Year: 2012

Thank you, Dad

What does a Conestoga wagon, seen here along a camp lodge, a sundial that faced a drop-off and pick-up parking lot, an observatory on a hill, complete with moving dome that housed a telescope allowing viewing the solar system from the inside, and an automatic watering system of a once spectacular, white barn that serviced approximately 60 – 80 horses have in common? They were all hand crafted and designed by the genius of my Dad for the camp that I loved. Thank you, Dad for the effort you bestowed upon this place and the work ethic you have always exhibited and have instilled upon me.

Inspiration as Guide

Anyone out there having the challenge of choosing their next knitting project?  I used to  have the conundrum about four times a year, every time I received a new Vogue Knitting in the mail.  And, I thought I was inundated with choice, then!  Now, with Ravelry, social networking, and independent designers both far and near and accessible to the masses,  the choice nowadays really is overwhelming! I have written about this before, the criteria for choosing the next project (see below).  In reviewing my own list, I have come to realize I left something out. immediate excitement of pattern or construction of a project challenging in some way can be paired with existing pieces in current wardrobe has a purpose or becomes a focal point must be a style that works for me original and hopefully not able to be found in a clothing store Inspiration, I left out inspiration.  Somehow, when I am perusing patterns, I notice I am talking to myself.  (In teaching “workshop methodologies”, the gurus call it eavesdropping on one’s thinking). …

Equestrian – Finished Project

I am hoping to share my latest project with you before the calendar year turns over… if I can get my thoughts together in a fluent manner to “publish” this, I will have just made it.  No apologies for the lack of new posts, I have come to accept that some months are simply busier than others. Again, a Mari Lynn Patrick‘s design from Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2010, here I am in my beautiful new Equestrian tunic, very shapely in its cutaway pieces and finished off so thoroughly with rolled edges along all sides, ribbed capped sleeves, and shawl collar with one button closure.  I love the color of the merino/possom/silk blend “Kauri” from Zealana, however the finished photos show more of a greenish hue to the garment than I expected which I actually like.

Fait Accompli

Hello, blog!  I’ve missed you and I send my condolences for letting you fly on your own. However, this is the season for holidays, birthdays, and visiting with friends of silver and gold (a Girl Scout motto meaning old and new).  And, this particular year held a special birthday that was worth taking notice, and so we did. Surprises are a tricky thing.  Some like them, some don’t.  Not knowing how my hubby would like or handle being the honoree, it was with trepidation and hesitation that I proceeded planning a surprise birthday party for his seventieth.  I was hoping he would realize the event was meant as an act of love meant to celebrate his life with people who were meaningful to him. And, then there was Thanksgiving.  How perfect to have the relatives in town for one event to be able to invite them over for another.  While the surprise dinner was at a restaurant, our Thanksgiving feast was at home.  I am currently sitting looking at the remnants of the latter, and am …

Ribbed Bib

Time has found me ready to post a project I completed this summer.  I am writing with a heavy heart, however as I pause to think about others coping with deadly destruction of unfathomable proportions, those battling the loss of their homes due to wind, water, or fire and I pray for their recovery, hopefully sooner than later.  It is bittersweet that while others are suffering, I find myself with this luxury of time.  This pattern had been in my head for near ten years, a beauty (I think) from Vogue Knitting Holiday 2003, designed by Mari Lynn Patrick.  I just love its simple yet sophisticated styling.

These are a few of my Favorite Things

I have always loved coffee tables.  Especially mine.  It sits next to one of my favorite spots in the house, it is beautiful to look at with its stone tiles, it is spacious, and it houses all of my favorite things.  If you look closely you will see one of my trays holding knitting supplies for a current project (project unseen, here), an open Vogue Knitting magazine (key word, open), my favorite coffee mug (albeit, ugly) a watch (a wardrobe staple for years), and… a pooch!  Like I said, I have always loved coffee tables! We are thrilled to welcome Shadowdale’s Angel’s Share “Lizzie” into the fold.

Purls of Wisdom or Assault with Words

I recently became seemingly unpopular when responding to a forum on Ravelry.  The prompt went as follows: I was interested to read the ‘Purls of Wisdom’ questions posed to knitting designers in VK Fall 2012 and I wonder what rules you always or never break?   I think of VK (Vogue Knitting) fans as slightly curious and adventurous, with certain a sense of style, not afraid of a knitting challenge and definitely opinionated.  So what say you?   Well, I loved the question as well as the writer’s opinion of Vogue knitters (since I am one), so I answered it.  I easily responded with the rule that I never break; my response having to do with working up a gauge.  (I’ve already discussed the importance of gauge, here.)  And, I  continued with discussing the rule I am breaking more and more regarding blocking.  (Blocking is a process of finishing that allows stitches to even out and “bloom” which in turn causes the knitted fabric to take on a smooth and professional appearance.)  I even supported my answer with research and …

Al-pac-a Appreciation

It is not a by-gone teacher who includes after school sessions to inspire, guide, and direct her students to succeed.  It is not a by-gone parent who appreciates all that is attempted for her child.  And, it is not a by-gone student who is willing to diligently work after school once or twice a week throughout the year on difficult and far-reaching goals.  At least not in the place where I call my classroom.  And, to this end, this wonderful gift was unnecessarily (but happily) bestowed upon me.  “Merry Christmas!” said the student when the gift bag was discovered (at the end of the school year).   Merry it was ~ a bounty of beautiful hand-dyed alpaca from the local Humming Herd Farm, in Collins Center, NY.  I truly don’t know what was more heart warming to me, the hand written card or the beautiful blue-green yarn.