in which I am home again (jiggity-jig)

So a Craftsy class has been filmed, I’m home from Denver, the laundry has been put away, and I think I’ve slept off my jetlag and things are mostly back to normal, or as normal as things get around here; I’m back to my regularly irregular schedule, with five new eco-prints already going and one drying and waiting for a steam-press. I’ll be moving a lot of these to the studio space this weekend, but for now, it’s an interesting experiment in resistance and grownupping to have these foil-wrapped packets of temptation around the house; they’re meant to sit and do their thing for 2-6 weeks, but my Impulse Brain desperately wants to open them now and see what’s happened inside.

I returned to an ARC of Clara Parkes new book, which always makes me feel all kinds of fancy- I don’t know what that is, but there’s a special charge to it, seeing something before it’s released, the print across the front, feeling like a weird sort of insider. Lots and lots of people get advance copies, and now that I know that it should take away some of the glow for me, but I’m so glad it hasn’t. Every time one of those funnily shaped brown cardboard packets comes through the mail from a publisher I get all clappy-hands and wiggly-feet about it. I’m still working my way through it, but I mean, you already know you want to read it. It’s called A Stash Of One’s Own, and it’s actually a collection of essays & articles from people in the industry. I’ll have a full review up in Knit Edge, but it’s been like talking with friends- a lovely book that’s perfect for picking up & putting down, given the format. (P.S.: This issue of KE has been delayed due to my class filming and some health issues on our team this summer, but we’re plugging along.)

On the subject of stash, I’m pulling out a bunch of fiber in order to prep for Tour de Fleece this year. I’ve never participated before, which strikes me as completely wrong, and I have a huge backlog of fiber that needs to either turn into something or go away and live with someone who is going to treat it right. My goal is a minimum of two ounces a day, plying counts (it is NOT cheating), and- I mean if I can’t do that, who even am I? I’ll be documenting the process on my IG and blog, so if you’re into that, you’ll know where to find it. Anybody else taking the TdF on this time around?

I have a date for the class release, for those who’ve asked, but it’s tentative so it isn’t for release yet— it’s just a general planning/ anxiety-inducing/ etc sort of thing for the moment, you know the drill. I’ll let you know when the time comes, though- I promise!- you won’t be able to miss it, honest, and if I have discount codes this time around you’ll find them here. (There were codes last time, I’m guessing there will be this time, too, but the process seems a little different each time!)


Not-so-incidentally, before I sign off: this week I was given a box which contained a stack of clippings, memorabilia, photos, and nearly all the letters my grandmother Bess wrote home during her service as a WAC during WWII. It’s a pretty remarkable collection that reflects her time in the Europe and South Pacific (as well as all over the States) and it’s in remarkably good condition given its age. I’m looking for as much information as I can find on how to best preserve these pieces, and would welcome any help offered. A friend has helped to connect me with some military historians, and another friend is trying to connect me with some folks they know at the Smithsonian, but I’m open to any non-internet based data available (I’m hoarding resources, in case one or another doesn’t work out). Can repay this favor with gratitude, kissyface selfies, gratuitous cute dog photos, eco-prints, yarn, name your price.



  One thought on “in which I am home again (jiggity-jig)

  1. June 29, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Augh! I just wrote out a comment, posted it, and it disappeared — so I’m going to try to recapitulate it here.

    The box of memorabilia sounds wonderful! If it’s all flat documents, then the main thing is to protect them from light, mechanical damage, and exposure to acidic surfaces like regular envelopes or file folders and fingertips. You can buy archival albums or storage boxes that are made of acid-free, pH-neutral materials. If you decide to store them in a box, you can put each document in a glassine envelope (which would allow you to handle them in future without touching them) or interleave them with glassine sheets or archival tissue. If you want to sort them into groups, you can get archival file folders. If you decide to put them in an album, you can get special archival mountings. If the documents are very fragile, it might be worth scanning them before boxing them or placing them in an album — that way you can look at them as frequently as you like without disturbing the originals. If humidity is a concern, you can get little packets of silica gel (like the ones that come in vitamin supplement bottles, only a bit larger) that you can put inside the storage box to help keep things dry.

    If any of the documents are already showing signs of damage, you might be able to get a good lead on someone local to help you by calling a nearby art museum.

    I hope this helps! I’ve followed and enjoyed your blog for years, and I’m glad to be able to do something for you in return. I’d never say no to a gratuitous cute dog photo, though. 🙂

    Warm regards, Heidi

    On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:31 PM, a smaller life wrote:

    > Sarah posted: “So a Craftsy class has been filmed, I’m home from Denver, > the laundry has been put away, and I think I’ve slept off my jetlag and > things are mostly back to normal, or as normal as things get around here; > I’m back to my regularly irregular schedule, with f” >

    • July 7, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Thank you so, so much! I’m in touch with a couple folks who do museum archival as well, and everybody has given so much good advice. I’ve been handling these with gloves and being incredibly careful, but I’m picking up supplies to get them carefully stored this week. ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. Annie Bee
    June 30, 2017 at 9:12 am

    What a lovely treasure (or set of treasures!) to inherit! My cousin is a freelance paper conservator, and I know she does consultations as well as actual conservation of pieces: You might also find someone more local to you through that association.

    Also, can’t wait to hear more about the Craftsy class!

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