Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I had three guests, so there is a lot of wine left over. We just had some with our turkey dinner.

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Retail Venue

Put some stuff on a wall in this new gallery in Wicker Park. It's only 2 x 8 feet, so it is a little crowded. Someday I hope to move to a larger space, but for now, I'm trying to take advantage of every molecule of my three-inch depth.

While I was setting up last week I met a few of the other artists. Everyone has been wonderful. I'll be hosting (or maybe co-hosting) an opening on one of my favorite dates, Friday the Thirteenth (of November), from 5-9 p.m. at

Galleria 1712
1712 W. North Avenue (between Damen and Ashland at Paulina), Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, October 08, 2009

4-Harness Weaving

My second cloth and my first on four harnesses. Today I added some twill. No new photo yet.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Emma Has Decided to Keep Her Sister

Probably they are littermates. It only took a week for Emma to start washing Gaia and playing with her. So she stays. Gaia is a talker. She beeps a lot. Very sweet and gentle. What a little love.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gaia Has a Home

Gaia, one of my former alley cats, needed to be adopted. We kept her. Dad said, "It's up to Emma," and Emma loves her. Clearly she has been a pet before, and is very gentle and loving, even with strangers. She has chosen to cuddle up to Mom at every opportunity.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Painting Yarn

I worked all day yesterday hand painting a pound of worsted weight wool. I'll post better pics when it is dry. I was so eager to show it off last night I forgot to rinse it first, and did that this morning. I learned of the technique in an article by Nancy Roberts in Spin-Off Fall 2006. Turns out SHE heard of it in an article in in Threads in 1995 by Rebekah Younger. (Turns out this is Becky Younger, my sister's childhood friend.) Anyhoo, you knit up the undyed yarn on a machine, dye it, then reknit into whatever you want. It gives you long sections of color impossible to do with a 60 or 72-inch hank. I'm thinking this wants to be either a lace stole or a sideways sweater.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mia Mysteriously Reappears

You could knock me down with a feather.

Just got home from the alley. Who should come out to greet me but Miss Mia, as if she had never been gone. She looked healthy, but consumed two cans and some dry food. She did not comment on her last month's activities.

"Mia, where have you been?"

Bland complacent gaze. Silence.

I am guessing that someone took her in, and either let her out when they realized she was not eager to be domesticated, or, she escaped.

It may have taken her a day or two to get back to her old home territory.

I don't know what to expect tomorrow. But I am so relieved that she is not dead.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Mia is missing

It has been over a week since I have seen my Baby Siamese. I even checked the pound (Animal Care and Control) on Saturday. She's microchipped, so they would have called PAWS Chicago if she had been picked up.

She did not like anyone, but everyone wanted her because she's so pretty. The local folks think she is valuable even tho her parents are NOT Siamese. Perhaps someone lured her in. I don't want to imagine other scenarios, but I can't stop. Hit by car. Trapped in a garage or basement. Killed by dog. 

I truly hope someone took her in. Guess I'd better post some flyers with her picture.

Saturday, February 07, 2009


This is Mia, who was trapped on Monday, spayed on Tuesday, released on Thursday. She hesitated a bit in the trap, then went into her walkway, then turned right around and came back for the regular feeding.

I'm really surprised she did not hide for two days after her horrible ordeal in my kitchen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

King of the Road

This is Guy, the fellow who bit me because I was stupid enough to corner him while he was here recovering from his neutering. He is the happiest outside cat I have ever known. From the moment he was released, we were friends again, and he still is the first to greet me when he sees my car.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Since my last post I have become the "caseworker" for a colony of alley cats. These photos are from 16 Nov 2008. We think these cats are two litters from Emma (formerly "Mama"), who is now the light of her new family's life.

Tommie Girl (we called her Tom until we found out she was a she)

Evangeline (formerly "Tom Too")

Siamese Kitten (will trap and name her next week), Big Black Kitten (Emmett), Small Black Kitten (Ebony), Baby Tom (Van Morrison)