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Winter insists upon epic projects.

My hands have not held a knitting project in weeks.  My sewing machine sits in chilly silence, murmuring weak pleas of encouragement to continue work on an array of woolen undershirts for the whole family.  A pile of vomit-bedding waits for me to uncurl from my protective fetal position and fire up the washing machine.  A blog sits silent for
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Egg Dyeing in Progress

A friend came by a few days ago to instruct us on the ancient art of psanky, or Ukranian Egg Dyeing.  In just a couple of hours, we covered the basics and got down to designing our own eggs. Psanky is basically egg batik.  Beeswax is used as a resist, applied in a fine line with a kistka, the reservoir
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Winterlit Herringbone Cowl Pattern

At last, a cowl. It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of this knitting pattern, so carefully designed to complement the unique hand of First Harvest yarn.  Winterlit, it is called and indeed, the saturated hues shine like a beacon through the grey.  Winterlit is knit in Herringbone stitch, an elegant but easy to learn stitch pattern
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Be on the ready.

Something wonderful is waiting to be born.  A skein of yarn has yielded a magnificent antidote to late Winter.  Woolen loops and knots, made with sticks, have been arranged just so, the choreography has been recorded, the results tested and loved.  I am now fashioning it all into a virtual paper airplane, giving it wings to reach you all, wherever
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The slippers were long overdue.

Using the Felt Slippers pattern on the Martha Stewart Living website, I paid a debt long overdue. How can these girl-toes I jokingly munched on not so long ago have grown to such size, past even the confines of last year’s slippers?  I asked myself this in November, I reckon, and then fell into the belly of a giant whale,
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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Solstice.

Sweet, vital, enveloping beeswax – it is the defining aroma of the Solstice and the days leading up to it, when big blocks of golden light incarnate are melted down on the woodstove and poured into votive molds to await summoning on Solstice night.  We celebrated our first family Yule by illuminating the night with candles and sharing a meal
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Consider a Piñata

Grampa had a big birthday this Thanksgiving, one that could only be properly rung in with a piñata. It was all things a piñata fashioned by little hands should be – slightly awkward but bearing much charm, boasting a roomy interior, and surprisingly concrete in only one or two spots. The nose on this guy, for example, could withstand the
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Introducing: This is wool. First Harvest: Backyard

With no further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the long-awaited first harvest of Five Green Acres wool. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Being the first harvest, it’s also the official launch of the Five Green Acres line of yarn, known henceforth as This is wool.  You’ll find this first vintage of yarn, noted for its playful handspun vitality,
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Big. Announcement. Friday!

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There is a big project on the horizon.

I can’t wait to tell you all about this project – from its crazy inception (over a particularly strong cup of coffee) to how the design features seemed to evolve organically, on their own. I will report on the process of making a muslin – how useful a tool it was and how it came together surprisingly quick, without seeming
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