::Tangents is the collection spot for the things we're thinking about, obsessively researching, and doing at home and on the web.

Katie's Tangents:

 We've spent a good bit of time at Abby and Josh's new place in the last week. I am compelled to comment on the view every time we are there. It's like this from almost any place you stand:

I'm knitting a little poseable figure, it's supposed to have the same proportions as an adult male, his pants are next...

Finally, we thoroughly enjoyed a box of Japanese candy, complete with an illustrated key that a friend of Michael's sent. 

Also included were some little comics, his minimal comics collection made me smile, it would be a great stocking stuffer for clever kids or adults. I'm having way too much fun coming up with iconic American candy to send back- what would you suggest? 

Laura's Tangent's:

Just finished Shaker Textile Arts by Beverly Gorden-very interesting read.

Knitting was an integral part of the lives of the sisters throughout Shaker history. They knitted all of the community members' socks, stockings, gloves, and mittens, and most of their undergarments....At first all knitting was done by hand...knitting needles were less that size 00 in the measuring system used today. 

Can you imagine? It goes on to say Shakers were among the first to buy knitting machines and they were "put to heavy use". 

Making plans for a big armful of fabric I picked up at Goodwill recently:

Best of all-we are getting our tree today!