Saturday, December 22, 2007

Grandma's Santa Cloth

I love 50's printed tablecloths. I just got this one from my gramdma's things. I remember she used it for the side table that held the turkey(or ham), lefse, and sometimes lutefisk. I can't believe how white it still is, and the creases remain from when she last ironed it, many years ago.
Some motifs from the border, the gold is a metallic gold.

Of course, I realized, living in a house with seven cats, I had to take it off the table when I wasn't around to keep them off. Don't want to add kitty paw prints to the design!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Yellow Kitchen

I finally decided what color to paint the kitchen.
The family let me paint it my yellow choice(I also was thinking of a very light yellow green towards the grey side, or a spicy paprika or cinnamon--each of those were too wild I guess). But I love the yellow, it makes the room feel warmer, and makes me feel cheerful. I'm kind of going for a Carl Larsson vibe--I really love his gentle paintings of homelife and interiors. Like these two.

Button Garland

And so begins the Christmas Parade!!!
Super easy, a kid can do it.. string buttons of choice on hemp twine. Thread through two holes, slide the button where you want it, and it will stay. Tie a loop in each end to hang on the tree. also made a strand with red buttons and wrapped a little wreath.
Nice way to use heirloom buttons with memories. I will say I probably saw this on Martha Stewart! Ha!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A Hoody For Me

One day a Blue Darner flew in the back door...I finally caught it and set it outside the next morning on the deck rail. I got a real good look as it warmed up enough to fly in the cold October morning sun. I had no idea a bug carried the exact colors that had been swirling about in my brain--Teal, turquoise, mahogany, burgundy, avacado, seafoam...
The colors I'd been knitting with...

This is what comes of leftover sample balls...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Halloween Cat

Runster likes ORANGE!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Alrighty! By popular demand, I'll make you a Yama-Kawi-KTM-Suzu-Husa-GasGas-Husky-Honda hat(If I left you out I'm really sorry!). $35 bucks+ shipping(USPS Priority) gets you a combo of real wool, alpaca, cotton, even bamboo fibers. I'm using samples from my design work, so each hat will be unique. If you want earflaps, add 5$.
In the "I Wanna Ride" band, let me know what you want to say---your name, number, or saying. Let me know what brand o' bike. You can PM me at Thumpertalk(Plushpuppy), or email me at I will let you know when the hat is done, and you can make a deposit to my Paypal account(I'll email the info). AND I want a picture of you in your hat!!!!
I have a break in my design work, I'll make as many as I can for a few weeks here. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Foray in Forgery

Four years ago I was in charge of Art Cafe in my son's school. Art Cafe is a Art Literacy event where the school kids get to eat lunch in a cafe inspired by an artist featured in the program. Russian Wassily Kandinski was the lucky artist, and I thought it would be fun to make some copies of some of his paintings to hang in the cafe. We made giant Russian onion domes with orange, red and turquoise butcher paper to hang up on the walls and then I hung my paintings on them. I used el-cheapo acrylic craft paint on tagboard. I really had fun copying these paintings and getting into the choice of colors Wassily used. I learned a lot as I tried to copy his colors and drew the shapes. I think he must have had a lot of fun painting them.

I had little photos in books to work from, and the colors are actually closer to the original paintings(they are off because of lighting, the camera, yada yada)

So, my copy...Kandinski's original, Upwards
My copy...
Kandinski's original, Yellow, Red, Blue
My copy...

Kandinski's original, Grande Torre, Kiev

This one I cant find a pic of the original yet--

If you'd like to see some bigger pictures of Kandinski's work go here

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sneak Peaks for 2008

(Sorry, just can't get this pic to stand up straight) Sneak Peak of the back of a jacket for a book coming out next summer, Skein to Skein. Cascade 220 wool.
A pullover for Nashua Handknits Spring/Summer 2008 (also in cardi version) in Creative Focus Cotton.

A tee for Nashua Handknits Spring/Summer 2008 in "April" cotton.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Fall 2007 Knitter's Mag

Whew! I had a VERY full summer of knitting--16 sweaters, including this one below. Now it's time to work up a boatload of swatches! AND catch up on the blog...

Here's my son in the Canyon Ridge Vest that's in the Fall 2007 Knitter's Mag(he's trying to do the American Gothic thing with his gee-tar). The yarn was very nice to work with, and anything made from this yarn will wear well and look great for years.
I got the color pattern from a stripe design on an old Hopi basket. The basket was more of a round platter shape, and would be heaped with grains and gifts by the groom for the guests(I think). The pattern would make a nice pillow cover too, or placemats or a table runner. The repeat is only 4 stitches, so it would be easy to work into different sized ideas.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Spring Knitter's Magazine, 2007

Here's my contribution to the Spring Knitter's. Despite all the charts with the pattern, it really is easy to knit and work the decreases along the lace pattern, so you don't have half a motif to chop up. Enjoy! (No, it wasn't on the cover, but it won the most cover votes--thanks!!)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Where Am I!

You've probably noticed I've been missing in action for a while...I've been madly working on sweaters for Fall(Nashua Handknits), contributions for two books(Skein to Skein and Best of the Worsted), and excavating a new fire pit/patio area(by hand) when I need to blow off steam.

