Happy Birthday to Me! I am 54 today. It is a lovely day, warm and sunny, slight breeze, I had my breakfast on the deck. I spent a couple hours this morning vacuuming all the whirligigs off the decks, my girlfriends are coming tonight with sushi and their recorders, and we will all play Baroque trios and eat sushi, and drink Margaritas and life doesn’t get any better than that. And I spent about a half hour catching up on all the drama of my son’s 19 year old life, feeling really grateful I am 54. It was lovely to just spend some time listening to his tales of adventure…
I have spent almost 50 of my 54 years living in NJ. Although I was born in PA, I’d say I pretty much qualify as a Jersey Girl. Summers down the shore, the pine barrens, and Bruce… Up until last July, I’d never been to a Bruce Springsteen concert, (he is so New Jersey), as a matter of fact, I’d never been to any rock concert except for a lone Beach Boys concert in High School. So, last night, I went to my third Bruce Springsteen concert in 9 months. This one was totally unexpected, when we purchased the tickets for the show last month in Philadelphia, we were originally trying to get tickets for last night’s performance at the Meadowlands. You may have read about the Ticket Master brouhaha, which is why we ended up in Philadelphia, but after registering a complaint with the state Attorney General, my step sister went into a pool of complainers and through a lottery ended up with two tickets for last night’s performance.
OK, I’m not a rock fan, or a Springsteen groupie, I don’t even know any of the words to any of his songs. But this was an amazing performance. We were sitting actually behind the stage, in the 26th row, we were so close we could see the sweat flying. The behind the scenes guitar swaps, sometimes mid-song, and the tuning crew behing the stage, were fascinating, and the drummer, was the 18 year old prodigy son of Max Weinburg, the E Street Band’s regular drummer who is also the drummer for Conan O’Brien and he was tied up on the west Coast doing a taping of the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Jay Weinburg, the son, was unbelievable to watch, and we could see the massive band-aids on his fingers. He never missed a beat, and the playfulness of the band with this youthful member was electrifying.
Onto my creative adventures.
First of all, I got the scarf warp on, pretty effortlessly with the AVL warping wheel. And I started to weave one of the scarves. It doesn’t have the same color clarity of the scarf from Barbara’s warp, but it is definitely more playful and random than I am use to doing. At least there is a warp on the loom, and I can sit and weave when I’m in the mood!
Speaking of weaving…
Placemat Exchange Score: Mom 8 / Bri 7 1/2…
We are so close, but poor Bri, she has about 8 more inches to go on the last placemat and…
Yep, that’s right, the friction brake drum sheared right off the back beam again. Oh crap! So, I have to figure out a second repair, that will get us through the last eight inches of the placemat exchange, and then I’m retiring that beam, and I’ll switch back to the original sectional beam that came with the loom. It is a bigger ’round, and much sturdier built beam, and I never had a problem with it the whole 25 years I owned the loom. This standard warp beam is a complete other story…
And I’m making slow progress on the Sandstone Layers Jacket. I have the fronts up on the form, there is a funky pleat across the lower right front, which I’m still not sure I like, I’ll wait until pockets and belt looms are on before making my final call, and I’m pretty close to deciding on the seam finish for the center back seam. I’m liking the Hong Kong finish, the rest of the seams get topstitched, but not this one.
So, it is lunch time, and I’ll putter today, enjoying my special day, I’ve had all sorts of texts, invitations, and phone calls from friends and family who are very near and dear to my heart. Thanks all for your happy best wishes for the day!
Happy birthday!! And many happy returns of the day.
Happy Birthday! I’ve been enjoying your blog, especially when you talk about sewing your handwoven yardage and the decision making process. You say that you are “liking the Hong Kong finish, the rest of the seams get topstitched, but not this one”. Could you tell me why you made this decision?
I find topstitching handwoven yardage to be helpful since the fabric doesn’t always take a hard press. Does the seam in your fabric lie flat?
Happy birthday dear Daryl…
The seams that get topstitched get pressed to the side, and then I’ll couch instead of topstitching, it will show up better. The center back seam is pressed open on the pattern, for symmetry I imagine. Also, I’m thinking there would be a lump right on the spine and that might not be so comfortable leaning back in a chair. The side back seams aren’t right on the spine, and the pattern calls for them to be pressed to one side and topstitched. The difficulty here is topstitching or couching will stiffen the seam and make it less flexible, and… Read more »
I reread my blog and Marlene’s comment. I’m thinking I didn’t completely answer the question. I chose a Hong Kong seam finish for the center back seam, because it is very pretty and polished in a pressed open seam for an unlined jacket. It is my “drug of choice” when choosing seam finishes. I did one of the side back panels, and even finished off the edge of the seams that were pressed to one side like a Hong Kong, and it looks beautiful. More photos tomorrow!
Like Marlene I have learnt so much from your blog about sewing handwoven fabric. And you have inspired me to warp up for yardage, the first in a very long time. What is a Hong Kong seam finish please? Maybe a photo if possible. Thanks and Many Happy Returns.
Your blogs are the highlight of my e-mail… I learn everyday and at my age that’s important. Speaking of age…Happy Birthday. Every year is a gift from now on. Judy