Friday, October 17, 2014

Sashiko Mug Rug


I finished a little sashiko project that I started a long time ago.  It was just a little practice piece that I bordered and lightly quilted with a puffy batting. 


The solid fabric in the center that holds the needlework is called Essex.  It's 50% linen and 50% cotton.  The weave is a bit looser than flat cotton, so it's nice to work with.  The large sashiko needle and thick thread glide between the threads.  The border is Japanese Indigo fabric. 


I love my little mug rug.  Perfect for a drink and a little snack.

I carry Sashiko supplies and Essex fabric on my website, along with some patterns and books.  HERE

Bounty of the Season

I'm putting the garden to bed.... harvesting the last of the bounty.  Now I have to clean, chop, freeze and can these lovelies.  Thanks to my friend, Julie, for all the green tomatoes!  I'll be making my Nana's green tomato hamburger relish today.  Mmmmmmm

 

A few weeks ago, I was the recipient of a whole trash bag of fresh corn.  That doesn't sound right.  It was a clean trash bag, and a good way to drag around 50 ears of corn.  This is going to keep me in corn chowder all year!  I sliced and dried all those pears (and a few more bags of them) and I also dried a few bags of Italian prune plums.

I'm going to miss the garden and the farmers' markets with all the wonderful fresh produce.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tips on Machine Tension

I use a variety of threads and there are many great brands out there.  But more often than not, I find myself selecting products from Superior Threads.  (I do a lot of my piecing with Masterpiece thread and all of my hand applique with Superior Kimono Silk thread- it's amazing!)   They have great education articles on their website.  The following us used by permission from Superior threads.

When I'm having machine problems, the answer is ALMOST ALWAYS to change the needle or use the appropriate needle, or something to do with the thread.  A NEW needle and GOOD thread are often the answer.  If you inherit 75 year-old thread from your grandmother, use it for decoration in a pretty container.  Don't use it to make a quilt!

Anyway- I found the following interesting and I thought you might, too.

 

 http://www.superiorthreads.com/media/uploads/2008/11/26/images/diagram.gif


HOME MACHINES

Q. Can I rely on the automatic tension system to adequately adjust the top tension?
A. No.  If you use different threads, fiber types, and sizes, your automatic tension setting most likely will not be adequate to adjust properly for all situations. Learning to manually adjust an auto-tensioned machine is very important when using a variety of threads.

Q. How do I know when the top tension is too loose?
A. The top thread loops on the back. You may also get what is called a birds nest, where the top thread bunches up underneath.

Q. How do I know when the top tension is too tight?
A. Thread breakage, thread shredding or fraying, seeing a lot of lint from a high quality thread, and/or feeling excessive resistance when pulling the thread through the needle. Make sure you also check the needle size because these symptoms may be related to using a too small a needle.

Q. Do some threads require looser tension settings even though they are not heavy threads?
A. Yes, especially metallic threads, hologram threads, and other sensitive threads.

Q. Is it necessary to adjust the bobbin tension?
A. Sometimes, but not nearly as often as the top tension. If a good bobbin thread is breaking, check the bobbin tension.  It might be too tight.

Q. It seems like the top tension doesn’t change even though I adjust the setting. Why?
A. There might be lint or debris caught between or behind the tension discs prohibiting them from opening and closing properly.
   
Q. Can you help me reduce the tension and stress in my life?
A. Yes.  Have a grandchild.

View Bob's Tension demonstration.
Video 1 (3 minutes) Why adjusting tension is important
Video 2 (6 minutes) How tension worksView an interesting illustration showing how tension works, The Thread Tug-of-War

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LONGARM MACHINES
Tension is move involved on longarm machines.  Until recently, there has been no way to measure top tension on longarm machines so it required constant experimenting and guessing.  Bobbin tension also requires frequent adjusting, usually every time a the thread combination changes.
There are two tools available for longarm tension measuring.
1. Top Tension Pro, an electronic device that measure top tension.  Designed mainly for Handi Quilter and Baby Lock longarm machines.
Click here for details

   

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Giveaway Winner- Congrats, Sandra!



OOps.... June 1st came and went and I forgot to pick a winner.  The trusty random integer generator tells me that Sandra from Utah is the winner of the Pansy Faced Pooch pattern.  Yea Sandra!  I'll send you an email to get your address so I can get your pattern on its way.  Sandra blogs at Sandra's Craft Corner.  Check it out.  I just took a peek.... oooo.... her Spiral Lone Star is gorgeous!

