More lambs at end of CAL.

2016-cal-participants-finished-pillows.jpThe CAL from Squirrel Picnic is over and I hope you have fun watching the Pillows being built. The pattern is available through The Big Acorn Race book . Dearie Ewe and amigurumi lambsDearie Ewe has some new spring lambs to watch and this week  I am giving yarnit a bit of a plug. A new invention and made in America, as soon as I saw it I knew I HAD to have one. The yarn goes in the dome and eliminates all yarn spills making projects cleaner and more mobile. Really worth having a look as they conduct a launch through kickstarter.yarnit.com
Enjoy the variety of pillows. I love how they are all the same pattern but all different.

Introducing Dearie Ewe.

Dearie Ewe and Lamb
Joining Ginny for yarn along this week I would like to introduce to you a mature Ewe called Dearie. Dearie Ewe is a character from a story I wrote for my son and the lamb beside her is not her lamb but one she is watching for another sheep. I plan to tell the whole story on the 15th June and I would love for you to stop by and check it out. There will be other stories from other people on that day too and you might even like to share one yourself. More information about the storytelling day here. This week I am still reading the Manuel Rivas book and enjoying it.  Manuel Rivas writing style reminds me of John Steinbeck. I think it is how his characters are so much larger than life ,how they manage to shine through gloom and how they stay with you after the book is put away. Now it is back to my own story and I am looking forward to hearing the others.

 

Tall N Fast Flower Pillow gets ZZZs

Jack tries out Tall N Fast Flower Pillow.
My contribution to the Squirrel Picnic CAL has been tried and tested by Jack.
He gives it a dog snore of approval. Looks like I will have to make another one for myself!Sherbet and tall N Fast Pillow.
Meanwhile, perhaps you will consider joining me on the 15th June with a piece of your writing? I Would LOVE to hear it. More information HERE!  

Yarn Along Seed Case.

Yarn Along Seed Case and Books Burn Badly by Manuel Rivas
Joining Ginny this week for yarn along where we show what we are making and reading, I took a break from making sheep for “Read me a Story” which will be on the 15th June, and made a Seed Packet, Phone Case from Jennifer Olivarez book “The Big Acorn Race” available HERE!

Galician Literature Day was 17th May and as I was unfamiliar with Galician Literature, I decided to read “Books Burn Badly” by Manuel Rivas. This book has been translated into English by Jonathan Dunne.  It is a book that has an almost fairy tale style of writing in a really absorbing, hard to put down, way. I love what is becoming Jennifer’s signature spiral. Next yarn along I hope to have some signature sheep and of course, don’t forget the nativity cows.

Tall N Fast Flower Pillow gets AWARD!

Week five squirrel picnic CAL gentlestitches contribution
Above are some of the examples of week 4 Squirrel Picnic Crochet along and underneath is my week 5 back of the pillow held by Shane.
I also have not one BUTT two rather exciting bits of news.
News one (I will mention it again on yarn along day) is the Gauntlet Pattern is available for a sneak preview and FREE download right HERE!
News two is that The Big Acorn Race (the book) has a shiny award on it’s front cover! nieaseal-2014-winner-200.png
Congratulations Jennifer! This is the second book I have been involved in that has won an award. Everything comes in threes so who knows what will happen next!

Yarn along Gauntlets and Poetry.

Joining Ginny from Yarn Along this week, two lovely young women show my Gauntlets and a very wonderful book of poetry by Cynthia Jobin entitled “A Certain Age”. I love this book and I am enjoying it very much.crochet gauntlets, poems by Cynthia JobinI am happy with the way the Gauntlets turned out and think they look very “Gauntlety”The pattern will be available on my next post and will be FREE! I am also working on some amigurumi sheep that are going to be involved in our upcoming storytelling day on June 13. If you would like to participate in this story telling day, it would be great to have you. Find out more here.

Wrangling the Tall N Fast Flower Pillow.

squirrel-wrangler-tom-yum-soup-and-tall-n-fast-flower-pillow.Week four of the Squirrel Picnic CAL and Sherbet and I are almost finished this really fun project.  If you would like a to make a Squirrel friend of your own, checkout The Big Acorn Race for the pattern . Time for some Tom Yum soup in my favorite cup. If you would like your very own Rainbow  Unicorn Wrangling mug (and who wouldn’t!) check out Evil Squirrels Shop HERE!

Now for a rather special invitation to all you poets and storytellers out there.

 I am co-hosting a Read Me A Story day scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2016 with Bacon from piglove and friends

We are asking for all of our friends to participate on this date by video taping themselves reading a story to peeps/anipals here on the blogs.  Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?  It can be a short story, the first chapter, something everyone knows or something new.  And the video doesn’t have to be long, 3-5 minutes would be awesome.  You know long enough for all of us anipals here in blogville to get involved in your reading.  And don’t worry about video taping – it can be of the book, it can be of you reading it or it can be of your anipals while you are reading.  Be creative and have fun with Read Me A Story my friends.

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We hope to see you reading a story next month:)