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  • knitting1105 10:57 pm on December 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    My Querencia 

    Querencia describes a place where one feels safe, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn, a place where one feels at home.

    I first learned of this term in 2007 when my son, a senior in High School, had to write a paper for English (he got 50/50 on it too!).  Here is an expert from the beginning of his essay:

    Across the lake which separates me from my second home, buried in the trees which hide my secret love, atop the hills that allow me to admire my world, lies my world of bliss. It is the house of my dreams, my Querencia.

    Ethan wrote this poem about the beautiful lake house on Lake Michigan that he was fortunate enough to share every summer with his Aunt and Cousin.  I have kept this essay for almost a decade, and read it frequently.  My sister and nephew gave my son the best gift ever, that of time, rest and peace when he needed it most.  A lifetime bond was forged during those long lazy summer days with the beach at bay.  Thank you Diane, Steve and Traver.

    My Querencia is my knitting, and my knitting room.  I will never be as eloquent as my son, but I will try.

    Down the stairs which separate me from all lives worries and tribulations, hidden in a corner, filled with inspiration and color, lies my world of creativity and peace. It is my retreat, my special place to dream and recover.

    This knitting room has been a work in progress for many years now, and I truly thought that I would “unveil” it here long before today.  But even today, it is not perfect—missing those shelves for the cones of beautifully colored yarn, the inspiration board is not properly organized, and my project area is not tidy enough.  The woes of an Architect, it is never perfect enough when working for yourself.  I did, however, clean it up this past week, desperately needing a retreat from the awful relentless daily news.  And I gave myself a place to work, think, dream, design, and retreat.

    Here are some snippets, and I promise more:

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    Buttons in antique glass jars:

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    File drawers, with neatly organized pattern books:

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    Colorful yarn for inspiration:

    Lloyd’s favorite toy, clean and white, and always looking at me.  Reminding me of the best friend I ever had.

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    Those couple of boxes still needing a proper home:

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    Which is why there is always a little red comfort nearby:

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    The beauty of My Querencia is that it can travel with me, bringing peace, calmness and creativity wherever I go.  What is your Querencia?

     

     

     
    • Diane Hamilton 12:36 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, I too have a copy of Ethan’s essay and always admire how well it was written because it makes me feel like I was back there at that moment. I think my Querencia is the same as Ethan’s, I loved the Michigan house and miss going there every summer. Thank you for sharing Ethan with us. Traver, Steve and I always treasured those summers at the beach house and it was always special to have Ethan with us creating a special bond not with just with Traver but with us too. Those are memories we all hold close to our heart.

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    • Elaine 12:40 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love it! Your son’s words are beautiful, as are yours… And yes ~ knitting and painting! I Love my querencia. My fiber and art studio and the joy and peace it brings. Thank you for sharing yours… right down to the little red comfort🙂

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    • Debbie Jarmusik 11:59 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This was lovely. Just what I needed today.💗

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  • knitting1105 7:54 pm on November 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    School Work 

    This semester has been extremely  busy for me, new responsibilities at school which have required a huge learning curve, taking a class, and trying to work my business.  Luckily I have a very supportive husband.  The course that I am enrolled in is called Adobe Illustrator, and is something that I will use in Architecture, and perhaps here on my blog also.  Our second project was an infographic poster.  I thought that this would be good to share here.

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  • knitting1105 1:34 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    What did you do once you knew? 

    The events of the past few days have had me reeling.  School has been very tough, as my students are really scared of what will happen.  I have spent hours with them in groups and individually trying to talk things out.  I do not have any answers except that we all need to be connected, be involved and help others whenever and wherever we can. On Wednesday night we went to the Unitarian Church for a reflection time, which was very helpful.

    This is a favorite poem of mine, and came to mind.  It is so fitting to share at this time:

     

    And, last night I hosted an impromptu knitting night with friends.  Knitting makes me calm, and I had not had the time to knit, Dan was going to  Jazz band, and I knew that I did not want to be alone.  It was the perfect Fiber Therapy session.  I meant to take some photos!

