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Wow! It’s been a long time since I last updated my blog! All sorts of creative endeavors, family obligations and interesting travel have consumed my writing and sharing time for the last few years. My journey continues to be interesting and fruitful and packed with new learnings.

Recently I relented to my “inner-entrepreneur” and started a new knitwear brand called Popia.  I’ve always loved designing knits which led me to sketching out a collection of hats and asking a long-time friend, who owns a family run company in Italy that produces premium knitwear, to make them for me. The result is a colorful collection of meticulously crafted merino knit hats.

I invite you to follow Popia’s journey by signing up for my Popia newsletter, or to just take a peek at my collection.

If you’re inclined to make a purchase, I’m offering Free Shipping through February 15th. Wholesale enquiries are welcome via my site.

Thanks so much for your continued enthusiasm!

You may also follow Popia on Instagram: Popia.design and facebook: Popia Design

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This time of year every snowflake counts towards the build up of base. Good base means we can glide through the woods on skis without snagging our tips, ruining our edges or breaking our legs. Good base means we’ll have a gloriously long ski season and it means that we won’t have to endure long lift lines as we head into the backcountry instead. But only if Ullr cooperates!

Ullr with his skis and bow. From the 18th century Icelandic manuscript SÁM 66 in the care of the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland.

Ullr with his skis and bow. From the 18th century Icelandic manuscript SÁM 66 in the care of the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland.

He’s been a little slow this year in doing his thing here in Vermont, despite the singing and dancing, prayers, candles and offerings that have been left for him on mountaintops and in our favorite glades.

Besides carrying on with pagan rituals I hope I’ve done my part in persuading Ullr to work his white magic through my knitting. While skiing in Iceland last May I purchased a rainbow of luscious Icelandic yarns.  With so much color at my fingertips I couldn’t resist knitting something then and there! Something portable that would fit in my pack and something that I could finish before my flight touched down at Boston’s Logan airport – a baby sweater for skier friends who were expecting a boy!

Knitting a few rows while waiting for everyone to gear up. EmberPhoto.com

Knitting a few rows while waiting for everyone to gear up. EmberPhoto.com

I hope that by invoking the name of Ullr (which I did with every stitch) and placing his name on the baby’s belly, that Reuben Campbell will be blessed with a bright future full of powder shots and amazing vertical!

Ullr spelled out in ancient Icelandic rune language

Ullr is spelled out in the ancient Icelandic rune alphabet


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