A Lovely Day in May

Working around the house today, helping my husband get ready for the seasonal influx of anxious gardeners that make their way to our farm each summer. Took a couple pictures with my ipad mini. I’m getting to know Instagram and thinking up creative ways to use it. Here’s the link to my lovely Lilacs.

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A Yarn Lovers Paradise

In the last week or so I’ve noticed the angle of the sunlight inching lower and lower. Yesterday the weather finally broke and its beautiful out now—cooler and much less humid. Even though fall is my 2nd favorite season, I’m feeling a little melancholy? I began reflecting on the summer and trying to remember the highlights. There aren’t many—I’ve been so busy with school and I confess I hate the humidity—it turns me into a listless fool. Like so many neglected things in my life, my abandoned blog waits for cooler weather and my graduate school completion (I’m almost there). Today, reflecting on a fun yarn day this summer I thought I would share a few pictures from the Massachusetts Sheep & Wool Festival on May 26 & 27th, in Cummington.




In case it isn’t evident—I was coveting that beautiful little brown and white bunny. Here’s a few more… enjoy.






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Vernal Equinox

Yellow crocuses blooming in the Sun

An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 22 September), when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day have approximately equal length.

What this means to us is Spring has sprung…

Spring is a time of rebirth and another chance to begin somewhat anew. In my family it is also my nephew Seth’s Birthday. Today he would have been 28. I’ve lit a candle for him this morning. I can’t help but think that he was connected to the universe  because he was connected to so many people. Seth was a wonderful young man. I wish he was here growing old with us, but he belongs to the universe now. I’m sure he’s a star in heaven, just as he was a star during his time here with us on earth.

Happy Birthday Seth. Loved and missed forever…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

My husband holding 3 skeins of Olann Gra sock yarn.

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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A wonderful day

A jar of purple dye

It started like this…

A skein of kettle dyed raspberry pink sock yarn by Olann GraThen like this…


A skein of Olann Gra hand painted yarnAnd this…

2 skeins of Olann Gra handpainted sock yarn

I’m quite pleased with these colorways, and happy to be able to reproduce them both many more times—yay! The multi needs a name?

A basket of Olann Gra sock yarns

A basket full of Olann Gra hand dyed sock yarns

It all ended like this… In my world, this is a good day.

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March—In Like A Lion.

an icy window on a cold March morning.Our calico cat named FrankieIt’s March 1st and its finally snowing outside. It’s cold like March is suppose to be and there isn’t much going on around here. The cats are staying inside.

Snow covered berries and branches

Jane and I headed out for walk, and to take some pictures of our winter wonderland.

Branches covered with fresh snow.

Jane and I both LOVE the snow.

Jane, our black lab mix playing in the snow

Some of the pictures came out really wild. I really like this one.

A mass of branches cover in frsh snow.

Happy Snow Day to all! Enjoy. I know we are.

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Oma’s Shawl

handknitted shawl using aqua ginger colored yarn handppainted by Olann GraThe pattern is “Sugared Violets” by Rose Beck. It’s one pattern in her Be Mine e-book collection. Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn and wasn’t able to repeat the lace edging one more time as suggested. My mother-in-law hasn’t seen the pattern so its fine, and it was a gift therefore she had no expectations. Otherwise it came out beautifully.

Handknit shawl using aqua ginger colorway by Olann GraI’m crazy about the crescent shape. My yarn elf MaryAnn came over and helped me block it. First thing she did was run a natural cotton yarn through the edging to give us an anchor for the pins (very clever of her!), it worked wonderfully.

handknit shawl using aqua ginger colored yarn by OlannGraHandknit shawl using Olann Gra aqua ginger hand painted yarnhandknit shawl using aqua ginger colored yarn, handpainted by Olann GraI started with this colorway I hand painted last fall. I’m always amazed at how differently yarn looks once its knitted up. I love how from one form to the next it changes.

Aqua and ginger colored sock yarn, handpainted by Olann GraEvery forms shows the different hues within the colors. It also makes me think, how can I dye yarn to look a certain way at a certain time? Hummm…

Aqua and ginger colored sock yarn, handpainted by Olann GraMany skeins of Aqua and ginger colored sock yarns, handpainted by Olann GraEvery skein is different even when they’re painted at the same time. It’s the “magic” of dying the yarn that makes this happen. I think my challenge this year will be learn to control this a little, just a little, its also exciting to have am element of serendipity.

Creating this post is inspiring me… headed to gaze lovingly at my dye pots.

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