Coming March 31, 2020 . . .
Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble club must clear the name of one of their knitters when he’s accused of murdering the mayor . . .
The trees in Arborville, New Jersey, have started sporting sweaters. Part of the trend of public knitting art? Not exactly. An anonymous activist has been wrapping trunks in yarn to cover red X’s that mark certain trees for removal by the town so they don’t interfere with power lines. When the town’s mayor—who supports cutting down the trees—is murdered, Pamela wonders if the tree hugger committed homicide to prevent arborcide. A knitter is arrested, but it’s one of Knit and Nibble’s own—the harmless Roland DeCamp, who was seen arguing with the mayor. Pamela is sure the police are barking up the wrong tree. With the help of her reporter friend Bettina, she branches off on her own investigation to root out the real killer . . .
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One of the clues in A Fatal Yarn involves chickens that lay naturally colored eggs, so when I saw these eggs at my favorite Giant Farmers Market in Hackensack I had to buy a dozen. They come from a farm where the chickens range freely and eat a variety of food, so the yolks are an amazing deep orange color.
The project is a knitted cover for a throw pillow. Just for fun, I used an ombre yarn in Easter egg colors, though a solid color to match your décor would be pretty too. Ready-made pillow forms in various sizes can be found at hobby and craft stores or ordered online. This cover was made to fit a pillow that is 18″ square, though the sizing can be adjusted for smaller (or larger) pillows. You’ll find directions at the end of A Fatal Yarn.
Clockwise below: Charisma yarn in the colorway “Passion,” in progress, button, buttonhole.
The finished Cozy Pillow.
Lemon Yogurt Easter Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
In earlier times, people based their cooking on what was available locally. Easter comes so early that in most climes north of the equator fruit isn’t yet in season–so Easter desserts often involved cheese. In a nod to that tradition, this recipe for an Easter dessert uses yogurt and cream cheese. You’ll find it at the end of A Fatal Yarn.
A Fatal Yarn