Sunday, October 26, 2014


The first frost has yet to arrive. The last of the summer sun is savored.

Short walks and long shadows.

Ghost bugs are there, and then not.

Green peppers change to orange.

and beans to seed.

Potatoes are dug and moved from one underground storage to another. walnuts, generously given by a friend, await the hammer.

the rafter of turkeys grow larger by the days.

and september projects are finished in october.

it is time for bonfires and almost the beginning of november!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

weftember weaving

The garden harvest has been getting ahead of me. Every third day I pick and for the next two days, I pack or process. There isn't much time for fun things like spinning or weaving. Moments are snatched.

Usually, those moments come in the morning. This happens, mostly, because I have been waking before the sun is up. We have been having chilly mornings, filled with fog. I make a small pot of coffee, and reach for the distaff and spindle. There is a purpose, a plan, to spin enough linen to weave some cloth.

While at the Endless Mountains Fiber Festival, I picked up some Hemp Sliver in a sort of roving type package. I was told it was imported from Romania. It spins up very well, and I've been amazed at how very much it resembles some of the better flax that I've spun.

Can you tell which spindle holds the spun hemp?

This image shows linen and hemp singles, side by side on the nod. It is difficult to tell the difference.

After finishing these singles will take a trip to the warping board (gulp).

And weaving on the Double Hole Tape Loom has filled some moments in the afternoon. Grace has added some wonderful handmade 4 and 6 inch maple shuttles to the Etsy shop!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

hold everything - it's time to snap

Grab an apron and pull up an Adirondack chair. We can sit on the deck and listen to the river go by while we snap beans.

There are some 700 and some odd steps from the garden to the kitchen. This is the route I travel several times a day, in and out of the garden, with baskets full of beans.

These are Haricots Verts, they grow longer, skinny - tender and crisper than your ordinary bush bean. I raised them from seed I've saved over the years, and this year's harvest is exceptional.

The yield so far is over a bushel in weight. A good year for the beans.

Having picked the majority of them at the peak of their perfection, I will leave the rest to mature for seed, or possibly the bean pot. What comes in on top will be used for fresh eating. Handfuls-steamed then sauteed in minced garlic, olive oil and almonds.

pick, wash, sort, snap, chop, measure, steam, pack, process and store. only ten steps there. repeat as many times as necessary.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


As a verb, the word produce means to make or manufacture from components or raw materials.

So in that sense of the word, I've been producing lots of different types of things these days.

Trying my hand and producing a distaff or two, and adding designs to the copper and other elements to the staff.

This one is from a piece of a nearby maple tree that needed to be trimmed out. It is a pleasing task to make a distaff!

As a noun, the word produce means things that have been produced or grown, especially by farming.

So in that sense of the word, I've actually been producing jam from produce! Lots of nice fresh red currants from the garden!

My friend, Judy, stopped by and dropped off some of the Nanking Cherries from her garden. Thank You! A bowl of cherries is always good to keep nearby, when one is spindling linen. keep those juices flowing. The rest were turned into jam.

When my spindle is at rest, I tuck it inside the distaff, for easy storage. As I look at it, it appears to be a cocoon of sorts.

Summer is in full swing! I'm enjoying the view~

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