Friday, December 28, 2012

Commitment 2013

Back in 2011, I made a list of goals and commitments for the coming year.  I included things I wanted to learn or do.  I continued the tradition for 2012.

My 2012 commitments:

  • Knit a sweater (a re-list from last year).  Currently, I'm spinning my Allistar fleece for a sweater.
         Completed - in fact to date I have finished three sweaters and have two more in various             

  • The year of hand dyed yarns - Expand my hand dyed yarns - play with color, weave with it, and who knows you might start seeing it in the shop
          Completed - and those yarns are in fact in the shop.  Here is a shawl (Summer Flies - free 
           pattern on Ravelry) out of my yarn.


I even learned to do a beaded picot bind off - it took forever but I love it.


  • Continue to embrace school
         Well, I'm still there.  After a few challenging semesters I am still engaging in the process.  
           I've learned a lot and not just about the subject matter.  Being a nontraditional student has 
           its challenges.  I'm extremely happy to have finally reached the textile portion of my 

Commitments 2013
  • Submit work for a juried show
  • The year of weaving
  • Learn to make paper
  • Continue to learn and explore indigo dyeing
  • Pursue noncredit courses to strengthen drawing skills
  • Continue to explore quilting 
What will you make of 2013?

Have a very happy and safe New Year!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Each in Our Own Way

For many the holidays are bittersweet.  I remember the times past, the people who are no longer here and traditions that have been lost.  I try to make sense of what is present and what maybe future.

This time of year has become a respite from the grind of the semester   Mister and I are both off and it is a time for us to reconnect.  He is still working away on his dissertation and enjoys some open time to dig in.  I work on various projects - spinning for a sweater, some quilts that have been dancing in my head, etc.  We join forces to repair the havoc on the house the busy schedule left in the wake.  It is a time to reflect, to connect and to relax.  All the parties have come and gone.  We are enjoying a small taste of winter weather, though our weather pattern is still off kilter.

Happy Solstice & Happy Holidays.  Blessings to you wherever you are.


Our "tree" this year.  Recycled parts from a school art project, lights, handmade dove ornament and glass ornaments.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Hot Mess of Color

The semester is over.  I have survived!  Now I turn my attention to getting ready for a two day workshop with Jacey Boggs

I'm sorting though spinning fibers that were freshly dyed for color playing.


There is nothing quite like a pile of BFL!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Still Knitting

I've had this shawl on my needles forever.  I am slowly making progress and knitting on it here and there.  It is the Summer Flies pattern which is free on Ravelry.  I'm mixing up repeats to account for the change in yarn.  The yarn is found glass in my painterly sock yarn base.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Wheel Out

I sold a wheel today.  The pretty Saffron wheel by Hallcraft has found her new home.  I was sad to see the wheel go, but she is in good hands.  The wheel was charming and now will charm her new owner.

After the studio got its overhaul, it became clear that some day soon a floor loom will make its way to the studio and floor space is at a premium.  I've put out a few feelers for a used loom (looking for an 8 harness jack loom) but I know how these things go.  Like the wheels, they come when we least expect it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Weave Something November

Scarf at the top - handspun color change yarn with commercial white yarn. Still need to wash and trim, etc.

Blue is indigo dyed scarf in progress with a pick up stick pattern. I’ve never done a pattern with a pick up stick. It is fiddly at first, but I’m not getting into a rhythm.

Lastly - I learned to use my Weave It looms and I have been playing with making squares - handspun silk and left over yarn from the scarf at the top.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Break in a Basket

Fall break is here and I'm using the time to take a break, get over the art department cold bug and get things done around the studio.

First up is spinning.  I have twelve ounces of Dyeabolical's Themyscira colorway that I've spun up.  I plan on plying it with grey for a sweater's worth of yarn.  I'm also doing a lot of dye work of my own.  Some are for projects and others are for the shop.  Washing fleece is also taking up some of my break time.  It feels good to get the luscious wool that I purchased this spring and summer washed up.

I also finally finished my new spinning basket.  I started this basket a few months ago and then neglected to finish it up.  It isn't perfect - a little wonky in the weaving.  I used plan split reed with indigo dyed reed.  I dyed a few rolls at school when the vat was up and running.  I have more plans to return to indigo dyework.  There were some areas where the indigo color ran onto the neighboring reed.  A coat of basket stain seems to have cleaned everything up.  I need to make more baskets so my hands don't loose muscle memory.  

