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Knitting

Miss Marple’s Sally Sock

Sock singular. Usually Miss Marple isn’t called in to solve missing sock mysteries. But this mystery is different. I found this sock, along with 3 unlabeled skeins of the beautiful yarn and the cuff of the second sock off the needles, and 3 other dark blue balls of the same yarn in the yarn bin […]

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Cooking

Blog about my Buns?

They are just so beautiful. There was pureed butternut squash left over from the pie making – about 2/3 of a cup. So I mixed it in with the regular white buns recipe, used an egg, and bit of milk to make up the liquid amount of 1 3/4 cups.  A goodly grating of fresh […]

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Dyeing

Eat, yarn, and be merry

This is definitely pre-internet. The only reason I keep my Five Roses Cookbook is for this pie recipe and Date Squares. Pumpkin Pie evolved to  Squash Pie. I enjoy the mountains of pumpkins at the farm market for their colour, and head for the squash bins.  Less watery. Nuttier,  and tastier. I use butternut squash. […]

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Dyeing

Colour

In my garden, just turning, the witchhazels… And in my kitchen, competing with the pumpkin pie making.. The intense cinnabar coloured Lincoln/Mohair roving from my earlier post, dyed with phaeolus sweinitzii and brazilwood, now spun into  yarn. Cinnabar. Evocative.  There is so much history behind the colour red. The name for the colour is synonymous […]

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Fiber Spinning

Two bags full

I live in the clouds. My world is often a sea of fiber.  I can’t bear to bag it and stuff it away. Put your hands into a mound of freshly carded fleece, like this alpaca, and it’s like putting your hands in cream. I’ve been sorting and carding Belle Cria alpaca fiber. And spinning […]

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Dyeing

What’s in the pot?

Can you believe this colour? It all started… Late in 2010, some of my fibre frenzied cohorts and I went to a Mushrooms for colour workshop given by Ingeborg Woodsworth, a fascinating gardener, mycologist, and educator. After a wonderful afternoon in one of the richest mycological forests in our area, we came home with baskets and […]

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Weaving

Looming

It is the weaver’s (and knitter’s) burden to house humungous heaps of yarn stash.  It’s our painter’s palette, and the looming possibilities of combinations and permutations of all that colour and texture  feed us. Jam a new cone onto the shelf, and a chance rearrangement sparks another colour inspiration. But often, the best of the […]

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Weaving

Off the loom

Today we cut seven towels off the loom. A weaver friend and I are sharing the warp .. and inspiration.

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Drawing and painting

Enormities

I once heard an Irishman say that “Life is the vast expanse that lies between the great enormities of  birth and death”. The past month in the world has certainly been a time to reflect on the thrust and tenacity of the human condition. I can’t make art about disasters.  But there is dark and […]

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Spinning

Cross-patch

Cross patch, draw the latch, Sit by the fire and spin; Take a cup and drink it up, Then call your neighbors in. When I learned to spin, the old nursery rhyme rattled around in my head like a bat in daylight and found no comfortable place to alight on.  What was that all about, […]