In Defense of Stash

July 10th, 2014

I have recently come to the conclusion that much like good wine, stash is best when it has been given time to age, ferment, breathe.  We add to our stashes because we see potential and promise in the materials.  Perhaps the sun, the temperatures, the rain were just right for the grapes this year and we buy on speculation, but we don’t drink it right away.  We let it develop into its best version of itself.  Stash, too.  It needs to evolve and interact and be inspired by the amalgam of materials around it.  The insides of my studio cupboards are my version of the charred oak wine barrels.  All ingredients are waiting for the best versions of themselves to be enticed to blossom.  Just as it would be foolish to expect an infant to contribute to the household, it is equally foolish to expect the new aquisition to the stash to be immediately helpful.  We just know and love it and see what potential it has.  Perhaps, in that way, it is even more like choosing a husband–they too need to time to grow and mature.

It was a good year.

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Paper Doll

July 3rd, 2014

I spent the morning adorned in a paper dress. I wasn’t terribly happy about it.  Actually, I was a wee bit offended by the whole thing. While I’m no fashion diva, I am a fiber affcianado. This was not a nod to avant garde alternative fashion. I bet you it wasn’t even an earth friendly recyclable. This was an atrociously ill fitting, ill-conceived insult to my $35 copay. Miffed.

Just sayin’.

Paper Fashionista

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For the Record…

June 14th, 2014

As I was saying—-For the record, my husband is crazy. But it is the best kind of crazy you could ever hope for. At the moment, he is intent on saving us from being washed away in some very heavy rains. Noah doesn’t need to be called in for a consult by any means, but it is charming to see his sweet intensity to divert rain and gutter run-off as if Satan himself had come calling. It is late, dark and (obviously) raining. I will prep warm clothing, get dinner to the brink of serving, and ready a hardy hug. Tomorrow will hopefully be drier and his attentions will once again be directed to the true craft at which he excels:  turning old salvaged discards into useful and beautiful treasures.

A vintage cooling rack pulled from an old candy shop has been refurbished as the perfect industrial storage unit.

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The Year I Lost My Walking Shoes

June 11th, 2014

Excerpt

“I should have known it would all be a doozy when at that last holiday party of the season someone went home in my shoes. I was forced to vacate the year in theirs, all pinched toes and hobbled heels.”

Early 1900s shoes and goulashes.

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A Rug Hooking Pattern

May 23rd, 2014

Lots of new pattern writing going on.  Are you a hooker?  Keep an eye out, this is just one of several rug hooking patterns I have in the works, though this is one of my favorite. Inspired by a teeny tiny little faded photograph I found at a flea market, I had a lot of fun translating sepia tones into full color.

Source: Woman and Chickens Rug Hooking Pattern via Jwrobel on Craftsy

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Yard Sale Season Begins

May 21st, 2014

As you know, we are always on the lookout for great vintage finds at yard sales and flea markets.  The thrill of the search never diminishes for us.  This year was our first visit to the annual Grand and Glorious Yard Sale and it is sure to become a lasting tradition for us.  We left the hall with many a treasure, but most triumphantly we tucked this oversized wooden train engine with two towed cars securely under our arms.  I have visions of an extensive display at our shows, this choo choo set up on a rustic antique workbench next to the 1930s hoosier.  Stuffed toys, yarns, kits, and vintage laces, baubles, and other vintage oddities in tow, each car overflowing with goodies.

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Vintage Millinery

May 9th, 2014

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Spring Cleaning Sale!

May 7th, 2014

It’s a Spring Cleaning Sale! Take a peek and see if there are any must haves for your favorite baby in my Etsy shop. Select pieces are 20% off.

http://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/broodbaby

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Fiber Fantasies

May 1st, 2014

It’s a rainy gloomy day, but that’s okay. My head is brimming with ideas. I can’t decide what to work on first. Of course, the things I should do are not the things I want to do. Conundrum. But I’ve been feeling beaten down lately and spread too thin and would much rather pursue a little self nurturing today. I think some of my new yarns from Manos del Uruguay will have a visitor today.

Itching to knit.

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The Baby Fisherman

April 28th, 2014

There’s a new pattern on the loose! The Baby Fisherman Cabled Bunting is destined to be a classic, I’m sure of it. Not to be too prideful, but fisherman sweater cables interpreted for baby has a lasting appeal to it, don’t you think? This is a bunting you will knit once and it will be handed down baby to baby, generation to generation.

The Baby Fisherman Bunting. Knit it yourself!

I’ve knit up this bunting in two equally gorgeous organic cottons: Mariposa by Ecobutterfly Organics and Sprout by Classic Elite. I love them both; you won’t go wrong with either. They each show off the all-over pattern of cables perfectly. Soft against baby’s skin, machine washable, and lovely to work with. The pattern is in full color and offers lots of pictures. Babe will be safely swaddled in no time.

Combine your knitting with some hand sewing and you'll have easy access to baby.

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