Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another One Of Life's Little Mysteries Dep't

He showed up in the cattle tank yesterday.  How on earth....?

EDITED TO ADD:  you can't tell from the photograph, but he's a big sucker.

Workbasket Magazine - February 1945

Workbasket, February 1945.  Projects include the crocheted bathroom set pictured here, a knitted sleeveless pullover, knitted bandeaus ("very slick with the new flat-top hair-dos") and an applique basket quilt (which has been posted before).

I have read that any issues from the war years are rare because of the paper drives that prompted families to empty out their attics and basements of stacks of magazines and newspapers.  Four double pages are on my Flickr account and can be printed off and stapled together to create a reasonable facsimile of the original.

Next week - July 1945.  Yes, I'm missing a few copies.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Now If I Only Had An Olive Tree

And maybe a hen.  Then I wouldn't have had to buy anything on this plate.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - January 1945

An early Workbasket, and if my arithmetic is correct, this is from January 1945 and is part of the stash that the lovely Barb sent me.  Four double pages are on my Flickr account along with instructions on how to print it out, fold, and staple it to make a little eight page magazine.  Contents include the cover afghan, a Snowflake Quilt pattern, and a crocheted insertion/edging combo that I think I've already listed as a separate pattern.

Next week -- February 1945! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Usual Suspect

SOMEONE has been chewing on my sock needles.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Friday, July 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

image from Pinterest

The phrase "just in case" has saved me more times than I can count.  It might be the best three word sentence this side of "that was stupid," or "I shouldn't have." ~ Sgt Tim Cotton

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Online Bookshelf - The Yorkshire Dales and Fells

Another book of Gordon Home's beautiful Edwardian illustrations.  Free download from Project Gutenberg.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - "Women Who Make Cents"

From the February, 1953 edition of Workbasket magazine. This was a monthly feature and I'm speculating that it is a hint of how limited the opportunities were for significantly remunerative part time employment for women. 

The directions for dusting gloves, geraniums, and making earrings out of nylon stockings are on my Flickr account.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Snider's Catsup

From the Woman's Home Companion, July 1915

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Dog And His Boy

Minnie, on the other hand, hid under the bed until almost an hour after they'd left.

Updated to add: they stopped off to see us on their way across the Mississippi to visit another sibling, and then stayed with us overnight on the way back to Detroit.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? ~ Richelle Goodrich

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

image from Pinterest

Also known as "The Dog is Hiding in the Basement" Day.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Tipping Point

With Vicksburg surrendering the same day, it still boggles the mind that there was anyone who couldn't predict the final outcome.

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Brief Hiatus

My youngest sister, her husband, and their three children arrive tomorrow.

If you think Reserve Cat is cranky now....

UPDATE: Reserve Cat bonded with the twelve year old boy.  The kittens hid in the basement until they left.

Talk about unexpected developments!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Crochet - A Motif from 1953

From the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine.  The instructions can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Woman Proposes, Cat Disposes

After washing the white coverlet and putting it back on the spare-room bed, I carefully spread a bath-towel over the top to keep it from getting soiled or covered in pet hair...someone had other plans.  Seriously, why do I bother?

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Crochet - A Table Mat from 1953

From the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine.  Three pages of instructions can be found on my Flickr account, along with instructions on how to take the lettering off of feedsacks,  the Fat Girl's Diet and something that looks like a scold's bridle but promises that Fifteen Minutes a Day Brings Thrilling New Loveliness!

In related news, I was free for a few hours one morning last week and hit a couple of local thrift shops returning with -- among other treasures -- a dozen copies of Workbasket, only one of which I already had (I had to buy the lot).

When one of my fellow trainees heard this, she mentioned that she had all of her aunt's copies and did I want them?

(hell, yes).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Camel Cigarettes

From Adventure magazine, February 1930 - back when men going topless on the beach was unheard of.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Monday, June 12, 2017

On The Road Again

Off for another week of training. Blogging will resume on Caturday!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Friday, June 9, 2017

Quote of the Day

Still Life with Melon by Luis Melendez

It is hard to provide and cook so simple and clean a diet as will not offend the imagination, but this, I think is to be fed when we feed the body; they should both sit down at the same table. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, June 8, 2017

They're Enjoying The Scenery, Too

Because Sam asked for photos ~

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Knitting - Golf Mitts from 1953

It's still almost two weeks till Father's Day -- knit fast.

