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Whew!  I’ve been setting up my Etsy store with some of bamboo blend yarn I’ve dyed, and that’s a job, let me tell you. I think I’m getting it down to less than half an hour per item to do the listings — of course there keep being interruptions like helping my daughter with her activites resume for her college application, and figuring out and installing iTunes since someone was nice enough to send us an album via iTunes, etc, etc. The normal rainy Sunday sort of thing.

Anyway, the store is now up and running, although with just a few items, as I’m still peering out the window waiting for the main supply of superwash wool yarn to arrive.  Most of them you’ve seen before, and some you’ve seen still haven’t been listed, like the Robin’s Egg skeins, but Sno-Cone, Bamboo Forest, and the Island Dreams fraternal twin skeins are new to you.  Here they are, clowning around in the photo studio while the other skeins wait patiently.

Look at us!

As good as it looks

The grocery had scallops on special, and a nice shipment of fennel bulbs, so I got nine of one and one of the other, without any particular plans besides dinner for the next night, the scallops needing to thaw.  A quick search at Epicurious.com yielded this recipe for Scallop and Fennel Pancakes with Mustard Sauce, and very tasty it was, too. Next time, maybe not quite so much mustard in the sauce — since there are also mustard seeds in it, that flavor was bit too pronounced. 

The pancakes were chopped fennel and herbs in an eggy batter, and would be quite nice on their own.  A neat variation I thought of for the whole dish would be to make the pancakes with your favorite sweet onion, whether it be Walla Walla Sweets, Vidalias, or Texas 1015s, and top it with smoked trout and the sauce. Or hot smoked salmon  . . .

For a year when I wasn’t planning on traveling much, there have been a lot of quick trips here and there. A couple of weeks ago I went to California to visit my mother, who lives in Tujunga, which you may never have heard of, but which is northeast of Burbank, which you have probably heard of.

 Here my traveling sock enjoys the view from the back yard.

Sock soaking up some rays

Here’s Mother with her assistants Michelle and Martin. The pictures of us all enjoying lunch always had someone with their eyes closed.

Lunchtime!

We took a trip to the Getty Villa in Malibu, passing within spitting distance of Crazy Aunt Purl in Encino-adjacent,  not that I’d do that.

View property

Nice view, eh?  This is looking from the walkway to the museum from the parking structure.  That blue thing in the background?  Pacific Ocean.

The Getty Villa was built to house J. Paul Getty’s collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and opened in 1974.  It’s inspired by a Roman villa that had a really bad day in Herculaneum in AD 79.

Long garden

The main courtyard garden features a long shallow pool and the covered walkways on either side have murals of garlands of flowers and fruit.

Herb garden

This  garden is planted with culinary and medicinal herbs.  All the landscaping is done with Mediterranean varieties of plants. Inside are rooms filed with statues, jewelry, and pottery, but no knitting. Despite that, if you have some free time in the LA area and plan ahead, it’s well worth your time.  Those billionaires do know how to make something pretty.

At long last, more about my visit to the Keiskamma Altarpiece. This astonishing work of art is touring various cities, and its stay in Seattle at St. Mark’s Cathedral has now been extended through November, 2007.

It was made in the village of Hamburg on the coast of eastern South Africa. The vilage had been devasted by the AIDS epidemic, and being so poor and far from larger cities, they had little knowledge and no resources to help them. Dr. Carol Hofmeyer eventually came to the village to treat the AIDS patients and realized that a greater healing was needed for the village as a whole. Inspired by a visit to the Issenheim Altarpiece, created during an epidemic in 16th century Germany, she organized groups to embroider the story of Hamburg and its hopes for the future.

The outer layer shows the village as it was — depressed, with many sick and dying, yet with strong women coping.

Lagena Mapuma and

Keiskamma outer left

Susan Paliso were chosen as representitives of their commuinity.

Keiskamma outer right

This lower section shows the sickness, death, and funeral of  Susan Paliso’s son.
Keiskamma lower

The altarpiece is in three layers, with panel doors opening to reveal new images.

The middle layer shows a vision of hope and redemption.

Here, a local traditional priest runs in the sand each morning with prayers.
Keiskamma middle

I love these wooly sheep!
Keiskamma sheep

The innermost layer shows three of the grandmothers of Hamburg with the grandchildren they are raising because the parents have died or are too sick to care for them.

Keiskamma inner

Their panels are surmounted with three dimensional beadwork depicting local trees and the traditional symbols of the four apostles.

Keiskamma inner beadwork

The grandmothers are flanked by panels showing a joyful landscape, full of life and color.

Keiskamma inner side panel

The words you can see embroidered are the names of villagers who have died of AIDS — the names are found throughout the three layers.

This is an amazing thing to see. It is best to have a docent-guided viewing, as only the outer layer is visible if you go to see it on your own.  It’s done in a combination of techniques on a fabric base:  embroidery, applique, needle-weaving, and beadwork.  Unfortunately, the base fabric is burlap — not the most archival of materials. 

There are hopes to display it in other US cities, such as New York and Washington, DC.  Do see it if you get a chance.

I saw this over at Chocolate Sheep — what fun! The top five quotes around here are:

1. “There’s a demon out there.” From The Right Stuff, one of my favorite movies of all time.

2. “It goes to eleven.” from Spinal Tap. Somehow Chocolate Sheep has eight quotes from it and leaves this one out! No accounting for tastes.

3. “It was Beauty killed the beast.” from the original King Kong.

4. “You’ll shoot your eye out.” from A Christmas Story.

5. “And your little dog, too!” from The Wizard of Oz.

Just to have a little knitting content, I’m working on some socks of Regia Crazy Color # 5404, which they now seem to call Bon Bon. My skeins have been ageing in the stash for a couple of years. It is a nice yarn, it works up quickly, the colors are lovely — but I am completely spoiled with the softness, sheen, and general all-around fineness of the base yarn which is Jennifer’s FlockSock and will be my Damselfly Yarns  Sturdy Sheep blend. And my supply is on it’s way.  Hurray!

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