I made the sheepy liner for the basket without holding the blues up to each other.  The sheep fabric is a little too blue of the indigo oak stained color.  I'm leaving it though - I just love the sheep.  I've needed a larger basket to have near a wheel while I'm working on a project.  This basket is large and will work wonderfully.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weave Something!

So fellow blogger Sarah of Punkin's Patch commented today that I should join in WeSoInNo - her weaving version of the NaNoWriMo.  I've been thinking about it all day and now I'm jumping in.  I'd like to learn to use my Weave It looms that a friend gave me a few months ago and I'd like to play with some patterns on my Cricket loom.  Then there is the larger rigid heddle that sits gathering dust.  Hmm.

Tonight I warped the Cricket and even experimented with the Weave It loom.  Off to a good start I think.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Already?

Things are chugging along and the school semester is quickly slipping out from under a lot of us.  I looked at a class calendar yesterday and realized we have TWO weeks until fall break.  Yikes!  That means an already busy time will be that much more crazy.  It has been a semester full of growing pains, then growth and I've finally pushed past into the fantastic sponge stage.  I'm learning so much, pushing so far and I can't wait to see where we go next.

My personal work has been neglected as often happens at this time of year.  Sometimes I'm making so much at school that I come home and can't think about making anything more.  Today has been different.  Today I felt the pull to sit down at a loom and bang out a project that has been languishing.  Later one of the wheels and I will take some turns.

Hand dyed/Handspun textured (art yarn) yarn with glass beads for weft and hand dyed yarn for weft.  Open weave to show off the texture of the weft yarn.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quilts Have Returned

It has been a long time since I've made a quilt.  The last one I finished was approximately fifteen years ago.  My critique was yesterday and I have some photos to share with you today.  These aren't great photos - I'll get those when the quilt comes back to me.

The River
Indigo dyed cotton cloth, cotton batting and thread
dyed, designed, pieced and quilted by Mandy Pedigo
approx. 24" x 33"


back - gradient dyed

I have more exploring to do in indigo dyed fabric and quilting.  I'm already having another quilt bouncing around in my head with my scraps from the first one.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Indigo Postcard

The result after handling many yards of fabric and the dye pot. 

Next week I'll share the results of the yardage.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Working Studio - Work in Progress

One day I will have a large studio.  The studio of my dreams has many places to work - tables, chairs, cork walls to pin projects up, lighting that can be moved and changed, a sink, a drain, a stove, and places to hang wet fabric/yarn.  Until then, I'm making do with what I have.  My current space is a spare bedroom with a closet and is approximately 9' x 12.'  Tiny.  I thought most of the summer how to make the space best work.  First I listed tasks that I used the room for to keep my design focused and to figure out what I needed to consider.

My list:
some recreation

I then began searching for ideas of what kind of furniture would best utilize the space and serve the various needs.  I knew I needed a variety of surfaces for a computer, sewing machine, drum carder, design/drawing, etc.  I also knew I wanted shelf space for books, display and to hold some of my items.  Next I considered storage needs.  Fiber and other art supplies take up a lot of room. I also have the spinning wheel herd to consider.  I began to draw and draft out my ideas and measure out space needs.  I settled on Closetmaid modular furniture from Target.  It doesn't have a large footprint, could be changed around to fit the needs of future spaces, I could add to it in the future and it wasn't expensive.  I also chose to build up rather than out.  I didn't want all the floor space to be occupied and since there wasn't much of it it made sense to go up.  The addition of wall mounted shelves on one wall also was a logical choice.
Entry wall - bookcase, winding station, desk and wall shelves.

Perhaps one of my favorite features of the room is my desk.  The desk is from The Container Store and is The Walnut Cache Desk.  It is fantastic.  Clean lines, sturdy, real wood, small footprint and tons of storage.  It features a large (huge) drawer for all you bits and bobs.

Closetmaid cube shelves -stacked 

My sewing machine and drum carder sit on two units each (drawer and long shelf) with a length of wood covered in contact paper attached to the top.  It is great horizontal surface.  My sewing machine is easily disconnected and stored on the floor for another surface for painting/creating.  The under units happily hold baskets and bins for supplies.

The other long wall in the room is mostly claimed by the spinning wheels.  For now I have a small cork board for design pin us.  Sometime soon, it will be replaced by a queen bed size cork wall for pinning up quilt pieces, fabrics, etc.  I also love my spice rack that holds paint, glue, etc.

