Monday, February 06, 2006

Happy New, New Year - If you're a Dog, that is!

Wow! That was a quick New Year, wouldn't you say? Last time I looked up, I was wishing my few but dedicated readers a Happy New Year. Now, here I am at it again! Never mind that it is the New Year of another culture. This is the year of the Dog! And what a dog I have been (not in appearance, i hope) for not writing sooner. Some of my fellow bloggers write so religiously that I feel guilty even calling myself a blogger since I can't hope to compare myself to their dedication and good work habits. Nonetheless, here I am - nothing if not dogged!

Last time, it was a travel odyssey that obsessed and delayed me. This time it's been work-related. A project with tough deadlines, a trade show and a professional problem of sorts have all kept me preoccupied and not particulary interested in writing. Yet, here I am, again. Hat in hand, needles in tow, to write of a new adventure.

I have been assisting a client with a new project. Namely, the opening of Knity City, a neat and cozy knitting store on the upper west side of manhattan. The store opened a month ago, and it's been gang-busters ever since. I work behind the scenes on buying and marketing the store and its events. Anyone who lives in NY, should give it a go-see. We are working on the web-site development and I'll have a link to share in the not too distant future. Knitty City is located at 208 w. 79th St., between amsterdam and broadway.
Knitting wise, I continue to work on the Hanne Falkenberg. It's as if I'm knitting a life - and, in many ways, we all do. This life is long, tedious at times, beautiful and bright - like my own. The Falkenberg is an odyssey and a study in tenacity. Thank goodness I like to knit so much and that I also like to see return on investment. I hope to finish it by next month.

I have also replaced my camera's batteries so I am now in a position to share with you the odyssey that Hanne calls "Mermaid". She's named that, I would guess, since she has a little flare at the bottom - don't we all? This picture shows her flat and all laid out. She's knitted side to side and since she's on size 0 needles, it's been a bit of a haul. I still have to do her sleeves. The lighting in my diniing room doesn't do justice to her lovely coloring.

Talking about lovely, if you seen the book Knitting out of Africa, grab it. I think it's going to be one of the hottest and most important books of the season - and it's sure to be a collector's item.

In the meantime, I'm also knitting a rug. The pattern is from The Knitted Rug - logical, wouldn't you say. It's made with heavy thick yarn and since I'm doing it on needles that are a tat small for the thickness of the yarn, it's as dense as a liar's conscience. Nonetheless (love that word!), it's coming along and presents a nice change of pace from the size 0 needles that the Falkenberg requires.

Speaking of flare, I am thrilled beyond measure to tell you that Mason Dixon's new knitting book is off the press. Take a look at it at their website: Some may call me biased and while it's true that I am not completely objective regarding this book (a design of mine made the cut), I think it's safe to say that I am not the only one singing its praises. Clara Parkes ( also talks it up, big-time, on her zine, and I am being as objective as humanly possible when I say that this book is anything but another knitting book. I have already pre-ordered 3 copies for myself, and another bunch for the store since I know they will be in demand.

Today is the first full snow storm of the the winter season here in NY. Here are some pictures
taken from my bedroom window, my back deck and my living room window. I am blessed to live on a very old, very beautiful street in the middle of manhattan and the trees pay homage to the architecture as a rule, but today, the weather pays homage to the trees by decking them out in their lovliest christening gowns!

Write, tell me you forgive me for being non-communicative and I'll send you an update on Magellan's recent travels. This time with his daughter to China. (He missed his plane home but it really wasn't his fault - and I have pictures of the warriors of Xian for anyone interestesd.)

Love to all - and, in closing, here's to another holiday: Happy Valentine's Day from me - and this lovely.


Blogger alltangledup said...

please tell more about hubby's china trip... and I would love to visit this new yarn store in NY. Your mermaid is looking lovely

3:55 PM  
Blogger K.T. said...

We could never be mad with you! Mermaid is beautiful!

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Becca said...

It's great to have you back online ... beautiful work, btw, and I am eager to find the books you recommend.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Mary deB said...

I'm glad to hear whatever you want to tell us! Notice that I didn't discover your new post for 2 weeks... We are all busy with one thing and another. I just got back from a Paris trip, but all safe and sound on the public transit! No big adventures.
The Mermaid looks great!

7:26 AM  

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