Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Signing!

I'll be at Old Trail School, nestled in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this Saturday, March 22, from 10 to 1 for a book signing at the indoor farmer's market. I love, love, love farmer's markets! I plan on purchasing some ground bison, some delicious handmade croissants, and whatever else strikes my fancy! Oh, and I'll be signing books, too. Drop by and say hi!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A study in sunflowers

I love sunflowers. I'm always amazed when I grow them. Their size amazes me, how beautiful they are, and the bees that I always find crawling around on their faces.
 
Here is a study in sunflowers:
 
Yellow Blue and Green
 
 
 
 
Outlines
 
 
 
 
Sunny Farmstead
 


 
View From Below




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Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Mailing List??

I've just been reading that I should have a mailing list to keep fans abreast of new books when they come out. Lol! I'll have to write some more first : )

 I have so much darn fiber laying around that needs to be spun up, and orders to fill, that it will be awhile before I ever sit down to write another book. But I have been hankering to do just that lately... Hmm... Maybe I'll have to investigate this mailing list stuff.

Summer is a busy time - keeping weeds at bay in all of my garden plots; searching for, collecting, and using natural dyestuffs as they come and go throughout the season; trying to process all of the raw fleece I bought at the spring and early-summer fiber festivals into yarn. There's just not a lot of time for writing. Maybe this winter.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wildflowers

My husband and I went on a drive up near the lake shore (of Lake Erie) last week. On one of our walks in the area, we found a beautiful forest carpet of wild geraniums. They went on and on, just beautiful (click on the pictures to see them larger):
 

 Hidden among the wild geraniums were mayapples. You have to bend low to glimpse the flowers under their broad leaves:
 

Spring can be a beautiful time of year.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rambling...

Last weekend I found myself walking through a collection of vintage cars and trucks belonging to a collector in Akron. My favorite cars were from the 40's and 50's. The curves and style of those autos were truly works of art. My favorite in the whole collection, though, was this delivery truck. It's like something from a children's story:


On a walk in the snow one day, I came across the imprint that some sort of raptor - owl or hawk - left after swooping to grab a small meal. The wing prints are on the right and left , the tail print behind, and on the left is a place where the bird hopped with its conquered prey and left blood in the snow before flying away with its meal:



And here is my gray cat with her doppelganger:

 
 
I finally placed orders for seeds - a little late, a few things that I wanted were already sold out. I'm always a little over zealous when it comes to planning my gardens anyway. Sitting in your house with the snow blowing around outside somehow leads to visions of huge, lush gardens filled with unending varieties of vegetables and flowers. In the heat of summer, when the weeding is starting to fall behind, the reality is much different. I'm sure I can get along with a few less plants to worry about : )

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book Signing!

If you're in the neighborhood on Saturday, February 9th, stop by the Old Trail School on Ira Road in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the indoor farmer's market. The market runs from 9 AM to noon, with lots of terrific vendors, and I'll be there, too, signing books!

I'll most likely have my drop spindle with me, getting some spinning in when not signing all those books : )

Seriously, if you're in the neighborhood, drop by - the market is terrific!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Aack! This scarf is going to kill me! - or - Knitting things from movies, books, and TV shows

My son asked if I could knit some scarves for him and his girlfriend for Christmas. Specifically, a Gryffindor scarf and a Slytherin scarf. There are a few different patterns out there, so I asked which type he wanted. He chose, I bought the yarn, and started knitting away. Scarves are usually pretty easy.

This one is easy, yes, but time consuming, and LONG. My husband is out of town for several days, and I thought this would give me lots of time to put into knitting. Gaaa! I think there's a spell on my needles, or something. I've been knitting, all told over the past few days, for HOURS AND HOURS and the scarf seems to grow only incrementally - soooo slowly. And it's only half way done. Gaaa! What was I thinking??

And notice the green and silver yarn in the corner? That's for the Slytherin scarf, yet to be cast-on. I say again, GAAA!

 
 
I've knitted things from movies and books and TV shows before, usually as gifts. Some have been specific requests, like the Jayne Cob hat I made for my son (from the TV show, Firefly). You can see him wearing it in this post - scroll down to the end.
 
I also made some fingerless mitts fashioned after the ones Johnny Depp wore in the movie, Sweeney Todd, for my daughter's boyfriend. He loves them and wants another pair because these are about to wear out (they are 2 or 3 years old by now and he wears them all the time in winter). The problem with that is I sort of cobbled the pattern together and customized it for his (large) hands, but now can't find my notes. So I have to go through the process of cobbling together and customizing all over to make new ones. Gaaa!
 
And here are some mittens I made from the excellent book, Code Name Verity, for a friend.
 
I would someday like to knit the fingerless mitts Hermione wears in The Deathly Hallows Part 1 for myself (click the image to see it larger):
 
 
And then, there are the Beowulf socks I intend to make for my son someday - they have the first page of Beowulf written on them. I made the yarn already, but the pattern is a bit daunting, so I'm nervous about starting.
 
So there is no end to the inspiration that can be found in literary, film, and television sources - and the requests that may come your way if you are a knitter. My only advice to you is, STAY AWAY FROM THESE BLEEDING SCARVES. If you must, knit one of the other styles that can be found. You'll be glad you did.