tempted to redo the sleeves, but only somewhat — because as you can see, they were plenty […]

FO – socks

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

It can be kind of quiet at my mom’s house. I had brought a knitting project for the airplane and a long circular needle and the Fiber Trends “Magic Loop” booklet, intending to start socks. On Tuesday (Monday being Veteran’s Day) Arlene and I went out to Florence’s Attic, a LYS out in Chubbuck (that’s […]

Front page

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

A week ago I brought in the Sunday paper (this was in Pocatello), looked at the front page, and said, “That’s my mom!” She had told us that someone had interviewed her for the newspaper, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. The piece on the front page, was just a pointer to a big article […]


Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Yesterday (Nov 19)’s Boston Globe had a full page ad with a graphic of a wishbone and  a star, and the following text: Let’s redefine Christmas. By putting more Thanksgiving in it. No sooner does Thanksgiving end, than the loathsome shopping season begins – a month-long compulsion to buy something, anything, for everyone. We’re pressed. […]

Baseball Cards

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Ha, that should confuse search engines when people are searching for trading cards with pictures of baseball players. OK, so here are scans of a couple of postcards I’ve sent out recently. Firstly, this is one of four cards I stamped on cardboard cut from beer six-packs. Contrary to the impression the first recipients seemed […]

Recommended Reading

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

My mom said, “Have you ever read Stickeen? It’s a really short book, it’ll only take you an hour, here.” Where has this book been all my life? How come I had never heard of it before? Is it too controversial because of saying that dogs are people too? It’s on the web at that […]

Scrap Leather

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

We got up early, by which I mean at a time that would only be oversleeping by a single hour on a work day, this morning. We wanted to get to Bridgton at 10 for a guided walk in the area that Loon Echo Land Trust is hoping to turn into Pondicherry Park. We did […]

Indexing stamps

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

I think I’ve talked before about indexing stamps. The batch I did last night was so big I couldn’t resist taking a picture. It was only seven designs, but they’re big sellers, so I did quantity 25 of a couple of them Here’s the setup. I use a soy oil-based printer’s ink, something like Hi-Tech […]


Thursday, November 1st, 2007

OK, so here’s the pumpkin I carved on Monday night, lit up, in action on Halloween: Here it is, next to the magazine cover I modeled it on. It’s the hair line that makes the cover picture recognizable. The lack of it is a big part of why the pumpkin isn’t.

Discharge Printing take 3

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Last year we tried printing two T-shirts by the dye discharge method. The idea is to print with bleach so as to remove the color from the fabric where you print. Rather than using liquid bleach, which is stronger and harder to control than you really want, we print using Soft Scrub liquid cleanser instead […]