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Some stories need songs to write themselves. Still working on "Charon," the Bordertown story of an undertaker, a banshee, and a dead elvin girl. It is a mourful soundtrack, veering between "Cruel Sister," "Dark Turn of Mind," and "I Wish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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One of my favorite types of embroidery is red thread on a white background. It's common enough in Romanian embroidery -- especially in the broad bands of gorgeous cross-stitch on blouse sleeves, Italian Assisi table cloths (with neat trick of being reversible), fat sprays of red Hungarian flowers on tea... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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I had some lovely Malabrigo Rios yarn languishing in my stash and pulled it out to knit up a hat (Donnie's Hat, a free pattern at ravelry). If we spend more and more time up in the Colorado mountains, as I intend to, it has become clear I need to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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Knitted up a new winter hat out of some Malabrigo Rios yarn (appropriately named "Inferno") I had stashed and almost forgotten about. Turned out rather nice and very warm for when he head North again this winter. As for my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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We are looking forward to moving to Boulder, Colorado -- and in addition to looking forward to spending waay more time with my children and grandchildren I hope to hike up to Woods Quarry and sit down on one of these rugged stone benches tucked beneath the pines and knit.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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With a day to spare, I finished this sweater before heading north to see my family and the grandchildren. I was pretty happy with the way this little sweater turned out. The photo makes it look a bit darker than the deep denin-blue of the yarn -- but I do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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This is one of my favorite spots in the Flat Irons -- Woods Quarry on the McClintock Trail. Originally someone had the idea to quarry the slabs of rocks on the mountain's face at about 14k feet. They probably should... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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Very happy to see this dimpled smiling face on my grandson -- and how well the sweater fits that I managed to finish knitting just a day before traveling up North to be with our family. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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Over this last year with so many visits throughout the seasons to Boulder Colorado to see the growing family, it has become aching clear that I miss the forests and the seasons and my children and grandchildren. I have so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
Hi Barbara -- I have sent you an email with a copy of the image which I originally found online. This version is a bit small -- but one I sent you (from a newspaper article) is a much larger size. All best, Midori
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2017 on The Primitive Art of Ole Olson at In the Labyrinth
Thanks Karen! -- It's really pretty wool to work with -- I am finishing it up today with some bronze eteched buttons and should post up the finished work today.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2017 on Knitting the Blues at In the Labyrinth
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A new sweater for my grandson--beautiful Bobby Blue Malabrigo yarn. Can't wait to see it on him. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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Love this yarn -- Malabrigo, Rios in Bobby Blue. It is lovely to knit and I think will make an excellent and very cozy sweater for my new grandson, Lou. I'm working as fast as I can since he seems to be growing like a zucchini in the rainy season! Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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So wish I could be at the William Morris Gallery for this show! Just look at this lovely detail from "Maids of Honor" (Click on for a larger view.) I will be definitely preordering the book May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer by Marsh and Mason. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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So wish I could be at the William Morris Gallery for this show! Just look at this lovely detail from "Maids of Honor" (Click on for a larger view.) I will be definitely preordering the book May Morris: Arts &... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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The University of Minnesota blog has a wonderful guest post from Fairy Tale king, Jack Zipes -- which rather than an intellectual examination of fairy tales, is instead a personal memoir of the many years of interacting with fairy tales... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
Two wonderful and very different films. The first "Wildcat" is a gorgeous tribute to the town of Grayson, Oklahoma (whose original name was Wildcat). A small, rural town, (population 158) mostly African American, this film pays tribute to the slow... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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How wonderful is this -- a page of lecture notes from textile artist May Morris, showing it can never be just about the words, but the shapes of leaves and flowers. (Favorite bit--"Darning as a type of Drawing stitches" -- even the menial transcends its humble function in the hands... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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How wonderful is this -- a page of lecture notes from textile artist May Morris, showing it can never be just about the words, but the shapes of leaves and flowers. (Favorite bit--"Darning as a type of Drawing stitches" --... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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I have uploaded the novella "Alison Gross" into a new, forthcoming section of the website that will be devoted to my Bordertown novellas and short-story-scraps. Part of the fun working on this is discovering that the universe can see into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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When I discovered brilliant Brazilian graphic artist Beto Janz, all I could think of was how easily I could see his recent creation -- colorful skulls made from broken skateboard decks -- exsisting in the Bordertown anthologies. Edgy, beautiful, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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A post from my primary blog archives. I love this sort of work -- so clean and crisp and beautiful. One of my favorite types of embroidery is red thread on a white background. It's common enough in Romanian embroidery -- especially in the broad bands of gorgeous cross-stitch on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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On a recent trip to Colorado, I purchased at one of my favorite yarn shops, Gypsy Wools, three beautiful skeins of Malabrigo Rios yarn in Hojas colorway. The photo is a bit lighter than the actual color, but it is such a lovely blend of earth/sky/forest colors. I am in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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On a recent trip to Colorado, I purchased at one of my favorite yarn shops, Gypsy Wools, three beautiful skeins of Malabrigo Rios yarn in Hojas colorway. The photo is a bit lighter than the actual color, but it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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That's was my husband's question to me when he made some homemade linguine and was trying to determine whether he had rolled out a sufficient amount. It was a lot -- trust me. And we ate it over two days.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at In the Labyrinth