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A lot of the fiber arts I enjoy are things like tatting, netmaking, chair caning, and even weaving, where people will come up to me when I demonstrate and solemnly tell me, "That's a lost art."

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23 October 2010

A Day Off

The last couple of weeks have been busy.

First, October eleventh I taught a braiding class for my lace group, the West Michigan Lace Group. The Monday holiday meant I had the night off from work, so I taught the class in the afternoon, then attended the meeting in the evening.

Both last week and this week I've been taking our son up to the public school to take the MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) tests. He was taking them with one of the sixth grade classes, so we had to show up in the morning at the time they were taking them.

The tests took about two hours each, so I brought Glöckchen along each day and worked on it steadily.I've nearly finished the fourth of the seven little bellflowers, and I'm up to round 80-something of about 150.

It's getting bigger and more difficult to stretch it out on the needle without risking pulling stitches off.

Today I took the day off from knitting on it, and went in to town to the antique stores.

I knew I heard something calling my name.

I saw this lazy Susan mirror tray in a booth last summer, and dithered over buying it. But when I went back and didn't find it, I knew by my sinking heart that I had really really wanted it.The doily is not under the glass - it's etched (or something) on the mirror. It's a perfect photo image of a real knitted doily. Isn't it beautiful?

When I spotted it in the booth again I snatched it up.

I will probably take the lazy Susan base off and hang the mirror on the wall, but the other thing I found was the smaller of these two little Delft-style teapots.I bought the bigger one last summer, and I could have sworn I posted about it, but if I did, I can't find it.

The bigger one on the left was very very dirty and had no top, and I soaked it in vinegar and then in bleach water, then in changes of boiling water before I dared make tea in it.

The little one on the right was perfectly clean and came with an unglazed strainer. It holds twelve ounces of water, just enough for a mug of tea plus a little warm-up.

Neither one has anything marked on the bottom, so all I can say for sure is that they are tin-glazed pottery, and very likely painted by the same person.

So a very satisfying expedition!

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Blogger Roxie said...

Ah, assessment tests. Did you need to show some kind of photo ID to prove that your son really was who he said he was and not some ringer you had hired to get good grades for him? What kind of photo ID does a sixth grader have?

The lace, as always, dazzles me. You have some kind of special mojo, and probably an extra lobe to your brain.

And hoorah on the teapots! I LOVE hand-painted china, and those two pots are exquisite.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Virginia said...

Love the tea pots and that lazy susan is awesome.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Walden said...

The lace is just beautiful.

The tray is wonderful! Definitely a good find.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Rose Red said...

Great finds! I'm so glad the lazy susan was still there for you to love and appreciate the amazing work in that doily!

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love knitted lace doilies and table pieces.
I am so glad to be finished with the educating of my own children, but we had our first grandchild born in July and I cringe when I think of what the schools will be like when she is ready.

2:38 AM  
Blogger Shoveling Ferret said...

Catching up on RSS feeds - great finds! I love the teapots. I can easily see myself become a teapot collector given the slightest opportunity.

Word Verification: enthshiu - sounds like a weird Mesopotamian deity

1:53 AM  

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