I am so very excited about this book! The author, Novella Carpenter, is a friend of mine and a very talented story teller. This book is about her adventures creating an urban farm in a vacant lot in a ghetto neighborhood of Oakland, California.
From the back cover: <snip> "By turns edgy, moving, and hilarious, Farm City marks the debut of a striking new voice in American writing." -- Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food (yes, THAT Michael Pollan!).
I started the first chapter and it was all I could do to put it down and get back to work. Like her blog, Ghost Town Farm, I expect this to be a great read.
So much to catch up on! I had a great time at Maker Faire.
That is one crazy zany event! I love all the Steampunk styles. It is high tech as seen through Victorian era eyes.
There were lots of cool vehicles like this snail car (satellites not part of the car).
Here is our friend Dre_ah with Jason. Don't they look fabulous? She is wearing a bodice, bloomers, and a hat she made. All are beautifully crafted and fit her so very well.
And, Jason was looking very dapper!
I loved the human powered carnival rides.
And the human powered music. I think those are lucky audience members doing the pedaling. They would sometimes have to do some extra pedaling between songs to make enough power.
Joaquin was there to perform his duties. This is a rare pouty moment. How can he be so sad and so very cute at the same time?
Babies are so amazing. One second he is crying and the next he is giggling. I love that moment when he is between the two emotions and lets out a giggle-cry.
The booth next to us was Bug Under Glass (check out his website he has amazing stuff). So cool! Here is a huge moth. I put a pen on the frame to give you a sense of scale.
A few more pictures of Maker Faire on my Flickr set.
Not much knitting has been accomplished lately but I do have some spinning.
I am spinning my Tactile club fiber from the April shipment, Finn wool. It is yellow; bright, vibrant, yummy yellow made from weld.
The painted is on the wheel waiting to be plied. My plan is to make a blanket from the first 12 months of club fiber (comfort version).
Here is the finished skein of the solid on my binder. We send out informational sheets with each shipment. It is on cardstock so I can punch a hole and attach a yarn sample. I am also saving a bit of the painted roving.
Next up is my May fiber club featuring Cochineal. Alpaca-Tussah on the left and Merino-Tussah on the right.