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Monthly Archives: July 2011

A few months ago, I found this blog entry from Sweet Sassafras about an amazing Icelandic pattern book.

I was dreaming of this book, even though it cost several months worth of my crafting budget. I hunted the book down online, but was unable to figure out how to order it (site is in Icelandic, imagine that).

Recently a friend told me she was going to Iceland. One of those friends who understands why you own a thousand books, shares your love of odd British words, and is willing to do you an enormous favor.

I didn’t even have to beg. I just asked her if she’d let me pay her the money and have her buy the book for me. She said, “Yes,” immediately and happily. She arranged the whole thing, picked up the book when she arrived, and proceeded to haul Most Precious Pattern Book around the country with her to make sure nothing bad happened to it.

The book was hand-delivered to me, gift wrapped by the museum, still in its plastic wrapping.

Icelandic Giftwrap

The lovely wrapping

Photos do not do justice to the sparkly, bronze cover of this beauty, much less to the wealth of historic patterns inside. This beauty is now out-of-print and not being reissued.

Icelandic Patterns

Sparkly Book

She and her husband will be receiving gifts made from patterns in the book. The least I can do, really, seeing as they both practically threw their backs out hauling this 5 pound beauty around for me for a week.

Recent audiobooks: First two books in the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, first two books in the Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson. Recommend both!

“We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.” – Thucydides


I have typed before of my fondness for thrift stores, especially when hunting for bargains. Sometimes, though, my imagination runs away with me. Or I get so excited by the fact that something is cheap that I don’t stop to wonder, “Do I really need this?”

Introducing $1.50 worth of zipper pulls. No zippers, just the pulls.

zipper pulls

Upcycling anyone?

Because apparently I couldn’t leave them behind at that bargain price. Now I just have to figure out how to turn these into a necklace that someone might want to wear.

“Zippers are primal and modern at the very same time.” – Tom Robbins

Gypsy Wools (Boulder) is having their sidewalk sale this week!

Friday July 15 10-6
Saturday July 16 10-5

Hand-dyed, hand-painted fibers, many from locally-raised critters. If you are in the area, check them out. If not, be sure to visit their website.

“Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve finished one robot and two monsters for the Dolly Drive for Japan. Hoping to get two more monsters done before the July 16th deadline. I impulsively added hair to the teal monster, and think the brown one might need the same look to make him more appealing.

Danger Monsters

Ready for Japan

Our local county fair deadlines are upon us; be sure to check the deadlines for your local fairs as well.

Denver County Fair (NEW!)
Deadline July 18th
$5 per entry, $20 for 5 entries

Boulder County Fair
General deadline has passed, but you have until July 11th to pay the late fee for most craft entries.

For weavers, spinners, and felters, Boulder County Fair entries are due at Shuttles July 27 – August 1. Check the Handweavers Guild of Boulder site for more info.

Trouble is, I’ve been so busy with knitting monsters, I only have one thing to submit to either fair. Yikes!

“What did they do, our grandmothers, as they sat spinning all the day? Are we not ourselves the web they wove?” – Anonymous Toast, Mary Floyd Talmage Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Litchfield, Connecticut, 1910 (from Age of Homespun by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich