July 17, 2019

What I am making:
Lots of 1 inch and 2 inch English Paper Pieced squares, for a class I am taking with Jude Hill

Mint Extract (I made the Instant Pot version, pictured above)

What I am reading:
The Life-Changing Magic of Making Do, by Benjamin Leszcz

Several years ago, while living in London, England, my wife met Prince Charles at an event associated with the Prince’s Foundation, where she worked. She returned with two observations: First, the Prince of Wales used two fingers – index and middle – when he pointed. Second, Charles’s suit had visible signs of mending. A Google search fails to substantiate the double-barrelled gesture, but the Prince’s penchant for patching has been well documented. Last year, the journalist Marion Hume discovered a cardboard box containing more than 30 years of off-cuts and leftover materials from the Prince’s suits, tucked away in a corner at his Savile Row tailor, Anderson & Sheppard. “I have always believed in trying to keep as many of my clothes and shoes going for as long as possible … through patches and repairs,” he told Ms. Hume. “In this way, I tend to be in fashion once every 25 years.”

What I am eating:
Fennel Apple Salad with Walnuts

What I am learning (on guitar):
California Stars by Billy Bragg & Wilco
Old Shoes & Picture Postcards by Tom Waits