Good news. If you ordered a book from me before Friday, I can happily say it is on its way to you. Saturday morning I loaded up the truck and drove all the books to a little post office in the town next door to us. The town we live in is so tiny that we don't have our own zip code nor a post office. I love the little post office in Bernardston where they know our names, smile every time we come in the door, give us a friendly greeting and give Julia stickers. It is just one of the things I love about living in a small town. With all the cuts and trouble the US Postal Service is having, I sure hope this small town institution can survive. People I know drive from the big town next door where there is a large post office - just so they can be treated nicely and escape the long lines at the larger post office.
Where else could I go where I would be welcomed with open arms upon walking in with a whole mess of work for Alice and Tony to do.
It was a beautiful weekend - the leaves are doing their annual show and although I didn't have enough time to take too many photos, nor do justice to the incredible natural beauty around me, here's a hint of what was outside our door.
Just down the road there was this lovely color combination of red leaves, lichen green and dark brown bark.
You all know how I look to nature for lots of color inspiration. I am constantly looking around me, making mental notes about color combinations I see, tucking them away in my memory bank. I never know when they will come out nor in what form they will take. So it was quite a surprise to see how strongly the colors in these photos correlate with another project from Color by Kristin.
This is a mitten and sock set done in my Julia Yarn. I used the same cuff for both the socks and the mittens - a 12 stitch floral Fair Isle design kniting in shades of Squash, Magenta, Lady's Mantle on a gray background. The edging of this set is a fun knitted loop edging. The mittens were knit in a 2 row stripe pattern and the socks were knit in a solid gray with color tipping at the heel and toe. Isn't it fabulous how this set mimics all the natural beauty found around here at this incredibly special time of year?
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.