Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Website

Plaese come and visit me at my new website  michelle You will find my blog there.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Hanukkah Trike

I'd like to introduce you to Gabi Greenberg, the star of my new picture book, The Hanukkah Trike. To read more about Gabi and why I wrote about her, ride over to Albert Whitman's  Boxcars, Books, & a Blog .

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Socks, handknit

Socks. Another pair knit. But these were not quite like others. Knit while life around me, my life as a mother, began it's steady shift away from all that it had been. Soon that movement will be greater, in September, the nest, our nest, once so full and crowded, with just be for the two old birds.
The Stalled Sock, this month's Lion Brand essay.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The First Leaf

The first leaf. Golden. A hint of fall in the air. The slight shift in light, and this leaf, golden against the deep greeness of August in Iowa.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Shawl Friday

It's been a summer of reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane. I'm not quite sure what keeps pulling me to find out what made them tick. Perhaps it's the closeness of their archives, housed down the road in West Branch Iowa.

Studying new picture books, I have found I really love Mo Willems. And I adore his early readers. Thank you, Debbie Dunn for introducing me to them.

So what does this all have to do with shawl Friday? Sketching lions for the new Lion Brand healing shawl cards ( ), I looked for a visual guide. The lions were my first attempt at anthropomorphizing. I thought Maurice Sendak and his Little Bear illustrations would be most helpful, but it was the spareness of the Mo Willems elephant and pig that guided my hand.

Friday, May 28, 2010

graduation and motherhood

The days are long and the years are short. Last night was the last orchestra concert. Saturday night graduation. My to-d0 list is long. At the top will be to remember to enjoy the present.

Thanks for dropping by. This summer I hope to post more regularly. And with some luck, my Etsy store will be open for those who have asked for cards and posters from my books and knitting life. Soon.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Spring

Here's the thing about blogs, they are often started with the loftiest of intentions. Take mine, for example. I had planned to post every Friday. No matter what. I was positive I would post more often than that. But books have a way of taking over the nooks and crannies of your life. My last post was in January. And now it's May.
There's just a bit of last minute work for me on the knitting book due out next Spring. The Hanukkah Trike will be out this Fall. I'm back at my desk now with a head full of stories and a summer packed with ideas. Stay tuned.
Thanks for visiting.