Monday, May 29, 2006

Here I am --again!

Considering my abyssmal track record as a blogger, I am pleased to be back on site. Besides, a dear blogger friend of mine asked to see my wools (from Portland) and I finished the baby sweater, so here I am.

First, the finished object:
This is for my husband's niece who is about to have her second baby - first son. I found the wool about 2 years ago - in Italy. It's a soft blue with a little white fleck. This pattern is a result of my having a talk with myself about my reliance on patterns. I tend to follow them slavishly. Very silly when you think that I've been knitting since I was 8 years old. I'm constantly challenging myself to use my common sense and stop relying on some dumb pattern. So I did here. I just took a basic pattern - cast on the correct number of suggestged stitches and then had my way with it. It's nothing novel but it's a step in the right direction of self-trust.

On Memorial Day weekend, I decided to attend a few local memorial day parades. We have a little house in Ct. about 45 mins. from the Berkshires. Considering it's only 2 hrs. from Manhattan, it's remarkably countrified. Lots of local farms and lovely old houses. I never attend the annual parades - not being much of a parade type. It seems as if everyone knows everyone else and I just tend to wander and look and listen. I'm not much of a joiner. but this year, I decided I wanted to look at small town patriotism - up close. So I went to 2 parades! Here are some pictures of what the Northeast (and Northwest Ct.) does to celebrate Memorial Day.

Here are some pictures of a few of my recent yarn finds. These are brands I can't get here. Both are currently only available in Portland Oregon. One is dyed and marketed by a local weaver who has an eye for fiber and color that is beyond beautiful. I fell so in love with her materials that I tracked her down and inviited her to visit us here in NY. She's coming! and I'm thrilled. Needless to say, there's lots for her to see and wait til some of my knitterly friends see her - and her wonderful fibers!

Take a look:

Finally, here's something that I just fell in love with. They are a pair of crocheted gloves - I don't know how old or new - I found them in an antique store in Bend, Oregon. They are fillet crochet - and two toned! I love them enough to frame them - and I will - in a shadow box. I collect small samples of things that are dear to my heart and this one qualifies!


Anonymous Bonnie said...

Those gloves make me want to find a little red car and drive fast.....very fast! They are gorgeous!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Evelina said...

what a great find! i wish i could crochet, beacuse they warrant many a replica... :)

7:14 PM  

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