Is it a poncho? Is it a wrap? The designer, Vladimir Teriohkin names his design Helio Poncho, which means combining form. Whatever you call it, it could not be easier to knit and exceedingly fun to wear. Think, a few inches of ribbing, followed by a rectangle in straight stitch with a hole in it towards one end, and ending with the same number of inches in ribbing. When complete, pick up stitches around that hole for a nice 8 inch cowl. It is as simple as that. Knitted in Homespun from Lion Brand, a chunky, curly yarn, it knits up quickly and is impressively soft.. Wear it casual with moto joggers for Christmas tree shopping or fancy it up with more formal wear for an evening out, The photographer snapped these photos while I was adjusting the multitude of ways of wearing. We are at a Buffalo-famed ice cream shop, Anderson’s who rents out their lot to a Christmas tree farm every holiday season. Paul Bunyan has stood proudly for years positioned along a main drag to announce the farm’s return to the local community. So, here we are starting out where I’ve slipped this rectangle over my head, short length in front.
I am talking about a recently finished garment, my first of 2018. First due to the nature of my newly single life (adjusting/managing/accepting) but also first due to the intricacies of what was on my needles. In all fairness to the publisher of Vogue Knitting, the pattern was marked as ‘expert’ which means a high level of difficulty to knit, so I guess I was warned.
I have been very grateful for a little online thread on Ravelry set up by a fellow knitter and avid fan of Vogue Knitting, coilycurly. This knitter, to honor Vogue Knitting’s 35th anniversary, has set up what she is calling the “Anniversary Challenge”. According to the ‘rules’, contestants are to knit one project from the VK magazines, from each decade since the publication’s start, from the years ending in 7. That would be a total of four projects to fulfill the challenge and at the same time, honor the magazine for its longevity in bringing high fashion and current designers to the forefront.
This is a reading invite to check out what our local enthusiastic knitting Organization is all about. The website is here on WordPress entitled The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo. We are an active group promoting knitting as an art form and pride ourselves in providing a myriad of experiences from presentations to yarn actions for our over 400 members.
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 President introduce the theme “Grow” for this year’s Knitting Guild Season with a program to help you grow your skills through photography and technology. We’ll learn tonight how to photograph our knits beautifully and stylishly, just like the top designers do! And we’ll go on an interactive journey into new technology that the Guild will be incorporating this season.
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 anniversary announcement popped up! Yes, a first post on a new website!
When I hit the “publish” button for that post, this little beauty popped up!
Wow, I thought. What a coincidence to be rewarded for a first post on the second website on the anniversary of the first! Again, it caused me to pause.
Oh! You want to know about the new website? It is for The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo, a well-established community organization for yarn and knitting enthusiasts for the Greater Buffalo area,
We, members of the Guild, would love for you to check out our active goings-on right here! We’ve deleted our outdated, difficult to navigate, not too attractive old site saving the meaningful ‘stuff”, moved it, and re-worked it right here on WordPress! Let’s see how she goes keeping up TWO websites! Yikes!
Me thinks I may be a WordPress junkie!
History Lesson One
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.
In keeping with the theme of “new possibilities” at this time of rebirth, aka retirement, I am excited to say there is more to report! Actually, a few new things. Odd as it may seem, I have never belonged to an established knitting group. I felt what little time I had for knitting during the child-rearing and employment years could best be spent with actual knitting rather than traveling to do the same. There are a few exceptions as I recall a year or two where a few of us colleagues met about 1x/month, rotated to each other’s homes and attempted to knit. Attempted, I say because we were so busy chatting about school life as school life doesn’t allow time for such chit chat, the knitting needles barely came out. And, then there were the sessions with the lovely neighbor who, to this day, I credit for my inspiration to knit. Her beautiful stockinette suits with picot raglan sleeves and straight skirts sent me into a love affair I still have today. Aside from these two experiences, it’s been a quiet existence creating my hand knits.