I'll post another giveaway soon!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Apple and Pear Cozy's

Are these cute, or what?!?  My friend, Tamara, surprised me with a little gift of an apple cozy and a pear  cozy.  I can just hear you out there.... "What does a person need with fruit cozy's?"  It's not a matter of "need", my friends.  They're CUTE!  Seriously, they make people smile.  And what a conversation starter when you pull one of these babies out of your lunch bag at work!


Tamara used worsted weight kitchen cotton- the stuff you use to make pot holders.  She got the free patterns on Ravelry.  By the way- if you like to knit or crochet and you haven't heard of Ravelry- you HAVE to check it out!  My user name on Ravelry is suehauser. (Original, I know).


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Patriotic Table Runner

I designed this table runner a few years back.  I designed the block with my EQ software and just made it into a large table runner.  The block reminded me of one of the signs or a postage stamp or something associated with the bicentennial in 1976.  I lived in Philadelphia at the time and I can't remember what it was, but something was similar to this.


This is hanging, along with a number of other patriotic quilts, in the library in North Plains, Oregon right now.  Our guild has created the exhibit called. "Birth of a Nation".  The quilts will be on display until the end of July.


Last month, I was at a "getaway" with a few friends who are also in the guild.  We all spent 4 days quilting.  What fun!  One evening, I was staring at this trying to decide how to quilt it and my friend, Julie, had lots of "suggestions".  I looked at her and smiled, and she said, "Would you like me to quilt it for you?"  I smiled back and said, "Would you like me to finish hand appliqueing that block your working on?"  So we traded our projects and finished them for each other.


If you're anywhere near the west side if Portland, Oregon, drive out to North Plains and stop in to the library.  It's a nice display.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Two new pairs of socks

Longtime followers of this blog know I'm ever so slightly addicted to knitting socks.  :-)  I haven't blogged in a long time and have missed posting a lot of my finished knitting and quilting projects, but I thought I'd get back into it by sharing my latest 2 pairs.






These lovely soft yellow socks are made with Barking Dog Yarns in their Achilles Base.  The color is called "Butter".  It's exclusive to club members until April of 2015 and will be available to non-club members after that. She has bunches of beautiful colors available in various base yarns- hand dyed to order with great customer service!

The Achilles base (that's just the name this particular yarn dyer gives to it) is 80% merino wool and 20% nylon.  I like this blend for socks because the little bit of nylon makes a huge difference in durability.  There's nothing worse than spending all that time knitting a pair of socks and wearing a a hole in the heel in a relatively short time.  My socks wear a lot better when there is something in the yarn blend that gives it a bit more strength.






The patten is called Spring Haze by Cynthia Levy.  Her pattern shop is is called RedTigerDesigns.

This pattern is also exclusive to the club Barking Dog Yarns Sock Club Members for the year, but it will be available to the public around April of 2015.

I love Cynthia's designs.  I've made socks from several of her patterns over the past few years.  She lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in Canada.  Maybe she's so good at this because she has LOTS of use for nice, warm socks!  :-)



When I first saw this pattern, I thought they wouldn't have as much warmth because of the "holes" in the lace.  But when I wear them, they seem plenty toasty. 






It's not very noticeable, but the Spring Haze socks are mirror imaged.  The cables twist to the left on one sock and to the right on the other sock.  I love little special touches like that!

 Here's another pair by Cynthia.  This one is free for a few more weeks while a knit-along is running and then there will be a nominal charge.  I LOVE these!  They're not nearly as difficult as they look (always love it when a pattern makes me look good).






This yarn is from Knitters Brewing Company.  It's called Sockaholic and the color is Cosmopolitan.   It's also a merino wool and nylon blend. 







Such a fun knit!  No chance of getting bored with these puppies!

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Giveaway- Pansy Faced Pooch Pattern



It's been a LOOOOOOOONG time since we did a giveaway.  Time to start up the monthly fun again!

Pansy Faced Pooch is one of the Flower Dog pattern series designed by Helene Knott.  Helene also designed the popular Garden Patch Cat Series of patterns.  (You'll be seeing a lot more of the cats on this blog in coming months!).  It's an easy applique pattern.  You can do hand or machine applique.  Helene has included instructions for several methods in the pattern.