Wheel parking

It is hard to photograph a small room.  Though the room is small my current room design is working wonderfully.  I haven't approached maxing out my storage room and that is a very good thing.  My closet (not pictured) was fully gutted and cleaned out.  Only things that I use on a regular bases hold real estate there.  The remainder of things to be store have moved on to new locations in the house.  I hope to paint the walls soon and maybe in the summer time remove the hideous pink carpet the former resident left for me.

For now the next project is to work on some valance ideas for the window.  The hideous roll shade serves its purpose, but the window needs some work.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Indigo dyed cloth samples of different tied dye resists - various techniques from Japan, India and African tribes.   The piece in the bottom left is a silk scarf that I picked being tied last week.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Two Bottles of Beer

in the stew.  A few weeks ago a friend took my advice and got herself a claypot for cooking.  It didn't take her long to invent a sort of stew that was a big hit.  It has been a long tedious day so I upped the beer count by one.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

All Tied Up

Silk scarf getting ready for the Indigo dye pot at school.  Bandhani is is dye resist technique made with the intricate knots of thread on fabric.  It is practiced in Rajasthan India.  Bandhani comes from the Sandskirt word Banda or to tie. It is the root of bandana which were textiles exported from India and popular here in the States.  Bandanas were originally tied and dyed for export but now are mostly dyed and printed with the patterns that only hint at their origins.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The View from Textiles

Indigo wearing cloth from Nigeria

Indigo dyed cloth from Japan

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Postcard from the Art of School 2

I'm starting to realize something.  My schedule is a bit insane.  I spend all day everyday making art.  I have deadlines multiple times during the week.  I come home, make dinner, work more on art and then fall into bed.  Rinse. Repeat.  I'm going to have to adjust somethings to accommodate my energy levels and ability.  So I think for the next few weeks, instead of aiming for full length blog posts twice as week, I'll switch to postcards.  This will include some text, pictures and if I'm able longer texts.  Hopefully, then I can keep my blog commitment and still mark the passing weeks with views from my world.

Shapes from Digital Photography Class 
Book binding from textile class.
Hand colored paper, hand dyed & spun silk cord.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Postcard from the Art of School

I've spent this week kicking myself for taking four studio classes this semester.  On paper it totally looked doable.  Physically, it is doable, but it is exhausting.  Each night I crawl into bed so very grateful for bed. I'm longing to get back into the dye kitchen, spin, and work on my quilt.  I have kept up on knitting, and I'm glad to have a project with me during class breaks.

I'm knitting Leaflet Cardigan from Knitty out of my Allistar fleece handspun.  This is a top down sweater and it has gone by really quickly.  I'm finishing up the ribbing on the bottom of the body, then I'll work up the sleeves.  I may have to spin up a bit more of the fleece to finish up.  The sweater has gotten a lot of compliments.  The color really draws attention.  It is finally cooling off so I'm really looking forward to getting a lot of wear out the top.

It might not look exciting now, but after blocking look out!

I'm still working on my Cassidy cardigan.  My main hold up now is deciding if I'm going to knit the hood or modify a collar for it.  Mister is soon to have a sweater on the needles.  He has requested a blue plain sweater.  I'm waiting for the yarn to come in and I'll work on dyeing up something exciting for him.  

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Art of School Demographics

The last few weeks have been a whirl! Mister's classes started last week and our schedules needed to flex again to accommodate both of our busy semesters.

Last week was challenging and this one has been too. The challenge has come with being a non-traditional student.

Monday I found a flat tire on our car. While this isn't a huge deal, it was complicated by the fact that Monday was holiday and the shop was closed. So on Tuesday instead of going to class, I needed to go to the garage instead. The professor for that class was very understanding today when I spoke to him. He's an adult and recognizes that I'm an adult. No problem.

The problem came the other day with another professor. I needed to miss class due to a car sharing problem. One of Mister's music bands had a performance on a local TV station. Due to the early call time, there was no way for him to drive the forty minutes to my school, and for him to make it to the station on time.
So I emailed the professor, explained the situation, and asked if the assignment for the day would be posted online. The response I received back was not friendly and not helpful. Later I found the assignment components were posted online but with no instructions whatsoever on how to complete it.

A few of my instructors this semester have expressed a non-desire to hear student reasons as to why they cannot attend class. Some have expressed this strongly, while others say there are excused absences and non-excused absences. Perhaps I should have written down which people wanted to know and which ones didn’t. But as I live a distance away and don’t have ready access to class peers, I needed to rely on my professor for information.