    Now, what will I choose to do?  Definitely something.

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    • Louise 10:10 am on November 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for your post which set me thinking. We can’t spend the next four years wringing our hands. We can’t keep having the same conversations we had before this week over and over again. We need to move forward. Yes, love trumps hate. Joy trumps despair. Positivity trumps negativity. Productivity trumps whining helpless in a corner. Some years back there was a “movement” tagged “random acts of kindness”. Maybe we can revive that notion. I’d like to think that our knitting circle can continue to foster a weekly place of safety, laughter, inclusion and mutual support through good times and bad.

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      • knitting1105 12:08 pm on November 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Louise, thank you for your wonderful comment. I love our knitting group, and the fact that we have always knit for charitable causes. Perhaps we can spend next week talking about all of the positive things that we can get involved in.

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  • knitting1105 7:58 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    People Knitting 

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    People have been sending vintage photos of knitting to me on FB, so I was curious where they all came from all of a sudden, and I found this book.  Of course I bought it!  One does not even need to ask.

    The author, Barbara Levine, has been collecting Vintage knitting photos for over 25 years, even though she herself is not a knitter, and many of the photos come from her personal collection. She calls herself a knitting watcher, and her mother was a knitter, though she does not have a single photo of her mother knitting.

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    The photos range from the past 100+ years once photography was more popular. They show both genders, and all ages.

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    This book would make a great little gift or stocking stuffer for any knitter.  It will be kept out in the Living Room for perusing at my house.

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    I found this photo to be especially funny, as I have a hair appointment tomorrow, and I am known for always knitting while sitting in the chair!

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    It was really enjoyable looking through this book, but it also made me sad.  I have been knitting since I was 7.  I do not know of a single photo of me knitting.  Too late to get that back.  Have someone take pictures of you while you do your craft.

     

     

     
    • Diane Hamilton 11:06 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That looks like a fun book! I am sorry there is no known picture of you knitting but we all have a picture of you knitting in our memories, like the trip to Mesa Verde and Traver asking you what you were knitting and he thought it was good colors for a little boy. Even though there isn’t a physical picture it is one I will always treasure and I picture us all in the SUV and you sitting up in the front seat while Traver was asking you questions about your knitting. Memories I will always hold close to my heart. Sometimes those are the best pictures!

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      • knitting1105 12:14 pm on November 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Diane. Memories are good, but hard to pass on. Amazing that I never thought of the fact that there was not a photo of me knitting until now. I have always been camera shy, but knitting is the thing that would have made me happy to have a photo taken. Maybe I will do a photo session soon.

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  • knitting1105 3:46 pm on October 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Lorna's Laces, Rainbow colors, , Variegated Yarn   

    Coming up for Air 

    This has been a rough 6 weeks.  2 weddings at our house, house guests during that time, school started with huge new responsibilities for me, and 2 other weddings to attend.   I have been exhausted.  Knitting, and blogging have taken a real back seat.

    The easiest thing to knit during these times is socks, as the pattern is ingrained in my head, and they are easy to pick up at any time, and very portable (for those out-of-town weddings).  These socks are knit with some rainbow yarn that I purchased a couple of years ago at Lorna’s Laces mill ends sale.  I really love the colors.

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    As is often the case with variegated yarns, I like the skein better than the knitted project.  The larger blocks of color appeal to me, and they tend not to get as muddied out.  That said, this skein knit up better than most, in my opinion.  There was some pooling of 2 colors on the rounds that tended to swirl around the leg of the sock.

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    When I got to the heel and the toe, that swirling ceased.  It is this part of the sock that I like the best.  The colors really jump out, and it feels much more like the skein looked.

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    And, in all it’s entirety…  Waiting to decide where the new home will be.

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    • Handmade by C. Anne 5:47 pm on October 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty colors in the yarn. Nice socks!

