The warmth of routine

Yesterday gale force winds blew out our unusually long, warm, and sunny autumn. It’s comforting to get back to my katazome routine in anticipation of winter and to reminisce about my visit to Maine last week. The complicated geography of mid-coast Maine (Penobscot Bay) where my sister lives has once again filled my imagination with woodland scenes, tidal coves and gray granite hills dappled with scarlet blueberry leaves. It is a quiet place that always replenishes my spirit.


dragon driftwood

Before leaving I tried my minnow pattern on some Japanese green wool purchased from John Marshall in August. It’s just the right width off the bolt for runners.

minnows on wool

Peak leaves and great destination

If you are considering a drive up north to see the leaves this weekend, I recommend you stop by the Ripple River Gallery, near Aitkin, MN on Saturday, October 2nd. It’s about a 2-hour drive north of the Twin Cities.

The gallery is hosting a Fall Open House & Raku Firing! You can find details here. There is also a wonderful woodworking show on display in the gallery.
You will see Mille Lacs Lake on the way…

… and many colorful leaves at their peak

You might see the fearless deer that were grazing in Bob & Amy’s yard on Wednesday.



You’ll experience the warm hospitality of the owners, Bob Carls, wood turner, and Amy Sharpe, weaver and gallery manager.



I dropped off  a few runners and pillows, including this new rabbit pillow.

bunny pillow