Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Susan at Knitiot Savant sent me some interview questions for the 'meme-like' that is going around.

1. What's your favorite color?
Hard to say - color takes on a different meaning to an artist! If I had to choose, it would be sapphire blue or darker heliotrope colors.

2. Where do you find inspiration for your craft projects?
A combination of what materials are available, what I've seen recently and how useful it would be to have when I'm done with it (to me or to someone else).

3. What's your favorite season of the year and why?
I think Autumn (and Indian Summer). The smell of dry leaves and the warm wind bring me back to when I was a little girl collecting acorns in our front yard. I would heap buckets full of them from our great big oak tree and then we had a few neighbors who would buy them for 10 cents a bucket. We would also go out in the woods at our farm and chop firewood to drag on sleds out to the waiting truck. I was too little to help cut, but would help heap up the sleds and drag them out over the path.

4. When you're down in the dumps, what cheers you up?
I revel at the world around me, and how expansive and detailed it is. Then I look at myself in it and ask: "What are you doing? Stop moping and get up and do something about .. well, something at least." Even if I can't fix the problem immediately, there is usually something that needs to be done or a productive project that can get me out of the slump. Often, also, I draw or write journal entries if there really is something that I need more insight on.

5. Why did you start blogging?
I made my first official blog post (here) in February of 2005. However, that was just because I saw other people with knitting blogs and wanted to put up some of my trials and projects here and there. I dropped off posting after we moved to Tennessee. I truly began posting on a regular basis after cutting a hand severely in September of 2005. I was really thankful when I could begin typing, knitting and doing other things again normally - and used this blog as an outlet. I met some great friends here and really enjoyed sharing pictures and day-to-day activities with all of you! Thank you :)

Thank you Susan!

It's raining and gloomy out today - still 'dark' at 9:30 in the morning! We went to the flea market yesterday and the weather was beautiful then. There were puppies galore, goats, bunnies, garden plants and tons of junk (like usual). However, we did pick up a few interesting bits. I dug down through a bucket of old necklaces to find a white metal enamel turtle necklace for fifty cents. We also found an antique check imprinter that still works - the kind that used to perforate the amount of the check into the paper for safety.

Neat find! A metal turtle necklace

In the afternoon we put in a row of early corn and some broccoli. Mark also planted some flower seeds all around the house and fence.

Unusual garden items: Blue seems to be on my mind lately - I've bought seed for blue Hubbard squash, ornamental (Indian) blue corn, and also Blue Lupin seeds to plant on the hill. I remember growing the Hubbard squash in our Heirloom Centennial garden at the North Central Experiment Station in Grand Rapids, MN. I worked there for three years and learned a lot about horticulture and plants.

Another pair of shoes in progress. Same pattern - a bit bigger

I'm trying a few different sizes of the booties. We are planning (if the weather cooperates) to sell at next week's flea market. A few of my toys and these booties might make a nice display on the table beside our other things. Not sure what might sell well though. We can only try :)


Chris said...

It's dark and gloomy and rainy here, too. Blech. I know, we need the rain! But maybe it could just rain all night instead. ;)

Anonymous said...

Lurv your answers! Thanks for playing along!

Jennifer said...

Fun answers! I love Indian summer as well. There's just something warm and comforting about fall. Of course , aside from the pollen, I also love spring.

Obsidian Kitten said...

i didn't know you lived in Grand Rapids for a bit! (not too far at all from my neck of the woods...)

my parents grow those crazy blue hubbard squash. some of them get to be obscenely big! they are so beautiful with their blue-grey colouring and amazing funny sculptures that grow themselves right in the garden.

RheLynn said...

Grand Rapids Minnesota, not Michigan though!

thursday said...

I miss fall the most living here in Arizona. I remember piles of leaves, cool days, the smell of burning leaves..

Oh, cool turtle!