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It’s All About... Deckin’ The Halls

Admit it: For the majority of the year, you’ve been bitch-slapping your inner Martha Stewart into submission. But y’all, it’s halfway through December. Dig out the tinsel and the glu ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Laura Shinn

It’s All About...Virgins

Many of you may not know it, but Friday is a national holiday for our friends south of that 2,000-mile patchwork fence: Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. This celebrates that one time ...   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Laura Shinn

It’s All About...Getting Pretty

It’s December. What do we do in December? Aside from all that uselessly stressful “shopping” for “presents” and doing daily calculations for the correct amount of layers ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Laura Shinn

It’s All About...Staying Warm

Look outside that window of yours. See that? It’s called gray: the sweet, sweet hue of the Oregon sky. Winter is here, people! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving…but in America, the word “hol ...   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Laura Shinn

It's All About...Kitchen Skillz

Let’s discuss: Thanksgiving is one week away. For some of us, the meal is magically beamed to the table via unknown forces, and we proceed to stuff ourselves full of tryptophan-laden delicacies. ...   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Laura Shinn

It’s All About…Being Poor

So, now the election’s over. Thank Jebus. At least we can unclench our collective butt cheeks. Unfortunately, our economy is still as sick as an octogenarian with shingles. We can’t ride t ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Laura Shinn

Project No. 14: Making Yarn—Part 6

Last Fall I caught the fiber fever during a visit to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (flockandfiberfestival.com), where I picked up two balls of merino wool and safflower dye (and almost bought a ...   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Layne Stratton

Project No. 14: Making Yarn—Part 5

Last week I received an invitation to join Open Spin at Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks (8524 SE 17th Ave., 258-9276, abundantyarn.com) any Wednesday night (from 5 pm till close), to get help with the spinni ...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Layne Stratton

Project No. 14: Making Yarn—Part 4

Last week was do-or-die in my yarn project, where I dyed two balls of merino wool in my kitchen with natural plant dyes. To speed up the drying process, I transferred the dyed coils from the basement ...   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Layne Stratton

Project No. 14: Making Yarn—Part 3

Last week I wrangled up the supplies to dye two balls of wool with natural plant dyes in my own private Kitchen Stadium. It was show time. The first step was to wash the wool (which sounded boring, a ...   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Layne Stratton
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