I was tempted to email the instructor back for help, but based on prior contact that wasn't appealing. Her office hours were finished for the week so no help there. It did not seem a good strategy to drive the forty minutes to chance finding her in the office. I do not know anyone in my class really well or have their contact information.

Today I finally found a solution for my dilemma. I contacted a friend that I was in class with last year and asked if she or anyone she knew had that class. Within a few hours, I had my solution. It took a friend of my friend approximately three sentences to give me the direction I needed.

I used good old networking to get the information I needed. While my creative fix makes me feel victorious, I'm also irritated. My professor should have given me that information. As a teacher with many years experience dealing with students (and their emails), I know that this is part of a teacher’s job. It isn't like I emailed her to say that I was out late last night drinking and can't be bothered to come to class.

During this grand adventure of returning to school, the hardest part is situations like this one. Often I feel like I'm lumped into the mass of students and that my experience prior to returning to school is not validated or recognized.  I'm in my mid-thirties, married, run a business, run a household, have friends with major life events, and I keep my husband from jumping off the metaphorical bridge with his doctoral degree work. I have a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a variety of work experience. I’ve been using computers longer than some of my fellow students have been alive.

A few months ago, the parent association of my school called and asked for the parents of Mandy Pedigo. I informed the caller that I was the person they needed to speak with. They asked if my parents would be interested in volunteering to help my school. I explained that both my parents were deceased. It was awkward for both the student worker making the call and for myself. Somewhere, someone failed to do -- or even consider -- a correct database pull for information.

I need my professors and school to understand that I am in a different developmental stage than my younger peers. I know I'm not the only non-traditional student dealing with these challenges. Non-traditional students are willing to work hard to meet high academic standards, but we also bring different consideration for universities to consider.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

All Wound Up

This past weekend I began as a large household improvement.  My office/studio had been vexing me for ever.  There wasn't enough space, enough storage or enough work space.  There was too much clutter, too much horizontal space which quickly became a magnet for junk and too much ambient clutter for me to really focus and work.  I'm still in the final stages of the transformation, but I thought I'd share a victory story.

For a long time winding yarn was problematic.  I never really had a space to leave my swift and ball winder out.  Winding bobbins for weaving was a headache.  Each time I wanted to wind yarn or bobbins, I would first need to find the equipment and then secure it for use.  No more.

The Winding Station

Swift, ball winder, weaving bobbin winder, and plenty of storage!

Puppy snips attached so I always have scissors handy to cut yarn, crochet cotton to tie off skeins, weaving bobbins in various sizes.

I used a wire shelf that we already had (plus an extra shelf that wasn't being used) and pipe brackets to secure a wooden board (covered in shelf liner) to the shelf.

I rigged up some casters on the shelf legs.  I can wheel the unit to position it where I need it.  Plus, I can take off the swift and winders should I ever need an additional work surface.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gearing Up!

This weeks has been a bit of a blur.  School starts next week and there is a lot to be done before then.  The other day I went to pick up textbooks and my excitement picked up tremendously!

A whole textbook on the history indigo, textile painting and many graphic design books!

I love the anticipation of the beginning of school - so many possibilities in the coming months.  I also like being tucked into the semester and in the thick of things. 

Until then, I have a text knit baby sweater to finish and many home projects that I'd like to put to rest. At some point, I'm going to have to unearth my school supplies and get myself ready!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Case for Baskets

Back here, here and here I wrote about my exploits with basketry.  Apparently last time I wrote about it, I didn't really enjoy the process.  I must have had an off day.

I don't know when I first noticed baskets.  I've always had them around and enjoyed their functional beauty.  I purchased this Cherokee Double Wall basket at the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City, OK back in the early 1990s.  It was made by Cherokee weaver Shirley Gewin.  The basket has been stained with black walnuts.    I was fascinated by the weaver that I saw at the festival and used my vacation allowance to bring a basket home.  It is in pristine condition all these years later.

 Here you can see the traditional Cherokee cross pattern.

It seems natural that I would go on to make them myself.  I love making things, figuring out how to put things together, to create dimension, strength and build upon ideas.  I started my learning with a market basket kit (below) and gained the very basics from it.  There is vocabulary, tools and materials to gain familiarity with.  I have made approximately five to six baskets.  Most of these have been market baskets of various improvised designs.  I'm ready to expand my horizons and learn new forms and types.

My first basket ever & my smallest basket
Last weekend I visited the Missouri Basketweavers' Guild convention to look around and get ideas.  Such an inspiring trip!  It was a bit overwhelming and disorienting.  I asked some questions and found a few people willing to show me around a bit.  Next year I plan on taking a class or two.

