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4AM knitting -- me and the bear working out our feelings about the Joma sock and listening to Doc Watson instead of the birds because I am in a hurry to see how this sock turns out. Dropped down a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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I have finished early this morning my green garden socks -- I love them, they are a perfect representation of all the colors on the Front Range -- the deep greens, spotted with pale pinks and rust of the wild flowers. Also, I am happy that after having taken a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I have finished early this morning my green garden socks -- I love them, they are a perfect representation of all the colors on the Front Range -- the deep greens, spotted with pale pinks and rust of the wild... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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Every morning we hike at sunrise to watch the sun lift in the east and light up the Front Range in the west. The path is full of river stones and rocks. And at this one, I stop and say hello -- for it seems to me a perfect description... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Every morning we hike at sunrise to watch the sun lift in the east and light up the Front Range in the west. The path is full of river stones and rocks. And at this one, I stop and say... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
Yes! There are often many reasons to rise so early -- but I think in a way, each decision for such an early morning carries with it a pleasure and an obligation -- we do it because there is work to be done that is easier at that hour, or because it offers the hard job a balm of peace with the cool air and the carefree birds! I don't think I shall ever get out of the habit.. As for knitting -- I have extra needles waiting for you when you finishing "knitting" together your big writing project. The threads and needles will seem like rest compared to the work you are doing now!
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2018 on 4AM Knitting with the Birds at In the Labyrinth
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For around 20 years I was an editor, webmistress and co-creator of the online quarterly, the Journal of Mythic Arts with author and editor, Terri Windling. We always called it JoMA...so when I saw this amazing hand-dyed JOMA yarn, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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It is a great pleasure to rise before the sun, when the house is still and quiet, but the birds outside my window are calling out with rolling trills. The "Flower Moon" hovers full and bright in my window. I sit in my study, still a bit dreamy and sleepy... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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It is a great pleasure to rise before the sun, when the house is still and quiet, but the birds outside my window are calling out with rolling trills. The "Flower Moon" hovers full and bright in my window. I... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
I completely agree with you about the freedom to create one's place on the internet. I like feeling that it is always evolving -- and there is also a pleasure, like going through old journals -- of reminding oneself of the long process of thinking and reading and writing over the years. And oh my goodness! I went to your blog and what a treasure trove it is! We have been online the same amount of time too -- I am so looking forward to reading through your archives -- so much there that is interesting! Thank you for coming here.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2018 on Magpie Blogging: Redux. at In the Labyrinth
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I first published this post some seven years ago and decided it seemed as apt and revelent today as it did all those years ago. Perhaps even more so as I have undertaken a new art in addition to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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For eleven years my website has been devoted to my endeavors as an author -- the research, books reviews, excerpts from my work and the writing life. And it has been fun writing and publishing a bunch of books, articles,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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I have a large container of these beautiful scraps of embroidery -- all done by the maternal fore-women of my family. Sometimes the original finished piece had served long enough, and rather than ditch the whole cloth or garment, all the beautiful hand done embellishments were carefully cut and stored,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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As part of our upcoming move north, and from a largish house to a very small one, I have had to open all the storage boxes and determine what will stay and what even sentimentality can no longer justify keeping. This charming pair, handcrafted by my son when he was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I have finally found some time to unpack the chests of linens from my great great grandmother's farm. It is a treasure, one I feel compelled both to maintain but also use. Here is a 12 foot table cloth in beautiful Irish linen from sometime in the 1930s I think.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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We have been without rain for such a long time now in Tucson -- and then like a Balm in Gilead, three days of solid rain, the washes filling up and the Rillito River which is more often than no a river without water, suddenly flowed. And on its banks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I fell in love with this pin the moment I saw it -- but was too slow to order it when Rochelle, owner of Home Row Fiber Co. and creator of the pin first offered it. Happily I wasn't alone in my disappointment so Rochelle pout together a new order... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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This beautiful Chimayo blanket was woven by an elder weaver of the Ortiz family in Taos, NM for my mother in 1959. She asked for a traditional pattern instead of the fancier and more brightly colored patterns that were appearing as part of a new tourist industry. The blanket he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Here are two more pieces I did as samplers at about 20 -- one in cross stitch, counting every thread "five over-five up" to keep it all even. I took the patterns from and old DMC book that had them graphed -- but good lord, I remember acquiring a new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Here's another work shirt embroidery that I did for my husband. I always liked the idea that the embroidery was to enhance something that already existed, something that could be worn or used. So for a while I was practicing my skills on inexpensive work shirts for my husband, for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Sometimes haute couture breaks my heart because it can be so beautiful, transforming garments not only into works of art but a garment worthy of any epic and fairy tale. Here is a gorgeous piece of extraordinary embroidery: "Valentino spring 2014 couture collection- “Le Jardin d’Eden”, a zirconium-colored tulle dress,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Alas, one of the things I miss most about living in the Midwest is the sticky humid nights when fireflies are every where. We don't get them in Tucson and for me they are synonymous with the summery dank smell of wet grass at twilight, mosquito bites, dirty feet, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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When I was a small child, I never thought that my grandfather or my young mother looked anything alike. And for most of my life I have thought that way -- until now, when I discovered a photograph of him as a young man -- suddenly the resemblance was so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
hahaha -- but he didn't look so nice on! I do have a lovely stranded colorwork pattern for skulls -- which I am planning on making. But I couldn't love this one. I looked like a ghost underneath his glare-- quite washed out. Stay tuned for a few more jaunty skulls!
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Flannery O'Connor: From Mysteries and Manners "I often ask myself what makes a story work, and what makes it hold up as a story and I have decided that it is probably some action, some gesture of a character that is unlike any other in the story, one which indicates... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft