October 20, 2007

Yo-Yo Clothes

I started yo-yos on Thursday night, but we went to dinner at my in-laws' house on Friday where yo-yo making continued.  They're time consuming!  Each circle of fabric is 2" across; edges are turned under and a running stitch goes round, then the thread is pulled taut and knotted.   Here is the finished doll.  Yo-yos which make up the skirt contain tiny lead weights so they hang better.

On Friday, Kuan, my brother-in-law, brought a guest to dinner.  Jim is a friend from New York who worked with Kuan at Agency.com.  Their office was across the street from the World Trade Center.  Jim took us through his morning commute on September 11, 2001 (by that date, Kuan was living in Zambia).  Among other things, Jim described the ground shaking and then running for his life as the first building came down, while a solid wall of dust chased him from three directions.  Once he was engulfed by the particles, breathing became difficult until a stranger allowed him to share clear air in his car.  Of course he described many more details.  I had never heard a first hand experience until this evening and it was different from anything I read in the newspapers.

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