Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wet Woods

I have just returned from a three-day jaunt in Newton, Iowa. I was visiting the Christian Conference Center there as an assistant to my mother, who has been a bit held up by the entire healing-a-broken-foot process. So when I wasn't fetching tea or carrying plates or jackets or blankets about (I had a lot of free time, actually), or spinning, I spent all of an entire day in the woods.

It's a funny thing about Iowa - there aren't many trees in the very center of the state, though there are great hilly regions and even fairly decent forests in all cardinal directions from Des Moines. I love Newton because it's a church camp (I have a very soft spot in my heart for church camp), but also because the grounds, which are beautiful but not expansive, are easy to explore.

I love walking outdoors, hiking through slightly hilly underbrush, spotting the tracks of raccoons, opossums - listening to bullfrogs during their high mating season, croaking all around you. There is nothing quite like hiking in between rainy spells, where the ground is still soft enough to warrant getting out your wellington boots and sinking into watery parts of the earth. I love not knowing if, perhaps, at any moment, the skies will re-open and I will be caught in the middle of a dripping storm, the canopy of new green above me deterring the rain enough to only mist happily on the forest below.

It is high mushroom hunting season, and I saw many fungi on my walk. I have a peculiar admiration for mushrooms. They are such ephemeral beings, really, and only seem to show up when they most feel like it, decorating trees and trimming the edges of moss on fallen logs. In combination with the green light of the woods, they stand out in both color and texture, and I often feel inclined to reach out and touch those that I know aren't poisonous. The tops of toadstools and mushrooms are so often like velvet, one of my favorite fabrics.

If I could have any chair in my house, I would choose one covered in mushroom colored velvet, and I would seat it against a panel of brilliant green, so I could remember these woodland moments all year long.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Giveaway Winners!

I hope all is well in your world, because here on Life on the Double Point, we're announcing two things - a new giveaway and our giveaway winners from last time!

First things first - I know not everybody who reads is a spinner, so the next giveaway, as promised, is for knitters! Again, it's a random drawing -- just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite thing to read about here on the blog is! The winner for this giveaway will receive 1 skein of Tanis Fiber Arts' Green Label Aran Weight in the Mallard Colorway (pictured left).

The winner for this contest will be drawn on May 20th, right before I head off to Uruguay on the 28th.

As for the winners of the last contest, our random drawing came up as number 10, who is.... Reagan! Congratulations! You win the fiber pictured in the contest thread and a $10 credit towards any merchandise in the shop!
Thank you to everyone who participated - it was a lot of fun to read your entries!

I also have some exciting news - today I am getting ready for my first craft show. Some of the local folk in Marshalltown, Iowa, have put together what looks like a great fundraiser and music, art, and culture event tomorrow night. I'll be at the Moose Lodge with some other great folks from here in town, selling fiber, yarn, and paintings -- wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sew Lovely

I finally finished the quilt! It has been a bit quiet on the blog lately because my life has been so nuts! I'm hoping to do some catching up here in the next few days - expect posting!

I pieced the top and attached the binding with a machine, but hand-quilted the top, batting, and backing layers together. I made the bias tape, too - it took awhile, and was sort of frustrating, but all in all I'm really proud of it.

Plus, it looks so sunny on the bed!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Fiber Giveaway - Pocket Pocket

Hey everybody! Did you realize that I reached 100 posts a little while back? Since I was so busy at the time, I let it pass, and now I'm somewhere around 106 - but I did want to celebrate.

I will be giving away 4 oz. of heathery corriedale fiber in a one-of-a-kind colorway, "Little Violets". I've been seeing little purple flowers pop up all over the yard now that it's spring. The winner will receive the 4 oz. of fiber and a Pocket Pocket gift card good for $10. If you aren't a spinner, don't fret - there will be another non-spinning contest soon.
Just leave a comment telling me your favorite springtime activity! I will draw randomly for the winner on April 20th.