Dreams do come true

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land;
it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land. 
~G.K. Chesterton

15 years ago chef and I were traveling from New York to California
 stopping in Santa Fe New Mexico
 massive wild fires raging at the time
we went to Moab Utah instead
Santa Fe and Taos has been on my bucket list for so long
Dreamt of visiting this magical place in the southwest forever
  the landscape, the art and Georgia.
I am.
in a round about way
My Norwegian passport expiries 
 no longer renewable locally in Missoula with a Norwegian Consulate representative
  New York, San Francisco or Houston
 are my choices
I picked Texas
...pretty clever
New Mexico is around the corner
In this case dreams do come true
Have a wonderful week
Love to all
 peace out beansprout!


Santa Fe Sweater


 A mad dash to finish up this one.
Leaving for Santa Fe New Mexico and thought this would be fun to bring along
 and I made it- whew!
The pattern is a simple top down, I did the ribbing in different colors
and crochet the button band.
 Used my own naturally plant dyed yarn
 dyed with
 Madder, Indigo, Weld (my favorite) Walnut Hull, Cutch, Himalayan Rhubarb and Lac
 its quite the process
but worth it.
Quirky and colorful
 it fits my personality
What are you knitting?



Becoming a garden Guru- Glory Bound

A few weeks ago I started a series
 I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim
that gave me so much helpful tips and advice.
Here is the beginning of our journey in Montana
 on the 48th parallel
 fingers crossed.
 The snow has been melting and the earth is becoming warm enough to till
chef is really leaning in
 He has been working diligently on rototilling this weekend
 Love the rich dark color of soil, the smell, the warmth when the sun heats it up.
 Making cold frames to start our seeds
 using some old mis matched windows from the shed
 and added a branch for the handle
 pretty excited

 Even Foghorn helped out-  drove the tractor all day- dragging
helping new growth along
 Bella added her request to the garden
 Can you guess?
 I love dirt
 threw my shoes off and walked barefoot
 it felt so good and full of promise.
Hopefully  this year the garden will be Glory Bound




Yarn scapes -by me

pine cones
by me

I miss my home land
 the red, blue and white
 my mothers wooden knitting needle holder
adorned with rosenmaling
and cherished 
by me

glass beads given
aspen leaf
Julian's oil painting 
by me
natural yarn
 and flowers 
by me

a map
 pussy willow
 hand spun yarn
 by me


Feathers found 
 my dear Buddha
 a crochet rock 
by me


As you can see these have little pieces of me in each image
 this has become my new way of combining all the things I love 
 a story
expressing my love for nature and yarn
 it all touches my heart

From now on I will always include a heart rock in my yarnscapes
signifying that I it comes from my heart

So next time you see one with a heart rock
 you'll  know it's by me


..... feel free to read between the lines.....



Ironically, rural America has become viewed by a growing number of Americans
as having a higher quality of life not because of what it has,
but rather because of what it does not have! 
~Don A. Dillman

Sunday walk with chef
rain jackets, muck boots
our faces wet with rain
 its refreshing and heart opening
  on this familiar dirt road
 the spring rain and cold air makes me feel alive

 few words are spoken
my hand fits perfectly in his
 it's peaceful and serene
enjoying what nature is offering today
 grateful to live here in the country
 walking with the one I love 

It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something. 
~Charles Dickens


Blessing on the blossom

When my children were little we would say this little verse at the table before our dinner

Blessings on the blossom, 
Blessings on the root, 
Blessings on the leaf and stem, 
Blessings on the fruit

Perfect for my little plant dyed cardi
Its all encompassing of the plant
and now I am knitting the reward
 I have one arm left
crossing my fingers it will be done for my trip

 Enjoying the new issue of Taproot issue 13 Song, came in the mail today.

 Two quick things I noticed (haven't had time to read all yet)
 A yummy "Warming Winter Soup" a delish Fish soup.

 Another article on re -purposing yarn from already knit sweaters.
 Which is near and dear to my heart 
something my mother did when she was young,
 and then.....showed me how to 
a great way to build up your stash and get high quality yarns when times were tough.

 Now that we are all a little more earth conscious  
might be and idea before we throw out that old sweater or go thrifting?

So what are you knitting and reading?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams


Spring Rain

Spring: the music of open windows.
~Terri Guillemets

 Its fresh
 its beautiful
 mother nature is washing winter away
Spring rain is here.