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I do some dyed rovings that slowly graduate from one end to the other, either in color or intensity of hue.  To show this off to customers, I form them into circles, but then need something to support the floppy roving.  I was using these cardboard circles,

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which do the job very nicely, but are expensive, as they are Wilton’s cake base cardboard. Fifty cents each.  Adds up. Then I had a vision of another type round cardboard, inexpensive, already on hand:

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Paper plates.  They are smaller in diameter and don’t make such a perfectly round display with all the roving coiled up on it —

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but it’ll do nicely.  And being smaller they fit into my tiered plate stand.

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Looks good enough to eat, eh?  Especially if you are on a high fiber diet 🙂

What is it with collaborative art installations and trees? I participated in one a couple of years ago that sprouted and disappeared at Burning Man, and now here’s another one, called The Tree Project that will grow in Huntsville, Alabama  this spring.   Mona in my weaving guild heard about  it, and some of us decided to send leaves.  Here are mine, made from lightly felted handwoven fabric, embellished with ribbons, sequins, and beads.

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Leaves and their envelope

It’s great fun to see other leaves that have been sent in, as well as pictures of the framework that forms the tree.

The stated deadline is March 15, but Mona checked with the organizer and apparently that’s a bit flexible. So if you are moved to make a leaf out of pretty much any weather-resistant fiber, go for it and send it in!

I just love the ribbon I used on the left-hand leaf.  It’s a shot-taffeta wire-edged ribbon by Midori.  They have an outlet store in Seattle that has a sale once a month — if you live in the area, get on their mailing list for details.

Update:  The Midori outlet sale is the first Friday of every month.  If you join their Facebook Fan page, you’ll get the latest scoop.

Another Snow Event here in the Puget Sound Area, and I really don’t  want to schlep out to get more suet cakes, yet worry about the birds finding enough to eat.  My jar o’grease that I keep in the freezer has very little in it, so I decided to make a nutritious goo of peanut butter, rolled oats, and Crisco.

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I stuffed this into the bird feeder and put it out in cherry tree in the front yard.

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I hope they like it!

Meanwhile, I’m inside busily dyeing Blue Faced Leicester roving to get ready for the Whidbey Spin-In,  April 4 and 5.  I’ll have a table on the 5th only.

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Got wool?  Oh, yeah.

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We pulled into New York right on time. Here is Greg contemplating The Big City — someone out there must know the name of that bridge, right?  A quick stop at our hotel, then off to a late power lunch with Greg’s agent, Richard Curtis, and Greg’s new editor, DongWan Song  of Orbit.

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That stylish chalkboard is at Five Napkin Burger, which has very good burgers indeed, even if the meat hooks hanging from the ceiling are a little alarming. I actually didn’t have a burger, but a plate of the cutest tiny tacos ever, since I knew dinner was coming pretty soon. 

And what a dinner it was!  Lisa, AKA Tsock Tsarina was kind enough to come in  to mid-town Manhattan from the wilds of Long Island with her sweetie,  TheBoy ™ in tow.  We decided that since  Pigalle , the restaurant in the hotel, offered Cassoulet with Duck Confit for a very reasonable price, it was worth a try as well as an easy transition from meeting in the lobby.  Then, upstairs for Show and Tell with better light.  Lisa did some spindling

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while I fondled the sample socks from last year’s Flock Sock Club. I also got a preview of the first sock for this year’s club, the magnificent Fearful Symmetry, which is burning brightly on the far right.

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The next day,  a trip to the Morgan Library, then another power lunch that I didn’t get pictures of, with Roger Cooper , publisher of Vanguard Press.  Following that, a stroll down to the Flatiron Building, home of Tor Books.  The Flatiron Building, by the way, really does look just the version brilliantly done in Legos  here (scroll down a bit).

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We chatted with publisher Tom Doherty, who has what must be one of the coolest office in NYC, in the very tip of the Flatiron Building.

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Then we whisked our back uptown via subway to rest up for our evening get-together with members of The Gunroom.  John, Katherine, and Hugh joined us for a peripatetic evening that included beer at the Blind Tiger Alehouse, dinner at Excellent Dumpling, take-away cannoli from an Italian place that I can’t find the name of, and a brisk walk out onto the Brooklyn Bridge, where Hugh pointed out various sites associated with George Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  We do like a little history with our food.

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Katherine is another knitter extraordinaire, and brought along the socks she has knitted from my yarn.  I do love seeing how the yarns knit up!

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The next day we had time for a quick trip to MOMA, which had this interesting installation of braided roving in the window.

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All too soon it was time to dash back to the hotel in the light snow to pick up our bags and head to the airport.

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New York has theaters!  Note to self: next visit, make time to take in a show.

We had a lovely time on our quick trip back east. Boskone was grand, a nice-sized SF convention of the old school, with enough people that you weren’t always seeing the same faces at every event, yet not so big that you couldn’t count on running into everyone you knew.

The Knit-A-Long with the Boskone yarn I dyed went very well. We first met on Saturday, and folks could buy yarn if they wanted — and boy, did they! I brought the 12 skeins of Boskone yarn and about 12 more skeins of other colorways, and the money was flying fast and furious. As Greg put it, “They were shoving $20 bills at you and you weren’t even taking your clothes off!” But then it settled down and we started knitting.
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Here are Priscilla and Edie casting on for Calorimetry and Lisa looks on as she winds her sock yarn into a ball. By Sunday,Edie had finished
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and Lisa had knitted quite a lot of a toe-up. no-purl Monkey sock!
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Saturday also featured the book launch (with dessert!) for  Volume 1 of NESFA Press’ new anthology of my father’s short work, titled Call Me Joe, as well as the first two volumes of their Roger Zelazny anthologies.

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Here we are with some of the editorial and production staff.

Monday morning found us on the train to New York.  What a great way to travel!  We had a good view of the Coast Guard sailing  barque Eagle as we passed through New London, Connecticut — I just love that they still have sail training.  Not even the Navy does that anymore.

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More later  . . .