Monthly Archives: January 2011


Thinking of my mom, who would have turned 60 today. The years have dulled the pain of losing her, but not removed it. I still find myself reaching for the phone to tell her something or ask her opinion, and … Continue reading

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Digging in the dirt

As January draws to a close, I look towards spring and get a jump start on my garden by planting seeds indoors for those plants that can handle it. Tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, and a couple of herbs all … Continue reading

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Stepping up

There are 98 stairs at the¬†light rail train¬†station near my office, and 95 stairs at the station near my house. I’ve been working up to walking all 193 of them, twice a day – but sometimes I walk up the … Continue reading

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Strung out

I’ve been more or less trying (mostly less) to learn the guitar for, oh, five or six years now. I bought a basic steel string acoustic I affectionately dubbed Big Bertha and signed up for lessons from an ex-rocker, but … Continue reading

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Seeing purple

It has been two years since I decided that I wanted to learn to spin fiber. I began on an aptly-named drop spindle, and then built my first spinning wheel. I began to accumulate a few bags of fiber; some … Continue reading

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Shepard’s Pie

Actually, it’s Cottage Pie since it uses ground beef (Shepard’s Pie uses lamb). I got one of these for Christmas: Isn’t it gorgeous?!? I was so excited to give it a try, and the first thing I made in it … Continue reading

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You spin me right round

I’m seeing some improvement in my spinning – my twist is more even and I am able to keep a fairly consistent thickness. Keeping the twist under control is my ongoing challenge: since I usually spin while watching a movie, … Continue reading

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Pink posies

Last night I cast on a new project, a Helena baby sweater in lovely Dream in Color “Smooshy” sock yarn, in a soft pink colorway. It’s just a wee bit of fabric right now, but the thing I love most … Continue reading

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Self control

Nothing says willpower quite like a knitter walking into a yarn store on her lunch break and leaving with just two skeins. I mean, really: two?? And, I have projects in mind for both – these aren’t stash enhancers. I … Continue reading

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Soaps on sale!

It’s the perfect time of year for an Inventory Reduction Sale — now through February 12th use coupon code InvRedSale and get 15% off your total order from my site: RainDance Soaps. Some items have very limited quantities, so don’t … Continue reading

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