 It's super easy to enter.  For a chance to win, just comment to THIS POST.  That's it!  Easy peasy.

Want a second chance?  Do a SECOND COMMENT to THIS POST and tell me that you are a follower of this blog.  You can be a long-time follower or brand new.  Just remind me that you are a follower.

Two chances not enough?  For a third chance, spread the word. It doesn't matter how- tweet, do a facebook post, take out a full page add in a magazine :-)  You get ONE extra chance for spreading the word.  No multiple chances for tweeting and doing a facebook post.  Spread the word as much as you like and do a THIRD COMMENT to THIS POST and  tell me you shared the news and you'll get ONE extra chance.  FYI, we do have an Alderwood Quilts facebook page and we LOVE Pinterest!

And for a FOURTH chance (YEA!) tell me what you'd like to see more of on this blog.  I haven't been active for a while and want to get started again.  I'd love to hear what you want to see.  New products?  Tutorials?  What kind?  Techniques?  Quilt-alongs?  I have lots of ideas but I'd like to hear yours first.

I'll do a random drawing on June first to select the winner.  Be sure to do a comment for each chance.  That's how I count to see how many numbers to put in the random number generator.

Good luck!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Springtime Quilt

Last week, this quilt was posted on the "24 Blocks" page on Facebook.  SHEESH!  I instantly got a bazillion requests for the pattern.  I've carried it for years, but didn't have quantities on hand to take care of everyone.  Since last week, I've ordered twice from BeColourful.  The patterns come from the Netherlands, which is why they are a little hard to find.  I now have a large supply on hand. 

I think the colors are particularly stunning on this quilt.  Simple- and just awesome!  HERE's a link to the pattern on my website.



Here's a closeup.  I always like photos that show the quilting.


If you enjoy paper piecing, this is a great new project for you!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I went shopping for fabric....

 "I went shopping for quilting fabric"

 I went shopping for fabric and this nice man helped me bring it home.


I saw this on Pinterest and it made me smile.  It's sometimes difficult to track down the origin of photos on Pinterest to get permission to post them.  I think this originated with reginasworld.com.

I hope you are all enjoying the last few days of 2013. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Quick Cookie Idea

Need to take something to a gathering over the holidays?  Need it to be yummy AND quick? 


This is a re-post of a recipe I posted last year.  It's worth telling you about it again.  These yummy treats start with crackers sprinkled with almonds.  Add some gooey sweetness and you have a real conversation starter.  The crackers are the buttery kind, so it just tastes like the base is a butter cookie.  You WILL get requests for the recipe and you WON'T have any left over.  You'll find the recipe HERE.  Enjoy!




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Memories in a Box


 Isn't this lovely? (NOT!)  If you were to see this old jewelry box in a garage sale, chances are pretty good that you wouldn't even pay a quarter for it.  It has virtually no monetary value.  But value isn't always monetary.  This is the little jewelry box that started it's life on my dresser when I was somewhere around 4 or 5 years old.



In recent years, I've been going through the "things" I've collected in my 6 decades of life.  This is the season of my life when I am cleaning out, paring down, finding new homes for things and deciding what I really want to keep.  But it's so difficult for me to just toss something that has so many memories.

As I go through the boxes from the attic, if something makes me smile, I'm trying to incorporate it into my everyday live.  If I don't want it in my house, if it has no resale value, and if nobody else wants it--- then it goes.  But in the case of my jewelry box, I just couldn't get rid of it.  Plus-- as I said-- it makes me smile.





 SO.... I got the perfect idea!  I put all of my Christmas jewelry in it!  I did this last year, and after the holidays I packed it away with the Christmas decorations.  When I started decorating this year, out came the jewelry box, and you guessed it... it made me smile.  :-)

I've been looking for ideas like this one to re-purpose old things with good memories.

Oh--- and can you see the little puppy earrings in front of the box on the left?  My oldest son gave them to me when he was 8 years old.  I still remember the day he gave them to me.  He payed $2 of his own money for them.  Yep- they make me smile, too.

It's the little things in life.


