Dyeing Wishes2“Hoot” does not begin to cover it

I like to wake up each morning—honestly, it is a plus—but after that nice surprise I like to take advantage of snooze technology and roll over for another half hour. Decadent? No, hon. That’s not decadent. Decadent is waking to chocolate croissants and a large Jamaica Me Mocha on a tray—straight from Mel’s on Main and still warm—and rolling over until noon. I dream of the day.

Do I really? No. Had you convinced, though, didn’t I? I am not a lifetime member of the Blue Plum Repertory Theater for nothing. I’ve had starring roles in everything from ‘The Sound of Music’ to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ We are a small company, but we are ambitious. I hope you come to our next production—we’ve set Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ to music. The BPRT is what I do with my copious free time. And if you believe I have oodles of that, hon, then I am a better actress than even I suspect. No, between work and looking after Daddy, who is 93 and losing ground daily to Alzheimer’s, there is precious little spare time in my day.

But frankly, I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t go to work most mornings. I’ve been managing the Weaver’s Cat here in Blue Plum for twenty years. First for my dear friend Ivy McClellan and now for her granddaughter, Kath Rutledge. We are a fiber and fabric shop with enough colors and textures and tantalizing notions in the front windows to lure the least creative among you and enough of the “oooh” and “aaaah” factor throughout the rest of the store to capture the heart of any fiberholic. The Cat captured my heart the first time I poked my head in the door.

Can you believe I used to be a mild-mannered grade school teacher? Well no, I don’t blame you if you can’t believe the mild-mannered part. Look at me. I’m six-foot in my stocking feet. And when you put me in those skirts and jackets we all wore back then and the heels and the hose? I want you to know that I inspired hero worship in little girls, absolute awe in studious boys, and left the rascals and rabble-rousers quaking in justifiable fear. Ask the Dunbar brothers. I had them both for third and fourth grade—with mixed results. Ten turned out well enough. He’s a renaissance man, you might say. He teaches fly-tying classes for us at the Cat, can fix anything, is a fair hand with watercolors, and a good cook. I shake my head over his older brother, though. Coleridge turned out to be a starched and stiff sheriff’s deputy. I do try to improve him, though, every time we meet.

Until recently, my days have been as content and regular as knit one purl one. Not quite regular to the point of being somnolent; life in small towns only appears to be on extended snooze cycle. But since Kath moved to Blue Plum? Hon, think Fair Isle with all the bright, beautiful, confusing, hazardous, satisfying visions that pattern brings to mind. Why? Puzzles. Riddles. And rumors? We positively ripple with rumors. Plus, I am delighted to tell you, we have burglars and blackmail, gossip and guns, murder and mayhem. And who is in the thick of it all? Kath Rutledge and her TGIF posse. TGIF, that’s Thank Goodness It’s Fiber, the fiber and needlework group that meets at the Weaver’s Cat. I came up with the idea of calling it a posse. After all, what’s a good business manager for?

And so I don’t miss this opportunity, take a look at the classes we offer at the Weaver’s Cat—you’ll find them at Molly MacRae’s Pinterest page—and drop me a comment telling me what other classes you’d like to see us offer.

Molly is giving away one (1) print or audio copy of DYEING WISHES. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends July 31; US entries only.

You can read more about Ardis in Dyeing Wishes, the second book in the “Haunted Yarn Shop” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is Last Wool And Testament.

Meet the author
Molly MacRaeMolly MacRae lived in Jonesborough and Johnson City, Tennessee, for twenty years and continues to miss the hills and hollows, but especially the people. She and her family now live in Champaign, Illinois—also full of good people, but not so many hills—where she connects children with books at the public library.

You can visit Molly at her website: www.mollymacrae.com. You can also find her on the first Monday of each month at Amy Alessio’s vintage food and craft blog: www.amyalessio.com and on the 23rd of each month at Killer Characters: www.killercharacters.com or connect with her on Facebook or Pinterest.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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