A retirement gift, a plaque from the District where I worked, beckons me. It is as if it can talk and recall; that plaque with the Varsity letter. I hear students’ voices, excited anticipation in the air, their endless desire for learning. It speaks my tongue and reminds me about lesson planning into wee hours. It sounds with the […]Read more "Sweet Boyfriend Sweater and its Unlikely Source for Inspiration"
The other night I was asked to define this term. It was my daughter who asked and I took the request seriously. I played around with the concept wondering if ‘MomStrong’ was a noun, verb, or adjective realizing it is truly all of them. I gave considerable attention to its definition. My daughter explained defining the […]Read more "Mom Strong"
Well, I do keep my word. Today, we had a redo photo shoot of my Renaissance Tunic, designed by Teva Durham. Now, make no mistake as to how much I love this sweater as evidenced by its wearing this winter. My love of this tunic is probably why I wanted to bring it to you, again as […]Read more "Spring version of Renaissance Tunic"
“If only the sleeves were longer.” “If only the neck was loser.” “I wish I had shaped the side seams.” “If only” or “I wish” thoughts are prevalent in the world of hand knitting. They are phrases I very much want to avoid, of course, as they create your beautiful handiwork to have a lot of […]Read more "“If only . . .” fix-it idea"
First and foremost in choosing a project, that project must be wearable in my lifestyle and go with the existing pieces I have in my wardrobe. Of course, I am always looking at new trends in fashion, as I would like to think that even in retirement, I can continue on this quest of always looking […]Read more "Blue Skies Trench"
If you are a reader of Hollyknits, you know I’ve been talking about a wedding cape I recently made for a daughter of a friend. Also, a former student of mine! Since it is a high risk thing to knit for another, I share tips on how to do so, here. I talk about details of gift giving, […]Read more "Cape as Finished Project / knitting notes"
I like details. I think they often make or break a decision, a choice, how I feel about something. Did you ever notice when an actor puts himself into character? The bow of a ballerina? The music before the start of a movie? The role of an actor does not begin at the first scene but […]Read more "Details, details / Gift Wrapping Knitting"
When I was recently asked to knit a garment, I couldn’t say no. I couldn’t say no for many reasons. First off, it was a friend who asked. I will call her Mom. The garment was to be a cape and I love capes. A wedding cape! Who doesn’t love a wedding? This wedding was her […]Read more "I said Yes to the . . . Cape / Tips on Knitting for Others"
So, my stash is well bundled now. The ‘new’ yarns for projects continue in waiting and the scraps, which I prefer to call remnants, are bundled according to weight. I can easily pull out the same-weight remnants and mix and match to my heart’s content. This also helps me to get my creative juices flowing as somehow when I […]Read more "A study of color and elements of design"
Howling in the morning blowing in the afternoon Winter of blustery wind I will remember you I listen for the rhythm of breathing as it informs a runner’s endurance unable to grasp its contents as Mother Nature has taken over Her noise becomes the norm tree tops dancing, daring to snap unsuspecting and interrupting the […]Read more "The Winter of Wind (and no snow)"
The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo is hosting its annual Yarn Fest. Vendors far and wide have been invited to share their wares and tease us with their latest color ways, fibers, and other such goodies. Knitting lessons and/or help as well as other goodies will be there and, of course, to us knitters, crocheters, spinners, and […]Read more "Yarn Fest or Yarn Fast . . . or both!"
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