Friday, December 13, 2013

The Hooters Quilt

Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined.
You read that right.  It's a Hooters quilt.  Quilting (to me) is all about making a memory- or preserving one.  Why else would somebody make a quilt out of old Hooters t-shirts?

A very special family friend married the love of his life a few weeks ago.  In his "bachelor days", he had a rather extensive collection of t-shirts from his many visits to various Hooters restaurants around the world.  I "acquired" his collection and took a rotary cutter to it.  I took special care to preserve the spots on the shirts that were autographed by the ladies.

By the way- it seems I always have a dog around when I'm trying to photograph quilts.  This one is being tested by my son's moose... I mean dog... Nelson.  He's a cross between a St. Bernard and a Great Pyrenees.  Big.


 
As far as quilting goes, this one isn't anything special.  It's just a rag quilt- little sandwiches of t-shirt on top, batting scraps in the middle and flannel on the back.  Sew an "X" through the sandwiches, stitch them together with a half inch seam and stitch all around the perimeter at 1/2 inch.  Then clip all the seams with rag snips (important so you don't get blisters).  Then wash a few times and clean out the lint trap in the dryer a million times.

This quilt is a great memory for the groom.  It represents a time in his life and memories of friends, trips he took, and his transiton from boyhood to manhood.  He LOVED it!  You might be wondering how the bride feels about this.  She loves it, too!  Jealous?  No way!  She says, "I'M the one he married!!!"

Being a quilter gives a person the ability to create a one-of-a kind gift from the heart.  Nothing I could have purchased would have shown his young man how much it meant to me to watch him grow up than this quilt does.

And besides... now I can say I made a Hooters quilt. :-)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A good laugh!

I saw this on Pinterest... it gave me a good chuckle.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Giveaway Winner- Congrats, Wendy!




We have a winner!  Wendy, from Alabama, is the lucky winner of the Apple a Day pattern.  Wendy has several blogs- she's a very prolific blogger and quilter.  Wendy- I'll send you an email and we'll get your pattern on its way!

If you didn't win, and you just HAVE to have this pattern, you can find it on my website.

I'll try to get another giveaway posted soon.






I hope those of you in the US had a nice holiday weekend.  It was Thanksgiving, the start of Chanukah, and the official start of the crazy holiday shopping season.  Sheesh!  I think I need to get started with my shopping.  I'm late this year.  But the fun thing is that I have a grand daughter to shop/sew/knit for this year.  FUN!  So what did I do this weekend?  I started knitting a hat for MY baby (who is a grown man).  LOL  I'll show you pics when it's done.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thinking of Others on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  It's been a beautiful, crisp Fall day in the Pacific Northwest.  My list of things for which I am thankful goes on and on.  Life is good.  :-)

On this day of gratitude, I'd like to share a personal story with you.... the story of an afghan... and many friends.


If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that quilting is my passion, but knitting is a close second.  I'm very active on the social website, Ravelry.  If you knit or crochet and have not yet discovered Ravelry, you HAVE to check it out!  Ravelry is full of patterns and yarns and best of all... chat boards and groups of people with similar interests.  I'm active on several of the group boards, one of which is a group of followers of the Knitters Brewing yarn company.  After several years of posting and chatting, you get to know people.  Much like blogging, you feel very much like you KNOW people you've never met in real life.  For many years, I chatted with a lady who shares my first name.... Sue Thomas.  Whenever Sue sent me an email, she signed it, "The Other Sue",

Sue passed away suddenly and peacefully in her sleep in August.  The ladies in the group were shocked and saddened.  We felt so empty and helpless.  When we experience loss, we have the natural desire to do something.  But when the members of a group are literally spread all over the world and only have a chat board between them- it's hard to know what to do.  You can't very well send a casserole to her husband thousands of miles away.  She had a favorite charity, so many of us donated to it, but it didn't fill our desire to do something personal.

The moderators of the chat group quickly filled our need to act on our grief and reach out to her family.  Yarn was sent by the owner of the yarn company to 42 of the knitters who had known her the longest.  There were MANY more people who would loved to have participated, but the 42 of us knitted on behalf of the whole group.  We each made one square and sent it back to the women who edged and blocked them and stitched them together.  The project was financed by the sale of a colorway of yarn that Sue loved, and all additional money was given to her favorite charity.  The afghan, which we called the "comfortghan" was sent to her beloved husband.  Her birthday fell on Thanksgiving, so this was a doubly difficult day for him.  The delivery was timed so that he would receive it this week.


