PACKING AND NOT KNITTING

Well, almost. I did manage to sneak in about an inch of the back of my Suede T last night, but that little progress isn’t worth the photodocumentation effort. [Side note: And even if I did the PicServer service appears to be intermittently fablunget. If you don’t see pix, try again later. I’ll port the whole show elsewhere as soon as I have the time to sit down and do the heavy lifting. Apologies!]

What I HAVE been doing is packing away stuff to make this house look more spacious. Half the books off the shelves, my aforementioned stash, most of the kids’ toys, furniture that makes the rooms look smaller – you get the idea. Among the things I have packed are some room-accessory type things.

Here’s one. I don’t have many Treasured Posessions. Things are just things, after all. But this thing does count. I know very little of it beyond that it was my grandmother’s, and that she may have received it as a wedding gift. She hated it, and kept it upstairs where no one would mistake it for a candy dish (someone she dreaded must have given it to her for her to keep it all those years). Plus most people findthe flieshorribly ugly, which to me only increasesthe piece’scharm:

My fly dish is terra cotta or earthenware under that matte black glaze. It’s got the little brass filigree footing, plus a swarm of little brass colored flies applied to the inside. On the back is a hand-painted number and maker’s signature – "95/307 ITAM," which probably means that this was the 95th of 307 identical art pottery dishes. Who/what ITAM was is beyond my ken. I’ll never sell this piece (so please don’t ask). I suspect it post-dates the 1912 house by quite a bit, as my grandmother married in the early 1930s, but she didn’t necessarily get it new. Times were tough, and many people then gave presents from things they had on hand.

Right now it’s being packed away securely against the day when we are in the new space. Knitting relevance? Very little beyond my discovering that stash yarn makes soft, cushiony packing material for things that are both important and fragile.

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