The Day the Moon ate the Sun

August 21st, 2017 will forever be remembered as the day the Moon ate the Sun.

From the West Coast to the Southeast of the America’s, millions observed the progress of this event as all tiny specks of life have done since the beginning of time. Is it any wonder we are still enthralled? Is it a reminder of our place in the world of space? Can we learn anything at all from it or is it just entertainment?

Whether or not you were in the path of darkness or not, the personal impact and majesty of this Solar Eclipse didn’t fail to impress. 

I was not in the Solar Eclipse direct path and the clouds in the sky hid much of its affect behind them.

But, I experienced a change to my planet none the less.

I watched the shade beneath the trees slowly disappear from the lawn.

I watched the blue fade from the sky.

I saw the air turn a moldy steamy golden color.

And I waited and my pulse did quicken.

As the minutes ticked on, would the light dim more, I wondered?

What if I hadn’t known about this Solar Eclipse event.

How would I have explained the transformation taking place outside my window.

Would I have wondered if an unforecasted Storm was approaching?

If the sky had indeed turned to night and I had not known what was happening, how frightened would I be?

But just then, I saw the sky begin to change again.

The clouds took on definition which they had lost at the moment of the eclipse passage.

I watched the shade appear on the ground beneath the trees.

Yellow suddenly shined bright on the backs of their leaves.

The air was once again clear and bright.

Suddenly I realized this event was over.

The anticipation preceding it, was cooling. 

A new educated excitement of what I could experience in 2024 now resides within me.

For in 2024, I will be in the path of the Moon that eats the Sun!

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A Journey Back to 1854 – Meet Jonathan Slick the Author P6_8192017

Mrs. Ann S. Stephens

I thought you might like to meet the author herself a.k.a. “Jonathan Slick” and learn a little more about this woman who can only be described as “modern” for her time! She looks so young to me in this picture. 

Ann Sophia Winterbotham was born on March 30, 1810 in Derby, Connecticut. She began her writing career at a very early age, marrying a printer Mr. Edward Stephens from Plymouth, Massachusetts. She would later be credited for the “dime novels” that she wrote. In her spare time as auther and editor and publicist of her own magazine, she must have written, printed and published this lovely book in 1854 “The Ladies Complete Guide to Crochet and Fancy Knitting”.  In 1855  a “Portfolio of Fancy Needlework”, would sure like to find that too!

I acquired this book from my Grandmother Selma Ackerman Buker. I do not know when she acquired it nor whether or not she ever crocheted or knitted any of the pattern collections included in it. It is extremely fragile as you might expect any book from 1854.

Also, crochet pattern writing has changed in the One hundred-sixty three years of its publishing. See an exerpt below:

NET FOR THE HAIR

Materials – Three good skeins of scarlet or blue netting silk; elastic ribbon and tassels to correspond; crochet hook, No. 12.

Make 6 chain, and form them into a round.

1st. – 1 tc. into every chain, and 1 ch., after every tc., thus making 12 stiches in the round.

2nd. – 1 tc. on one chain, 3 ch., miss tc. stitch.

Repeat.

3rd. – X 1 tc. on the centre of the loop, 5 ch. X repeat.

4th. – X 1 tc. on centre of loop, 7 ch. X repeat.

5th to 10th rounds inclusive. – Like the last, increasing two chain at every round, so that 9 ch. are made in th 5th, and 19 in the 10th round.

11th. – 3 tc., 3 ch., miss 3. Repeat

12th. – X 3 tc. on 3 ch., 3 ch., miss 3, + repeat.

13th. – X 4 tc., 4 ch., miss 4, X repeat.

14th. – + 4 tc. on 4 ch., 5 ch., miss 4, + repeat.

The elastic ribbon is to be run in the 11th round, and tassels fastened to hang over the ear.

PLEASE send me a pic of your finished work for all to see!

 

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A Journey Back to 1854 P5_7092017

The first step in education

ever made by the

Feminine mind was

the art of Needlework…….

♥♥♥♥♥

Enjoy these excerpts from
“The Ladies Complete Guide to
Crochet & Fancy Knitting pub:1854”
Come on a journey where we peek
behind the lace curtain of these
extraordinary women and the lives they lived.

