Help for the Horses

This is a plea for help. If you want to jump right to the source go here.

I hope you all remember my Lady of Rohan shawl. Inspired by Eowyn and designed for Wooly Wonka’s shawl club a couple of years ago – I knew right away that I needed to do the photo shoot WITH HORSES.

Lady of Rohan hero

But I don’t have a horse of my own. Instead the wonderful Center for America’s First Horse let me wander around their fields and take photos with that gorgeous little lady you see in the pictures.

Well the Center is in trouble, their water system has failed. They need a drilled well to make it through the winter. Currently they’re hauling 250 gallons of water by hand. Every day. That’s barely feasible now, and will be impossible once the Vermont winter has settled in.

For the next two and a half weeks I’m putting my pattern: Lady of Rohan on sale. It will be 50% off retail (just $3) no coupon code needed – until midnight October 31st. All proceeds from this sall will be donated to the Center on November 1st.

LoR walking

If you don’t want (or already own) this pattern, consider making a donation directly to the center. It is a 501c3 non-profit. On the off chance they meet their gofundme goal before the 31st I will simply make a donation to the Center the old fashioned way!

The Center offers life enrichment and rehabilitation for children and adults through work with the horses. They also work towards conservation of the Spanish mustang and provide a home for some retired mustangs (including the horse who played Hildalgo in the movie by the same name!)

I hope that you’ll help them, whether you buy a pattern or not!

FO: Camden

I’ve finally finished Windsor’s Camden sweater. If you’ve lost track of this one, I don’t blame you… I cast on back during the GAL2014 (so yeah, almost a year ago) Luckily I was attempting to make the 18 month size, and even better – I screwed up gauge and appear to have made a 24 month size. Which means it’ll be just perfect for THIS winter:

Camden 1

Even though it was originally supposed to be a Christmas present last year I wrapped it up and gave it to her for her birthday this year. And when she opened it she declared “Mama made THIS!” She actually says that rather a lot, and not always about something I’ve made (recently it was a pair of shoes. I’m not a shoemaker…) But it’s still one of my favorite sentences.

Camden 3

This is a seriously adorable little sweater. If you make the body in garter stitch like the pattern recommends then it’s completely reversible. I was trying to use up stash yarn and was pretty sure I didn’t have enough for garter stitch, so I went with stockinette for the body and reversible cables on the edges.

Camden 5

So far she loves it exactly the way you’d expect a two year old to love something. Which is to say she’ll wear it for two days straight. Then when you tell her you MUST wash the sweater she’s so mad. But when presented the next day with a clean sweater she refuses to even consider wearing it again. Trust me, she looks sweet in these photos (I bribed her by letting her pick a pumpkin of her own) but she’s really, truely, TWO.

Camden 4


I’m thrilled to announce that my book will be published later this month!*

Cast Iron, Cast On: cooking and knitting through the seasons is a collaboration between myself and Calley Hastings of Fat Toad Farm. It’s a unique format- the book is arranged as a monthly almanac with seasonally appropriate patterns (by me) and recipes (by Calley) for every month of the year.

We’re expecting to have the first print copies available at Rhinebeck. If you’re there please stop by the Cooperative Press booth on Saturday to see the book and the book samples! I will also be helping out in the booth for part of the day so if you see me too – say HI!

If you won’t be at Rhinebeck keep an eye here, on my newsletter, or on Ravelry. I’ll be flooding the airwaves once it’s available! Ebooks and physical books should be available later this month. Links to websites where you can buy the physical copy will be up as soon as I have them. Better yet – ask your local yarn store to order directly from Cooperative Press!

Starting in November I will be hosting knit-alongs for the patterns from each month. There will be prizes, chatting, pattern assistance (when needed), and delicious recipes to follow as well. Drop on by my Ravelry group for more details about the first one which starts in a little more than 3 weeks – plenty of time to get your yarn all lined up!

*If you’ve been watching the patterns pop up on Ravelry, you knew this was coming!


photoshoot, interrupted

toddler pose

bits and bobs

There’s a ton going on behind the scenes right now. I’m planning a full, knitterly post for friday. In the mean time let’s cover two quick things:

Someone turns TWO this week:


And she’s very serious about her cake.

I’m doing a little photography project over on Instagram. My goal is to post 30 days of leaf photos during foliage season (#30daysofleaves). I’ve been traveling a bit and so my schedule hasn’t been quite one-per-day but I plan to keep going until I hit 30. The goal is to showcase our pretty foliage AND to practice photography with my little camera phone. It’s been fun so far.



just starting to eclipse

lunar eclipse2

Harvest time

Autumn is a lovely time to be in Vermont. We headed down to the local winery to play tourist during their harvest festival. It’s the sort of place that really is fun, even for Windsor. We all took a ride in the hay wagon

hay ride

But we didn’t get to do much of the winery tour itself. Turns out that’s too boring for a hungry little girl who was promised grape juice…

bourbon barrels

They have a gorgeous old farm wagon set up for decoration. The patriarch of the family came out to tell us about it while I was busy taking photos. His story is that they used these wagons, pulled by horses, to harvest corn when he was very young. Then the wagons sat, neglected, in a barn for decades. Until someone thought they’d make pretty decorations. Someone was right:


The tractor pulling the hay wagon was a bit of a scenic piece too… Windsor loved it.


But possibly her favorite part was this little garden path. Not really related to the harvest fest, but kids are so good at finding places to play when you give them a little space!

garden path


late summer

little zinnias


top down

black eye susan

fruits of labor

My garden has been very neglected this year. By which I mean, I harvested some peas back in June – and that’s about it. My energies have just been focused elsewhere this year. Luckily for me, we still have something to harvest. All those fruits we planted a couple of years ago are finally coming into their own. The elderberries started to ripen two weeks ago, and man do the birds eat those quickly!

The plums started to ripen around the same time, a few are still left on the trees

lone plum

And you can spend an entertaining couple of minutes watching the chickens search out the concord grapes still on the vines

hidden grapes

I’m working on elderberry jam – or jelly maybe, anyone have a recommended recipe? Honestly so far I’m working on picking those tiny little berries off their clustered stems. Maybe I’ll make grape jam again this year. Last year’s batch is almost gone, and it is (was) delicious. Not sure what we’ll do with the plums. So far eating them fresh seems to be the fastest option.