A Merry Fellow

A belated post this time; I’m afraid! After finishing Goldberry, I think it took me about five minutes to troop up to the Yarn Room, wind up new yarn, and cast on her mate: a hat named Bombadil. I changed plans dramatically for this hat, at nearly the last minute. I had bought the yarn … More A Merry Fellow

Clearer than Clear Water

“Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! My darling! Light goes the weather-wind and the feathered starling. Down along under Hill, shining in the sunlight, Waiting on the doorstep for the cold starlight, There my pretty lady is, River-woman’s daughter, Slender as the willow-wand, clearer than the water. Old Tom Bombadil water-lilies bringing Comes hopping home … More Clearer than Clear Water


Early last week, Mithril went down for a final blocking. Finishing the neckband became my sickbed project, while I took a turn being laid up with the illness that swept our household. (I’m still not sure if it’s a mild flu or a violent cold, but it took each of us out for about a … More Mithrilling

Fine Work

One of the most amazing parts of the story of the Lord of the Rings movies – Okay, I really must pause here and apologize to all of you proper, pre-Jackson Tolkein nerds out there, but I am confessedly as much a disciple of the films than the books. Only for aesthetic, though; not for … More Fine Work

Michel Delving

My knitted journey through the Lord of the Rings has entered its second leg, and like the Fellowship, it is continuing at a rather sedate pace. Having read “Three Is Company,” it seems Tolkein was in no rush whatever to get his characters on their journey. Frodo, Sam, and Merry are on a backpacking pleasure tour … More Michel Delving


Things I’m thankful for today: 1. A healthy, happy baby, whose smiles light up my day and whose giggles are my drug.    2. Little bows. (by Crafts by Libby.) 3. A sister-in-law with an unflappable sense of humor. 4. Another sister-in-law to share a love of knitting with. (Yes, she’s wearing a color affection. … More Counting

Bag’s End

As I described before, it was rather difficult to explain how the beautiful (and very large) strip of mosaic knitting I was working on was going to end up being a bag. It is finished now, and you can judge for yourself whether or not I in fact succeeded in making a bag. The instructions … More Bag’s End

Bagshot Row

In the Baggins universe, Bag End is the definition of home. Described as one of the most comfortable hobbit dwellings in the area, it is the place both of its solitary bachelor residents love the most. It is fascinating to me that since The Hobbit was first published in 1937, several artists have taken a stab at … More Bagshot Row

Concerning Hobbits

Would you like a soundtrack for this post? Here. You’re welcome. “Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people … they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favorite haunt.” (FotR, p. 19)* After reading Tolkein’s extensive prologue on the details of Hobbit life, I have come … More Concerning Hobbits