I have now completed fourteen out of sixteen map panels for the work I am tentatively calling Memory Maps.
They will be behind sixteen larger YUPO panels, still visible but not obvious. It is taking a while to do the pre-piercing of holes and the stitching as my hands start cramping up after a couple of hours.
I think I will soon need to replace the piece of foam core I use when piercing the holes!
I have been doing other things to give my hands a break, like knitting a shawl from some Tussah silk that I spun more than twenty years ago.
The photo is larger than life: the thread is somewhere between lace weight and sock weight. It has a lovely creamy colour, a slight slub (variation in thickness), and a soft sheen. It was lovely to spin and I am enjoying knitting it.
Thematically the shawl is a return to the quotation from the landlady of The Thwaite Arms in Horsehouse, Coverdale, North Yorkshire, UK: “I wrap the hills around me like a shawl.” My work In Winter was a previous exploration of her words. I wanted to do something that would show off the hand spinning and the natural beauty of the silk so the shawl is a simple shape (asymmetrical triangle) with a knitted-on collar (also an asymmetrical triangle) and partial knitted-on decorative borders consisting of small squares in two sizes. The entire piece is done in garter stitch so that both the colour and texture echo the fleece of sheep on the hillside and snow on ploughed furrows in the valley fields. The small squares of the border mimic the small square fields and the small square window panes of the buildings in the village where the pub is located. To further enhance the link with window panes I plan to steam press the squares which will flatten them and make them more light-reflective than the body of the shawl. The first picture below shows a test strip after ironing, the second shows the unblocked shawl with some of the knitted-on border squares.
David and I take turns cooking, and we have brunch on Sundays rather than breakfast. I usually make scones when it’s my turn. Since I don’t have a book project to offer this week and I haven’t posted a recipe for quite a while, here are my Sunday Scones. (My grandmother would have called them rich tea biscuits and used a glass to cut the flattened dough into circles.)
Please note: when adding fruit or cheese, it is easiest to mix with the dry ingredients before stirring in the milk/egg mixture. If using pesto (recipe here), mix it with the milk and egg before adding to the dry ingredients.
In book news:
It has been a terrible week for libraries.
If you live in the U.S.A. you might want to check out this information on the impact of the proposed federal budget cuts: everylibrary.
If you live in Saskatchewan, read this CBC story about the provincial budget cuts to libraries, then contact your MLA.
The Saskatchewan budget will raise the Provincial Sales Tax and add children’s clothing and footwear to the list of taxable goods. This will affect the poor disproportionately.
The Saskatchewan government is also shutting down the provincial bus service which would mean that some people would be cut off from access to life-sustaining and ongoing medical treatments such as dialysis. People could die.
I am thoroughly disgusted.