Aug 6, 2011


     The other day my daughter gave me a 'time-out'.  No, not the you've been bad go sit in the corner kind of 'time-out'.  The other kind.  The you've been good, working hard, and deserve a little 'time-out' of the hustle and bustle of your ordinary everyday life.  The pause-the-game, take-a-break, recharge- the-juices-kind of 'time-out'.  The go-out-and-smell-the-roses kind of 'time-out'.
     So she whisked me off to Chihulyland. (If you're looking, it's just to the east of never never land.)  And this is what I saw......

Oooooooo.......Ahhhhhhh......OMG..........color!, color!, color!.....Breathless.  Thank you Chihuly, and LME dahling.  Spirit refreshed!  Imagination recharged!  Juices flowing! Game on!

Jul 5, 2011

Hand Spinning Fleeces Anyone?

    Okay, they are ready!  I have been enjoying several days of complete fiber nirvana.  Fondling, skirting, fluffing, primping 20 luscious Nash Island Hand Spinning Fleeces.  I had to push through several intense lustful moments.  I'm proud to say I resisted temptation.  I've had my moment, and now I'm ready to share.  After all how many Nash Island fleeces does one girl need? (Don't answer that.)
    E-mail me, we'll chat, I'll hook you up.  Join me in fiber nirvana.

Jun 30, 2011

Simon & Lang

     I've been listening to the radio lately while I'm milling about (thank you MPBN & WERU).  Paul Simon has a new album out.  So does k.d. lang .  It seems these 'old' artists have come out with 'new' music that is based on their 'old' work.  They've revisited their earliest roots to re-discover that place where their artistic journey was born.
     Must be something in the air.  I've dusted off my spinning wheel and returned to handspinning,  back to where my fiber journey began.  As machines hum all around me I synchronize to their rhythm while I treadle and spin. (Sometimes we race.  They always win.)
     I have spent countless hours playing/knitting with the colors of Nash Island Yarn.  I don't know why I never thought to do the same with Nash Island Roving. Until now!  Look at what I've been spinning!

 I'm playing with color combos,

knitting up lots,

and lots of samples,

and having way too much fun!

     Sweater possibilities are flooding the brainwaves.  And yes! there will be new Nash Island Multi-colored Rovings in the offering soon.  Just as soon as I crank up the Simon and Lang and try a few more color combos..... 

Jun 9, 2011

Shear (ing) Delight

Shear (ing) Delight is......

3 beautiful islands off the coast of Maine

3 gloriously sunny days in a row

170  big wooly sheep

60  wee wild wooly lambs

23 wonderful family & friends working, laughing, & eating together

3 incredibly hardworking women shearers

1 lobster boat full of wool headed to the harbor

900 pounds of luscious fog washed wool headed to the mill.

Yup,  that's shear delight!

To view the Bangor Daily News article about this year's shearing click on:

May 30, 2011

Wee Wild Woolies

     5 am.  The fog rolls in from the ocean.  So thick you can hardly see past the shoreline.  It brings a deep quiet, muffling the sound of waves on the shore, the cries of the gulls, and the distant baaing of sheep.  You know they are out there, but they are hard to see.  White on fog.  It's lambing time on the island.  The weather can be a bit nasty in May (especially this year).  It's the cold rainy days when you have to be extra vigilant, tromping over hill and dale all day in the rain, keeping watch.

      Usually lambs are born without incident or fanfare.  While wondering the island you come upon new born lambs tucked behind a knoll or standing on wobbly legs under mom's watchful care.

But sometimes you come upon a frantic pacing ewe and a lamb unable to get up because it's too wet and cold.  Tucking the lamb inside your rain coat you make note of the ewe and where you found the lamb and head back to camp.  A box on the open wood stove oven door serves as a warming hut for cold lambs.  A few hours (sometimes over night) and some warm lamb formula usually brings them around.  Always a miracle.

     With any luck, by mid-afternoon the rain stops and the sun begins to burn through the fog as you head back out in search of the ewe that will claim the bleating lamb in your arms.  Fortunately, the ewes usually tend to stay in the same area where their lamb was born so you don't have to search the entire island.

     But which one of the hundred white ewes on the hillside is the right one?  You slowly move toward the ewes and when you're just close enough you set down the lamb and scurry and hide (the lamb's have a tendency to follow you).  Abandoned on the hillside the lamb will begin to blat a piteous cry.  A short ways off a grass munching ewe will pick up her head and baa in answer.  Calling back and forth they slowly work their way towards each other (cue the violins) until little tail wagging lamb finds ewe.

     Another rounding of the island as evening descends and you take a moment to listen to the ocean and watch the antics of gangs of wee wild woolies banded together for a game of 'king of the hummock' or 'catch me if you can' while mom ewes munch grass nearby.

     Tuckered out lambs snuggle beside ewes at the end of day ....

    as the fog rolls back in from the sea.

Jan 21, 2011

Cabin Fever Colors


 The third blizzard of the season is howling and swirling outside my window, covering the panes with lace and enveloping me in a cocoon of white. I'm cozy inside by the fire, deep in the dye pots, conjuring memories of clear blue skies, undulating green seaweed, and beach gleanings of deep purple mussel shells, pale green urchins, and turquoise sea glass.  And from the dye pots have come the NEW 2011 Starcroft COLORS!
Some rejuvenated old favorites and some exciting new additions.  Here's a peek... 

Osier - deep cranberry red, Lobster Bake - dark orange/red, Acorn - intense autumn gold, Larch - soft pale yellow, Urchin - pale green, Seaweed - deep yellow/green, Sea Glass - light turquoise, Clear Skies - bright blue, Raven - deep navy black/blue, Cove - soft fog gray, Whelk - deep red/purple, Mussel Shell - dark purple/navy, and Pine Cone - deep brown.

I just couldn't decide which color to knit with first, so of course I decided to use them all.  This is a fair isle vest in progress....