Tuesday, September 30, 2008

And gallant Sir Robert, deep-read in old wines

Ah, a weekend when our only responsibilities were the fur children - frankly much easier to tend than our human dependents and we can lock them outside when they get really annoying.

It was pretty cruisy. No knitting, but we did manage a trip to the Lifeline Bookfair (the Old Flame, although a keen reader and bargain hunter, was a Bookfair virgin), where I bought very, very little - four vintage patterns for the collection and three knitting books.

James Norbury's Traditional Knitting Patterns: from Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, Italy and Other European Countries - fantastic stitch dictionary. Too good to leave behind at $4.
I tried to resist This Woolcraft one but it was $3 and I was powerless against the siren call of the Alice Starmore's "Marina". There's other interesting patterns too - a Kaffe Fasset tapestry design and some Debbie Bliss deliciousness among others. See - gorgeous - had to have that chubby little baby!

I love the vibe at the Bookfair craft book tables. It's never cut-throat as I'm informed the Sci-Fi/Fantasy tables are. Like craft communities everywhere, there is generosity, good humour and helpfulness. This time there was a quilter, an embroiderer, a crocheter and a couple of knitters - we happily passed each other books - making recommendations, laughing at the eighties knits and generally having as good a time as you can without needles.

There was also a little cleaning out up at Mum's. A year of the Seven Things Challenge is good preparation for the sad task of clearing out Dad's stuff. It's still not easy, but I'm having no way near the hideous time my brother is. He'd like to keep our childhood home as a museum. With everyone's permission, we tackled a small portion of Under The House.

Dad had dug out Under The House, concreted it and put in electric light and power outlets. It became his workshop and family storage space. It is the size of half a decent sized three bedroom home and it's absolutely chokka. Dad rarely disposed of anything but at least he was pretty neat. OF and I dealt with the wine (my brother doesn't drink) and some of the toys, games, luggage and obvious "outs" such as the plastic meat trays, ice cream and yoghurt containers kept for seed propagation. I also reclaimed my drill bit set that Dad confiscated because they "were too good for a woman".

Here's the wine that (a) won't fit in my wine cupboard and (b) is probably a bit previous now and we'll be lucky to get 1 in 4 bottles worth drinking. Cheers, Dad.

I'm researching how to make red wine vinegar - does anyone have a gallon jug with a spigot and/or some vinegar mother?


Kuka said...

hehe your Dad's comment on the drill bit made me laugh =)

I have no idea what a spigot is, but I'll be really interested to see how you go with your red wine vinegaring =)

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Yes, who can resist a chubby baby in a hand knit. I'd buy the book just for the picture myself.

2paw said...

What great bargains!
My pop's gargae was like that except he used Pablo coffee jars. He attached the lids to beams etc and then screwed the jars into the lid. Everything was arranged within an inch of its life!!!

TinkingBell said...

And raise a glass!!

My dad's shed was 2 stories, huge and full of crap! I think you did better!

Donna Lee said...

My children are going to have to deal with my husband's workshop that he has turned the garage into. There is so much stuff in there. And of course, it's all important.

Jejune said...

Great haul at the Bookfair - and I'm glad you've got your drill set back!!!!

Huge job, cleaning out your dad's stuff ... best of luck with it all. I shudder to think of how long it will take us to sort out my FIL's stuff when he goes - at least your dad was organised!