For the most part I have been solo on my baskets.  I've read a few books and watched a few YouTube tutorials.  I'm joining a few guilds this year to broaden my learning.  There is a lot to learn about a tradition that is so old and that was practiced by so many cultures.  I have a lot to learn and a lot to make.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sheep to Shawl

I finally blocked and photographed my Mystery shawl that knit out of Somemore's pound of fleece.

Somemore of Gleason's Fine Woolies in Colorado
This shawl was spun out of the pound of fleece that I purchased for the Ravelry GFW board challenge.  I still have six hundred yards of yarn remaining to knit something spectacular!

Pattern: Wendy Johnson's Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl KAL 2012 

I added four repeats length wise and an extra repeat where the pattern suggested it.  It was a fun knit, though I would have made different choices along the way knowing what I know now.  I'm not wild about the shape.  It is almost poncho like in circularness (is that a word?).  I wish it were more rectangular for more wearing possibilities.  Still, it is warm, lacy and with beads.


Have you seen the Yarn Harlot's blog today?  My yarn donation for her giveaway was featured today.  Check it out!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


There once was a time when a dropped stitch resulted in panic, stress and angst.  I didn't know how to catch it and how to fix it.  The longer I've been knitting the better I have gotten (surprise, right?).  I remember the first time I fixed someone else's mistake - I felt proud of myself and happy I could help someone else along.

The other day a friend and I were happily knitting away when I discovered that I got a little over enthusiastic with my knitting.  I had knit the sleeve of my Cassidy a little too long.  I set that one aside and worked on the second sleeve.  I knew I would have to either tink the other back or rip it back.

Today I pulled the needles out and ripped back.  Then I picked up the stitches and made sure my measurement was correct.  And it hit me.  This isn't the first time I've pulled my needle out of a lot of live stitches, ripped back and then reinserted my needle.  I don't remember when I started this, but I do know that somewhere I turned a corner.

Pardon the phone photo

In case you are wondering, I do not pull needles out of lace to rip back.  That would be crazy!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sock Curse Part II

So the socks...

The problem is between finishing the first and starting the second I somehow knit two different sizes.  One is Mister's size.  The other is my size.

Left: my size  - Right: Mister size

So what to do?  Honestly, I can't stand to look at these socks anymore.  I'm done with them.  Done.  I don't want to rip back and start over.  I can't find this color and knit two matching socks. Even if I could, I'm not sure I'd want to.  So for now, they are going into the time warp of the way back closet.  They will sit there, think about how irritating they are and perhaps one day I'll frog them both and make something new.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sock Curse

So I've been knitting a pair of socks for a long time.  Actually, I haven't been knitting on them actively for a while.  According to my Ravelry project page for them, I started them in August of 2011.  I started them for Mister, but having gone up a needle size they looked to be more my size.  Oops.  So I moved on and kept knitting them.  Until I forgot them and they got buried on my desk by papers to file, etc.  Some other knitting had come along, school heated up and I forgot them.  Poor socks.

I cleaned my desk off and found them.  I was down to the toe decreases and I took them up to my LYS to sit and finish the work on them.  Boom - I had a finished sock.  Then I forgot them again.  I don't know when I rediscovered them.  I needed a simple mindless project to take with me to knit night and various other places.  I cast on and began the plunge to the heel.  I was knitting away through many knit nights.  I turned the heel (my favorite part of socks) and felt happy.  Soon these poor socks would be finished.  On our trip to Seattle these were my plane knitting flying out.  I decreased the gusset and things were magical - until....

One afternoon in Seattle, I had a length of time to wait for Mister while he had a meeting.  I sat outside in the glory of the Northwest July and knit.  I had a glass of iced tea, a breeze, people watching and my thoughts to keep me company.  I knitted, thought long thoughts and waited.  Then I looked down at my knitting to see when I should stop decreasing for my foot.  It seemed to be taking forever to get back to my original number of stitches after the heel (72 stitches - 36 stitches on each needle - magic loop if you must know).

Top of foot needle stitch count: 36
Bottom of food needle stitch count: 20


So then I spent some time enjoying my surroundings while I pulled my needles out and ripped back to where I needed to have stopped decreasing.  I put my needles back in and laughing at myself I continued to knit a large section again, this time correctly.

