Sooner or later, Zar and Tessie are going to have to give back the sofa so that I can finish it. Tessie zapped it onto the balcony of the townhouse. She and Zar have settled in to watch TV, watch me work and drink bug beer. Luckily, I have lots of other stuff to work on.
All of yesterday evening, I knitted and watched "24" on Netflix. The first Flat Foot sock is coming along nicely. Very Christmas-y It's just a good thing that the two of them like "24" too. It keeps them out of my hair and my knitting. I am liking this yarn a lot.
Since I can't get to the sofa, I decided to try out some Tennessee Spinner Gourds that my friend Jo sent me to try for basket making.
We tend to get each other into trouble. She is a basket maker in real size and a talented miniaturist besides. Years ago, I talked her into trying to make mini coiled baskets. We have both progressed a lot since then.
Earlier this year, she found these mini gourds at a basket making show and grabbed a bunch. She was nice enough to send me some. I am just now getting started. Trying them out is a nice break from the Christmas rush.
There is a lot of work that goes into making a basket out of them.
They have to be cleaned, drilled with lots of holes, sawed apart and the edges sanded.
I got three baskets out of one gourd. The tiny one that is hanging off of Tessie's hand is the neck of the gourd. The one that she is working on is the bottom.The shell, sitting on the floor next to her feet, is the top portion with the neck cut off. I will have to put a bottom in that one. It is hard to see, but it tapers nicely on the bottom.
Next they have to be stained or waxed or both. Then the fun begins. The top, like the one in Tessie's lap is coiled just like a regular basket. I used ColorWorx hand dyed embroidery floss.
Just like my regular coiled baskets, it is two strands of floss over #32 cloth covered wire.
Here in the southwest, there are lots of people that make large versions of these. Some of the Native Americans even paint the gourds like fine pieces of pottery before completing the basket part.
Anyway, a belated thanks to Jo for getting me into more trouble. That's 1 and 1/2 baskets down and more to go.
The sock score is two pair finished, and I think four pair that are at least one sock finished...We won't talk about the ones that are started and the first sock is not yet finished....
Back to knitting, basket weaving, trying to get two obstinate people off of the sofa and watching "24". Not necessarily all at the same time...
See you tomorrow.