I knit some socks

..but I can't show them to you. How is that for a tease? I was minding my own business; just knitting a pair (as I had packed one pair short for the 11 days of creativity that was early February) when Tina saw the them and wanted to use the pattern. Yay! Fun! But I have nothing to show you for a finished project. So on we go... I was away (I know you Know this), but while I was away the husband was plotting his own retreat. He left about 10 minutes after I returned home. lol It was great! We each got the winter break we needed and now that he is back I feel like we are both hitting our individual projects head on with new vigor. For him that means building beautiful mahogany tables for our restaurant and for me that has meant writing, designing and charting. It has been a good month throughout!

Madrona in three photos (and that is all brain thought to take) My friends in green, our beautiful Blue Moon booth filled with happy shoppers and a kinneared sweater yoke (I love the color combination). IMG_0593 IMG_0594 IMG_0596

In other Madrona news, I fell into the deep well that is the HansonCraft minispinner. I swore I would never succumb! Spinning is a meditation for me. I love traveling with my spindles. There is no reason for this to be in my life. And then I sat down with the lace flyer on the espinner. Crap! In love! I will use it for spinning the fine lace that I can get in a consistent thread on that lovely, lovely tool. I purchased the set up for the lace flyer set up on the spinner only, because I love my Matchless and have no reason to replace it. I also have learned that having two wheels does not mean I keep a project on each. I just don't use one at all (wanna buy a Majacraft Little Gem with Woolie Winder?). Oh did I mention that the wood my lovely minispinner is made from is called "Lacewood" :)

So, on this snowy-ish Saturday I am writing and taking breaks to spin (on the wheel today), and knitting a very special little secret project;)

I am also trying to decide how to fit the podcast back into my schedule. My cough is finally gone (7 weeks later!). I am actually thinking of hiding away in my backroom this afternoon.  There is so much to talk about that just doesn't fit on a page. And I miss talking to you!


All Hallows Eve

Here we are on a very wet Halloween morning.  Rare not to have this be a wet day here in Oregon.  The leave are starting to fall up here on the mountain, its getting colder and the rabbits are definitely getting grumpier as we have more and more of these wet days. Time for soups to appear on a regular basis.  Today will be Split pea and Ham.  I love this old fashioned rib warmer.  I do add a bit of dry sherry as I sauteed the carrots and leeks, but other than that it's all about a smoked ham hock and split peas.  I baked some country bread (a mostly white sourdough leavened bread) over the weekend so we will be warm and satisfied with this meal.  A friend is bringing an addition of fresh Chanterelle mushrooms to add to the table.  I'm thinking of cooking these into a compote to go with fresh chevre to add to the bread (or soup for that matter).

But wait, I see the sun poking out.  Makes me want to run out to the orchard to harvest the perfect apples that are just waiting for us.  I think an apple pie with caramel sauce may be in order.  We don't turn on the lights up here tonight as there just aren't many little ones that come calling.  But a caramel apple pie will at least make me feel like I'm bobbing;)

On the needles today is an old project that needed to be fixed.  The beautiful Stora Dinum shawl by Cheryl Oberle from Folk Shawls.  I started this a couple of years ago at SOAR with A Verb for Keeping Warm's merino/silk in Persimmon.  A big goof in stitch count in the bottom lace pattern became frustrating so it went into time out for a while.  Right now knitting on size 8 needles feels like a wonderful break from a sweater on size 3s;)  The stitch count is now fixed, the color feels perfect for fall and I have two pieces to go back and forth on.

I realize that this blog has been quite remiss on the photo sharing.  I find that right now I am just sitting down and writing what comes to mind.  I'll get to a point where these will be a bit more planned.  And with photos of some of the food and knitting projects.

Returning home

It felt awfully good to wake up in my own bed this morning. I love a vacation, but the first morning back feels so good. Sitting here with our coffee I contemplate what next? That is a bigger question than just shouldn't I get out there and feed the large mob of chickens, geese and ducks that are staring longingly at the back door.With the closing of Pico Accuardi Dyeworks this month I am at the crossroads. I tend to get very figity sitting about so I am booking up November fast. I'll be setting up a calendar here (as soon as I figure out how) with classes and events for the month. Beginning November 2nd I'll be teaching beginning spinning at Andersen Fiber Works every Wednesday afternoon from 1-3p. November 7th starts beginning knitting classes at Twisted every Monday evening from 6-8p. Within three weeks I'll have you ready to comfortably begin your own project. Tomorrow I'm teaching a private class for my sister's family--Sourdough bread baking using the dutch oven method. This is a birthday present for my sis, but may become part of a bigger class project. I've had online classes in my head for almost a year now. Spinning, Knitting, Dyeing, Cooking. If you know me at all you know I am all about creating community. The internet has created such a large community for crafters. Using different tools available I think that community feel can be kept intact during an online class. And then there is writing. I am working on an ebook right now that I hope to have finished before the holidays. The culmination of the two years Stevanie and I hosted The Community Sock Club at my restaurant. A book filled with patterns, recipes from the lunches and stories from our members. There were some amazing friendships created among the members. I'm excited to share our time with you. I'm also recreating my newsletter "An Omnibus". There are a few of you that subscribed to it a few years ago. I decided to let it go when PAD first started. Our Fiber Exploration Club took the place of my newsletter. I am ready to get back to a larger forum. This will be a monthly email newsletter. I've decided not to include a yarn option this time around. It will still include patterns, but I have a big stash and I bet readers would appreciate a chance to use something they already have. I will use yarns that can easily be purchases if you do feel the need to indulge;) So as you can see I'm not letting any moss gather. I'm not sure where all these ideas will lead, but they'll keep me out of trouble for the rest of this year.