I didn't get much chance to knit again on the trip and didn't pick them back up until knit night.  Knit night was a bit chaotic that night - lots of conversations and people in and out.  I was distracted.   I wondered how close I was getting to the toe decreases so I found my first sock to compare with the in progress sock. When I matched the socks up, something didn't seem right.  There seemed to be a discrepancy with the size.  The first sock seemed slightly smaller than the second sock.  After all the stitch pattern was a variation of ribbing and we all know that ribbing pulls the fabric in.  My second sock has been handled and stretched by the needles.

I didn't really pay this all too much attention.  I was distracted, and I told myself the cursed phrase that many knitters have thought before - "Oh, it is fine.  I'll just keep knitting."

The next night I was at an event with Mister and I had some time to knit.  It was quiet during the early moments of the event and I pulled out my knitting.  The first sock came out with second and then it hit me.  It wasn't fine.  Sometime was undeniably wrong.

Can you see what it is?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Third Time

A lot has happened in three years.

Happy Anniversary to my best friend and husband.

After ceremony smoothies at Wired Coffee.  We had our first date there five years ago.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Post Seattle Surge

So a few day after we returned form Seattle I was down.  Trip hangover, Seattle mourning, re-entry - whatever you want to call it.  But on Wednesday I had a surge.  I wanted to work, and its lasted a few days now.  I warped my loom to weave handspun, I began spinning a beaded yarn, I made batts for the shop, I spun a batt, I ordered some new colors of dye to play with and I stayed up with my brain in creative overdrive.  It was hard to keep up with myself!

As a result, I updated the shop this morning.

I'm taking the day to catch up on my mystery shawl knit along, to weave and sort through the various fibers that I've pulled out during the frenzy.  I'm also going to cast on for a new shawl out of my hand paint.  Craft show season will be soon here, and I best get some booth samples together.    

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Seattle Post

It is hard to say when exactly I fell in love with Seattle.  

We arrived two hours late from a flight delay.  Mister and I arrived hungry and wonky from the flight.  We checked into our hotel and I searched for a local diner.  

Mister and I love local diners, hole in the wall places that sometimes look iffy on the outside.  We found Beth's Cafe and discovered it is a bit of a legend.  Twelve egg omelets are their speciality.  Yep.  Twelve.  12. One dozen eggs.  Good grief!  Mister and I kept our order modest and went for smaller mini affair.  The table next to us did not.  The young men had three omelets delivered to them and they suddenly were stunned into silence for several beats. 
We ate our dinner/breakfast at 1 am to the steady techno beat blasting from a speaker perched above Mister's head.  The walls are coated with the art efforts of many dinners.  There isn't an inch of wall space left unadorned and some of the space was stacked two to four crayon drawings deep.

Over the next few days we explored Seattle.  Mister lived there long ago and showed me the sights that he dearly loved and places that had become legendary in his stories.  

There was green everywhere. 

Building design took in account the landscape and wasn't jarring.  It reminded me of Frank Lloyd Wright's believe that the building should integrate into the surroundings.  Even commercial buildings followed this principal.

Then there was the Puget Sound.  I think upon first catching a glimpse of it is when I really fell hard.  Seattle has all the things on my list of want to haves in a place to call home.  Mountains, water and cooler climate.  It packs quite a punch.

View on the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, WA.

The ferry fascinated me.  So many moving parts, people and vehicles.  

Pulling into Kingston, WA.  The engines reverse to reduce speed.
I didn't photograph much of our trip.  I tried to stay in the moment and enjoy each bit of it.  We had such a good time and have much left to do on return trips.  I loved the pace of Seattle.  I love the creative energy that pulses around.  I felt something change inside me and I loved how I felt while we were there.  I want to live here someday.  I hope soon.  I experienced what John Denver once sang about in the mountains.  Home can very defiantly be somewhere you have never been before.  Sometimes the land just knows your name.

Sunset on the Sound

Now that we are back, I'm struggling to find my footing again.  Re-entry is tough but I'm soothing some of my pangs for Seattle with yarn.  I picked this beautiful yarn up at The Fiber Gallery.  I asked the nice woman for locally dyed yarn and they delivered.  The color way is Vamp in the Artisan Sock base by Hazel Knits.  I'm knitting a shawl that I'm calling Soundside Shawl (original is Seaside Shawlette by Wendy Johnson).

Before we left, I managed to sneak a quick shop update on my Etsy shop.  I didn't have time to tell you all about it before, so be sure to check it out now.  I'm hoping that someone buys the fiber in the top left square soon.  It is calling me and I might be forced to snag it if you don't!