Thursday, April 03, 2008
Hanging Around my Bathroom
While doing my residency in Lexington, Ky, I was fascinated by Shakertown. According to wikipedia, the Shakers, were a Protestant religious denomination officially called The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, originated in Manchester, England in 1772 under the leadership of Mother Ann Lee, who moved the nine-person group to New York in 1774. The colony in Kentucky was a one of 19. The group believed in celibacy and many of the members were orphans. I guess this zero population growth eventually led to extinction. What fascinated me was the simplicity of the life, which is reflected in the furnishings. I love the shaker pegs and have to thank my ex for humoring me and making a bunch of these for my bathroom, sewing room and laundry room. The Shakers hung up all their furniture on these pegs and this made housekeeping and floor washing much more efficent. Apparently they did a lot of cleaning. I hang up my buckets, my thread boxes, clothes, treasures, bag ladies ready for more plastic bags and all kinds of other stuff on them.
Opal gave me some very colorful yarn and I took a break from my two black projects Scarlet Tank and Koigu socks. Blogless Michelle was appalled by the colors although I think it matches her scarf.
The bag really was just random stitches and then a cord mixed together some very old cotton red and blue yarn I found in my closet. I think it will make a great bag to keep plastic grocery sacks it because it can grow larger then a baskeball! It went home with Opal.
I want to thank Megan for the bead book. There are some cute projects in there and I hope to get my bauble making mojo going.
Sandy had an interesting discussion about Sue Monk's Mermaid Chair that I stumbled on. I got the next book on her list, but it's really fat and I wonder if I'll finish it in time. If not it can go on the shelf with all the other books I plan to read after I retire. Reading is on my list.
I hit my 3rd Blogiversary on April Fool's Day. I am so grateful for the great community of real and imaginary friends. The inspirations and the stories are priceless. Thanks!