It’s Not Just About the Sweater

Part of why I write a journal is to reflect upon my knitting.  I find thinking about a finished project quite satisfying and informative.  It helps me to improve my knitting skills to think what went right as well as what went wrong with either the process and/or the finished project.  Viewing photographs of me in my knitting is also helpful to know what styles and designs look best on my shape and to compare what I see with how I feel about a particular garment.  This also drives future pattern decisions.  The reason why I write online is to share these thoughts thinking/hoping readers may learn from these experiences, as well.

Another reason why I write is to reflect upon the sites hubby and I travel to for our photo shoots.   There have been many.  I catalog these places on a page I call Fashionscape, here in The Blog.  Since this particular photo shoot also served as a trip down memory lane, I am writing about it here, too.  We continue to choose places that hold some kind of significance to us and this last photo shoot was no different.  Here we are at Chautauqua Institution, the furthest we have traveled yet for a photo shoot, officially closed for the season, however open for travelers who want to walk the grounds during the day.  Many of the cottages were covered in tarps, construction workers dotted the place doing off-season repairs, and you could see evidence of changes that are being made to the main structures of the institute.  In fact, you really needed to watch your step due to fallen debris of repair work.

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Fashionable Knitting takes a Historical Turn

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We learned that ER placed her yarn in a basket that was lined with  silk-like fabric as we might use a yarn bowl, however the extended fabric protected her clothing from the yarn fibers.

The other review I wrote for the Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo was about a presentation called Eleanor Roosevelt:  History of Knitting given by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic local historian, Ann Colopy.  The talk was mostly a biographical sketch of Eleanor Roosevelt, both her private life as well as her public persona.  According to our speaker, Eleanor found great solace in knitting as therapy but also sought outreach programs in which to make her knitting meaningful and purposeful for someone.  I believe the guild invited her to hear of A First Lady’s knitting needs, desires, influences, and aspirations but also the lecture and lecturer invited us to become reflective and consider our own practice, how our surroundings and/or time in life impacts our knitting.

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Fiber Festival Inspiration

There really IS a world beyond the classroom, I am discovering, and this weekend, this new world took me to my first fiber festival, the 11th annual Fiber Arts Festival of NY.   Part of the adventure was representing the Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo by volunteering to table-sit and meet folks who were inquiring about the guild and, of course the other part was to explore the many tents of fiber artists and have fun.

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I’m sure happy finding a house in which to live was not as painstaking a process (for me) as finding a theme for my blog here on WordPress.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that I couldn’t find a theme I liked, rather I have found too many that are beautiful that I could easily settle on.  The search to look for another theme (as I had been happy with the theme I had been using) really came from a debacle (yikes, look at its date) from another site and some formatting issue.  At any rate, it’s been a search causing me to ask myself some questions.  You may have questions, too.

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From a Mother to her Daughter, on Mother’s Day

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I was gifted a book, My Daughter, My Joy… The Greatest Tributes to Daughters That Have Ever Been Written.  The book is a collection of beautiful poems, sayings, and short stories written by famous poets and authors who are expressing their points of view with creative, thought provoking prose on relationships between mothers and daughters.  The book was a gift to me from my own Mom a few years back.  I wonder if she remembers.

Somehow, I find this book in my hands today.  Maybe, because it is Mother’s Day.  Maybe, because my daughter just took a turn into the next decade.  Maybe, because I am nearing the end of a career.  In any case, how lovely it is that I am finding these words a source of solace today.  And, how fortunate to comfort a reader who might be feeling a bit reflective in their relationship with their child and/or their mother.

I would like to share this quote that has such significance for my daughter and me.   Happy Mother’s Day to you.

“As we move off into the future, two separate women each struggling to complete herself, I know that we will reach out to each other.  In my strength I can be a tree for you to lean against.  In my weakness, I will need your hand.”

by Rita Freedman

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Sometimes, happenings in life linger in my mind to the point where I need to write about them.

The lingering moment was a conversation I had with teachers about a week ago regarding an upcoming narrative writing unit. We were sharing thoughts around the concept of memoir, what one was and how students might take on the work, and the structures a memoir might take when writing one.  One thing led to another as does naturally when in deep conversation and as we were surfing the net and our other resources, we came across this. A 6 word challenge.  Now, I am not saying that this would be the work of our students, however we did take time to pause to consider the following for ourselves.

Challenge:  To write your memoir in just six words.  Six words.

Fast forward to today.  Ok, now, on this day, the more I am researching this, the more I am realizing that this is not a new concept at all but one that I am revisiting.  I do believe it is important to take a few minutes in life to take stock, to appreciate, to reflect,  and to grow in knowledge of oneself as a person,  so I redirect this challenge to you.

So, on this festive weekend, I am asking, ‘What are you thinking about?  How has your life been?”  Take on the challenge below as a fun way to reflect upon your own life, dreams, and aspirations.

Mine:   Fashion first, goes her way, reflects.

images-2Have a great Easter.  I will be committing to my running and pushing through to complete my latest knitting project.

To: WordPress.com

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Thank you WordPress, for the myriad of beautiful themes you offer on your site, for purchase or otherwise.  I have taken advantage of the previewing option with and without my specific content, in considering the look and feel I want to represent who I am and what I want to say.

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Two Shout Outs

As a soon-to-be retiree, I am beginning to open my ears and eyes to life after employment.  When I spotted this opportunity with Deborah Newton, I just had to write about it.  I am so in love with her as a knitter due to her pristine attention to detail, especially in the finishing touches of a garment.  And, you see these touches written up in her patterns.  So, when following her advice, your finished garment has an air of professionalism that you do not see in every design and you notice in the fit and wearing. Following her over the years, both with knitting patterns and as an author, I highly recommend this destination experience, above. Continue reading

Blog Hop on Creativity

An invite  from a fellow Raveler, Bowie asking if I would like to participate in a creative blog hop!  Sure would!  I love questions such as these as they force thinking of the why and wherefore of things, and I know that reflection on any level is the best way to learn, for everyone.  Also, this reminds me of those chain letters from days gone by.  Anyone else remember those?

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VKL 2015 – More than a Fashion Show

Vogue Knitting Live,  2015  was not all runway glitz and glamour but offered us, participants much more.

Upon arriving to the fifth annual VKL (Vogue Knitting Live) conference in NYC, I learned that my room at the Marriott Marquis was on the twentieth floor.  I thought the view was outstanding and certainly provided the city ambience for the event, however I was glad I left hubby at home with his squeamish fear of heights.

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