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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ON the Runway, 2015

From couch to runway…  Well, let’s just say I have always been a private knitter.   For years I’ve knitted right here in my house, wherever it might be, in the location that was designated by the family as Holly’s knitting spot, and pretty much under the same lamp that has traveled with us from one location to another.  The lamp itself blinks due to age or an ill kept electrical connection and we need to turn over the cushion of the seat often to prevent the sag that ultimately is formed.  I do not belong to a knitting group (currently, but that could change) as I’m too tired after life’s responsibilities to find and get to one and I do not take my knitting with me when I travel or to work.  Teaching does not allow time for knitting (what the heck job does?) and I like travel time to be reflective in nature.  These are the habits that I’ve developed and we all know that people are creatures of their own habits.

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Getting to Know Me – Part One of Three

As I enter into the world of blogging, you must be thinking, who is this girl anyway who claims to know a thing or two about knitting?  I mean, I would be asking that!  In an effort to satisfy that very question, I have decided to share a few projects with you that may give you a sense of who I am as a knitter.  Somehow, as I perused my finished projects to make that choice (in Ravelry), the projects naturally fell into three categories:  Fame, What’s Old is New Again, and Capes Ponchos Fawnchos, Oh My!  I will share these categories over the next few weeks beginning with:


They say that everyone, at some point in their life, has at least fifteen minutes of fame, phrase first coined by the world renowned artist, Andy Warhol.  I have wondered if I’ve had my fifteen minutes.  Maybe, when I was a young teenager and asked to represent Camp Sprucelands, a Horse Back Riding Camp; to ride in the annual horse show at the Erie County Fair!

Maybe my fame was when my child was born.  I mean, at that time, in her World, I would have been famous in her eyes…  or maybe, when I was the keynote speaker at a Superintendent’s Conference Day for a local school district when I was working on my Administrative degree.

Perhaps my fame has been the requests for “feature photo” for specific knitting patterns on the website called Ravelry, a free online community for knitters and crocheters.  Ravelry is like Facebook whereby people from around the world join this free online community and  post projects, affectionately called FOs (finished objects), participate in forums talking to fellow knitters and/or crocheters,  and post patterns, yarns, and the like.  We support one another by bookmarking or “hearting” each other’s projects and  leaving comments in our message box about  skills, or choice of yarns, or taste in design and/or color.  And, on occasion that nice message might be a request from the designer or a volunteer editor asking if your photo could be used as the “feature photo” for that garment.

In this case, it was the designer Norah Gaughan, herself, who asked for this photo to represent her pattern called Surface.  (I affectionately call it Chocolate.)

Having a love affair with Vogue Knitting through the years, I was particularly excited when this photo was asked to be used, Brandon Mably’s Union Jack, affectionately known to me as Jack and Me.

Also, Brandon Mably’s color block dress, both of these photos below, are the feature photos for this pattern.

On the other hand, maybe I have yet to experience my fifteen minutes of fame…