Happy Thanksgiving, 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving! Ours is quiet but it’s also special – a first Thanksgiving for a new Canadian in the house, me!  N’s work-all-weekend schedule for a big project shifted at the last minute, so we headed up to visit the Cheltenham Badlands formation along the Bruce Trail in Caledon. We saw no horses but one family […]

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Tough goodbyes

Our final goodbye for Toby was yesterday evening.  A joint decision after helping him through a major seizure on Sunday afternoon, and his ongoing decline in health due to the brain tumour. Family, and also my friends where I hang out online were so supportive.  You know who you are.  These are my thanks for […]

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Celebrating Canada – a new spinning project

While spinning on my uber-patriotic Bosworth Moosie this morning, I had a thought.  Why not share the spinning project that I am so close to starting?  It is as Canadian as those colours, and is special besides.  Who cares if we spoke only yesterday, right? Ontario produces superb wool Two months ago, I wrote something. […]

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Plumage, a juried exhibition

In a month already full with home renovation work & gardening, I have been bowled over by the positive response that my two pieces received in the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild 2014 exhibit at the (then-called) Burlington Art Centre. The Juror, Sheila Perry, selected 20 pieces from 16 fibre artists for the Exhibit.  Each artist’s interpretation […]

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The fun part

Our first-ever giveaway is ready for her drum roll!  Winners are: Chronicbooker3, Shelley! You win the woven project bag! Cristaldiva, Rayna!  Tosh Sock in Logwood is yours! Many thanks to each & every one of you who posted, and tweeted.  Your comments & wishes were lovely.  The support is from long-time readers, and means a […]

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Mid-June is for giving!

Faithful Reader – You may have been around since the very beginning on March 3, 2009.  You may have met me at points in the meantime or just happened to have turned us up on a search.  You may even just be here for the very first time.  It’s ALL GOOD. This blog started in […]

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Logwood Heart, an experiment

I am speaking about Haematoxylum campechianum.  Logwood is a natural dye that is typically sold as dried chips of the heartwood.  It was introduced for cultivation in Caribbean colonies, and continued to be exported even through the sugar hey-day.   Who do you think you are?  Logwood Heart? It’s from my favourite poem, Omeros by […]

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The Waiting Room

Over the past month life slowed right down.  I had a health scare that slowly made itself known.  For almost 2 weeks I knitted, spun with spindles, and did as much as I could muster energy for.  I went into the ER at the right time.  After hours of waiting for test results, we slowly […]

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The new leaf

The Powers That Be have recently changed in my life.  Just 2 weeks ago, I served my last day in the day job.  It was an uneventful and amicable ramp-down but all of my energy had gone into working difficult files & big decisions this summer. I usually keep this under wraps but this day […]

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Out of Jamaica, Part I

The island was lush & beautiful when we were home.  In the short week we stayed in Kingston, visited Port Royal for Gloria’s fried fish, and went to St. Ann for Cuz’s wedding. In Kingston, we caught the tail-end of the rains: These old friends in the backyard were a sight for sore eyes.  Mahogany […]

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