Hello October


October, how could I not love you?  You bring all the things that make me happy.

My birthday on Oct 8th,

fiber festivals (although no Rhinebeck for me this year, I’m going to a smaller Brooklyn fiber festival to get my October fiber fest fix on),

cooler temps,


blankets like this one,


playing music on my record player; I can’t wait for my Nutcracker album to get here,


drinking tea,

while reading good books!

Hope your October is filled with all things good and happy!

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016

What Color Is Your Parachute 2016If I’m honest, I’ll admit that my previous copy of “What Color Is My Parachute” by Richard N. Bolles didn’t see much action. It was a gift from a friend when I was contemplating changing from a corporate to non-profit environment but I didn’t use it.

Fast forward a couple of years, the revised 2016 version of the book was on my “doorstep”, at a time when I really needed it. At the time of receipt, I’d been job hunting for 10.5 months, already in that dreaded 18% of job hunters taking six to twelve months to find a new job. The irony is I was hired as a recruiter a week after the electronic copy was downloaded.  So while I can’t say that I used the techniques outlined in the book to land my current gig, what I can say is that it’s currently on my nightstand as a book I’m currently reading and re-reading. Despite being hired, my search is still intact and “What Color Is My Parachute 2016” is one of my guides to doing a more intentional, less frustrating search.

As a job hunter in today’s market, I applaud the honesty of the writer. The market is really not the same as it was when this book initially came out and even for a few years post release. I like that the content has been updated to fit the times and the realities of what the job market is now for the seeker. The statistics are valuable in giving a very true picture of the market and they are grim.

One of the biggest pluses for me content wise is the focus on the whole person. The idea that each person is unique is a principle that is worth the attention it gets. Especially for the person who has been searching for a long time. It’s easy to become frustrated and doubt one’s usefulness – especially for the aging job seeker, but as the author so eloquently says – everyone has unique talents and experiences which make them special and valuable.

Another plus is the admission that not everyone is going to find a job using the author’s techniques. For the hunter who has to weigh between maintaining independence by taking whatever job is available or homelessness, the in depth assessments which the author suggests are not going to help. Not because they are not necessary or good, but because honest, well-done assessments take time and not every job hunter has that luxury. On the flip-side, for the hunter who does have the luxury to work through Bolles’ techniques step by step, they are worth every effort. I will update my review after I’ve gone through the assessments and techniques in detail and found my next job.

I give high marks also for the comprehensive section on starting a small business. I’d already started to think along those lines – looking at the marketable skills I have that I can translate into a small business – and the resources included in the book that I didn’t know about proved to be invaluable. As intense as the effort is to start, and successfully maintain a profitable small business, it’s a concept that cannot be ignored by job hunters as some of us never re-enter the traditional work environment.

My honest assessment is that this book is definitely one I’d recommend to unemployed and employed job hunters; it really should be on the gift list for college seniors. Those who receive it before graduation would have a head-start in the “Hunger Games” environment that is our global job market.  Even the person who wants to start a small home business can benefit from the information in the related section of this book.  Really, there is something for anyone who wants more out of a career — traditional or non-traditional.  Packed with information and even  more links to additional resources it is in no way a quick read, but the energy put into reading and utilizing the information presented will no doubt bring rewards.  Those rewards might not come in the parachute we’re looking for but it’s worth it to keep an open mind to a new color and a new parachute.

disclaimer: this review was done through my affiliation with Blogging For Books.  Although I received a copy for review, the thoughts expressed are entirely my own.

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Dyepot Stories: Nature Made

Over the Labor Day weekend, I had a chance to play with some madder and some rosemary.  I never cease to be amazed at the color plant dye can produce and how that color can change when the dye pot environment changes alkalinity or acidity.  Just amazing!  I posted a picture of the results drying on IG but having rinsed and skeined them except for one renegade skein just gives me the happies.  And of course I have to share that with you.

From left to right:

  • rosemary colored skein,
  • madder with baking soda added to give me a beautiful orange,
  • I got the pink from the leftovers from that alkaline madder solution,
  • fire engine red from adding lemon juice to the solution which made it more acidic,
  • and the bright peach colored renegade still tangled skein (oye vey) is dyed from the leftovers from the acidic madder solution.  I’m really going to have to get this untangled this week.

Since I’ve decided that this year I wouldn’t be that knitter without her own hand knit accessories, after dealing with the renegade, I’m going to start with this baby:

I want to make this hat below and I think both the yarn and the pattern will be perfect together.

Designer: Lisa Gutierrez of the Goodknits blog

Pattern: Honey

I’m looking forward to working with some more natural dyes especially now that I know what to do.  Not to worry … a tutorial will be on the blog soon, so you too can have some dyeing fun if you want to play.    :D

Finally Getting Some Action

My left hand is still in a brace and will be for the next 3 weeks or so.  My Dr. diagnosed my issue as tendinitis  but I also have arthritis in my thumb … the double whammy!  But he did clear me to craft — for max 30 mins per day — providing I continue to wear the brace (except when sleeping) and take all of the high dosage anti-inflammatory pills he prescribed.  I’ll have to see about that.  With his okay, I got some crafty action; I started this spin during Labor Day weekend while my entire neighborhood was #turnedup for all the weekend celebrations.

Fall Spin

Polwarth apparently needs high twist and I’ve been playing around with treadling and changing the wheel speed to see what works best.  Right now, I’m kinda annoyed that I changed the pulley ratio to the smaller one and am now getting 50 million corkscrews.  But I’m pressing on.  Will work on it some more today.  But in the meantime, I’m just enjoying the ability to spin at my leisure.  Feels great to be crafting again.  :D