Making Connections

This morning, I am indulging in reminiscing. Perhaps because it is a typical snowy morning in January, the likes that have been unusually rare this winter. Or perhaps it is because I have recently recaptured my mojo for knitting and feel a need to keep my writing in sync or perhaps I was inspired by a recent thread on Ravelry. It could also be a good time for reflection as we head into 2020 perhaps with ideas of projects for the year and goals for completion.

I am thinking about sewing. The years and years of sewing I did long before I became a knitter. I remember waking up one day during my fifth grade summer and asking to make a dress. Mom pointed to a pile of newspapers and said, “There! Use all you need.” I said, “No, I mean with fabric.” And, so it began that I was sent to a neighbors who gathered up supplies and time and helped her daughter and I sew our first dress. Well, the experience stuck and through the years, the basement of childhood home turned into a sewing room, begging for fabric was my second name, and learning about construction through trial and error was my passion.

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Dart Detail, Perhaps?

Project as seen on Ravelry, also detailed [HERE]

It is typical to find me in my closet of hand knits when I am looking for something to wear.  This past week was no different.  I pulled out my lovely tri-color tunic I finished about six months, ago.  I thought it would be the perfect layer for the weather and proceeded.  With a casual, happy feeling I put on this garment, looked into a mirror, and thought, “hey, what happened?”  I felt like I was swimming in it.  Did you ever notice that when something doesn’t fit the way you want, it becomes highly distracting?   I was uncomfortable to the point that I changed out of it knowing I needed to do some adjusting.

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“If only . . .” fix-it idea

“If only the sleeves were longer.”  “If only the neck was loser.”  “I wish I had shaped the side seams.” “If only” or “I wish” thoughts are prevalent in the world of hand knitting.  They are phrases I very much want to avoid, of course, as they create your beautiful handiwork to have a lot of shelf time and I knit to wear my garments.  Unfortunately, they are phrases that all knitters have had at one time or another including me when expectation and reality do not meet and to me, the talented knitter is not one who knits but is one who knows how to avoid or solve their “if only” moments.  Also, one who actually wears their knits if that is indeed the knitter’s purpose for knitting.  I believe I am in the midst of such a situation, admitting it, and coming to terms with it.  I may have an idea you may want to borrow if you have an “if only” issue that is similar.  Here goes:

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Details, details / Gift Wrapping Knitting

I like details.  I think they often make or break a decision, a choice, how I feel about something.  Did you ever notice when an actor puts himself into character?  The bow of a ballerina?  The music before the start of a movie?  The role of an actor does not begin at the first scene but long before and after to draw the audience into the portrayal of the story or to leave one thinking after the story has been told.

To me, delivering the wedding cape, talked about here to my friend was an opportunity to set the scene for the wedding that was about to occur.  Everything had gone smoothly in the process of knitting the cape so I wanted the happiness to continue.  Maybe, it was like Chapter Two, Smooth Transition of Cape to Bride.  How could the delivery of the cape that meant so much to me be delivered in a most meaningful and thoughtful way, to let the wonderful story of a wedding begin long before the walk down the aisle?

Well, this is what I did and it created some inquiry on Ravelry.

It happens that I have not only a yarn stash but also a collection of sewing materials.  I was, after all a seamstress long before I was a knitter.  It is surprisingly often that I go into the ‘sewing vault’ for something I  am knitting.  Snaps, seam binding, elastic are some items I’ve needed.  So, when I was thinking about packaging this project, I remembered I had a catch of fabric bags I had received yarn in.   How perfect are these bags for gifts!   I love that the hand knitting shows through this fabric.  These are just squares of tulle with a ribbon as a drawstring top.  How easy would these be to make, in just the right size, with ribbon strung through to match the theme of your gift!

I knew that the bride’s colors were navy blue and orange.  So, I took some pictures, like the one above of the cape packaged by our Van Gogh “Sunflowers” painting and sent the photos to her Mom.   Maybe, to be added to the photo album of the wedding?  It was my way of staying within the theme of the story that was being created.

When I saw these photographs of the cut flowers and flower arrangers, I was taken aback.  First, I had to hold my breath at how gorgeous the flowers were.  Then, I noticed the warmth on the faces of the arrangers.  Then, and only then I realized how our Van Gogh painting came pretty darn close to the exact shade.  Sight unseen, I thought that pretty spectacular.  Can’t you just feel the love in the air?

Here is a picture of one beautifully created centerpiece.  I like the touch of the navy fabric underneath and the warm light bouncing from the flickering candles.

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I wish the bride and groom every happiness in their future, and I must say, as I notice details, I do love the navy pumps in the photo, below.

Photo credit:  Amy Paulson/photography

 

Drapey (2 of 2)

What is it about Tom Scott that captures my attention?  Whoever would think to take the traditional cardigan, flip it around, and call it fashionable?  Tom Scott!  AND, whoever would think to design a garment that is knitted from the bottom to the top, but is supposed to be worn sideways?  You would think that designing a sweater would be challenging enough, but Tom Scott clearly takes it to the next level.  Here, you can see what I mean.

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