Tai Chi Y3D252: Thanksgiving

Got up, did tai chi.  Now have to load the car, travel, eat turkey, and take a nap before bedtime.

Model coat/ Viking style.
a model coat I’m making.

Yesterday wound up being quite a productive day, though there were some hiccups along the way. After some problems with the tension on my sewing machine, I was able to assemble this small model of a Viking-style coat which I plan to make for myself.  I’ve got something wrong in it, and I’m not sure what; I also forgot to put in the gores, which I think go under the arms.  All the same, it relatively easy to assemble and I think it will look good.

I also made roasted brussels sprouts and carrot-ginger-lemongrass soup for Thanksgiving and Black Friday (we’re pretty traditional in my family and none of us will be shopping on Friday — a walk in the woods is about our collective speed).  And I also made myself spaghetti with white clam sauce for dinner, with some good crusty bread to soak up the last of the sauce.  Mmmm.

Completed inkle
finished cord

I also ran the inkle loom until one of the string heddles broke.  I replaced that, but in the process of replacing that one, I broke another; and in the course of replacing that one, I tangled together a short warp with a long warp.  The result was that I was unable to get the results I needed any more. So I finished off the inkle (apparently that’s what these ribbons are called produced on a tape loom, inkles [and can I just say how annoying it is not to be able to add words to the online dictionary? It’s still telling me even though I looked up the word and it’s a real word, inkle, that it should be “ankle”]), and removed it from the loom.

I didn’t get back to the picture, Quin. I’m sorry.  And today is likely going to be two days in a row that I’ve missed drawing.  On the other hand, I was able to clear a few projects from my calendar and my to-do list, so it should be fairly easy to get back into the diagramming process fairly rapidly.

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Andrew. Thank you for all your work on this blog. I have learned a lot from you and I am grateful.

  2. It’s okay, Andrew.

    I realized I need to spend a little bit less time in the sonnet-decoding every day. So, my current daily quasi-Tai Chi routine shall now become thusly:

    (1) Perform physical tai chi practice as far as I think I know how to do with anything remotely resembling confidence. (At the moment, just “opening” and “circle the arms”, which takes about twenty seconds, but even that seems to awaken a little bit of energy, believe it or not.)

    (2) Spend the remainder of whatever’s left of twenty minutes to a half hour on sonnet decoding, tentative instruction writing, and/or new move practice. If I haven’t finished a whole sonnet in that time, I just leave it and continue it the next day.

    (3) On days like today, where I’m basically still awaiting on information from you, I’ll just do item number 1 a few times and then let it go. Easy and no stress! 🙂

    • I’m not surprised that Opening/Circling the Arms raises energy. I just wish I knew how to explain this more effectively to you through text and pictures.

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