I hadn’t waxed a basket in years, as it became unnecessary when I switched from raffia to sinew. However, this one got slightly damaged when it slid out from underneath a car seat during a lengthy trip and then was stepped on. The damage was unnoticeable to the eye, but I could feel it in that a section of it had lost its stiffness, which meant a few pine needles had cracked. I was not going to take any chances with it, so hauled out the beeswax stash, melted it on, and baked it. It’s now plenty firm.
This little basket is for advertising. I clip it to my purse and wear it, to kind of peddle the fact that I am an accomplished coiler. This is especially useful when I go to art events. Artists like these things, and I get my name out.
Last week, I was finally able to present this custom sweater to my son, the intended recipient. Here I am, 1.5 weeks later, finally writing about it. That’s because we married off the son last week. Had to go out of state to do it. Have been trying to catch up with everything ever since I got home. Getting there. Anyway, the sweater fits. Here’s hoping he finds some use for it living where he now is. Mom wishes he could come back.
Today was a day of much activity. First, I finished a basket I’d been working on for several days. It is 6″ diameter by 2.5″ high, embellished with a tumbled amethyst and rimmed with rose quartz chip beads.
I have two species of Saturniidae moth eggs: luna and polyphemus. The lunies were due to hatch, and they did today. I have 8 empty eggs and 8 minute caterpillars finding their way to a birch leaf. Hoping the polys hatch tomorrow.
Thrill! A fine collection of new gemstone inserts for my pine needle baskets! I buy gemstones as I find ones I like; my eventual goal is usually to transform them into pendants or basket inserts. These have become basket inserts as of today, when I had finished the task of creating appropriate settings for them, a hard resin pool with holes drilled through it. They include: two sliced amethyst crystals (gifts from a friend), three tumbled amethysts, one tumbled Lake Superior agate, three Lake Superior agate cabochons, one Labradorite cabochon, one onyx cabochon. Love embellishing baskets with these things. They are so beautiful.
Today was a day for finishing projects. I sewed the pewter clasps on the sweater, then took it inside for a photo shoot. Used the piano bench this time to get up high enough.
This basket was about 3/4 finished. I spent all afternoon on it in an effort to finish, which I did. It’s for a friend who needs a pick-me-up badly. Here’s hoping the basket is a help. He’s dealing with radiation treatments, and his dog died a couple weeks ago.
Yesterday, I set up my tent gazebo — a haven from scorching sun and biting bugs — and proceeded to tuck and trim all the yarn ends hanging from the sweater.
Then I blocked the sweater using water and heavy towels. Blocking presses and shapes the sweater into a smooth, lovely thing.
Have been working on two big projects since my son left. One is this sweater of his; the other is the clearing of his vacated bedroom. I’ll finish this sweater! I’ll convert the bedroom to a guest room.
I completed the second sleeve very early on Monday morning before going to bed. Today I sewed it in.
I’m of the opinion that the wrong side of a Scandinavian sweater looks as cool as the facing side.
Still need to tuck yarn ends, block, and sew on clasps. The worst is over, though.