Archives for January 2012

Once upon a time (fingerless mitts)

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Recently I found myself in need of a quick project.  I chose a skein of bulky handspun yarn from my shelf and started searching for patterns on Ravelry.  At some point during my search Beatrix climbed into my lap, grabbed the yarn, and asked me what the tag on the skein said.  I replied, “Oh, it just says that this is bulky yarn.”

Later, I found her sitting with the skein in her lap, the attached card open in her hands.  She was “reading a story” aloud.  It began like this:  “Once upon a time there was a bulky yarn….”

She never said what happened next (probably because I burst into laughter) but as you can see, that bulky yarn was wound into a ball, hugged a few times, and then knit up into a pair of fingerless mitts for me.  The project took me all of an hour and a half or so and was just what I needed.  I’m pretty sure that Beatrix had fun as well.

p.s.  I am truly loving the yarn swift that I got for my birthday.  I very much prefer it to my umbrella style swift whose bolts stripped out after a few uses.  I am not affiliated with the shop that sells these, nor do I know the mama who owns it.  However, I did meet her at our local fiber festival last fall (she wouldn’t remember me, but I didn’t forget about her handmade swifts when I was ready to buy one.)  I believe she has ten kids, and she and her family run the hand dyed yarn and notions shop together.  The bottom line is that I love this swift and find it so much easier to use than my old one.  A perfect birthday gift it was.

p.p.s.  I can’t thank you all enough for all your feedback on Seth’s post yesterday.  Seth (and I) read every single comment and he was pretty darn thrilled.  You made his week!

A treasure hunting story

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“Mommy, let’s put my buffalo nickels and those civil war bullets I found on your blog.  That’d probably cause a commotion.”

“Okay, Seth.  I’d love to cause a commotion.”

And from there, he started planning a blog post.  His requirements: that I accompany him on a walk to the old homesite to metal detect, take pictures of the process, take pictures of some of his recent finds, and then allow him to dictate the post to me and then link to his favorite metal detecting sites.

Treasure Hunting with Seth

I give you Seth:

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“This photo does not belong here.”

Ginny here.  “Yes, it does.  Pretty scenery is important.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“My first signal of the day.  But I couldn’t find anything.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“Another photo that doesn’t belong here.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“I found a wheat penny on my second signal.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“The date on the penny was 1953.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

Ginny here.  Seth says this one doesn’t belong.  I disagree.  I thought you might want to see Silas in a handsome pink sweater.  Seth says I am not allowed to link to sweaters on his post.  But, it’s on my Ravelry page.  It was originally Beatrix’s. (I’m not cheating Seth.  There’s no link.)

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“Bored girls.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“On the left is a Civil War eagle button.  The top row of bullets are three ring mini balls.  On the bottom row:  unknown, cleaner bullet, musket ball, fired musket ball.”

“Seth where did you find these?”

“I found most of them in the woods around our house.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“Buckles.  My favorites are the little shoe buckles.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“The top coin is a very corroded war nickel.  It’s 35% silver.  During the years 1942-1945 nickel was needed for things for the war, so they made the nickels with an alloy of copper, manganese, and silver.

I found both buffalo nickels at the homesite that is pictured in this post.  Buffalo nickels are rare and I wish the one with its date worn off still had its date there.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“The wheat pennies that are clean enough to put in sleeves are in this picture.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“Wheat pennies were made between 1909 and 1958.  My oldest is in this picture and I found it the day that mommy took the pictures in this post.  It’s from 1911.  There are three tokens in this picture too:  one play quarter, one tax token, and a sunoco car token from 1968.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“These are the old buttons that I’ve found.  Guess which ones are the military buttons?”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“There are three rings on the old lipstick tube.  The bottom one is sterling silver.  The princess pat is a makeup container, and the thing in the top left corner is a watch holder that would have been attached to a belt.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“These are watch parts.  The two bottom left pieces are faces.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“Most of this silverware is silver plated.”

Treasure Hunting with Seth

“The thing in the bottom left corner is a harmonica reed.  There are also an old fashioned pen and two pen caps in the middle, an old razor holder, two locks, and the thing in the top left corner is unknown.”

 

“I got my metal detector for my birthday from my Grandad.  It is a Garrett Ace 250 and I would recommend it to anyone willing to spend a bit of money.  You can read more about their metal detectors on the Garrett website.  I would also recommend the Bounty Hunter Junior, which was my first metal detector.  It’s a very good starter metal detector for a kid.  I have gotten my inspiration to metal detect from Nugget Noggin.  He has a YouTube channel where he posts videos of himself metal detecting with his family.  (Nugget Noggin is the name of his channel.  His real name is Michael.)  I think metal detecting is a lot of fun.  I really like this hobby.”

p.s.  Dear friends, Seth is hoping to hear from you.  If you have any treasure hunting stories of your own to share, we’d love to hear them!