163 Precious Objects

Grateful thanks. Ripping and reknitting and ripping and reknitting. Grime. And the black silk, for which I am actively soliciting ideas.

This week I talked about the doors of one’s childhood home, prompted by The Poetics of Space, by Gaston Bachelard; and the Bang Swoosh, as described in Lake Wobegon Days, by Garrison Keillor.

Music: Merrigan’s Reel, by Jim Fidler; October Light, Robin and Linda Williams

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  1. 10.24.21
    Lynn said:

    What kind of pattern is the silk? How do you feel about the Lichen Duster from Sew Liberated (I’m thinking a lightweight linen, someday) for the silk? Something that can be worn as a robe, dress, or light coat, all three? Otherwise, or if it’s got a lot of pattern going on, the Chinese classic is a chi Pao dress, but that might be a little too costume like for a small closet. Though if you move to a house with a bigger closet…

  2. 10.24.21
    Lysa said:

    My thought is for you to let go of the amount of the full yardage and just make a comfortable and elegant blouse such as the Sew House Seven Remy Raglan. I made one in linen this summer and plan to make more! This could be lengthened to a tunic as well. I also offer this idea as a way to keep some of the yardage in your stash, because as important as it is to use our precious stash, it is also sometimes wonderful to keep the possibilities open, or to have someone one day inherit that special piece. I’ve also been considering making some silk pillowcases, and I wonder if that might be a use for some of your silk. Your podcast is marvelous, thank you!

  3. 10.31.21
    Anne Thompson said:

    Good morning Brenda,

    As I knit on a hat using delicious yarn and listen to your voice speak about precious things, I wait for the sun to rise. It is Sunday and I am finally carving out some precious time for just me. I was taken by your story about your precious silk. I get it, I really do. Would a silk robe be something that feels right for you? Helen’s Closet has a beautiful kimono style that may work for you. Love your voice and the way you think! Thank you for being here are a cool early morning and keeping me company.

  4. 11.1.21
    Emily said:

    My immediate thought for the silk was pajamas! I find there to be something so wonderful about an ordinary object made in extraordinary materials.

  5. 11.3.21
    Susan said:

    Hi Brenda, my comment is about your wonderful China silk and old, loved garments. Could you use the silk to line a cloak?
    In about 1975, my mother allowed my brother, then a 1st year university student, to use our house for a party. A large number of exotic creatures descended on our house for the weekend. Among them was a beautiful girl who in my memory looks like someone from Fleetwood Mac, who wore a dark cape lined with a blue-green watery silk. I was so taken with this garment (and her) that I later made a cape for myself although I couldn’t find such a gorgeous fabric, fashion had moved on and I couldn’t quite carry off the hippy look. To be honest, I don’t know whether it’s your look either.
    Going back to the party, my mother was either blissfully unaware or turned a blind eye to the couples disappearing and smoky odours from the bedrooms, but she was never as indulgent with us younger children.
    Also, I was sad to hear that you have to move for the reasons you referred to. Very best wishes for your new home.