Monthly Archives: November 2012

Warm Woolies

Warm Woolies
Help for Sandy

Help for Sandy

Heya, just a quick note to tell you about a great cause. We can all do something to help the Sandy Victims right now! As many of you know, the East Coast was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy. There are people that can use your help. If you are a knitter, crocheter, seamstress, or you have the resources to pay any of the above, please consider contributing to the cause. You can find more about it here.

Help for Sandy can be as easy as stitching up something warm or purchasing something warm to send. It’s getting colder, people are in need of warm items. Basically, they need warm things for the people that are still dealing with lack of heat and or shelter. You can send your items to:

Natalie Soud

310 West Broadway

New York, NY 10013

If you are not able to make something yourself, this is a great time to patronize Etsy and you’ll be helping the Sandy victims and the fiber artisans at the same time. Help for Sandy is one way to show your fellow Americans that you’re thinking of them during this time of Thanksgiving. We’ll show we understand Thanks Living! As an added incentive, if you purchase a wool hat from my shop, The Paisley Carrot for donation, I’ll include free shipping to the relief center and a 50% coupon for any item in my shop for you personally.

And finally, if you are not able to contribute with an item or financially, you can still help by spreading the word. Just re blog this or post it on your Twitter, Facebook or whatever social media you use. We can all help. That’s Paisley! We’re Blessed beyond measure, don’t you think? Let’s help those that are hurting now! We can all help!

Have a Paisley Wednesday!

It Happens

It Happens

Sometimes I don’t have anything to say. Not often, but sometimes. I’m glad someone did…

Please go to A Holy Experience for more…

The Holiday that could become All of our Days — & change our lives

The woman I meet up on the concourse, she tells me she was done.

Done with the man and the ring and the vows, done with the kids, done with her life.

Her eyes are so large and fragile, hands trembling, the way your world can quake and break and the aftershocks rattle you and the stunned retelling. I touch her shoulder.

And she crumbles in and heaves, and heaves that counting blessings made her see blessings and she’s staying and staying alive and barren places can break with bloom.

I memorize her face and glory.









We are the broken and the bruised and the messed up and the unmasked, women meeting at a conference, women of faith, and turning quiet to pull up sleeves and show scars.

A woman murmurs at my ear over the din that her brother in law ran over his 13 month old daughter, and we don’t have to say anything, and hands find each other and lace and this world is right busted and tied up with the strings of His broken and offered heart.

And a gravelly voice speaks of cancer and a grave and a child whose name she wears around her neck, and we finger that name together and fiercely believe in a Father who knows and holds and cups like relief, like a lung, when we can’t breathe.

And the story of a stroke and a mother and depression that pinned to a bed and the dark that suffocated for decades and the pen that wrote His gifts, that opened the veil to His light.

And I tuck a lock of hair behind the ear, and listen to unlockings and how women are finding keys.

And then she stepped close, a woman who couldn’t lift her head, who hid her eyes, and she says it timid near my shoulder.

“I had six children when I sinned.” And I turn, wrap an arm around her shoulder, draw her in.

I had an affair…” Her words snag and tear and I hold on to her as she starts to give way. “I got pregnant. And I couldn’t handle what I had done.”

I try to swallow, all my sins stuck and lodged and burning there in my throat. Oh, sister. The sobs wrack and we are two women caught in the act of living and sinning.

“And the day I was going for the abortion, a friend gave me this.” She nods her head towards that book with the nest on the cover.

“She gave it to me — and she said what I couldn’t handle… was actually a gift.” And I can hardly take this, have to look away, take my shoes off, tear my coat, beat my chest.

“And I read and I agreed with God and he is.”

And there on the screen of her phone –  she offers this picture of a smiling baby boy.

And I reach out and hold his smile and it is holy and it is epiphany and it is hard –

What you think you can’t handle — might actually be God handing you a gift.

And I think of everything I have chaffed against and railed about and howled to the heavens and who am I to know what is best or not — but when you bow and surrender to the sovereignty of God then you are in the posture to receive all as a gift. I touch the pixels of that baby boy smiling.

Eucharisteo always precedes the miracle and he’s smiling, that miracle baby’s smiling.

What is beyond the redemption of God?

And I look up and around at all these women gathered here with their God-witnessing, all their pain-glistening eyes and courage-smiles and chins that still quake, and there it is — in all of them —

In Christ, thanksgiving is more than a holiday –
In Christ, thanksgiving is all of our days.

The living proof, the woman from Chicago and the sisters from Kansas City and the grandmother from Florida and the couple from Arkansas, they are the walking witnesses of His Word and whygiving thanks isn’t a pollyanna game — but a powerhouse game-changer:

God asks us to give thanks in everything — because this is the way you live through anything.

It’s a dare to really live and I want it, all over again, I want it.

And the mama of the miracle that almost wasn’t, she smiles at me through tears, and we both blur and reach out and touch each other’s face – Giving thanks is life giving.

And we murmur it at the same time —

Thank you.

And He hears.

And everything that seems done and over revives again.

Coming and Going

Coming and Going

There has been plenty of coming and going at our Paisley place. School keeps us on our toes as does a very hectic October. The Parsnip was double booked for every weekend for five weeks in a row. That’s amazing and so so good for our little family (and budget).

In the garden, the Mexican Sour Gherkins continue to flourish, as do the herbs. I’m expecting a slow down, but with afternoons continually in the 70’s and lows not even in the 40’s, we may still have cucumbers at Christmas! I imagine not, but we’ll see.

As most of you know, I have an Etsy shop where I sell knit and crocheted items made from natural fibers. I have seen an upturn of sales, mostly locally with some internet interest as well. This week I found a shop I just love that I wanted to share with you.

This is a fiber artist that uses natural fiber, dyes and fair trade practices in her shop. That’s good for the planet and the people that get to live here as well! The name of the shop is Swallowtail Fiber Art. If you’re looking for some delicious natural yarn, look no further! Look at these beautiful colors…

Banana Fiber in Silver from Swallowtail Fiber Arts


And this…

Banana Fiber in colorway Thyme from Swallowtail Fiber Arts

I love thick and thin yarn. It’s interesting to me that as you progress as a spinner, it actually is more difficult to achieve this variation of consistency. So, the best thick and thin yarn tends to come from new or very unskilled artisans or very knowledgeable, skilled artisans. I love the look of the thick and thin and look for it when I can. When I look for hand spun, I don’t like to get something that appears to have been mill spun, unless I need a specific color.

Soon these will be adorable hats available in my shop. If you haven’t looked lately, you should visit. It’s called The Paisley Carrot. I’ve added many new items. I’m adding about 15 more things in the next couple of days. Lots to choose from. I’m amazed at what people find to make yarn with. I used to wonder at the bamboo yarn, now it’s this beautiful silk like banana fiber. I have some yarn made from seaweed, very cool and another made from milk. Amazing!

Coming and Going

For Thanksgiving with the Grandparents!

There is sure to be more coming and going around our house, and I’m sure yours as well.

Thanksgiving approaches and we have so much to be thankful for this year. I hope your family is being blessed. Have a very paisley weekend!