8 entries from the month of: October 2015

Otto 2.0

October 29th

Otto cardigan

Otto cardigan

Otto cardigan

Otto cardigan

Otto #2. This is a gift for baby Wall #3. I’m calling her Tres for now.

~K

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Domestic Art
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Home.

October 27th

This week I traveled to Colorado, albeit briefly.

Colorado!

Unsurprisingly, most of my photos are of nature. Landing, I was in awe of the golden fields surrounding the airport, and the snow on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Once I was in town, I couldn’t get over all the color. The autumn. The crisp air.

Colorado!

Colorado!

Colorado!

Colorado!

I was traveling for work, but had a chance to check in with a few folks who I adore. And felt guilty about all of those I didn’t have a chance to see. (Does anyone ever win that game?)

Colorado!

Colorado!

I was a bit apprehensive of this trip; coming off another Arizona summer, I was ravenous for cool weather. Also, I had a romanticized memory of my days in Colorado. This trip reminded me of what I loved and miss, and what I now value of my life in the desert. I really enjoyed my time seeing friends and family, walking around downtown Golden, driving through Denver, and working in Boulder.

I was also thrilled to come home.

With a foot in Arizona and another always in Golden, it is a great place to be.

~K

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Arizona, Colorado
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Dry off!

October 23rd

I love these kitchen towels. They are soft, easy to iron crisp, great to tuck into your pants when cooking or to lay across your lap as a giant napkin. One of my new favorite sewing projects is to embellish these and gift them with a jar of something canned out of the garden.

Quilted dish towels

Quilted dish towels

Quilted dish towels

 

~K

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Domestic Art, handmade, Heirloom Hacienda
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Fall Pillow

October 22nd

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

I made this for the couch; there are two more in the works — one a log cabin pillow using a Grand Canyon patch in the center, and a W pillow. I love putting this home together.

Half square triangles are fun and these are totally wonky, but I love them all the same. Perfection is over rated.

~K

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Domestic Art, Heirloom Hacienda
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Wandering Through the Garden

October 17th

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

Community Gardening

 

We are finally returning to outdoor season!

~K

Posted in
Community, Earth Mama
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Otto Cardigan

October 15th

Otto Cardigans

This is one the trickier things I’ve ever knit. It stretched me to learn quite a bit, and while this one does have a couple errors — I am very happy with the result.

Otto Cardigans

This Otto cardigan is for Jorja, a new babe in South Dakota and the first granddaughter of a dear friend.

Otto Cardigans

Of course, as soon as I finished it, I started another before I forget everything I just learned!

~K

*Forgive the photography on this one. I didn’t get a good photo with my camera before I sent it off. Gah!

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Domestic Art
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Getting Out of My Own Way

October 9th

Still working on that fall pillow

An update on those novels:

Under the Same Moon keeps selling, which is fantastic. It is no longer available at local retailers, which is why I am listing the book giant Amazon. I have a master plan on how to have it available locally (and at Powell’s and the Tattered Cover) soon: finish the second book, go on a tiny self-funded book tour and bring copies of UTSM for sale too.

That should work, right?

Basket Baby is in the process of being edited. As in, I have 400 pages of copy with detailed comment and am trying to work on a chapter or two a week. At this rate, I should have it done by my 100th birthday. A new writing friend asked me the other day what my routine is and I was embarrassed to say that I’ve completely fallen off the writing wagon. I exercise daily. I try to do something creative daily — whether it is knitting, sewing or cooking a new recipe. But I have not made time for writing.

There are plenty of excuses; instead, let’s discuss the new plan to get BB done, and be able to return to novel 3, The Golden Rule. TGR is a fun story that I’ve been workshopping for the last few months. I’m eager to continue writing it. I’m (obviously) not looking forward to make more edits to BB. It is hard to go back again and again and again to the same story and try to make it something better when something bright and shiny has your eye.

But! If I have one regret in publishing to date, it is that UTSM wasn’t ready, but I pushed forward anyway. It has a few typos and areas that just need work. I got sick of that story by the time publishing became and option and I rushed. I don’t want to repeat this error.

As such, I’m telling you — blog world! Internets! Friends real and those I only know by email! I am going dig in and make a commitment to 4 chapters a week of BB until the editing is done and I can send it back to the publisher for further review.

Hold me to it, friends. I need your encouragement.

Cheers,

K

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Writer School, Writing
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Desert Color Wheel

October 6th

We took a hike this weekend and I tried capturing some of the local color. It is cooling off and we plan on spending every possible minute outside until next May.

Desert Color

Desert ColorDesert Color

Desert Color

Desert Color

 

~KDesert Color

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Arizona
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