Back to the November session, where there were so many beautiful treasures brought out for show & tell day that it will take some time to show them all.Here are Carol on the left and Kandy, looking over some of Kandy’s work.This is a blackwork cuff, which some day will have a mate and a shirt or smock to live on. If I remember correctly, this one’s been done for some time. This is what knitters call “second sock syndrome” where you’ve knit one sock, or this happens with mittens too, and you’ve done the pattern and the excitement’s worn off, and the second one is … more of the same. Sometimes you move on, sometimes you come back and sometimes you don’t. In the meantime, though, it’s a really fine bit of blackwork.And here are two versions of the same pattern, in two different needlework techniques. They’re part of a planned series of 12 different techniques of the same motif.I was talking with a co-worker today about blogs and I mentioned how this one has been my introduction to a number of groups of talented, enthusiastic people – embroiderers, knitters, lace makers, and now spinners are joining our conversations. Knowing what we spend most of our time doing in December, he asked “any enthusiastic historic laundresses out there?” Lelia left a comment to yesterday’s post in much the same vein…our piles make whatever’s sitting in your hampers at home look positively manageable.Despite the size of the piles, though, we’re actually moving right along. Penny and Shaina are working out systems and our little front-loading washing machine is humming for a solid 8 hours a day. Wool textiles are drying in the attic and linens are being mended. Next week a few loads of wool clothes will make their way to the dry-cleaner, and any rainy day Bill will come in from his outdoor work and put some no-slip soles on the shoes. No, not at all period correct, but after several slip & fall accidents on Mayflower II, museum policy is that everyone working on the ship must have no-slip soles on their shoes.See you tomorrow with more from November’s show & tell session.