The Diary


Fairy Sparkles and Dandelion Fuzz

My first beaded fingerless mitt is complete. I feel like a fairy left a gift of sparkles and dandelion fuzz to wrap around my weary hands. I love how the dark gray beads glimmer dark in the sunlight and the soft blend of merino, silk and yak cuddle my hand […]

Beaded Fingerless Mitt

Diary of a Lesbian Housewyfe: Drunk Nostalgia

I have a place that I like to go and remember the special moments of my life. I call it “the liquor cabinet.” All of my liquor (NOT the wine and beer) sits on top of my refrigerator. I know I read somewhere that you should never store your liquor […]

Drunk Nostalgia

As An Artist, You Are the Heart of Your Business

“When you are an artist running her own business, you are the heart of that business. Someone else can do the filing and bookkeeping and administration. The one thing you can’t hand off is what YOU do.” I was talking to an artist at a mixer at the Asheville Area […]

Your Unique Hands

Tomatoes in the Mist

The last several mornings, I’ve woken up to mist or rain. I feel like I’m living in the northwest. When I step outside to walk the dog, sweat immediately begins to pour down my forehead despite the cool morning. The humidity must be somewhere around 1000%. Exertion makes it worse […]

Granny Bradley Tomato

Lime and Purple Brioche, If You Don’t Mind

Over the past weekend, I finished the sample for my two-color Brioche class in September. The Channeled Colors Brioche Loop will be our project and I’m excited to see everyone’s version. What yarns will they choose? What colors will spring forth? I had a heck of a time picking mine, […]

Channeled Colors Brioche Loop Doubled

Diary of a Lesbian Housewyfe: Pro-“Grass”-Tination Blues

Every year, we have a moment where the snow melts and the earth begins to smell again. Not in a bad way, simply that dirt smell we lose when the ground freezes. Just past Easter, the ski mountain closes and green grass miraculously takes the place of the snow. Crocuses […]

Pro-"Grass"-Tination Blues

Old Crow Comes Out to Play

Recently, I got the itch to cast on something beaded. Of course. Because my “old crow” mind won’t let me just settle down and work on just one thing at a time. (Also because I’m teaching a beading technique class on the 25th and I need a little refresher for […]

Beaded Mitt Cuff/Swatch

Diary of a Lesbian Housewyfe: Perk of the Lifestyle

I am a housewyfe. I am not a mother. I know that, for many, these two concepts intertwine so synonymously that saying you are a housewyfe means that you are a full-time mother. I may look motherly, but I lost my figure to pie and cookies and homemade jam. I […]

Perk of the Lifestyle

Diary of a Lesbian Housewyfe: The Sparkle Darkly Silver Lining

Each Independence Day follows a certain ritual. My honey-bunny and I wake up, get dressed and go downtown to peruse our little town’s annual Fourth of July parade. The giant bull, the local arts camp’s musical number, infinite horses ridden by rodeo queens and cowboys, the old stagecoach, the convertible […]

Fireworks, July 3rd, 2013