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    • Diane Hamilton 9:44 pm on October 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So interesting on how socks turn out from what the skein looks like. Enjoyed both of your weddings and spending time with you. Hope things slow down soon.

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    • salpal1 9:47 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have the same trouble with that kind of yarn – it never looks like I think it will(or wish it would) but I keep trying because the skeins are just so lovely! However, I think that your socks look great, because those colors look good no matter how they play out.

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  • knitting1105 10:58 am on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Wedding 2 

    On Saturday Night, Sofia and Mark were married at The Cliff Dwellers, surrounded by family and close friends. It was such a perfect night, and they were both so gorgeous.  The Cliff Dwellers also holds a special place in my heart, as Dan and I had our wedding reception there.

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    A few months ago I had asked Sofia if she wanted me to make a shawl for her wedding.  She said no, that she wouldn’t wear it.  Well, about 4 weeks ago, I decided that I was going to make one anyways, how often does a mother get to make a wedding shawl.  I couldn’t really talk about it here, as she sometimes reads my blog.  So this is the silk shawl that i was working on, posed for just a couple of photos with the gorgeous view from the Cliff Dwellers.  The Jewelry that she is wearing was given to my Mother by my Father when they were dating, and I wore it at my wedding.  So perfect with the dress.

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    • Camille Wilson White 12:57 pm on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Exquisite work! GORGEOUS!!!! She will treasure her wedding shawl forever.

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    • Diane Hamilton 1:54 pm on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful daughter, beautiful shawl and a beautiful wedding.

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    • Jan Stewart 1:20 pm on September 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love!!

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  • knitting1105 10:56 am on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Wedding 1 

    What an amazing fun-filled week.  I will be posting twice today, as each event deserves it’s own post.  My son Ethan, married his Fiancé Sayaka, in Philadelphia in a civil ceremony at the end of July.  Dan, Sofia, Mark and I all celebrated with them at the Signature Room on the top of the Hancock Tower along with my sister Diane and her family.  It was so beautiful and such a perfect night.  Unfortunately, I do not have many photos, need to get them from my sister.  I made Sayaka this Semele shawl to celebrate.

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    So, since I don’t have good photos from the actual night, here a photo from 2 nights later (at Sofia’s wedding!).  They are such a gorgeous couple, we are so happy for them.

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    • Camille Wilson White 1:00 pm on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Another exquisitely beautiful shawl! You were pretty busy this summer!

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    • Diane Hamilton 1:57 pm on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      They are a beautiful couple and Sayaka is a sweetheart. Congratulations on adding two beautiful and kind people to your family

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    • jane 3:58 pm on September 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Her blue dress is gorgeous….

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  • knitting1105 9:40 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fiori di Sole, Lace knitting, malabrigo silk   

    Silk Shawl 

    With the lovely Malabrigo silk yarn that I purchased at Sister Arts during the Yarn Crawl, I have started a new shawl.

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    Jane from my knitting group generously gave me this pattern, Fiori di Sole, that she had bought but was not going to use.  I think that it is a perfect fit of yarn to pattern.  I am a bit worried that I will not have enough yarn though.  I will need to decide if I want to shorten it when that time comes.

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    I am well underway with the shawl.  My biggest problem was the yarn, I wound the first skein with my ball winder.  About 2/3 of the way through knitting with it, the yarn collapsed into a big tangled mess.  It took me about 2 hours to straighten it out.   So, now I am hand winding each of the skeins into a ball, which gives me the opportunity to use the beautiful yarn blow that my sister Diane gave to me!

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    After the large petals, the main body is easily memorized.

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    The yarn is gloriously soft, and will have a wonderful drape to it.

     
    • Barbara Mayer 10:42 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s absolutely beautiful!

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    • salpal1 9:05 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Looks beautiful! A few tricks for silk- wind the ball on an empty toilet paper roll, and don’t pull from the center out,pull from the outside so it can’t collapse. It will help tremendously. But still use the gorgeous bowl!!!

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    • Diane Hamilton 11:53 pm on August 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It is a gorgeous shawl and will look beautiful on you.

