Vintage mute

Our oldest grandson plays trumpet in his middle school band and the regional honors band concert was this past weekend.  Fortunately, we were able to attend the concert and he did a fantastic job playing with his peers from eight surrounding counties.

As usual, I snapped this picture mid-blink.

Anyway, he needed a bag of some sort to store one of the mutes for his trumpet.

mute is a device fitted to a musical instrument to alter the sound produced: by affecting the timbre (or “tone”), reducing the volume, or most commonly both.

I found this vintage musical fabric in my stash.  It was vintage as it is only 36-inches wide and it came from my grandmother’s house.  I don’t know when the fabric manufacturers changed to 42-44 inch wide fabrics but it was a long time ago (1960’s or ’70’s).  I thought it was perfect for the bag except that it had some pink instruments on it and I knew that he wouldn’t like that.  So I got out my permanent fabric markers and went over the pink with the red and filled in some white trumpets with blue.

The lining is from an old fleece robe that was too long and coordinated with the outer fabric.

I cut the parachute cord drawstring too short to knot the ends so I just wrapped some black thread around the ends about 20-25 times, stitched it securely then burned the nylon ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying.

The bag has a simple box bottom.

I’m not sure if he liked it but it will keep his trumpet mute clean and cushioned on his case.

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I’m HOME

Yes, yes, yes, I’m back home!

But I can’t rest just yet.  Our daughter and family are coming here on Friday for Thanksgiving.  They will be here for the weekend then go to our S-I-L’s family for a few days and then head back to Colorado

It will be so much fun to see them again so soon (since I just left them) but I have a few things to do by Friday evening.

Are you expecting guests for Thanksgiving?

Yarn vomit again

I like to wind yarn into balls myself. That way I can see if there are any knots of other anomalies in the hank.

I wound the Grumpy Gus yarn into a ball before I left for Colorado. I was ready to cast on for the THSS II Sailing School Sock while the grands were in school this morning and was surprised by a sick ball of yarn.

I don’t remember winding so tightly but I evidently did.

It will probably take me the next three hours to get it fixed then the grands will be home from school.