Trips

Detroit, Anyone? I did not take my knitting . . .

Yes, we chose Detroit for a little R & R.  Why, you might ask?  Here are a few reasons. “One of the most beautiful homes on Airbnb. This is a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom historic home in one of the most beautiful, one of a kind neighborhood of Detroit. Woodbridge is in Midtown, and a […]

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Knitspiration

Sweet Boyfriend Sweater and its Unlikely Source for Inspiration

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 […]

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Thoughts

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 […]

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Thoughts

The Rhythm of Retirement

Some beliefs:  I believe setting goals for first year retirement is very important as doing so is evidence of self-direction and provides purpose, process, and production.  I believe there are a number of stages within the retirement phase of life.  I believe the very first stage of retirement is long before retirement actually begins.  I might call it the ‘Preparation […]

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Featured In

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 […]

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Thoughts

Inspiration as Guide

Anyone out there having the challenge of choosing their next knitting project?  I used to  have the conundrum about four times a year, every time I received a new Vogue Knitting in the mail.  And, I thought I was inundated with choice, then!  Now, with Ravelry, social networking, and independent designers both far and near […]

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Knitspiration

Cable Snake

I am so excited to finally be able to share one of my latest finished projects with you and am equally excited to be able to slip on a pair of boots as my foot has made considerable progress in its healing this last week!  It would be easy, of course, to stand in some […]

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Thoughts

Addendum to Yarn Bombing

Words from a recent email:  “Dad says, check out the Cinelli.  He changed the bars back to the original Cinelli bar and stem – he wrapped the bars himself and remembered how!  He chose to save the beautiful Record levers.  He rode the bike 20 miles Sunday in a little better than an hour and […]

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Knitspiration

Yarn Bombing

Anything yarn-like is going to catch my attention so when this thing called yarn bombing came exploding onto the scene, what can I say, it intrigued me.  I wanted to know the how and the why of such an art form.  Well, in researching, it seems like this yarn bombing, otherwise known as yarn graffiti […]

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Thoughts

Knitting Parallels Writing

I read an article in the Washington Post entitled Olympic Knitting by Ruth Marcus.  I couldn’t wait to read it!   She compares the two by saying how both conjure something out of virtually nothing – the blank page, a ball of yarn.  “Yup”, I am thinking.  Both processes are mined with frustration:  the column simply wasn’t […]

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Thoughts

Nik One, Purl One

Nik one, purl one, Nik one, purl one …   There I was, debating watching history in the making.  I figured I would simply knit my way into the night, a typical Friday evening after a full week’s work, having mindless TV, and enjoy the evening.   Yes, there I was, giving no consideration to […]

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