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Erin Myone

This has been a slow and sorry week for the ol’ blog here. I have been working with fervor on my research and writing all day everyday, but not finding time to write here. So a short update.

Crocheting is happening during the moments of reading or thinking in between the moments of typing and editing. I have added my second color to the Crochet Along blanket. I can’t remember how much detail I previously gave on this blanket, but my blanket is 74 inches wide, and is being crocheted entirely of double crochet stitches on a size H hook. Needless to say it is a somewhat slow process, but I have actually gained quite a bit of speed over the past 4 days since I began.

Tonka walks are still happening of course. Here she is with her neighborhood cat friend. They run into each other when they are both out on their leash in the mornings or evenings. It’s very sweet, the cat kind of intimidates Tonka. Lately, Tonkas has been trying to take advantage of her walk time by dragging me along on longer walks or finding pinecones to play fetch with. I think she finds all of the still time devoted to writing or crocheting quite dull.

And finally, there are still flowers in bloom though we seem to be in a transitional stage between the summer and fall flora.

No time to sit at the sewing machine this week, which has me down in the doldrums but hopefully that will all change after Monday! Wish me luck!


Erin Myone

Good morning!

I’ve never known another name for naked ladies, but I imagine I might have some extra traffic for this post due to the name. I, however, am writing about the flower! Are they a weed? Or do people intentionally plant naked ladies? They seem to spring out of the ground in a single evening (at least I never notice them until they are tall blooming stalks!)

My husband says that any plant that grows where it is not wanted is a weed. So if you like your naked ladies where they are, then they are not weeds. If you hate your rose-bush, then it is a weed. At least, that is his rule of thumb.

I imagine enough people are fans of Naked Ladies that they aren’t often considered weeds. This poor Echinacea though, could sure use some love. Echinacea root has wonderful herbal medicinal purposes, you think it would be given some more attention!

But then I have no memory of an Echinacea plant that didn’t look a little distraught. Maybe that’s their thing?

Anyway, off to sling cupcakes! With an afternoon of research and writing ahead. I sure hope to get back to those HST soon.

P.S. – I have found my inspiration for my first original quilt block design! So excited to share it with you!


Erin Myone

What would you do with an extra two hours added to your day?

Today, I woke at 4:30 a.m., by 5:10 I was jogging in the dark. I am not much of a jogger/runner, in fact it is one of my least favorite things to do and, one of the things I feel I am worst at. So when I returned home at 6 a.m. having completed 2.2 miles I felt accomplished. Now, I realize that is not record breaking speed or anything. In fact, it really was more of a jog-walk interval, so speed wasn’t my goal. But I planned to do a half mile, instead I did 2.2, I feel accomplished.

Normally, I wake up between 6 and 6:30 a.m. So today, today I have accomplished more with my day already than I normally would. Now I will spend the next five hours in a happy place, cupcakes make people happy.

What will you do with your day?


Erin Myone

Good Morning!

It’s a brisk 59º here in Ames, Iowa this morning. Too good to be true in August, a half hour dog walk did not seem long enough!

My husband tells me these are dahlias, whatever they are, they are beautiful!

Have a great day!

Erin Myone

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A few more pretty flowers this afternoon. Some lovely gaillardia!

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And an even more exciting discovery! My neighbors down the street has an elderberry bush!

I think I will have to knock on their door and see if I can harvest some of these little goodies for natural dyeing when they are nice and dark with color! Elderberry is a very exciting dye medium as it can produce very different hues depending on the alkalinity or acidity of the water, fiber, plant.

Of course with any natural dye you will have variation in color depending on different natural factors such as the weather, length of season, age of the plant source, etc. But elderberry is just wonderfully exciting and produces some of my very favorite natural dye colors! Directly above and below are images from a natural dye workshop I attended two years ago in Columbia Missouri at Hillcreek Fiber Studio with Carol Leigh. We experimented with altering the alkalinity and acidity and also utilized a variety of fibers, and hopefully you can recognize that this is an incredible range of hues from a single dye source!


2013-08-08 14.51.39Another neighbor has an extremely developed zinnia garden. These flowers are like a party, they are vibrant and gorgeous.

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The color varieties and the beauty of the petals blow my mind.

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I love finding something so incredibly beautiful on my average everyday walk! Talk about a pick me up!

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Hopefully the beauty is translated through the images and you are feeling a little brightness in your day too!

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Erin Myone