Hill Tribe Discovery Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand
At last, the fifth episode is up after a full day of technical difficulties.
Here is a brief rundown of what is covered in this episode.
A pollution report and a view of my new pollution filter mask. I would never have thought I would wear one of these, but the pollution from the field burning this year went on so long, that I finally gave in and ordered one of these from Singapore. They filter out the pm2.5 particles, which are the fine particles that can damage the lungs. I find it so strange that not many people here wear a mask during this time. When I taught in South Korea, I had to make them take off the masks so I could see their mouths when they talked. They weren’t wearing them for pollution. Sometimes it was because they had a cold, but the shy girls would sometimes try to wear them all the time.
But Thailand is the land of smiles. So, maybe it’s rude to cover your face. It is nice to see those smiles. In other Asian countries, they often cover their mouths when they smile. I find that kind of sad.
I visited the Hill Tribe Discovery Museum and I have a few pictures and some information about the costumes of the various tribes. This will be an ongoing learning experience for me. I referred to the book The Hill Tribes Living in Thailand by Emmanuel Perve for identifying the tribal costumes. I found it not to be detailed enough, but so far I have not found another book that is informative enough for my purposes, and yet not written in academic style. Find the BookZone here: https://goo.gl/maps/C8LqaVW2nDr
I show off a lace jacket I crocheted from a Korean patten book a while back. I give you a close up view of the structure and show you how the patten layout makes it easy to use Korean patterns without knowing Korean. One of the advantages of being a crocheter is that the stitch symbols are mostly universal; so you can use patterns from just about any country. Knitting patterns are getting there, but there are still some construction details that need to be written out. If you are an experienced knitter, you can still read pattern charts in foreign languages, but you might end up doing some experimenting to find the best cast-on, bind-off, or shaping methods, since these don’t show up on a chart. Hopefully, someone will come up for some international symbols for these details some day. It would be a big advantage because one of the reasons we buy knitting patterns is because the author and test knitters have already done the math and all the experimenting with the details to get just the right fit and drape of the design.
I finished the first edit of my book, tentatively called Woman on the Road, about my years traveling solo in the United States. The first draft was completed in November during National Novel Writing Month. If you are a writer who needs a challenge, see http://www.nanowrimo.org .
An organization you might like to know about in Chiang Mai is The Gate Theater Group. http://www.gate-theater.com It’s Chiang Mai’s only live theater group. So, if you like live theater or just want a break from outdoor activities, check out The Gate. If you are a long term resident, you might even want to get involved; I am planning to. I’m not sure in what capacity but it’s on my list.
My two local social groups are dissolved. The writers’ group I was attending dissolved because two members moved away and our host is having health problems. Also, I had started Chiang Mai Fiber Arts Group with a Facebook page, but found little interest locally. Those who did attend meetups had very different ideas about what a fiber arts group should be. Also, the few people who wanted to meet up lived far away and wanted to meet in their homes. Transportation in Chiang Mai is good in the center of the city, but there is no reliable transportation in the suburbs or outlying areas. So, after one year, I decided to cancel the group.
With that in mind, I am reaching out to readers and podcast viewers who might like to do a virtual meet up. I think it would be an exciting format to do an international meetup online! Please contact me here on the website, on Youtube, Facebook, or Ravelry if you are interested. I will try to put together a day and time and a format that will work. The possibilities are: Google Hangouts, Skype, or YouTube Live Stream. The live stream has the advantage of a chat line. So, some people could be on a live video chat, while others could be in a chat room where they can comment or ask questions. What do you think? Wouldn’t it be fun?
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