I posted a few new colorways today, one of which is called “Aunt Dot.” Although I do manage to write more detailed listings than most, I try not to ramble too much on Etsy but my blog is the perfect venue for a wee bit of backstory.
She’s my great-aunt actually, my Grandma’s sister and the youngest of 12. I named my daughter after another one of her sisters, my aunt Violet. Aunt Dot and Violet are peachy keen in my book. Aunt Dot looks quite a bit like my Grandma, who died of cancer when I was 20. Red hair, green eyes, petite and shapely, strong and always productive. Like all of the sisters in that family (there were originally 9), she is outspoken and fiery. Irish.
She lives on a 40 acre homestead across from the 150+ acre farm on which she was raised, on top of Signal Mountain in Tennessee. Aunt Dot has a large rambler style house built by her husband who was a brick mason, a huge yard dotted with oaks, a dozen cattle, barn, creek, chickens…There are muscadine grapes, many berry varieties, fruit trees, and probably a half acre in annual garden space. Since it’s Tennessee, they can grow all manner of plants that seem downright exotic to those of us from the colder northern regions; okra, yams, and peanuts are among the many I long to cultivate. Aunt Violet has a house about 35 minutes away in Chattanooga but she has always spent part of her week at her sister’s place. They run the tiller by themselves, do all of the gardening, food preservation, lawn care, landscaping, animal husbandry… They put up cases and cases of canned goods and always seem to be busy cleaning, making, doing. Aunt Dot also happens to be a dandy of a wine maker. A few years ago, I visited after she’s undergone a hip replacement. I asked about the wine making and she said “Oh honey, you know I had my hip replaced and I just haven’t done hardly much atall with the wine this year, nothing hardly atall.” I peeked in the garage and counted approximately 50 five gallon carboys of wine! Yeah, hardly much indeed. She drinks a glass after supper, gives the wine away as gifts, probably trades it, and I suspect a bit of moonshine here and there. Actually, one of my favorite Aunt Dot stories starts out with some of her moonshine (the making of which she credits to her “neighbor”).
We were visiting about 5 years ago and both of my Aunts (who were in their mid seventies) were all a-flutter because there was some Victoria Secret fashion show on that evening. The spoke of it all day, made sure to speed us through supper and even called Aunt Violet’s husband and other kin to remind them to turn on the television. Aunt Dot offered us wine or moonshine (disapproving glance from Aunt Violet who doesn’t drink), and I chose moonshine–she poured about three fingers in a small jelly jar. During that period, Robert and I were in a fairly heavy drinking phase as we performed weekly with our bands or burlesque troupe at bars or clubs–sufficed to say, I felt my tolerance to be quite high at the time. The program began, and I can honestly say that I was shocked. We haven’t had television since 1994, and although I’d certainly caught a show here or there, I hadn’t realized that thongs were acceptable on major network channels. Aunt Dot and Violet were mesmerized. I slowly sipped my ever-so-smooth jelly glass of moonshine and attempted to rise after drinking about a half inch of the clear liquid, finding that I could barely move my legs. I sat in silence for the rest of the program, until the last sexpot sashayed down the runway. My Aunt Dot sighed, turned to her 77 year old sister and said “Violet, we were born too soon.”
Dang. I love those women. This colorway is for Aunt Dot, who loves orange and brown.
I am getting ready to go to ELAW, the environmental law conference held at U of O in Eugene (www.pielc.org). Willow and I attend every year and I’m looking forward to it. I have quite a few adventures planned for this year-mostly working vacations but I’m of the mind that those are the best sort of vacations. I’m not exactly the lying on a beach type. Good grief, the very idea of that makes me tense. I am in the process of putting together a list of events, festivals, fairs, and conferences for 2012 and will post it soon.
I also want to learn more about what my customers create with Yarnarchy products! I don’t have time to make much out of my own yarn, and I must live vicariously through my delightful customers. If you email a Yarnarchy project photo to me, I will send you a coupon code for 10% off of your next order. Here are some project photos I have received:
Cassie’s great Slouch Hat
Molly Jones from Ravelry made this doll!
And Julie from FeeVertelaine on Etsy makes wonderful dolls too! Her shop is at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FeeVertelaine, but here’s a doll she made with some of my yarn last summer:
I love my customers! They never cease to amaze me! Such creativity…it’s an honor to create supplies for their creative endeavors.
Wait! One more thing! To cure your winter blues, to encourage the coming of spring, and in celebration of all things Irish (St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th and my own birthday on the 19th!), I will offer a fantastic March sale. All of my green toned colorways will be offered at 10% off the normal price for the entire month of March.