Some of you may remember that I was part of a blog tour with Donna Druchunas last year in April. (Here and here are the two parts of an interview we did.)
Meanwhile, another beautiful book was in the works, researched and written by Donna, about the work of Dorothy Reade.
This time I am proud to be able to say: I am a contributor!! There are many names in this book that you will definitely recognize, and I am humbled and happy to be among such illustrious designers: Evelyn Clark, Annie Modesitt, ...
If you go to the amazon linkand click on "see all product images", you can see the projects from the book. Mine are the pink sleeveless shell and the pink shawl.
The book has not been released yet, but I am pre-ordering it today!!! I am sure I'll be talking about this book more as it becomes available, but I am officially allowed to show you the above image now.
Me and my delayed reactions. I am always good in an emergency, do what I need to do to get someone who cut himself badly, bandaged up and off to the ER. Or drive my husband, a few years ago, who had a bicycle accident on the way home from work and broke two ribs. I started crying when I knew he was being taken care of by the doctors and nurses. I am sure now, that after 9/11, I was in shock, just like so many of you, and the real panic hit a day or so later.
Last week's earthquake in Haiti really didn't hit home until yesterday. I hate myself for having such delayed reactions, I wish I could spring into action right away. Yes I sat by the TV and radio every day and got updates on the situation. Yes I bought a donated pattern on ravelry, where lots and lots of designers have generously freed up their patterns and are donating some or all of the profits to a charity.
But somehow something kept nagging at me and I kept feeling bad for "only" having bought a pattern. Alison was already talking about it last week, and I kept thinking, nope, can't afford that. Just can't. I work largely from home, and my income is seasonally affected. (It's funny how bills add up even when there's NOT a sheep and wool festival to sell my yarn at.)
I am glad to be making mittens, because you can bet your last skein of Cascade 220 that there are just as many people hurting quietly that the world knows next to nothing about as there are in Haiti right now. Knitting the hurt away has always been one of my first responses (ah! I get it now! I DO have an immediate reaction! It's called running to needles and yarn! Duh. After 9/11, my dear husband simply surrounded me with bins of yarn from the attic. Yes I was laid up due to pretty major surgery, too, and boy those needles and skeins sure helped me through.)
Anyway. Haiti is still hurting, and because no matter how much I tried to justify not donating a certain amount by knitting for the local needy, I finally went to the Doctors Without Borders website last night, as dinner was in the oven. Dinner that would leave my whole family stuffed, with leftovers to spare. There on the donation page, it says: $7.50 / month will provide two meals to a child for a whole month. 25 cents a day.
HOW CAN I PRETEND NOT TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD TWENTYFIVE CENTS A DAY?
A quarter that I casually tossed into my purse, a quarter that has been sitting in a cup holder in my car.
I believe in quietly helping people, and not shouting about it. But this needs to be shouted about. Not because I am saying, Look at Me, I committed to donating $10/month! But to say: you can do it too.
front to back: highliter, robin's egg, chinese lantern, lemon drop, special edition/rusts, chai, goth black, vanilla frosting.
Hello there dear blog readers,
while you are here, peeking over the fence to see what I am up to, why not check out my etsy shop?
January is my birthday month and I want to give you a gift: if you order anything from my etsy shop during the month of January, I will add a FREE skein of sock yarn to your order. These skeins are NOT seconds! Please indicate color preferences, and give me several choices. I will try to accomodate you.
I will put more colors on the site itself soon, but please don't hesitate to ask for colors you may not see on there. I have pinks and purples and blues...so why not take advantage?
In the Troy Atrium, the Farmer's Market is at street level, the craft market upstairs.
What fun to see so many of you today at the market.
For those of you who couldn't make it, I'll be there again next Saturday, January 23rd, and on February 6th.
The market in and of itself is definitely worth going to: there is fresh baked bread, homemade jams and jellies, wine, cheeses, fresh produce, organic meats, eggs, and even live music! There is hot food to eat there, or take home.
A perfect way to spend your Saturday morning, even in the cold, as it's all indoors!
Guess what!! I will be at the Troy Farmer's Market (winter market in the atrium) for 3 Saturdays*, beginning this week. I'll be bringing my hand dyed sock yarn, and to kick things off right, I will have a buy 2, get 1 free sale!!
I'll be there in connection with Tight Knit!, which has the upstairs of the atrium reserved for handcrafters. I am very excited to be going, and I hope I will see many of you locals when you come get your provisions for the week: bread, cheese, wine, - and yarn!
Troy Atrium 3rd and 4th St, bordered by Fulton and Broadway.
9 am to 1 pm.
I hope to see you there!
* The 3 Saturdays are: January 16, 23, and February 6th.