Etsy shop update!

new yarns

I’m working on a huge update over at FiberWytch on Etsy: lots of new handspun yarns, all ready to be snapped up (at just lowered, holiday-ready prices) and worked unto smashing Christmas/Hanukah/Yule gifts that will make you world-famous.  (Or at least earn you a lot in the way of happy, sincere thanks.)  If you’ve never knitted or crocheted with hand spun yarn before, you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.  And if you have, you know that there’s nothing quite like it for beauty, warmth and quality; there is a special magic to handspun.

All of my yarn is hand dyed, and most of it has been completely hand processed by me from raw fleece to finished skein.  I source all of my wool locally to help support the economy of the Pacific Northwest and Oregon in particular.  And I use environmentally friendly, professional quality dyes that are completely free from heavy metals

BUT best of all for holiday shopping, ALL yarns and cords throughout my store now ship for FREE within the domestic US.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go browse some handspun, and get a head start on those mittens and hats!

The Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte

This just in! My partner, the phenomenally talented Jolene Dawe, has just released her long-awaited book The Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte and Other Tales, an enchanting collection of short stories inspired by the breathtakingly beautiful and often downright weird Willamette Valley, the little slice of Oregon we call home.

Jo’s dedication reads simply “For the spirits of this place,” and this volume (a respectable-sized one, at 246 pages) is filled with spirits of all sizes, shapes and intentions: the eccentric and colorful guardians of an even more eccentric Pacific Northwest city; a southwestern cadejo (mischievous spirit dog) on a quest to rescue his best friend, a weretiger; a stranded woman who falls under the spell of a mysterious creature of the woods; a harried shopgirl charmed by a chance encounter with a man literally as old as the hills; a bullied child who receives help from an unlikely source; a bard who sings the praises of the Willamette River; an exiled fairy queen who dares to find love with a tormented mortal girl (the novella-length story of the title); a crow in search of a human nanny for his offspring; a nixie who will stop at nothing to protect her daughter; a troll who goes a bit too far in pursuit of the nymph he adores; an apathetic middle aged wife and mother who finds release and meaning as a maenad; a man who honors his grandfather’s dying wish to rest in the keeping of the supernatural being he once loved; and (my favorite tale of all) a dragon princess captivated by the prince of her peoples’ enemies…to her undoing.

In all, there are thirteen tales, all of them centered around the offbeat little city of Eugene, Oregon and its environs, each one more darkly shimmering and spellbinding than the last.  At turns humorous, lyrical, compelling and insightful,  Jo’s sure storytelling hand and deft prose weave an enchantment as thick as the woods surrounding the butte itself (which, by the way, is the Willamette Valley’s highest point, a craggy peak surrounded by primeval forest).  But be sure to leave yourself a trail of silvery stones–to catch the moonlight and mark your trail– as you wend your way into these deep, dark woods, because we all know what happens with bread crumbs: they get eaten by the crows!

If you or someone else on your gift list loves the worlds of faerie, otherworldly beings, and sheer enchantment, treat them (or yourself) to this lush literary confection!  But don’t take my word for it; you can sample the book on Jo’s blog, where she has generously provided one of my favorite stories in its entirety: right here.

Our wetlands tour

I was going to sort through my own photos of this to post, but why not post the much better ones taken  by our staff photographer instead? The herb company where I work is located right on the edge of the gorgeous protected wetlands (can anyone say bogs?) right here in Eugene, Oregon, and last Thursday and Friday two groups of us were taken on a two hour tour guided by members of the Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN).  (Do I have a great job, or what?)

I was in the group that got to see the garter snake (a gorgeous, brightly colored little guy with yellow and orange markings) but not the crawfish.  (And when I got home from work that day, there was a garter snake dozing in a pile of cut grass outside my front door, too, so it was a happy snake day!) You can see me in a few of the photographs; I’m wearing a skirt with a black flowered hoodie and have red hair in a ponytail.  (In fact, there seems to be one photo just of me, bending down to examine a plant–probably the pennyroyal growing abundantly in the wet prairie right now).

Anyway, you can take a look at the whole collection of photos here.

Brick and mortar

lichcraft poppets goddess diana and goddess kali, and dream poppets for romance and healingBy request of one of the owners of the Metamorphosis Healing Retreat and Midnight Garden Apothecary, two specially designed Lichcraft Poppets and two Dream Poppets are now available exclusively at her pagan/metaphysical store here in Eugene OR.

The two Lichcraft Poppets deserve a closer look, because they are both in a way departures from the dolls I’ve made so far.

Kali goddess doll

This is my rendering of the Hindu goddess Kali.  Her heart contents are bone, hibiscus, red sandalwood, and mace essential oil, her necklace is made from bone skulls and buffalo bone beads, and even her symbolic girly bits are made of bone.

Kali goddess doll

Perhaps her most spectacular feature, though, is her hair of hand-painted mohair in shades of claret, gold, and burgundy, seen at right.

In contrast, here is my portrayal of the Roman goddess Diana.

roman goddess diana

I chose to interpret her attire in a modern light; this is what I could imagine her wearing today.  Her heart contents are laurel, moonstone, jasmine, and fir essential oil, and her necklace is made from grey moonstone, seed pearls, white coral, and crystal.  She wears a bear fetish, dagger charm, and crescent moon crown.

roman goddess diana lichcraft poppet

Here is a closeup of her hair, hand-painted mohair in shades of lavender, gray, lilac, and soft blue.

Making both of these dolls was an interesting experience for me, since I don’t have a lot of experience with either of these deities, yet They were both hanging over me as I worked to make sure I was getting it right.  Diana was especially adamant that She be portrayed as the huntress She is.

To round out the selection, there are two new Dream Poppets: the Celtic god Aengus mac Og, with a fairy charm and cherry quartz bead, for dreams of romance, and the Romano-Celtic goddess Coventina, with a watering can charm and jade bead,  for restful healing dreams:

dream dollsOf course, all of these dolls are available only at the store, but it gives you a better picture of the range of dolls I can create–and I do quite happily take commissions!

For more detailed photographs, visit me on Flickr.

And if you’re in the Eugene area, be sure to pay a visit to the Metamorphosis Healing Retreat and Midnight Garden Apothecary! It’s a great little pagan shop specializing in artisan gifts, and there are oracles available on Wednesdays too!