I am hoping everyone had a joyous and safe New Year celebration! I slept through the midnight count down like I do every year. Our celebration is getting an early First Day Bike Ride and the weather in Southern Arizona couldn’t have been any better! There is some distant snow on the mountain tops, but the sky is sunny and the temperature a mild 60 degrees. YES!!
Recently, we heard a classical performance on NPR with a musician playing a kalimba. The sound was sooooo smooth and soothing. I did a little research, found that it is an African instrument that is played with your thumbs. And there is a dealer in Tucson, AZ that imports them from Africa, sells them, and is an accomplished kalimba player. Well, I ordered on and three days later, I am a proud owner of my very own kalimba. It is a joy to play and pleasant to hear. If I get brave in a couple of weeks, I’ll post a video.
For my Wednesday Works-in-Progress, I’m playing with my inkle loom to make cords for more project bags. Using the inkle loom is faster than Japanese braiding, kumihimo, but doesn’t produce as unique or complex patterns.
I made a inkle strap for a “Wiener Dog” tote bag for my niece, Liz. I experimented using a double weft thread, and it resulted in a stiffer and sturdier strap.