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  • knitting1105 3:09 pm on August 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Sustainable Yarns   

    Yarn Crawl Part II 

    Last Friday I had some returns to make in the Western Suburbs, so decided to continue the Yarn Crawl, and hopefully make it to 10 stores, which I succeeded in doing.  It was not as fun going alone however.

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    A couple of the stores had run out of buttons, not anticipating how popular the totes and buttons would be.  Perhaps they will have a better sense next year. Not sure exactly what I will do with the bag, but it was fun to collect them.

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    The crawl introduced me to a couple of new stores that I had never been to and will definitely return to.  It also alerted me to a couple that I have no interest in going to again. It was interesting to see all of the different personalities of the stores, and what their target audience is.  While no one store met my requirements for a “dream yarn shop”, there were facets of many that I liked.

    Since my recent bout with Chinese fake mink yarn, it has strengthened my resolve to first purchase US or Canadian yarn, preferably with the wool sourced here, and spun and processed here also.  So, it was exciting ot see this yarn, Swans Island at String Theory (I think that they also carried it at Knit 1), all US grown and processed, 100% Rambouillet.

    I spent forever looking at the colors and trying to decide what to purchase.  My thought was to make a pair of Fair Isle mitts.  Purple and Green are always a favorite combo of mine.  This is such a nice squishy woolen spun yarn.

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    Also at Sting Theory, I purchased this super soft Merino from Patagonia, wool folk.   They are working with Sustainable practices in Patagonia:

    Woolfolk yarns combine the highest quality wool with ethical, sustainable practices. The fiber we use, Ultimate Merino®, doesn’t happen by chance, but by the innovative efforts of farmers to produce the very best wool fiber while being land stewards of the Patagonian Grasslands. Woolfolk brings this exquisitely soft and lustrous fiber in handknitting yarns that preserves the unique attributes of this luxurious wool.

    This yarn is destined to become a pair of Eiffel Tower mittens, a pattern that was gifted to me on my birthday a couple of years ago.

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    And, while I did not purchase anything from Fiberista this past week, they are now carrying Jared Flood’s Shelter yarn.  I am truly excited to have a local source for this, and will be planning a sweater with that yarn in the fall.  Another US made and produced yarn.

    We are passionate about wool, knitting and design. We develop and manufacture breed-specific yarns that support domestic textile production—designing, sourcing, dyeing and spinning our yarns within the USA. Our design team is committed to producing high-quality, sophisticated knitwear patterns for the modern handknitter, especially tailored for the wool yarns we create.

    In addition to eating local, I am trying to buy local, and wool is a great place to start.

    Last note, I just got an email that I won a book at one of the stores on Yarn Crawl!!!

     
    • Diane Hamilton 9:04 pm on August 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations on the free book, always fun to win something. I love purple and green together too. Looks like you found some treasures for sure.

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      • knitting1105 10:56 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I did! Will show you when you get here.

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    • salpal1 7:17 am on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      good choices! Glad you found Swan’s Island – it’s local to me and I love it. I also love Quince and Co – another Maine company using all USA wool. It’s fun to shop locally!

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      • knitting1105 10:56 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, lucky that you live so close to 2 great yarn companies. Never been to Maine, it is on my list.

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  • knitting1105 1:32 pm on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Knit One, Purl Two 

    Knit one, purl two
    This sweater, my darling,’s for you
    While vigil you‘re keeping through rain and storm
    This sweater will keep you warm
    Purl two, knit one
    Our trials I know have begun
    And while you are fighting each battle through
    My darling, my heart’s with you

    I just left the cot where our little Todd
    In sleep was smiling
    He must have dreamed of you…

    Knit one, purl two
    My darling, whenever I’m blue
    It’s comfort to know that when he’s a man
    He‘ll be glad that his Dad came through
    Knit one, purl two…

     
    • Diane Hamilton 9:16 pm on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Cute, reminds me of the songs Mom and Dad used to listen to.

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