Sunday, April 13, 2014

knitting shetland

hello! good morning! this is the in progress bressay dress, my 'going to shetland this summer with gudrun johnstone and maryjane mucklestone dress'! a new knit along is just beginning if you have an interest in making the bressay too. nicole is going to be our moderator, you can find the thread here. it is such a simple and beautiful pattern, and will be so cozy to wear. keeping with the shetland theme, i ordered organic shetland wool for a traditional hap shawl, gudrun's hansel. another kal maybe? would love the company! :)

see you in a few days, i'm off to the islands this morning!! foxes!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

four in one

dear lovely friends, what do you do when life keeps happening, and your blog is not keeping up? make a four in one post! yes, this is a: where we went - made - bought - met - post. and a thank you post, for all the kindness for kimberly and mike, you are so sweet! thank you! okay, let's go...


the scandinavian festival! i've got swedish roots!

 we met cat, and learned all about inkle weaving

 we met saami people

 saw favorite books

 and textiles


and handknits!

 helene's book was here, maryjane's too!

 dala horses were well represented

 viking dogs and a huge pile of onions!

they have swedish blue!

look! oh my goodness!

 tables were set up with bobbin lace making in progress

 we gave it a try, here is my sister, she got it right away!

 it took me a little longer

 this lovely woman didn't even use a pattern


 this was my favorite, look at the little future wool lover

 if you wanted, you could dress up like a viking

or make a floral crown

 aww! so pretty!

 we learned a little history

saw ancient crafts

and watched the end of a play about snip snap and snurr!

 my sister and i had such a wonderful time together, it was a spectacular day, warm and sunny. and scandinavia! i LOVE all things scandinavian. we learned a lot about our heritage, and spent a few minutes with a travel agent vendor, doing a little wishful trip planning. our family originated in the north of sweden, our great grandfather was born in vadso, norway. we have been dreaming of going to norway and sweden for many years, and made a vow to really make it happen! 

from the festival, a box of my favorite swedish soap...

and a dala horse pendant. our best treasures though were the informational travel brochures we collected!

more soon!

oops. this was not part of the blog post plan. i'm sorry, but this is so beautiful, i love it so much. can't stop looking at it...

a friend gave me this box, a thank you present

but look! it's much more than a box

it opens to reveal a portable writing desk. oh my goodness. visions of hemingway on safari filled my head.


this is abalone joe.

once a year, abalone joe makes a trip down the coast, selling his abalone shells. every year he stops in for a visit and  every year i buy several sets from him, and then give them away to family and friends. joe is a super kind person, i'm glad to know. and his sustainably harvested shells are BEAUTIFUL!

 i've been walking and hiking a LOT, especially since my sister told me about this app, run keeper. it is the best! it's so motivating! getting moving is something i've needed a push with lately. do you have a favorite exercise tip?   thank you for coming by! it's almost the weekend! have a wonderful one!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

be in my heart

we had a wedding! and we're having a baby!! well, ahem, that would be my girl and her husband, who were married at the courthouse in santa barbara friday (they were married in wisconsin last summer also). i was official witness and photographer on friday. my super darling son in law, mike, wood burned a plaque with the words 'we're having a baby', part of the plan to surprise his parents in wisconsin, with the news. kimberly and mike sent the wedding photos, along with the ones of them holding the plaque, slyly tucked between. aww! congratulations brenda and harland, first grandchild! and congratulations my children! really couldn't be more thrilled, yippee!