Here is a very heart-warming video about Barbara Finney, a woman who lost her fingers to a blood disease but still knits and crochets. See it here.
On Saturday I met a woman at the Amherst Winter Farmers Market who knits "stump socks" for American War Veterans. She is a member of the Granny Peace Brigade in Philadelphia. Their mission is to work for peace in Iraq and Afghanistan and to bring home the troops in good medical - physical and mental - condition and to jobs. The stump sock pattern is available on line Here on Google Docs.
I've just heard about an upcoming knitting retreat being held near Hartford. Janet Bristow and Vicky Galo are the original founders of the Prayer Shawl Ministry and travel nationwide to present their ministry workshops. Both are graduates of the Hartford Seminary’s Women’s Leadership Institute, and are authors of The Prayer Shawl Companion and The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion. It is April 2 from 10 to 3. Check it out here.
And because there can't be a day without a sheep or lamb photo, here are Coco and Chanel dozing on one of our Persian rugs via the Hipstamatic.
And another of them smiling for the camera.
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.