gathering of 5 medals

This weekend was one of our favorite events of the year, the gathering of 5 medals. It’s a historical reenactment of the colonial period that changes from year to year. This year we found more people working with fibers than in the past.

spinning with a drop spindle
twining a bag
dying with natural dyes
dye stuff


I found the natural dyes to be the most interesting as it is an area I would like learn more about.

A great article I found on the topic can be read here.

Autumn Knitting

As the weather here is turning colder, and the leaves begin to show their brilliant display, I find that I am once again feeling a draw towards my knitting.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do knit year around of course – but once fall comes around, I find it easier and easier to spend my entire day needles in hand.  This can cause a problem for the amount of house work that then accumulates around me.  Today for instance, I was going to focus getting all the laundry finished, and all or our floors cleaned.  However, once I started looking at fall knit-ware, I was unable to pull myself away.  Can you blame me?  Take a look at some of the inspiring & fun knitting patterns I found.

Interweave Knits; Fall 2007
The Sitting Tree
Joji Locatelli
free french pattern/translation please!
the Purl bee
Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2011
Vogue Knitting fall 2012
Ysolda Teague
by Celery Stalk
Pixie Bell
Carmen Rigby

Renegade Craft Fair >>> Chicago

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago.  I’ve had my eye on this event for several years, but haven’t been able to get there until now.

We arrived there early.  So early in fact that many of the artists were still setting up.  This had it’s benefits: 1. we got an awesome parking spot 2 blocks away, & 2. we were actually able to get in to see the art work. By lunch time the street was so packed it was nearly impossible to see what was there.

My favorite artist at the fair was Dolan Geiman.  His artwork drew me in and held my attention.  I wanted to look at every single piece he had there.  My favorite piece is the Warblers.

Lisa Chow is another artist whose art I really enjoyed seeing.

I love her whimsy style that invites you to the land of make believe.  I’m hoping and waiting for an enchanted ballerina to appear.

There were a lot of other talented artisans there as well and over all The Renegade Craft Fair is a great event. However, I’d have to say I was disappointed.  Almost every artists could fit into one of 4 categories: 1. jewelry  2. silk screen/letterpress  3. art/graphic art prints  4. reclaimed wood.  There were a few people working with leather, and few more with aromatherapy, but there just wasn’t a lot of variety.   After awhile, I found my self not caring if I saw what an artist had since it was very likely that they would have similar things to what another artist had. I don’t know if this lack in variety was a result of The Renegade Crew accepting only this sort of application or if there weren’t any applications from other artisans.  I am a bit curious to know why it was this way.   Later on I’ll share with you what my dream craft fair would look like.

At any rate, it gave me some confidence in my own art/craft projects.  Confidence that I could one day have a booth at something like this, and my stuff would be unique.

If you ever have the oppertunity to go to a Renegade Craft Fair, you should definately check it out.  There are several of them across the country.

nature + fiber art = seasonal inspiration

>>>> I came across this beautiful installment this past spring and was inspired to do more outdoors knitting this summer.  I didn’t get as much of it done as I had hope. The summer seems to have gotten away from me as it always does. I get to this point in the year and panic.  I realize autumn is upon us and I still have a list of summer activities yet to do.  This summer, I couldn’t get enough time at the beach! I am still hoping to get at least one more trip in before the weather turns chilly.

I did get some knitting in this summer, and on our last trip I found this lovely drift wood!  I have some ideas brewing for next summer, or maybe this autumn yet.  I make a vow to myself to slow down, empty my date book, and enjoy the coming season.

>>>> Happy Labor Day my friend! <<<<

Color Scouting: Winter Rainbow

winter rainbow
As a result of the “polar vortex” that has been effecting most of America, my region has had extreme, arctic-like temperatures. It has caused all kinds of inconveniences, shutting down entire cities in a declaration of emergency. However, it has also shared with us a winter-time beauty that we have not experienced before in this part of the world.

What is color scouting?

Snowy Days

pussy willows

We received a large amount of snow this week, & yesterday, the schools were closed.  The kids & I took advantage of the day to go out & play.  The sledding hills were perfect & the weather was great, but there were also hints of spring!

lilac budsAs I looked around, I noticed that our trees are beginning to bud, & the birds have been returning to the area.  I can hear their songs throughout the day bringing cheer to these last days of winter.

This weekend the temperature is suppose to be 20 degrees warmer, so I know the snow won’t stay for long.  I am ok with that.  We got our last romp in the snow, so now Spring may come