Star-shaped bullets

So, the problem with going off the radar for a bit is that there’s too damn much to say when you finally jump back in.

This would be the appropriate time to apply bullet points.

* I hate cars. I hate my dependence on cars. It is one of the few downsides to living rurally. And yes, this can be read as: the car is dead, having overheated in between one middle of nowhere and the other, but kind strangers with goodness in their hearts do still exist in this world, so I am thankful for that, at least (further translated: the boy and i got home safely by way of random motorist whose name I feel guilty I’ve forgotten).

* It’s not the end of the world, but terribly inconvenient.

* Like sinus infections and colds that last two weeks.

* The new yarn shop, Knit or Dye (website isn’t up yet), has opened in downtown Bratt. I’ll be teaching some felting workshops this fall, and starting up spinning classes after the holidays. It’s a beautiful store…please come check it out if you’re in the area!

* We had a memorial service last weekend at market for a revered member of the local farming community. I wanted to make a post about what I learned about myself and my community that day, but I need to find a moment when I have more in me than just bullet points. The short of it is that we actually have friends here.  After three years, it’s time to let go of our new-kid-on-the-block tendencies toward hermitage, stop feeling sorry for ourselves, and allow ourselves to become part of this amazing community. So, we don’t know jack about farming. We are surrounded by amazing resources and beautiful folks who are more than willing to share their experiences and offer advice. And be our friends.

* I won’t be at Market tomorrow, as the weather is supposed to be pretty nasty. My booth can handle a little rain, but not the torrential downpour in the forecast for most of the day. Next year, we’ll get some corrugated roofing for my space, but it seems silly to get it now, when there’s only one month left. Anyway, this gives me time to spin the giant bag of husky dog/wool blend that a customer dropped off at my booth earlier in the summer. It kept making its way to the back burner, but there’s no denying this is the weekend for getting things done.

* Bullet points are boring me, so here’s something to look at:

* I’m in the process of redoing the website…pretty soon there will be no shop on the website, just a link to Etsy. I’ll still have information on the website, a customer gallery, link to the blog and what-not, but I just can’t spend two hours adding three items to my shop. Ten minutes apiece listing on Etsy makes much better use of my time. It’s totally worth the commission. Changing the site is going slow, though, as I’m trying to learn Dreamweaver as I go, and I do not have a computer-y brain. It just needs a whole new background page and everything. That’s all.

Pics of the pumpkin harvest coming soon! Not sure how many of them are edible, but they sure are purty (even if a bit lop-sided and pale on their undersides).


better late than memeless…

The rules:
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair… just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

carryboo informed me that a broken isight camera is no excuse not to participate in the self-portrait meme. So, I precariously poised the point-and-shoot on top of the computer and here I am. It’s cooooooooold today. I am be-hatted. As much as I wouldn’t mind winter holding off for a little while, I very much miss wearing hats during the warm(ish) months. I’m working on a sample hat for the new LYS (Knit or Dye on Main St. in Brattleboro) and am discovering that I really enjoying knitting hats as well as wearing them. I see a giant pile of scrap-yarn hats in my future.

And speaking of the new LYS: I’M SO EXCITED. I’m currently putting together a schedule of classes and workshops I will be teaching, as well as a big order of yarn and batts to be sold there. I’ll be doing classes on nuno-felting, wet-felting and needle-felting as well as some wheel-spinning workshops. This means I get to put together spinning and felting kits and get paid to play with them and show people how to do things that make me happy. Yay!

And, because I know you’ve all been wondering…whatever happened to that Bean Teepee?

Magic Beans, that’s what! I harvested all the beans I could before last night’s frost. Some were already dried and ready to shell and store, and the others are currently drying on a screen…
I think I have a cup and half so far of tiny white soup beans. We may get three cups total…I guess that’s two winter stews worth, so not bad! There are also some scarlet bean runners, but I don’t think we’ll end up with more than two cups of those…
Note to self: next year, plant MORE beans.