Edible Memories: Food, Longing, and Adventure

This is the beginning of something that I am tentatively calling “Time Travel to Charnow’s Deli.”   ***   I’m longing for an adventure. In the kitchen I can travel to my childhood, but I want to go beyond that. I want to eat in my great-great grandmother Tzivia’s kitchen, I wan to shop in.. read more →

Lebanon on my Mind

I’m reading a lovely article in AramcoWorld that is comprised of stories author/artist Helen Zughaib’s father told her about growing up in Lebanon. Two of my all-time favorite books are about life in Lebanon as well. On top of being great stories and very well-written and enjoyable reads, these books speak to me of the.. read more →

Alaska on my Mind

I just got back from another trip to Alaska, my sixth. This time I spent a wonderful weekend teaching at the Seaside Yarns’ Mermaid Retreat. Here are a few thoughts from my journal. There is no time in Alaska. There are only seasons — darkness for winter, light for summer. The cycle of life is.. read more →

Knitting Books for the World

I’m reading two books right now: The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China by Huan Hsu In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks by Debbie Zawinski I have two trains of thought to post about. First, the former book is about porcelain and the history.. read more →

Vintage Shetland: A Fabulous Project

Whatever you pay attention to is what you will notice. I pay attention to knitting, history, travel, and writing. And that leads me to notice many interesting people. Sometimes I find them through intentional searches, and sometimes I just stumble upon them. I don’t remember exactly how I met Susan Crawford, but a few years.. read more →

Not about knitting

I’ve been not writing. This is not good. I have so much to say and I forget that it only gets said if I put the words onto the page. I love writing in notebooks but that material so often doesn’t get into the computer. I wonder if I should just write on the keyboard… read more →

2 days till Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions launch!

In my next book, Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions, you can journey with me and my co-author June Hall around the country of Lithuania and learn about all of the fun and fascinating traditions and techniques that we discovered during our travels. June has been visiting Lithuania for over a decade, and I made my first trip there in.. read more →

Countdown to Lithuanian Knitting: The Original Plan

It’s 2015 and the Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions book is almost finished. We finished the writing last year, but that is still 5 years after I wrote this post when I was planning a retreat with my co-author June Hall in England, followed by an extra two weeks in Lithuania for writing and extra research. It’s.. read more →

4 days to Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions launch!

Here are some of my mood boards for planning the projects in Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions. The crowdfunding campaign is launching on Pubslush on April 15th. Check it out early for a preview and plan your contribution. read more →

5 days till Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions launch!

I wrote Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions to share some of what I’ve learned in my travels and research with the English-speaking world. There are some wonderful old and new books about knitting in Lithuania that are available, but they are not in English. I’ve been working on this book since 2007 and it’s going to.. read more →

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