But it's good to be busy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Kids Made This!

The coffeeshop is hung with art by local classrooms. These were my faves!

What a cool idea with buttons!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Design Scrapbook

Here are a few pages from my pile of design scrapbooks. I rip stuff out of catalogs and magazines, and file them in categories: tints, hues(these three examples), shades, black and white, ethnic, organic, modern art, rustic, indian, native american, product colorways, nature motifs, architecture, christmas. I'm looking for pattern and color, rather than seeing the thing as it is(why I left the bottom two upside down).

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Chicken Love

My sister's sweet mom-in-law sent me a beautiful towel she embroidered with a red chicken(looks just like my Buff Orpington--those are a beautiful butter yellow). My grandma also did a lot of this work. I love it! Of course I won't use it(I'll have to wash it with bottled water, we have rusty well water)--it hangs where I can see it and smile.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Split Personality

I've decided it would be easier for me to make two blogs, one for knitting and one for nature stuff: photos, art, poems, stuff. Soooo, if you like the nature stuff, go to There is also a link in the link list to the right. Thanks ever so much for visiting, and come over to DZ'z Whistle! Celeste

PS< TwoStix will stay with knitting and design. :0)

In the Beginning Was Pink, Part Two

I got a new Nikon D40, and I've been playing with it. This morning the pink was back, and it got it ;0). A quarter turn north from the sun...
And there's the sun with wings.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Old Leaves + Old Ice = Art

Down by the pond there are a few puddles that are hidden from the winter sun. The bowl of the pond area also gathers the cold air soup that settles each night. The puddle water from beneath the ice has evaporated or sunk into the ground, leaving the old ice above. I thought the colors were pretty in this jumble of old winter stuff.

Maple leaves froze into the ice, and air pockets follow the contours of the leaves. I like the delicate pinks of the leaves.

Old dried up algae scum makes pretty greens on old oak leaves. The edge of the ice looks like a map--a bay, penninsulas, islands.
I liked the holes. The ice is sitting a few inches above the leaves.

As the wind calms, the birds fly more in the open(when the wind is wild they make short hops through the trees). I saw 4 ravens fly over the firs. They were speaking to each other in that strange "cronk", and in the silence of no wind I could hear their wings moving through the dry air--a stiff, brushy snap of a japanese fan.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Watching the Sun Go Down Again

Every day the sun is not completely hidden by clouds, I like to watch it settle into the hills(as you can probably tell by all my sunset pix!). Here we are perched on the path up the hill behind the chicken coop, me, my blue heeler Janie, and my calico cat Sheba. Sheba likes to walk and wander in the woods with me and Janie, too. They're very pleasant company(except when Janie rolls in deer poop!)

Monday, January 29, 2007

I've Seen It Raining Fire in the Sky

Today's gift, utterly unique, never to be duplicated. Of course there's an infinite string of gifts to come. All I can say is "Thank You!" Where were you when the sun went down?

"Blood knowledge, oh, what a catastrophe for man when he cut himself off from the rhythm of the year, from his unison with the sun and earth. Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made a personal, merely personal feeling, taken away from the rising and setting of the sun, and cut off from the magical connection of the solstice and equinox. This is what is wrong with us, we are bleeding at the roots..." D.H. Lawrence

Sunday, January 28, 2007

I'm a Pyro-thang

Even though a fire has been living in the woodstove since the middle of October, I was in the mood to build a fire, so I made a big one. Got some exercise throwing logs and stumps around(had a little bit of help from my son). It felt sooooo good to sit by the fire at the end of the day and watch the sun go down. Eventually I'll put the ashes on the corn patch in the garden(free lime).
This is a special place I like to visit on the hill behind the house. We call the hill Indian Hill because the local rumor is that Indians are buried here--they brought up rocks to cover the graves, that's why there are so many rocks. The hill is a huge deep rock pile. Probably a pile pushed together by the glacier that carved the Willamette Valley. This small pile of moss covered rocks nestled into mossy tree roots is just plain pretty. The squirrels think it's nice too, every once in a while I find a nibbled mushroom or a dissected pinecone left atop a rock. This light on the rocks only happens a few minutes on the few days the sun is shining through the trees in this particular place as it sweeps across the western horizon year to year.
The sun and the rocks and the moss and the trees. I laid down in the leaves to get the angle. I really didn't want to get up. After all that log tossing I was ready for a nap.

My Place in the Sun

My Place in the Sun

Ribular Hat and Mittens

Ribular Hat and Mittens
Buy my pattern at Ravelry! (Click pic!)

Jambo Afghan

Jambo Afghan
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Where You Can Find My Knit Designs

  • ZigZag Yoke Pullover for Women/Classic Elite Yarns
  • Swing Coat/Cherry Tree Hill Yarns
  • Generation Gap Kid's Scarf and Hat/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
  • Doodles Hat and Pullover for Kids/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
  • Headin' East Women's Kimono Jacket/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
  • Snow Bunny Girl's Cardigan/January 2007 Creative Knitting Magazine
  • Snowman Dance Kid's Pullover and Ornament/November 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine
  • Monster Pillows/September 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine
  • Pebble Rib Women's Jacket/September 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine