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…but all the online thingys that take up my time on my iPhone and make me wish lust for an iPad. I don’t know about most folks but I do subscribe to quite a few online newsletters the greatest percentage having to deal with knitting stuff and to a lesser degree herbs, gardening, and natural living. These newsletters usually go beyond just an advertisement for a sale of a product, most times there are announcements of new products, or free patterns, or a just released pattern.

I thought I’d share some of my favorites that show up in my inbox throughout the month. Do try to keep in mind that I also read a ton of blogs too – but that will have to be a topic for another post.

Jimmy Beans Wool I love reading this newsletter & look forward to seeing the new limited time Lorna’s Laces colors that become available (loving the March ’12 Sea Turtle Dream). They also sponsor a Stitch Red campaign to stick-it to women’s heart disease. Not only do they tell you what’s new in the shop but suggest patterns to go with the yarns. I also enjoy the staff project section at the end of the newsletter. They carry Madelinetosh onseies, be sure to check them out, but they carry fabric, buttons, notions and so much more.

elann.com This is more of a sale flier for their great bargains on yarns, pattern books, and notions. Sometimes their staff designers have re-worked an existing pattern to work with a yarn they are promoting and the results are quite wonderful. The prices have made me do a double take.

Morehouse Farm. This is a NY farm that I have fallen in love with ever since I read their book: Morehouse Farm Merino knits : more than 40 farm-fresh designs by Margrit Lohrer. Great yarns, wonderful service, beautiful and creative patterns. Every child needs a ‘critter’ scarf or set of mittens.

Knitting Daily This is the Interweave Knitting daily email. Sometimes it’s great information, a free pattern, giveaways, KAL announcements, but other times it really is just a self promotion tool for sales.

Craftsy I signed up for this one not too long ago to get more information on their new model for online classes. You set your own pace, unlimited access to the online class, notes, and online access to the instructor. Classes are available on a variety of subjects from gardening to cake decorating, plus their site hosts independent designer pattern postings for sale and some for free. Worth checking out.

Schoolhouse Press The late Great knitting Guru Elizabeth Zimmermann‘s daughter Meg Swansen now runs the company and I want to keep abreast of the latest and greatest. What more is there to say?

Quince & Co. This company has been THE hot yarn and getting hotter! The two owning knitwear designers: Pam Allen and Carrie Bostick Hoge have been attracting other popular designers like Hannah Fettig, Cecily Glowik McDonald, and Melissa LaBarre to compliment their wearable, non-fussy, classic, visions of shape and ease of design which make me and many other knitters find it hard to decide which pattern to knit first!

If you have tried yarns and love them, be sure to look up their website from it’s band. Chances are they have a newsletter or blog. Lately I have been preferring a newsletter to reading a blog post. Go figure?(the irony has not been lost)

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I find that sometimes my knitting mojo wanes. It’s not for lack of projects on the needles, or ideas for projects, or yarn to knit with, or even inspiration, perhaps just slight burn out? So I tend to turn to all things knitterly or fiberish in print or online to try to occupy my cravings for my fix.

My local library system surprised me by adding a few scholarly reference knitting titles to their shelves and I jumped at the chance to loan them. I’ve been geeking out ever since! So go and search out these titles yourself:

Knitting around the world: a multistranded history of a time-honored tradition by Lola Nargi. A wonderful retrospective of the art and history of the handicraft. I was drawn in by the detail with which she researched each of the chapters and the historical photographs. There a few patterns, the knitter in me would have liked a few more, but as a library reference book this title is quite inclusive. I was a tad disappointed to not find any mention of the country where my ancestors harken from; Poland. I have yet to see it mentioned in any ethnic knitting book, I know there are lots of elaborate folk embroidery patterns from there and the Ukraine area, but I couldn’t help being curious and hopeful for a mention. Personal let downs aside I still had to renew it after the three-week loan because it was such a fascinating read. (Voyageur Press, 264 pages, $35.00 list price)

After reading about the international history of knitting I loaned the title,  Knitting in America: A glorious heritage from warm socks to high art by Susan M. Strawn Forward by Melanie Falick. It’s not often I enjoy a forward or introduction to a nonfiction book as much as I did this one, each wet my appetite for this enjoyable and readable retrospective. The images were the first thing that grabbed me on the cover, because of course we all love to judge a book by the cover, but that is like assuming there is nothing inside a creme puff! Yet inside this volume there were delectable chapters of our eras in history complimented by savory images I had never seen before. Some of my favorites were the modern art pieces towards the end, they inspired me to knit outside the pattern so-to-speak. There are twenty historical knitting patterns and the best part is that they are indexed separately in the back of the book! I do enjoy a good index. (Voyageur Press, 208 pages, $24.99 list price)

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn, by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius. This title had me ignoring the family for many a night as I studied its pages learning about the many varieties of natural fleeces, how to use them best and where on earth to find them. Did you know that there are eleven classic colors to the Shetland rainbow? or how about the controversies surrounding upbreeding/upgrading? It’s in here! There are even entries for horse, cow, and wolf which I thought were among the more unusual. Most every entry has a photo of the fleece in various stages: raw, clean, spun, woven, and knitted when available. I enjoyed reading the histories behind many of the breeds, especially ones that were left feral for decades or possibly centuries to fend for themselves and how they adapted to the local conditions and lack of shearing. I know now more than ever that there needs to be a space in our family for a fiber animal or five soon, perhaps some angora goats and some guard llamas. (Storey Publishing, 488 pages, $35.00 list price.)

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As someone who used to work full-time in the printing industry I really enjoyed this post and wanted to share this with y’all. There is so much time and effort that goes into producing a book well beyond the contents that are between the covers.
The artist, publisher, editors, proofers, printers, technicians, ink specialists, and plate makers all have a stake in the final product.
Enjoy this re-post from Jane and Carin’s Blog:

Inside // how covers and jackets are made Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of visiting our primary cover and jacket printer, Coral Graphics, a wonderful company that is huge in the publishing world. They work with all the “Big Five” trade publishing houses: Random House, Penguin, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, and do excellent work, especially when it comes to specialty processes like embossing and foils. The very first thing I see when we enter the plant is thi … Read More

via jane & carin // books

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Meet E. C., he was gifted to me as a new-born by a wonderful patron and her mother that have become addicted to raising and hatching Monarch caterpillars. E.C. was born on August 8th and from then on I have tried very hard not to neglect him!

And so far he has grown right on schedule according to our research. The Monkeys and I have enjoyed feeding and caring for him. Of course the first chore was naming him, I voted for Eric (for Eric Carle) but that was quickly voted down, but after I explained my reasoning…  compromise won, hence E.C. As you can see he has grown quite a bit, I took these pictures at work (I just had to use the great pop-up book) on Wednesday (8/17). I promise to keep you updated on his progress.

I really love sharing this book with preschoolers at the library it’s a wonderful step up from the original book! We have been using the title Monarch Magic here at home to learn more about E.C. and track his progress. If you click on the photo above it will take you to a link where you can purchase the pop-up and learn more about Eric Carle. Enjoy. Now I’m off to hunt up some more milkweed.

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My Summer Vacation

What I did on my summer vacation:

Spent lots of quality time with the Monkeys!

Slept in


Sat on back porch with coffee and Wee Monkey and watch chipmunk morning shenanigans

Enjoyed the last days of school festivities with Crafter Monkey and Monkey Boy


Spent time in the garden

Watched the Monkeys enjoy watching the fireflies

Stayed up late

Was forced off the grid (fuzzy internet reception)

Read more books, less blogs, less f/b, less tweets, less email

Watched lots of movies with the Monkeys

Hung out at the soccer field and horse related places

Took a Moonlight walk with Mr. Monkey

Went to yard sales

Convinced my family to star in a youtube film for work and go into work and film it while still on vacation

Enjoyed every minute and wished there could’ve been more…

Now it’s back to the grind, so enjoy the youtube film and yerself  and yer Monkeys to the Library this summer.

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I remember my Mom threatening me when I was young and complaining of Summer  boredom that she would make us go outside to watch paint dry, or take us to the laundry mat to watch to clothes go round OR if we really wanted some excitement she would load us in the car and take us to the local cemetery to watch the grass grow!

But seriously, I cannot believe a publisher has invested time and energy in this title! Just so you know… I did NOT  purchase this title for the collection. There is plenty of grass in Batavia. Go watch it !

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This is great for my Lego fans out there that read the blog! Enjoy!

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