Month: August 2012

Three Cheers for Poise, Posture, and Winning Attitude

Posture is something I rarely hear people talk about and yet, I believe it to be the cornerstone of great looks.  When was the last time posture was the topic of your conversation?  One usually hears, “Love your hair! Where did you get your shoes?  Great skirt!”  These are typical conversational items.  Imagine “You know, I am impressed with the way you hold your body.  Standing nice and tall makes you prettier.  I wish I could stop fidgeting.”  These are things not mentioned and yet, it is a person’s poise that really captures people’s attention.

Addendum to Yarn Bombing

Words from a recent email:  “Dad says, check out the Cinelli.  He changed the bars back to the original Cinelli bar and stem – he wrapped the bars himself and remembered how!  He chose to save the beautiful Record levers.  He rode the bike 20 miles Sunday in a little better than an hour and is happy with that.” Can’t help thinking if my hubby’s recent explosion of effort may have been inspired by this… Check it out! my tools… his tools… my end result… his end result … Now, was I inspirational or was he simply scared I might do this? NOTE:  The Cinelli frame was a gift to my husband from his son near thirty years, ago.  The frame represents the love of the sport they share as well as offers a generational keepsake for familial bike lovers yet to come.

The Battle of the Ss

Summer and School Year (SY) were arguing over who was more popular.  (from the point of view of a teacher.) Summer:  Look, SY I hear people, from young to old, talking about how they can’t wait for me to begin.  Teachers and students of all ages sing my praises the whole year through.  I think the most obvious reason is the fact that I offer time, time for people to relax and to do what they want to do.  Also, travel.  I offer time for families to be together in play while you represent work. SY:  I must admit, when I am fading and you come into being, I see your assets.  You are a refreshing change, you allow a person to sleep in late, and allow a person to laze about throughout long dog days.  And, yes, there seems to be a few months that are considered vacation time and that sure is a nice thing for all families.  But, after the first few weeks and life takes a turn to the unstructured, I …

Ode to a Crow

As summer is coming to a close, I pause to reflect.  I can usually identify something, possibly an event or a person who stands out as a symbol of a summer gone by.  Just a bit of memorabilia, to file away to recall a specific time.  I remember the summer of the hawk, the season of rats (sorry, but true) followed by bats, and this summer’s highlight, a crow. It is curious how wildlife seems to be the recurring theme, but I suppose the warmer weather of the summer season brings out not just us folk, but the creatures who live among us, as well.  The story of the crow turned out to be quite controversial and continues to linger in my mind which is probably how and why it has been given the honor of highlight  of this summer. The story is really quite simple.  We are early risers, getting ready for the morning’s activity which was actually to be a photo shoot for a recently completed knitting project.  Mornings are always best for …

Yarn Bombing on a Personal Level

Anything yarn-like is going to catch my attention so when this thing called yarn bombing came exploding onto the scene, what can I say, it intrigued me.  I wanted to know the how and the why of such an art form.  Well, in researching, it seems like this yarn bombing, otherwise known as yarn graffiti is just that, taking a common object, any object at all, and literally covering it with yarn via knit or crochet.  I figure the knit or crochet pieces are made ahead of time and then sewn to the object.  As I’ve read about it, some describe it as warming up and brightening an otherwise drab looking environment such as an inner city.  Metal fences, street posts, and city vehicles become objects of attention.  Also, trees.  Common objects.  Artists perceive it as opportunity, changing the way existing art forms such as statues are perceived and travel to major cities to carry out such.  This artist’s work has caught my eye, New York’s knitwear designer Agata Oleksiak, also known as Olek. Here she has …

Plan B

Challenges.  Even in pleasure there are challenges or maybe your challenges are your pleasure.  Knitting gives me a high level of pleasure but I could list an abundance of challenges that knitting has brought me:  stitch difficulty, yarn disappointment, confusion with directions, size issues, and the list goes on.  Any project that you deemed a good idea may turn awry at any time.  As an advanced knitter, I have learned some techniques that ward off or, at least bring to a minimum some of those issues that I have encountered.  However, I believe the biggest challenge I continue to battle is the time limitation I have for knitting.  And, it does not help at all when I peruse the knitting site and see how some can produce many projects very quickly.   Knitting is not my career so the time I have for it is quite limiting. So, being an advocate for myself, I have found that careful and thoughtful planning about what I am going to knit within a season becomes imperative to ward …

There’s a New Kid in Town

There’s a new kid in town and life has changed.  If you’ve noticed an absence of posts in “Bloom”, don’t feel badly, we feel slighted as well. It is clear we are being ignored.  Here in the house, we are not moved or put on the work table or put safely away where we are stored.   We just sit in the tray and watch as our owner seems otherwise occupied.  The table by which we are lined up is getting dusty, the fabric that we create is at a stand still, and the lap of the owner is vacant.  Just look at the date of the last post entry and you can see what we mean! We first take a look at the author of “Bloom”, or from our point of view, our owner.  The one who picks us up, wraps soft yarn around us, keeps us in constant motion rhythmically tapping, and seems so content when with us.  Our owner, she is somehow different. And then, looking ever more closely, it appears other …

Sub-title Finalized

I must say, when I embarked on this new endeavor to write a blog, the theme of my blog as well as the main title came immediately to me.  Philosophical in nature as well as my reality, I believe my life has exemplified appreciating what I have and making the most of every day.  There is actually a book out there and takes this concept further:  How To Want What You Have by Timothy Miller. It has been the sub-title to this site that I have reflected upon.  If you have re-visited “Bloom” any number of times, you might be chuckling that every time you come back to it, the subtitle is different.  I keep asking myself, who am I in the world of knitting?  What is my focus?  In what lens are we looking through?  In answering, I consider the time spent on Ravelry and what I have observed.  First and foremost, when browsing other people’s projects, I notice there tends to be a theme to their work.  For example, some people love shawls …