What have I learned this week? Well, my friends, here we go:
- A reminder that I hate being sick. Hate. Hate, hate, hate. Thing to look up later: What *is* the maximum volume that normal human sinuses can hold?
- In my initial, less-than-five-minutes attempt to find this out, I have discovered that there is such a thing as the American Rhinologic Society. Add that to my list of things that shouldn’t be surprising but somehow are.
- I have learned that I need to learn more about tea. I consumed vast quantities of tea this week–white tea, Darjeeling, lapsang souchong, oolong, green tea with jasmine, and my more normal orange pekoe. I know that lapsang souchong has a whole thing about being smoked… and isn’t oolong fermented, maybe? But all in all I have no idea what makes these teas different from one another. There are a couple books in the collection at work that I expect to be reading by this time next week.
- Snowshoeing is fun. It’s probably not best undertaken on one’s first day of (relative) health after being flattened for a week, but I couldn’t resist my first chance to try out that Christmas present. Somehow I had expected to “float” more on top of the snow than you actually seem to, but I have confirmed with multiple sources that I was mistaken in that belief.
- I have begun to read The Weaver’s Idea Book. I had no idea so many things were possible on my rigid heddle loom! Stay tuned for lots of weaving posts.
- I have also begun to read Needlework. Lots of broad strokes in this one; it’s your basic historical overview. Plenty of good pictures, though.
- I’m learning that when it comes to western embroidery, I generally prefer the aesthetic of pre-1700s work. That’s always good to know, I suppose.
- Also stumpwork (aka “raised embroidery”) is a thing–embroidery in 3d. I need to find some kind of directions/tutorial for a stumpwork project that isn’t hideously ugly. Who doesn’t need to up their embroidery game to involve three dimensions??
- AND, someone wrote this book, which I need to ILL asap: Stumpwork, goldwork and surface embroidery : beetle collection
So I guess this week has been more of a week for “Oooh, I need to learn about that,” than anything else.