Today, my labmate Alfonso and I ventured bravely into the world of machine sewing. Our task, to create mesh bags for holding field samples, was pretty simple– but we definitely needed the assistance of our ever-patient lab tech, Jan, to coach us through the inner workings of the sewing machine. As I was working the machine, I remembered how many days there are when “marine ecology research” actually looks a lot more like art class, or home economics, or tech ed, as we learn to create the tools we need for our experiments and projects. Can you call this inter-disciplinary work? I think so! And it’s something I really like about this line of research.
Time to get back to wrestling with bobbins,