Posted 7/09/2017: I have my own thoughts to share on these passages. At times reading what the writer has written I feel them not written by a woman at all, but sentiments of a man. Did women of this time “1854” feel the same way towards each other?

Read more…….On no occasion does a lady seem more lovely than when half occupied with some feminine art which keeps her fingers employed, and gives an excuse for downcast eyes and gentle pre-occupation. This sort of playing at work, and working at play, sheds a home feeling around the guests which no studied effort at hospitality can produce, and forms habits of usefulness which consumes many an hour of idle time that might be put to far more harmful uses.

 

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A Journey Back to 1854 P4_7012017

The first step in education

ever made by the

Feminine mind was

the art of Needlework…….

♥♥♥♥♥

Enjoy these excerpts from
“The Ladies Complete Guide to
Crochet & Fancy Knitting pub:1854”
Come on a journey where we peek
behind the lace curtain of these
extraordinary women and the lives they lived.

Posted 7/01/2017: How rude and uncouth these first attempts were, matters little. They constituted the alphabet of all the bright creations, whether of the pencil or pen, which are the glory of the present century. During the Dark Ages Needlework was considered an aristocratic, nay, almost a regal accomplishment, and queens vied with each other in the gentle art as ardently as their husbands struggled in the battlefield.

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A Journey Back to 1854 P3_6272017

The first step in education

ever made by the

Feminine mind was

the art of Needlework…….

♥♥♥♥♥

Enjoy these excerpts from
“The Ladies Complete Guide to
Crochet & Fancy Knitting pub:1854”
Come on a journey where we peek
behind the lace curtain of these
extraordinary women and the lives they lived.

 

Posted 6/27/2017: Taking a hint from the flowers, God’s own handwriting of love upon the bosom of the earth, woman began to symbol the deep feelings of her nature in imperfect imitations, and this was the first step made by woman in the progress of mind.

Of course, I think it all started with the hats!

 

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A Journey Back to 1854 P2_6152017

The first step in education

ever made by the

Feminine mind was

the art of Needlework…….

♥♥♥♥♥

Enjoy these excerpts from
“The Ladies Complete Guide to
Crochet & Fancy Knitting pub:1854”
Come on a journey where we peek
behind the lace curtain of these
extraordinary women and the lives they lived.

In olden times, when war and warlike fame was the great object of every brave man…..woman embroidered scarfs and war pennants that were worn by the sterner sex as rewards of valor or expressions of love.

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A Journey Back to 1854 P1_5012017

The first step in education

ever made by the

Feminine mind was

the art of Needlework…….

♥♥♥♥♥

Enjoy these excerpts from
“The Ladies Complete Guide to
Crochet & Fancy Knitting pub:1854”
Come on a journey where we peek
behind the lace curtain of these
extraordinary women and
the lives they lived.

 

Posted 5/01/2017: Before women began to read, and when they considered writing as a mystery only to be undertaken by men of nobler parts, Needlework became a sort of medium by which women attempted to express their ideas and embody those affectionate thoughts that must have some expression to keep the full heart from overflowing.

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Project Madness

Project MadnessWhat do you do?! As seen in this picture it has taken on a life of its own, my office is covered in swatches and yarn groupings from my stash pile! It will come together, that’s my new montra “IT WILL COME  TOGETHER” <breath> “IT WILL COME TOGETHER”!

Squares

Circles

Triangles

Octagons

They have to all come together somehow and that is what I’m figuring out. Stay tuned for further updates on the progress of this latest project madness craze! Wish I had learned how to QUILT!

 

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CGOA Crochet Design Entry

Entered this purse in the Crochet Guild of America design category “Mixed Medium”. The purse is made in thread and cassette tape! That’s right the glittery effect is the tape. Too funny, loved playing. Didn’t win (boo hoo) but had a great time anticipating and wondering if anyone just laughed at my use of cassette tape, if so, then worth it! In keeping with the Greatfull Dead, I chose this lining!

If you crochet and haven’t heard of the Crochet Guild of America it is definitely worth the investigation http://www.crochet.org

Greatfull Dead Purse Greatfull Dead Purse Lining Using thread and cassette tape

 

  

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