Two weeks down, thirteen to go!
I know how bad that sounds. This is always the tough part of the semester, when I feel that I am still setting expectations for students, and they're getting used to me and I'm getting used to them. By about week four, things get good for a while, and I stop counting until week 11 or so rolls around. At that point, we're all counting down to finals, for better or for worse.
Meanwhile, I mentioned last time that I had a few things to share from our busy Labor Day weekend. First, Younger Daughter, all got up for her feis.
As for the other activities of the weekend, I have to share something that I got myself at the Go Native Days gathering in Tehachapi. I have long wanted a Native California basket. In fact, I have long wanted to learn to weave a Native California basket, and someday I will. However, learning to basketweave generally starts with gathering the basketmaking materials with a master weaver, then waiting for those materials to cure, etc, etc (not unlike asking someone how to knit and being told, "Here's a sheep"; it's an awesome way to learn, and maybe even a right way to learn, but not something I could take on right now). The time will come when I can do that, but it isn't now. So instead, I finally committed to buying one, and came home with this.
juncus grass; the black is dyed juncus. It smells nice, too (it must be the knitter in me, but when I see a basket, I automatically smell it; am I the only one who does this with yarn?).
Now, while I do know that I can't dedicate myself appropriately to learning to weave something like this, Rick and I took advantage of the fact that there were weavers at the event who were offering lessons in things like basket starts and pine needle baskets. We headed off to the pine needle basket booth, and an hour and a bit later, had these.
Hint: Engineers apparently make very good basket weavers.
(His is on the right.)