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Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2019 on Childhood's Wound at In the Labyrinth here are two more photos of my father Emile with his cousins on leave after the liberation of Paris (a follow up to the post below). I am almost certain the man is his cousin Yves Jouffa and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
I love this photo of my father at around 18 or 19 years of age. He convinced my grandfather to sign the papers to allow my dad to enter the Navy at 17 years of age and judging by how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
And this has been fun...especially as the yarn is called "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound," from Lollipop Self Striping Yarns. Feel I should be drinking wee drams of Bowmore or Putney, or maybe Lagavulin, just a nip for each of the color rows finished, you know, to pace myself. Special... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
I'm liking the green weft on tea towel two -- though it makes me hungry for mint chocolate chip ice cream. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
Not sure why it took forever to get these simple socks completed -- it just seemed to be a period of too many things to do all at once. And instead of calm, long moment to add a significant numbers of a rows in a sitting, I was only managing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
I recently purchased some beautiful Swedish linen from Bockens Lingarn as I wanted some experience in handling linen -- which is quite a different feel from cotton as it turns out. Cotton thread feels so much more clingy and it "blooms" when washed, expanding gently into the small gaps between... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
Many years ago now, my daughter took herself to Costa Rica as a teenager to immerse herself in a Spanish speaking country to learn the language and a place of great beauty -- mountains and ocean. She found it in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
New sock in progress in Joma Yarn peach, while my 3 yr old granddaughter stages an elaborate drama with dragons, dinosaurs, and Godzilla. I am in awe of her knowledge of dinosaurs and love it when she proclaims herself a T-Rex, stomping for emphasis. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
Hi Pinky, Wonderful to hear from you! I am also so grateful to you for sharing the photos and information about Madrid -- Jerry's recollections are so vivid and so important to the younger descendants of Madrid wanting to know more about their relatives lives in Madrid. Spirit and Camraderie -- yes! I see it in the photos often. The musicians at picnics and outtings, the fourth of July events, the local boxing, the faces of the children (growing up over successive years) in the school photos, the photos of the baseball teams and the same faces in the group photos of the miners. All best, Midori
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2018 on Magpie Blogging: Redux. at In the Labyrinth
A lovely Italian phrase which translates as " A small cask makes good wine" an Italian compliment to a short person. To which I reply stretching to my full height of 5' 2", Grazie! (Art: Philippe Mercier 1689 -- 1760) Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
This must be blue phase these days. I can't seem to get enough of these beautiful deep blues threaded with purple. This is a lovely hand-dyed sock yarn from Silkworm studios and I am so enjoying knitting it. It's has wonderful stitch definition and the color swirl is somewhere between... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
I was happy enough with the results when I finished this shawl woven from Malibrigo Mechita yarn which I purchased maybe five years ago with no clear idea of what to do with it. It was sticky to weave as single ply fuzzy wool is probably not the best choice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
Hi Sarah -- I have actually updated this post as it appears there are indeed used and affordable copies of the book at Amazon, in case you are interested.
Hey Mo and Kraw! Kraw! Chuck! Chuck! to you too! Hope all is well in your part of the world. P.S. Your latest work looks aaaamazing!
Many years ago in a moment of inspiration, I wrote a little short story called "King of Crows." It is till one of my personal favorites as it has threaded throughout a song or a tune humming beneath the narrative.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
There are moments in writing that feel so spontaneous that it is hard to believe they have come from oneself but instead are descended in the form of writerly-grace. When Jane Yolen and I wrote Except the Queen, we began... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
Although written back in 2009 when the Datlow/Windling anthology Black Swan, White Raven was first published, I only recently and quite by accident discovered that Colleen Mondor gave my short story, "The Reverend's Wife" a rather nice review -- which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
Punto in Aria ("stitch in the air") is one of the most beautiful forms of needle-made lace. It is a elaboration of the Italian Reticella, another form of needle lace where threads were removed from the ground of the fabric and then lace was worked in the opening provided by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
I have respect for authors who manage to write incredible long, complicated sentences -- but with such consummate skill and daring that I inhale deeply and then read it aloud, trying to see if I can make it to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
I saw your tweet about her and was planning to stop by and spend some time looking at her work. I admit, I have a fondness for the sorrowful, I think I trust it more than happiness (though I welcome it as well.)
Hi Marly, I totally agree with you as we seem to live in age when one is either "acceptable" or pick your favorite insult. There seems to be only a "present" and if you fail to represent in this moment, you are deemed unworthy. Yes, the old stories we need them more than ever.
This is a astonishing project by poet Jen Bervin, who travels to different countries to learn about the traditional methods of silk cultivation, from the trees to the spinning worms in their silky-sticky cocoons -- and then home again to see the remarkable cutting-edge technologies made with silk. Discovered to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
Tucson's very old inner city neighborhood, The Barrio Viejo, has some of the best murals painted by residents over many years on the exterior of the houses. When my daughter and future husband were in town a number of years... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
I have had a number of skeins of Malabrigo Mechita fingering for a few years -- not sure what to do with it, but in love with the blue and purple colors of two of the skeins and the deep rusty fall colors of the third. Feeling pretty good about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft