It was a hot summer. Record-breaking in fact, in our neck of the woods. Knitting is at a minimum for me during the summer due to heat, not to mention the warmth of the summer sun is a constant force of beckoning. Who doesn’t want to be outside during short summer months? On the other […]Read more "Linen Tunic ~ Photos Help, Again"
Not birthday, Not holiday. Not because you had to. Just a Note. From the heart These words came and are received. One of my favorite things in life are words Simple words, crafted with care meaningful to the receiver So thoughtful from the giver Just a note not to me best gift from one to […]Read more "Just a Note, Not"
I want to capture, in writing, some of my thoughts from this last week when I was invited to speak to the Buffalo Knitting Guild’s Membership and be the first of its programming for the 2016/2017 season. The talk was advertised as such: SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 HOW DOES YOUR KNITTING GROW? Presented by Marja Coons-Torn, Holly Olmstead Our Guild President and Vice […]Read more "Buffalo Knitting Guild Presentation, 2016"
As Grandmother, I was recently invited to the DC area to babysit grandchildren while very intent parents set up house for their temporary move. (no photos because I never knew how to take care of young ones and be a photographer at the same time) As Mother, I found myself adding a day to that DC trip to hang […]Read more "A DC Opportunity Leads to a Knitter’s Reflective Moment"
Every so often you hear from a friend from the past. This was the case the day I received a lovely message from a colleague who had retired a few years before me suggesting a get together. She thought of me in particular as, like all of us seniors who are trying to keep our bodies and […]Read more "Summer Scarf"
Funny, when I notice my frustration regarding housing all things knitting. I am quick to think it is the stash of yarn that needs some kind of attention. Whether it be shelving for the large collection of yarn, or a way in which to organize the yarn, a color coding system, a pattern to fiber system […]Read more "Creative Space Revisited . . . Again"
The reader must be wondering, “Where is the knitting? I thought this blog was on knitting!” And, you would be right however, this blog also serves as a journal on related topics and I feel staying fit and making healthy choices interweaves in the kind of knitting I represent. “How is staying fit and making healthy choices […]Read more "Where is the knitting?"
With this recent third incident, I said to myself, “ok, now I need to write a blog post.” I am talking about our (hubby and my) morning outings for our daily fix of fresh air and exercise. They don’t always go smoothly and we’ve just had our third mishap. Me with my goals and hubby along for daily movement, […]Read more "When Seniors Exercise"
Here I am, first year of retirement is in the books! And, as my goal-oriented personality is reminding me, it is time to check in to see how I’ve done with the annual goals I set forth for myself. The purpose of checking in is to see if these goals are still relevant and of interest. Remember, […]Read more "First Year Goal Check"
So, I received this yesterday from WordPress. Said it was my fourth year anniversary. How nice, I thought not remembering it was an anniversary of Hollyknits. I paused for a moment to reflect. You see, I was in the middle of publishing my first post . . . on another WordPress site at the very moment this […]Read more "WordPress Junkie"
“When I grow up I will have my own house.” Her inner voice would repeat “My own place, yes complete with a pet.” Her childhood dream. Closing the door to what ailed her, She wished away the years to adulthood She plotted, “Now I’ll sneak around. . . A little cape may do.” Marriage, children, work. Common living, The little house served […]Read more "Childhood Dream"
No, I am not officially a knitwear designer however the concept of designing knitwear, to me, has many levels. When I think of top level knitwear designers, the people who come to mind are those who have had multiple original designs published in major knitting magazines. Yarn companies hire these people to design using their yarns. […]Read more "Level One Knitwear Designing, Make it Your Own"