I don’t know what kinds of lichens I have here but there’s lots on down twigs and limbs from the staghelm sumac trees I have here. Maybe it will make nice color for wool.

coming soon.....

In the spring I plan to be more diligent about posting here. It goes along with some ideas about natural dyeing. Currently I am waiting for some dental work this week that will have me out of commission for a little while. But stay tuned! Spring is around the corner!!

Please consider helping

My dear friend Jen lost her son Daius to a drowning accident when there was still ice on the pond. This is a family I've known for years. We both homeschooled (my kids are grown now) and I have loved their family very much. Please consider helping them out in this time of need. It's heartbreaking to me to think of losing a child at all but then there's all these bills from he accident coming in as well. Prayer is best, as we know YHWH hears. Helping financially can help with at least part of their burden. Here is the link to their GoFundMe .


I dyed some wool with turmeric. It was fantastic! My grandson saw it and asked what it was, so I explained that I had dyed it. He thought it was a wonderful piece of sunshine. I love how children are amazed at little things. 

Knitting and race: What it all means to me

In the past few days the Instagram knitting community has blown up with all kinds of talk of racism and white privilege and the like. I have had a range of emotion over this- first over the actual blog post that started the whole thing. I don't see the outrage in the post. Does that mean I have some sort of white privilege? I'm only white from my mother's side to look at us. Of course nearly all African Americans are white somewhere. It was part of the slavery that brought our ancestors here: our foremothers didn't always have only African descent men in their beds, and not necessarily through any fault of their own. I wonder if I don't see it because I live a somewhat sheltered life: white husband, nearly white looking kids, Appalachian mountains so we are a weird bunch separate from the rest of the south- and the living here is hard despite technology (many folks here where I live still don't have electricity and have never had it or indoor plumbing so interne

Maiden, Mother, Crone

This was written months ago in winter. I was thinking of my Mama this morning and how she was exhausted and mean and just not with it often. Her thinking was foggy, she fell asleep on the couch more often than not in the afternoons, she was embarrassed about her weepiness because she thought it a sign of weakness, and she gained weight then lost weight over the years, but it was more like ballooning up and shrinking down in a short amount of time. Her blood pressure suddenly skyrocketed and her doctor gave her prostate medicine because he was an absolute idiot, so she had out of control bp for a decade or more and was being poisoned by a drug that likely did damage to her brain and other organs. Her sisters would not have any such things happen to them for years and when they did they weren’t unnecessarily drugged, and because they were still intact their hormones leveled out normally after menopause. Grandmother would not have talked about it either because she just wasn’t the kind


 Disclaimer: nothing I say here is intended as medical advice. If you have a problem seek a professional. I made a chickweed tincture a week ago. It's fairly straightforward: freshly picked chickeweed, rinsed off and picked over. Only the best stuff goes in here! Chop it coarsely then put it in a jar and cover it with vodka. I keep it in a nice dark place for 6+ weeks then strain it. According to " The young shoots are edible and have been used as salad greens. In homeopathy, the plant is used to relieve rheumatic pains and psoriasis. Chickweed  is noted as a folk remedy for many conditions, including asthma, blood disorders, conjunctivitis, constipation, inflammation, dyspepsia, skin ailments, and obesity." I have it on good authority that it does work well for many of these ailments. Of course it's "folk remedies" so take it or leave it.