Monday, November 26, 2012

RIP Paul

Just a quick tribute to my brother Paul, who passed from this world last evening after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was such a good guy, someone you would have been happy to know. I'll miss those long discussions over a cup or two of coffee, and the stupid way you answered your phone: "Hi! What's on. Your mind?"

My brothers L to R: Art, Ralph and Paul, c. 1950

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Celebrate Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with a SALE!!

Celebrate Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday--Starting immediately and through midnight on Monday, Nov. 26, all items in my Etsy shop will be discounted 20% when you use coupon code Cyber2012 when checking out.

Buy fiber for your spinning friends, buy yarn for your crafting friends! And have fun shopping!

Monday, November 12, 2012

My article on carding has been published!

Several months ago I wrote an article on blending fibers/fibres with a drumcarder. A friend of mine did the photo shoot and we sent it off to Yarnmaker Magazine.  I've just gotten word that the November issue is on the stand in the UK and in the mail to subscribers. I'm so happy to be a part of this magazine and to be helpful in spreading textile pursuits around the globe. It's a great magazine with tons of informative articles--check your international news stands for a copy, although I'm not sure that it reaches us here on the other side of the pond.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Best brother ever!

Our house c. 1943 One of those guys on the porch is my skinny brother!

2005--Always up to something goofy

Family reunion in '08
Fixing our cellar steps, 2008
So good to see you again yesterday, although the circumstances are not the best. Despite our differences over the years, you were always willing to see the other guy's side of the issue and consider your actions. Although sometimes you needed to be smacked with the Clue-By-Four (don't we all?). You know you are my inspiration in my own battle?

See you in two weeks.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

New/old batts and other news

I've been revisiting old colorways, revamping some to bring them up to date with new materials and/or colors, and relisting them in the shop. The most recent additions:
Eggplant batts--Merino, silk and bamboo

Onion Chutney--Merino wool and bamboo

Apples and Oranges, inspired by Cezanne--100% Merino wool
Apples and Oranges--quick and easy marbled yarn!

After a hectic summer of teaching and traveling, I promised myself that I'd be more efficient and regular at posting updates and bits of information on spinning and knitting. Life keeps laughing at my attempts to be efficient and regular. I'll be off-and-on this blog for the next few weeks as family issues take priority over my time. But I'll be making batts, spinning yarn, tackling knitting mysteries and posting when I can.

Life is short, make it count!