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                                              Pickles       Brian Crane     November 17, 2012

Pickles

© Brian Crane, dist. by The Washington Post Writers Group – All Rights Reserved.  November 17, 2012 from www.gocomics.com

I don’t knit, but I crochet.  When my younger daughter recently voiced a wish to have one of those loop or infinity scarves, I quickly offered to crochet her one.  It has been decades since I last held a hook or completed a crochet project, but I still know how to make a few stitches and I figured a simple scarf would require just the basic ones.  Even better, I figured these scarves would not require turns to start each succeeding row.  Years ago I gave up on my last crochet project because, while I followed the pattern closely, I unknowingly kept adding stitches each time I started a new row and the work in progress no longer resembled any throw/table runner/bedspread (I forget) I was hoping to create.

After collecting the yarn and crochet hook and without the benefit of a pattern, I started the foundation chain and promptly lost count.  My daughter assured me that the foundation was just the right length, so I continued to add one row of single crochet, followed by several rows of double crochet stitches as time allowed.  I started with the black worsted yarn and finished one scarf.  Then I thought I could do better and started another one using navy blue chunky yarn.  See the finished scarves, each shown looped once.  I might as well be Opal in the comic strip.  If my daughter won’t use either scarf, then I’ll keep myself really warm with them.  Next time I will be smarter and follow a pattern I can manage.  I’ll search library shelves and the library’s online Hobbies and Crafts database, as well as its digital magazines.  And here’s wishing you all kinds of warmth this winter.

Black fleck infinity scarf, worsted

Black fleck infinity scarf, worsted

 

Navy blue infinity scarf, chunky

Navy blue infinity scarf, chunky

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Paint Splatter Duck Tape Beach BagStarting in March, and continuing into April, the Library is having Duct Tape Programs.  Tweens age 10-12 will be able to make a wallet or something else fun for themselves ,or for a gift, completely made of duct tape!  Check our Eventkeeper schedule for the program nearest you, and make sure to register your tween.

I know making things out of duct tape has been around for a while, and has become  a craze, especially for tweens and teens.  I’ve even seen “how to do it” lessons on You Tube, so I know it’s big. I started wondering who invented  duct tape and why. 

So, I  turned to the internet and did some research.  According to Duck Brand’s website www.duckbrand.com, duct tape was invented  by Johnson & Johnson’s Permacel Division during World War II to meet the need for a tape that could seal canisters, be used on trucks, repair guns, and windows, etc., and remain strong, flexible and waterproof.  Starting with medical tape as a base,  polycoat adhesives were added along with a polyethylene coating that enabled them to  laminate the  tape to cloth backing.  The result: a three-layer tape that was strong, durable, flexible and could repel water! Thus the product was named “Duck tape“, and it was originally green.  

Later, duck tape started to be used for household purposes like repairing duct pipes, and was changed into the familiar gray “duct” tape we usually think of to match.   In the 1970’s, Manco, Inc. changed the name back to Duck Tape and put Manco P.  Duck on their logo giving something ordinary some personality. They also put the duct tape in shrink wrap which made it easier to stack for retailers.  As they say, the rest is history. The make it-out-of-duct tape craze was born.

Some 70 years after it’s invention the uses for duck tape seem to be endless.  On Duck Brand’s website you can join a duck tape club, and find many step by step duck tape projects ranging from wallets to tote bags to a baseball cap! Duck tape now comes in more than 20 colors and designs. There are even places that will make duck tape to your specifications, thus giving lots of possibilities.  The library has some books on the practical and fun ways you can use duck tape.  In addition to You Tube demonstrations on the internet, you can  see pictures of  duck tape  art.  The Internet’s Duct  Tape Art Gallery, http://www.octanecreative.com/ducttape/dtgallery.html, has some fun and funky, sublime and extreme examples of  duck tape art.  Check it out if you have some time, there are many pages,  and parents may want to check it first to make sure if it is suitable for children.  Don’t forget to register your Tweens for our library programs, and if you are intrigued, learn about duct tape for yourself.  Go! Make something useful or just plain fun out of duck tape!

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Each month we will have a book party right here at the Fremont Library! We will read a story or two, and then do a craft or have a snack related to our books/theme for the day. We want to show you how much fun you can have with books and stories. Crafts and related snacks help children remember the story and remember it fondly.

Our book party will meet in the Storytime Theater in the children’s area of the library. We are meeting on Tuesday, October 11th at 5:30 pm. Please be right on time if you are attending, as we have another group in the room right at 6 pm. We hope to see you there as we share a Halloween story and craft!

For more information, contact Mary Ayers at (510) 745-1408 or email at mcayers@aclibrary.org.

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