As knitters, it seems that we are programmed for using our craft to make the world a better place. Knitting chemo caps, hats and mittens for the homeless, blankets for women in domestic violence shelters, sweaters for penguins, purple hats for babies, helmet liners for soldiers, "knockers" for mastectomy patients. The list of charitable knitting … Continue reading Knitting for Good
I've just finished a long project (like any good knitter, I kept finding other projects to do) that was a true work of love. My college roommate, Mary Frances, aka Muffin, asked me to copy her lifetime Christmas stocking for her new grandson and daughter-in-love. I had no pattern but assumed that I could copy … Continue reading Ho! Ho! Ho! No More UFO!
A BIG wind came through Maine and New England last weekend. Some places reported 75 mph wind gusts. We didn't have nearly that type of wind but we did experience 20+ mph sustained winds from directly across the lake. Wind and rain belted our house! If you haven't heard, there were half a million homes … Continue reading Power-less
My daughter was married on September 30th in New York. It was a perfect weekend spent with my family and now-extended family, too. When a family grows by birth or by marriage, it is a time to count your blessings and celebrate life. I counted my blessings so many times that weekend. I'm grateful for … Continue reading My Daughter’s Wedding
Back in July 1972 my parents sent me to Maine to a sleep-away girls camp called Medokawanda. I had no way to know how much I would grow to love this camp and the people associated with it over the next four summers. It doesn't hurt that I happened to meet my future husband there. (Bonus!) … Continue reading A Return to Camp and Belonging
I've had this vest in my WIP pile (actually a pile of project bags full of future projects and projects half-done) forEVER! I love the first version of this vest so much that I've encouraged a couple of my knitting students to give it a try AND I cast another one for myself on back … Continue reading Vaill Island Vest Version 2
I can't believe that I've not written a post since Father's Day! Yikes! I didn't realize how busy I've been ... or how I've totally neglected my blog! We have had visitors a couple of times. My aunt and cousin and his family came for a visit from the other coast. We had a hoot … Continue reading Busy Busy (Queen) Bee
On this father's day, I celebrate my dear old dad. He lived a "charmed" life but even lives of the very fortunate have some heart ache. My grandmother had a "nervous breakdown" after my grandfather passed away. The children were divided up amongst friends of the family while she was institutionalized. Her heart was broken. … Continue reading Fathers’ Day or Father’s Day?
' This is the view from my studio chair this evening. I love when the shore across the lake is all lit up in the afternoon. It really is magnificent. Today was a good day. Good morning, good day at work, happy to be home and then this view when I looked out the window. … Continue reading Life is Good!
I joined a knitting challenge this year. It is called "A Year of Techniques" with Arnall-Culliford Knitwear and Mason-Dixon Knitting. Twelve months of technique-improving knitting projects. As a knitting teacher, it's always fun to try something new. If I can master a new technique, I can share it with my students, too! I am already … Continue reading A Year of Techniques