Friday, March 27, 2009

Fiber Gathering

A few years ago when I was signing books in Blowing Green, Kentucky, I had the good fortune of meeting Joanne Seiff and her husband, Jeff, the absent minded professor. I knew her patterns from Knits Magazine and she knew my Lion Brand essays. In the children's book section of a book festival, we chattered away about knitting. We have become long distance fiber buddies, exchanging stories, ideas, advice, and even recipes.

I have been waiting a long time for her book, Fiber Gathering. My library copy was picked up on Monday. Tuesday night was a quiet night here on Hickory Trail, so I brewed a cup of tea and settled down to spend some time with my friend.

What a great read! Joanne took me, and will take you, too, on warm-hearted, joyous romp around to the country's fiber festivals. Sampling foods, touching yarns, meeting spinners, shearers, knitters,and more, Joanne doesn't miss anything in what she brings us. And who would have ever guessed, that focused, Jeff, the absent-minded professor, the book's photographer, would capture the spirit and soul of animals, humans, and the gatherings that happen when all are brought together to celebrate fiber.

Fiber Gathering is a book you will want to read. Trust me me on that. And soon a second Joanne Seiff book, Knit Green, will be available. Now that's good news!

Visit Joanne at her blog, yarn spinner

Follow her on Fiber Gathering's Blog tour

March 31st Joanne Seiff, author Yarn Spinner
April 1st Kim Guzman, designer WIPs N’Chains
April 2nd Rosemary Hill, designer Rosemary-go-round
April 3rd Donna Druchunas, tech editor Donna Druchunas’ Blog
April 4th Cathy Adair-Clark, designer Catena Expressions
April 5th Terri Shea, designer
April 6th Chrissy Gardiner,designer Knittin’ Mom
April 7th Jeff Marcus, photographer Yarn Spinner (guest post)
April 8th JoLene Treace,designer JoLene Treace Unraveled
April 9th Cindy Moore, designer fitterknitter

Monday, March 23, 2009

March 23 2009

Okay, I am a little excited about spring. I've seen a few teeny tiny almost buds on the trees. The days are longer and I'm gearing up for warm weather. The baskets of mittens and gloves are still out. Just in case.

I would like the weather to stay cool enough for me to wear my new sweater a bit longer. It was the co-subject of my last Lion Brand essay, UFOs: The Sweater and the Shawl .

Alef-Bet: A Hebrew Alphabet Book (Hebrew Edition)

The paperback editions of Chicken Man and Alef-Bet arrived on Friday. It's an incredible feeling to hold these books again and know that they are back in print. Available. Many thanks to all who made the re-issue possible. You know who you are.

It's a short post today. Most of this afternoon has been spent trying to make friends with Photoshop 4 and In Design. More on that when we pass the dating stage. For now, there's dinner to made. Family time. And later, Jack Bauer.

On my needles is a cashmere scarf. Lion Brand Cashmere puts me in a great mood every time I make a stitch.

So long for now!