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Community - be part of it

Community - be part of it

This past weekend I came across an interesting article by Jenny Anderson.   She talked about her brother who had given up the glamour of life in New York City and settled his family in boring small town suburbia.  What was this drab life of little league and kid parties, compared with the exciting urban world of museums, galleries, and theater?  She admittedly looked down on his choices  a bit.  At least until her brother's struggle and eventual death from cancer.

What she found was that her brother had thrived in a community that he had built for himself and his family. He had built his community literally, through his work as an architect, and figuratively, through his involvement with his more

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You're an interesting woman

You're an interesting woman

I love Peruvian Connection, a catalog of beautiful art knits inspired by a variety of global textiles.  The garments are usually hand knit by local artisans who earn a fair trade wage for their work. Stranded, intarsia,and jacquard knits in bold colors and gorgeous graphics, they are not inexpensive, nor would you expect them to be.  They’re art, after all, and worth every penny.

Their most recent email had the subject line “You’re an interesting woman…more

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Never stop learning

Never stop learning
Amazing.  That's how I describe the weekend with Tanis Gray.  So often designers of this caliber are not the best teachers.  Some teachers are not even the best teachers.  Tanis, however, is not only a talented, prolific, and celebrated designer, but a wonderful and generous teacher, and a warm and genuine person.  It was a pleasure to get to know her, to watch her teach, and to learn from her.  As students were leaving Sunday, I heard them all thank Tanis and say how much they'd enjoyed the class and how much they had learned.  Ginni and I chatted afterwards about how these women, some of whom have been knitting more Continue reading

Letting go of fear

Letting go of fear

As I was going through this whole planning and goal setting process that I mentioned last week, I came across an interesting question that I had to answer in order to complete the plan.  It asked, What are you afraid of?

Afraid? Me? Really? Wait a minute.  I'm a grown up.  I'm the one who looks under the bed to check for monsters.  Grown-ups aren't afraid of anything, are we?  Or are we? The truth is that everyone, at some level, is afraid of the unknown.  more

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It's a practice

It's a practice
We had a wonderful day Sunday practicing mindfulness in knitting, yoga, all lots of other ways.  Mindfulness is really just being present in the moment and experiencing right now without thinking or worrying about the past or the future.  Sounds simple, but it's amazing how hard it can be to stay focused.  There I was knitting away on one of my favorite yarns in my absolute favorites color.  I'm making a throw with mitered squares.  The pattern is easy but not boring, and I really love working it.  It should have been a breeze for me to focus on the yarn and the colors and be in the moment with my beautiful project.  But my mind kept wandering - what else could I make with this yarn?  What other patterns would look good in mitered squares?  I was all over the place more Continue reading

Your brain on knitting

Your brain on knitting

Sally Melville, is one wise woman. A pioneering knitwear designer, Sally's mantra is "knit what you wear and wear what you knit"  I love the way she teaches, the way she writes, and the way she thinks.  She spent a number of years at Canada's University of Waterloo teaching study skills and she has done some wonderful work on learning and remembering.  In studying how to study, one of the things she more

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The Celebrity

The Celebrity

I don't know any celebrities, and if I did, they probably wouldn't stay at my house, but I can imagine what it would be like if they did stay at my house.  High excitement and drama, plenty of glitz and glam, lavish over-the-top events, an endless array of rich food, too much alcohol, and a complete disconnect from the real world.  That's exactly how I see the holidays.  They are like my imaginary celebrity friend.  I can't wait till she gets here, am thrilled by the visit, and when it's time for her to go, I am ready to say goodbye.  The thrill of it all can be quite overwhelming, and I breath a deep sigh of relief as we take down the more

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Taking stock of 2018

A new year is all about taking stock. At the shop, we do it with inventory as we count each and every skein of yarn, bag, needle, and notion. It's a huge job that takes 8 people all day, and I'm always glad when it's over. As painful as inventory is, I'm always glad to have done it because an accurate count gives everyone a more Continue reading

Knitting as active rest

Knitting as active rest

Meet Malcolm, our new puppy.  We were very lucky to find  him, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving we brought home an 8 week old bundle of cuddles and happiness.  I still miss my Dorey every day, but this little guy is working very hard to fill the hole in my  heart.  He is also working very hard to learn the secrets of my knitting bag and understand why it fascinates me.  He already knows more

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Parenting your yarn

Parenting your yarn

I had lunch in Baltimore with my sister, Janet, last week.  A fabulous artist, she took me to a little restaurant inside the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM).  There was a show in the museum called Parenting, an Art without a Manual.  The show featured 36 different artists and dozens of different media.  Each artist presented his or her own experience of being a parent, or being a child, and all the ways there are to approach those complicated relationships.  There were some lovely celebrations of warm happy childhoods, and there were some exhibits that were really sad and kind of disturbing.  It makes you realize just how hard parenting is, especially since babies don't come with very good more

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