I am truly thankful to have been a part of this project.  My block is the butterfly.  From the bottom left corner, it's 3 blocks up and 3 to the right.  The very first time that Sue and I chatted online was about 5 years ago when we were both working on a sock with a butterfly design.  We were both new sock knitters at the time.  So I chose to put that butterfly design on the block I contributed.  I think it's wonderful that we sent the afghan to Sue's husband, and I'm sure he will treasure it.  But this is about more than an afghan.  It's about losing a friend and feeling a void, and coming together with others who feel the same sadness to act on our feelings, and fill that void by sharing our feelings with others who understand, and then do something nice for somebody Sue loved very much. 

Birth and death... and joy and sadness and everything else we experience are a part of life.  We all know that.  But how we act on those feelings determines what kind of life we live.  My family and friends are my greatest wealth.  The people who walk through this life with me are everything to me.  On Thanksgiving, we reflect on things for which we are thankful, and in that spirit of gratitude, we often show acts of kindness toward others. Today is a day of giving thanks and for sharing (most of us with family) and generally feeling good.  But today, I also thought of my late friend, Sue.  And that made me think of all the many, many people in my life who are not family or super close friends.  I thought a lot about the hundreds of people who are, for lack of a better descriptor, the "cast of characters" who make my life as rich as it is.

Happy birthday, Sue.... from "the other Sue".  Life is better for countless people because you shared yourself with us.  We miss you and that smile of yours.... and your positive approach to life.  You always had something good to say, and you made us feel better about ourselves with your kind words.  You made life richer for all who knew you.

And happy Thanksgiving to all who read this.  Remember that we are all one of "the cast of characters" in the life of everyone we know.  Give them all an extra smile.  Life is good.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend Giveaway- Apple a Day Pattern


We haven't had a giveaway in a while, so let's do a quick one.  This will run through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  I'll draw the winner on Monday, December 2, 2013.

*To be entered, just comment on THIS POST that you would like to be entered.  That's all!
**For a second chance, do a SECOND COMMENT to THIS POST and let me know that you are a follower of this blog and you'll have 2 entries. Don't assume I know- you have to post a comment because use the number of comments for the random number generator.
***Want a third entry?  Share the news.  Tweet it or post on facebook or post it on your own blog or rent space on a billboard in Times Square.  :-)  It doesn't matter how you share it, or how many times- just do another comment to THIS POST to let me know and you get a third entry.  (just one)
****For a 4th chance, send me a picture of a Thanksgiving or Autumn-themed quilt or sewing project.  Comment on THIS POST that you let me know about it.  Send the picture to me in a private message or post the link if you have in somewhere online and let me know that I am permitted to "lift" the photo and show it here.  (I'll give you credit, of course).

This pattern is published by Bigfork Bay Cotton Company and uses the fun technique of fusible applique.  If you liked paper dolls when you were a little girl- you'll love fusible applique!

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Patterns from Jacqueline de Jonge!

Are you a paper piecing fan?  Have I got news for YOU!  Jacqueline de Jonge, the Dutch quilt artist who is the creative genius behind the pattern at Be Colourful Patterns has just released 5 new patterns, plus released a new format of another.  My jaw is on the floor.  OHMYGOSH--- I only wish you could see these patterns in real life! 

You carry all of Jacqueline de Jonge's patterns and you can see them on my website.






 Brilliant Beauties of Joy is not new, but has been re-formatted.  It was previously available in 5 different patterns, designed to be a block-of-the-month.  Jacqueline has now formatted this to sell in one pattern- at HALF the price of the original set of 5 patterns!!!  WOO HOO!   If you've been drooling over the set- you can now justify the purchase.  :-)  It's a very large quilt and a very large pattern.... enough to keep you busy for a while.
















And if you REALLY want to keep busy for a while... check out Catch Me if You Can.  This isn't one of the new ones, but it's pretty recent and I had to show it to you again.  I think this is one of my favorite Be Colourful patterns.  Holy Cow-- this quilt is stunning!




















Now for the new ones.  This is Aurora.  How awesome would this look on your bed????  It's like a New York Beauty on steroids.




















