Jul 7, 2008


We had a pretty quiet holiday weekend. It's actually the last time that we'll all be home together until the very end of the summer so we tried to savor it and enjoy it a little more. Of course there were still errands to run but we tried to squeeze in some family time. Why is it so hard to do that at home? Even in the confines of my small house the 4 of us tend to scatter to the 4 winds. DQ hides out in her room with her music on texting her friends as fast as she can or with her nose buried in a book. Stinkerbelle immerses herself in her collection of Legos and hubbo can never watch enough sports.

Yesterday, our desire for family time led us to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival where we all found stuff to entertain us. I'll show more of what we saw on Friday - today the focus is on feet.

We started in the Texas area where we arrived just in time for Stinkerbelle to try her hand at stomping grapes at an exhibit on Texas wines. These weren't actually going to be used to make wine but my messy little Stinko enjoyed herself very much.

We found a focus on feet in the Bhutan area too. They had a man there demonstrating boot making. Aren't those white ones gorgeous? Look at the embroidery on them. The white ones are for celebrations and special events but you can also see another, less fancy pair of boots laying on the table.

Stinkerbelle was offered the opportunity to try them on. She said that they were really comfortable and she had a lot of fun trying them on. These are everyday boots and the man there said that people in Bhutan make them for themselves and that they can last from 3 days to 3 weeks depending on how much walking the person does. Can you imagine having to make yourself a new pair of shoes that often?


DSC_0170My focus on footwear naturally extends to socks and I even finished a sock this weekend. This is the twisted stitch cable motif that I chose to run up the back of my Widdershins. The yarn has a lot of interest so I left the rest of the sock plain but I needed a little fun and this is quick, easy and fits perfectly. I think it would be really great on a solid sock and I may try it again sometime.

This week, in addition to sharing more about the Folklife Festival, I have 2 finished handspun yarns and, possibly more on the way. This should be a really good week!


Carole Knits said...

That Folklife Festive looks like so much fun!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

That sounds like a really fun time! Loving the socks too!

Cursing Mama said...

Clearly I would be without boots most of the time.....