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What a simple idea, to represent a strong political statement.
I made several. These 7 were sent to DC with my husband and daughter:
Here are the hats preparing to head to the walk (with their wearers also):
And, my beautiful daughter at this Historic event:
A sea of pink hats in DC. What an amazing statement that a group of crafters and social media can make.
Meanwhile, after sending these off, I had 3 more that I needed to make, in a short time:
These made their way to the Chicago march with 2 of my best buddies:
The photos from around the world are amazing. Pink ribbons of Chicago:
Hear us roar. It has just begun.
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The second of my 3 book reviews, it will be a fairly short written piece. This is a very comprehensive book on the art of Selbuvotter mittens, over 300 pages of history, charts, graphs and photographs. The only unfortunate part is that it is written in Norwegian, with no English translation, so the history component is lost on me. However, the charts for knitting speak a Universal Language, and I will just let some of the photos speak for themselves.
I love the fact that the traditional mittens are all in B&W. The book shows inspiration from snowflakes to horns to flowers and how they were interpreted. It would be nice if the book were printed in English one day, I think that the audience would increase greatly. The beauty of knitting though is, a chart is universal.
Again, printed in Norway, with a ribbon bookmark attached. Definitely a great library resource.
Prior to Christmas, I ordered 3 very special books for myself from Schoolhouse Press. After watching the videos of Meg Swanson describing many of the new books that they had in the shop, I was really smitten with 3 of them. And, I had a 20% off coupon to boot! I will review each book separately.
The first book, Lithuanian Knitting, Continuing Traditions, was a 7 year journey for Donna Druchunas, whose family originally came from Lithuania. A few years back, I had the pleasure of taking classes from Donna, and this inspired me to also purchase the book. The Baltic region history and knitting history have intrigued me since taking a class with Nancy Bush on Estonian Knitting. The other author is June Hall, she is from England and focuses on rare sheep breeds. This is one of the few heady knitting books that I sat and read cover to cover. I enjoyed the history, the Baltic countries have been occupied so much of their time, and only recently got their independence from the USSR, and the interest in their heritage has been growing since. One fact that has haunted me since reading this was that prior to WWII, 1/2 of the Lithuanian population was Jewish – 90% of them were slaughtered during WWII, a higher percentage than any other country in the world. That gives me great pause in this tumultuous time.
The book contains lots of great photos, and maps. It takes you through the history of Lithuania and the fiber arts, the heritage sheep breeds, and then the various areas of the country and knitting traditions. Not knowing the language, nor the country, it was sometimes hard for me to follow and get a handle on distances. I loved the ribbon bookmark, and the fact that the book is printed in Lithuania. Also contained within the book are 25 individual patterns from different regions for gloves, mittens, socks, wrist warmers. A couple of them have piqued my interest.
Making mittens and/or socks with this fringe is on my list:
And the graphics are really fun, each chapter has a ball of yarn on the left hand lower corner with the page number, it then follows across to a garment that continues to be “knit up” during the course of that chapter. It is much like a flip-book of a garment under construction in the corners.
If I had any criticisms, it would be that the flow of writing is not smooth. I could definitely tell the difference between Donna and June’s writing styles, I must say that I preferred Donna’s voice, June’s felt folksy at times I think that the editor should have done a better job of coalescing the 2 together. That said, a great book to have in your personal library!
No, not a countdown to New Years Eve, but rather a countdown of needle sizes to find the one that works best.
This Christmas I gave Dan 14 skeins of yarn. A brilliant gift, that gives back. (Plus I had a $50 Gift Certificate, it was also 20% off, so a great bargain as well). This yarn has been on my wish list to knit with. It is Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, the color is Birdbook (not sure exactly what that means).
The sheep are all American, and it is processed in the US as well. And soft to boot. Here is the story of the sheep from Wyoming, and the yarn processed in New Hampshire.
The yarn is a soft woolen spun :
The distinctive character of Targhee-Columbia wool shines in Shelter, our versatile medium-weight yarn. Shelter is woolen spun, meaning the fibers remain in a lofty jumble that traps air and offers remarkable warmth and lightness. Its two plies are gently twisted to preserve that buoyant quality, so Shelter is a little more delicate than most commercial yarns. Woolen-spun yarns are also more adaptable in gauge, as they can compress to a dense sport weight or bloom to cohere as a gauzy fabric when worked on large needles. Shelter has a dry, soft hand and a faintly rustic nature; woolen spinning sometimes results in slightly thinner or thicker sections, and you’ll find the occasional fleck of vegetable matter that proves our wool is never treated with harsh chemicals. Garments knit from Shelter achieve their full beauty after a wet blocking, as each stitch relaxes and bonds with its neighbors to produce an even, light, plush fabric with a halo. You shouldn’t notice any change in gauge. Shelter is designed to be a workhorse yarn that invites cables, ribbing, textured stitch motifs, open work, plain stockinette and garter stitch. We think it’s ideal for sweaters of every variety, winter accessories, and blankets.
The green tweed is lovely, but I really wanted to make sure that Dan liked it as well, which he did. Gauge on this yarn says 20 sts/4″ with size 7 needles. I started with that, but it was so loose and sloppy that I tore it out, it probably would have been good to keep as an example. Then I progressively went d0own in needle size, I was thinking that eventually the fabric would just become too dense, but it didn’t.
Size 6 was still wonky, with large gaps between the rows.
Size 5 was getting better, but not the fabric drape that I was looking for.
Amazingly enough, size 4 was a perfect fit. 18 sts/4″.
All the time while working these swatches, I was thinking that I wanted to make a sweater using the English Tailoring method that I had learned in a couple of Vogue Knitting Live classes from Julie Weisenberger, aka cocoknits.
I chose the pattern Antonia/Antonio. This pattern has a gauge of 18 sts/ 4″, a perfect fit. I was prepared however to adjust the sizing once I got the fabric density correct. I am not sure who could get the gauge of 20 sts/ 4″ with this yarn on size 7 needles.
The sweater starts at the top and is knit down with no seams. I will add hidden pockets to this, and most likely a bit longer in the torso, as Dan is fairly tall. A brilliant gift if you ask me, this makes gift giving so much more pleasurable. Plus I can try it on him as I go.
I saw this Nativity scene in a local store and couldn’t resist.
A felted Christmas! How appropriate for a fiber artist.
I love the simplicity of the figures, the blank faces remind me of the Amish dolls.
And how could one resits these 2 guys?
Best part is that I mulled it over for a couple of days, and when I returned, they were on sale!
I am not religious, but I do love the nativity scenes.
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:
Buttons in antique glass jars:
File drawers, with neatly organized pattern books:
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.
Those couple of boxes still needing a proper home:
Which is why there is always a little red comfort nearby:
The beauty of My Querencia is that it can travel with me, bringing peace, calmness and creativity wherever I go. What is your Querencia?
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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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