Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Research For the Upcoming Brand New Scottish Highlands Cozy Mystery Series

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

This past weekend, I attended the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and what a visual treat it was!! Here are just a few of the highlights from an amazing experience:
The Beginning
Raw Wool      

Yard can be spun from raw wool or from braids like these, called roving
The final product
I loved the kaleidoscope of colors, the softness of the fibers, and the inspiration I found that day. The first book in the series is in the revision stage with a launch date of August 2014. If you'd like to subscribe to my updates and a reminder as publication nears, please visit www.queenbeemystery.com

Are you a knitter? I'm a wanna 'bee' right now, but who knows what the future may bring.

16 comments:

7LucyP said...

Hi, yes. I'm a knitter, and a spinner. Looking forward to the new series since I love books set in Scotland. Here are just a few authors and series I read or listen to: Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie books, D. E. Stevenson, and M. C. Beaton's Hamish McBeth books. All very different except they share the wonderful scenery

Aurian said...

I can admire it, but no, I am not a knitter. But I do look forward to reading your books. I think Maggie Sefton can teach you ;)

Deb said...

I've read Hamish and love those. The others are on my TBR pile now. Thank you! And I'm very impressed with your talents!

Deb said...

haha. Maggie could, if she ever slows down enough to catch up with her. What a traveler she is, and a super talented writer!

Jeannie D. said...

Oh, I will love that series. I am of Scottish ancestry and love anything about Scotland. I can't knit, but I sew. I make renaissance faire clothing,as a side business to my books. Looking forward to your new series.

Deb said...

okay, that is beyond my imagination - sewing renaissance faire clothing! Wow. My father's side came from Scotland way back in the late 1600s (have to love ancestory.com)

Anonymous said...

Going to the wool fair has become a tradition with a good friend of mine and her daughter. We were there!!! This year we actually toured all of the barns, not just the two with yarns to buy and buy and buy. Watching the herding and shearing was awe inspiring. As soon as it cools down, I am ready to go back to my knitting and simple weaving.

Vicki DJ

Debra said...

Oh, yes I am a knitter. Come check out www.ravelry.com ( free to join) and lots of knitters will give you any and all help you need.

JKW said...

I do knit. . .but I find I like to make my own patterns and it is easier to do that in crochet. What a fantastic experience. I am Scot-Irish.. .. this is one series I will definitely look up/read. Debra is right www.ravelry.com is a definite help in a lot of ways. .. even to finding a local group. Blessings, Janet

Deb said...

Wasn't it wonderful!

Deb said...

I'm off to explore it. Thank you for the tip!

Deb said...

I always liked the look of crochet, Lass:)

Anonymous said...

Have you checked into Shetland sheep? Or Scottish Highland cattle? There are some who take the hair from the highland cattle and spin it to make pot scrubbers with. They can knit or crochet them.

Deb said...

I went to Scotland in March and saw both. Those cattle are something else!

Maggie Sefton said...

LOL, Deb. Now you know how I felt when I "fell down the rabbit hole" at Lambspun shop years ago. Welcome to the Wonderland of Wool. :)

Cozy in Texas said...

What a colorful selection. I started knitting when I was five and love to find a new pattern or wool/yarn. Can't wait to read the series.
Ann