to celebrate the publication of my new book


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.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Interesting Things & October Giveaway Winner #1

And the winner of October Giveaway #1 is..... Erin who wrote...."Fall is my favorite time, for sure! I make lots of soups, and always a big batch of applesauce - some of which I freeze for the holidays. Also - pumpkin soup and muffins. Oh, joy!"

If you haven't had a chance - try to read through all the comments. You all have given me lots of cooking and baking ideas to try this autumn! Thanks so much to everyone who entered. You guys are great. So many of you put such thought into your comments! I'll be doing another Giveaway next week here on the blog. Check back!

It was another beautiful autumn week here. The lambs looked so beautiful grazing with the yellow leaves behind them.

If I want to get good portraits of them, I have to leave the Border Collies in the house. Otherwise they all just flock together.

Who says all sheep look alike?

I love this photo because it shows three distinct looks of lambs..... Shetland cross, Romney cross and Border Leicester cross.

Probably many of you are journeying to Rhinebeck to the Sheep and Wool Festival. I'm not but you all have a great time. I'll look at our sheep right here on our hill.

When we were separating the lambs a month or so ago, one older ewe snuck in with the bunch of lambs. This photo shows the difference in size and look between a ewe lamb and a mature ewe.

Some interesting things about knitting on the web...

Peggy Gaffney, a knitwear designer who writes self-published books with knitting patterns for specific dog breeds has been chosen by Martha Stewart as one of 2010 "Dreamers into Doers." Check it out here. It is a really nice interview. Congrats Peggy!

It is Wool Week in Great Britain. WOW - what if there was wool week in the USA? You can't believe the press it is getting! Google it - and check out all the great articles, including this one. (Thanks again Auntie Shan.)


Erin Leigh said...

Oh my goodness! I'm am so excited!! Thank you!! :) :)

Auntie Shan said...

Is it *just* Me, or do Sheep *always* Stare right AT you like that...?

It's like They're almost DARING you to snatch Their Wool and MAKE something!

Oh, and THANKS again for the 2nd "Mentioned-in-Dispatches"! :-D

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your blog a lot. If no one has mentioned it, your favorite vase was probably Native American made. The wooden strips are from the Black Ash trees. The cord is called Hong Kong cord. You can date it to when the Hong Kong cordage was used. You have to pound the black ash logs to get the growth rings to separate. It is LOTS of work. I have a similar vase that I really like, also. Baskets were made out of these materials from the east coast thru to Michigan and Wisconsin and thru the eastern to mid area in Canada.