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. … Two Shout Outs
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.
Now, the question becomes who thought of this motto first, VK or me? The motto I am now seeing heading the instruction pages in recent issues of Vogue Knitting: plan, make, finish, wear has been my mantra for the last 35 years or so whether it be in knitting or sewing (my personal predecessor to hand knitting). I have always aimed to wear what I make and I do!
Did you ever hear, “Oh, Yes! I drive but I only make right turns!” or “Sure, I have my license but do not drive on the thruway.” I see it in teaching. Oh, Yes! I teach this method, or I have always taught those units. When I hear these things I ask myself, who is in control, the activity or the person?
Ponchos, Capes, and Fawnchos Oh, My! … Getting to Know Me / Part Two 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: … Getting to Know Me / Part One of Three