From Workbasket magazine, February 1953.  One double-page of instructions on my Flickr account.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Thursday, June 1, 2017

With Apologies to Gertrude Stein

Kittehs on the grass alas.
Kittehs on the grass alas.
Short longer grass short longer longer shorter yellow grass.
Kittehs large kittehs on the shorter longer yellow grass alas kittehs on the grass.
If they were not kittehs what were they.
If they were not kittehs on the grass alas what were they.  He had heard of a third and he asked about if it was a magpie in the sky.
If a magpie in the sky on the sky can not cry if the kitteh on the grass alas can alas and to pass the kitteh on the grass alas and the magpie in the sky on the sky and to try and to try alas on the grass alas the kitteh on the grass the kitteh on the grass and alas.
They might be very well they might be very well very well they might be.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cost/Benefit Analysis

photo from icanhas.cheezburger.com

We're having a new driveway poured.

1. It's smelly and noisy, we won't be able to use the driveway until they're done, and Batdog is upset.

2. My side yard is full of half-naked, muscular young men.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crochet - A Rose & Pineapple Doily from 1953

From Workbasket magazine, February 1953. Instructions are on my Flickr account.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Quote Of The Day

And He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. ~ Revelations 21:4

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Getting Ready for Buenos Aires

They're going to have to work on that form if they expect to medal in Synchronized Stretching.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Eheu fugaces

Batdog and I were in line at the Post Office when a small voice piped up "Look, mommy - that grandma has a puppy!"

Of course when I told Brian he laughed.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Online Bookshelf - British Butterflies

From archive.org, with beautiful color plates to download for free.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Massacre Of The Innocents

image from Pinterest

Reserve Cat went outside at about 7am and stayed out for ten hours.  He is ignoring his food dish. 

There may be a nexus between this, and the nest of baby bunnies in the side yard.

Crochet - Baby Bootees from 1954

From the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine, a set of crocheted baby bootees.  One page of instructions on my Flickr account.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Minx Redux


Someone has knitted the Minx and put it on Ravelry

Vintage Magazines - Teen-Age Romances, August 1951

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Friday, May 12, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Sympathy, by Briton Riviere

Nothing that grieves us can be called little; by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.  ~ Mark Twain 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Compared to Ireland, Brian got off easy.  I visited only two yarn shops.  The first was in Verona, a tiny but memorable shop named after the owner, Jenny Klaer

The selection is amazing for the amount of space she has, and she carries vegetable-dyed merino from Dr Valentina Ferrarini. Why oh why didn't I buy more?

 In a moment of pure serendipity, when I strolled back to the Piazza dei Signori after getting not nearly enough yarn, there was a demonstration of yarn spinning and dying with none other than Dr Ferrarini herself showing off her plants and her process.

The second shop was a chain called Tricot Cafe in Padua, and offered a variety of quilting, knitting, and beadwork supplies.  I resisted temptation too successfully, I'm afraid.  I only got the book.

The bag came from the street market in San Gimignano.  Other than the yarn and some ecclesiastical necessities (rosary from the Vatican for a nephew who is being confirmed, etc), I didn't buy a lot; a couple of cheap scarves from street vendors in Mantua and Florence, the obligatory refrigerator magnets, a tablecloth.

Of all the towns we saw (Rome, Florence, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Florence, Pisa, Mantua, Verona and Venice), I liked Mantua the best only because it seemed such a personable and friendly town.  If it weren't for the cobblestones (original, knobby, extremely difficult to walk on), I could see myself living there. 

UPDATE: The lavender is laceweight 100% merino and is going to be either a stole or a shawl in a lace stitch.  The grey and the variegated are sock yarns and are going to be...socks.  I'm thinking of trying these socks for the grey.

Dr Ferrarini's merino is 200 meters and I have no clue what to make that will not be too plain (ie stockinette) and still show off the color gradations.  I wonder if she does mail order and how much it will run me to order two more skeins.