Remaking my 80s gold gas fireplace

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I live…. in an eighties house. When we moved in it had honey oak trim and cabinets, particle board doors with bright gold knobs, mauve and peach paint, Continue reading “Remaking my 80s gold gas fireplace”

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Waiting for Asparagus

If you haven’t yet read Barbara Kingsolver’s foray into nonfiction, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life then unfortunately, you’re missing an intellectually delicious soul-quenching treat. Because Kingsolver’s day job is as a novelist, this is more than your average nonfiction ode to food. Her prose rises to the level of the highest quality literary fiction. Continue reading “Waiting for Asparagus”

Planning

Spring has sprung here in Iowa in many ways. I’m starting to think about our garden (and Doc planted some radishes and onions already), our bikes have made their way out of storage for the inevitable and somewhat painful first ride of the season, and I’m starting to think about casting on new knitting projects.

My eyes continue to be bigger than my stomach in this department. I wasn’t able to complete a pair of socks in April despite being practically monogamous with the project. Nevertheless, the urge to start something new is great.

Several patterns have my eye, and many of them seem to be shawls. I’m considering Canopy because I have had some Road to China Light languishing in my stash for far too long.

canopy shawl knitting pattern

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Books for Knitters

Over the years I’ve come into contact with a LOT of books about knitting. Often the plots are pretty similar (and I’m sure you can find this plot within many other “hobby” subgenres – quilting, weaving, heck I’ve even seen titles related to crossword puzzles…)

It starts with a woman, usually middle-aged or better, who’s had a major life change. (Husband dying suddenly seems to be the most common…) Usually the husband has left the woman financially insolvent in some way and she has to open a yarn shop somewhere to stay afloat, and of course, in doing so, finds a part of herself she never knew (and usually a new, handsome man, to boot).

Now, just because there are cliches, doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy curling up and having a little entertainment in my reading. And titles several stray from the path of this basic plot. Plus, there are many nonfiction options that go in a completely different direction. Here are a few options – starting with those nonfiction choices. Continue reading “Books for Knitters”

Things My Mother Didn’t Tell Me But Should Have

I don’t think I’ll have time for a real post this week – with the husband out of town most of my time is taken up with work and child-caring-for. It’s fine because I really don’t have much craft activity to report. I’ll just leave this poem here, from the amazing Warsan Shire (go look up the rest of her work, it’s worth it.) I spend a lot of time thinking about how I’ll raise my daughter and how I want her to have self confidence and self worthiness and self esteem.

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