Black Beauty is actually less complicated than it looks.  It's a creative arrangement of some New York Beauty blocks... and only uses a few fabrics.  really stunning!



















Endless....  Well named.  The flying geese travel in an endless path around the stars.  I love this one.  Well... I love them all.  But I super love this one.



















This one is named Summer Dream.  As Be Colourful patterns go, it's one of the "less complicated" ones.  It would be a great one to start with.  It's sized right to make a table topper or wall hanging.... or a baby quilt if you're so inclined.  :-)



















And last, but not least... Midnight Stars.  Such a stunning quilt!  This is a big one... and it has it all.... spikes, curves, stars, flying geese, and a medallion.  LOVE it!










If you're thinking, "I could never make one of these quilts"... you might give it another though.  I will admit that you do need to know how to paper piece and you really should LIKE to do paper piecing.  After that- all you need is time.  It's just one step after the other... keep on going... and eventually, you'll have an heirloom quilt. They're no different from any other paper pieced quilts.  You piece a lot of sections and stitch the sections together.  Simple.  Right?  OK... there are a lot of sections.  You can do it.

Just a note if you look on the website at all of the Be Colourful patterns.... some have full size printed foundation papers included and some do not.  Her older patterns don't have the printed foundation papers included, but they do have full size pattern pieces that you trace or copy onto foundation papers.  As you might expect, these are less expensive.  Her newer patterns have all full size foundation papers included and ready to use.  Also as you might expect, these are more expensive.  It's a trade-off.  I like to get started right away but I also like to save money.  You're choice. 

One last thing-- I still have a small number of three discontinued Be Colourful patterns.  When they're gone, they're gone.  Twinkle Star has lots of stars and hexis.  Sweet Melody and Sun and Shadows are a lot like Black Beauty, but are different sizes and do not include foundation papers.  You can see them along with all of the other patterns here.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Flannel Quilts and a Sale!

I fondled some pretty flannels the other day and got the bug to make a flannel quilt.  September always has that effect on me. :-)  I have a couple started and I think I'll be a good little quilter and finish one of them rather than starting a new one.

Here are two flannel quilts that I made for my grown sons a few years ago.  The blue and taupe half square triangle quilt is Paul's.  Yep--- it's just a bunch of half square triangles!  The trick is to use flannels with high contrast.  This one was actually a pattern, and I have ordered some.  I'll put them on my website soon.  I like it because it's just 2 colors, but it's super scrappy.  Paul likes it because it's soft.


This is Steve's quilt.  It's one of Moda's flannel collections from several years back (definitely no longer available).  It's another simple pattern with lots of "pop".  It's a really fun "guy quilt".  I was visiting Steve and his family last week and saw this on the floor in his family room in front of the TV... so I know it gets used!

Let's kick off the season with a flannel sale.  ALL flannels in stock are on sale for the month of September, 2013 for $8.95 per yarn.  All of the flannels in my shop are high quality, soft and squishy.... not the thin scritchy kind. Many of them are by Maywood Studio.  There are also a few flannel fat quarter packs very attractively priced.  Tomorrow, I'll post a blog giveaway.... and.... hint, hint..... it will be flannel!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

WOW!  I can't believe how many customers scooped up Bigfork Bay Cotton Company patterns and kits today!  I'm not planning to re-stock most of these items, so these great prices are limited to the quantity on hand.  You snooze, you loose!

So.... on to the giveaway.  For the month of June, we took entries for the drawing to win 1/4 pound of dried lavender buds (from my farm, of course!)

Isn't this a pretty picture?  My friend, Stephanie, took this photo of my sachets in her yarn basket.  Her yarn is great-smelling and bug-free!  (Not that she had bugs before.... but lavender does naturally keep the creepy crawlies away).

The winner for the June giveaway is..... drum roll, please...... Nanbon (blogger name) from Milton, Florida.  CONGRATS!  I'll send you an email so I can get your address and get your fragrant package on it's long journey from Oregon to Florida!

Our harvest is beginning tomorrow.  We'll be cutting in the early morning hours so the lavender will be nice and fresh for it's trip to our first farmers' market of the season.  I'll have pictures soon.  We'll also be starting to ship fresh bundles next week.  I'll post about that soon.

I'll leave you with a few photos of our field that my friend, Kathy D took last summer.  I'll take some current pictures and post them soon.