Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Fallow Times

We've been getting ready for the holidays; all the decorations are up and the Thanksgiving meals have been had.
Over this past weekend, while we were home tucked into our family's cozy homes, I finished up the pattern for a new set of mittens to match Fallow, the cowl I'm hoping to make available in December.

I was so excited to photograph my friend and fellow knitter Jacqueline in a pair of green mitts knit in gorgeous Sanguine Gryphon yarn.   We braved the snow flurries and extreme winds and still found a brief moment of magic.

I also got to snap some photos of my sister wearing the full version of the mittens.   How much do I want her coat?  

 I may have even gotten my husband involved while he decorated the porch...

I'm hoping these mittens that I made by request will be the perfect companion to Fallow

 I’ll learn to love the fallow way
When winter draws the valley down
And stills the rivers in their storm
And freezes all the little brooks
Time when our steps slow to the song
Of falling flakes and crackling flames
When silver stars are high and still
Deep in the velvet of the night sky

 The crystal time the silence times
I’ll learn to love their quietness
While deep beneath the glistening snow
The black earth dreams of violets
I’ll learn to love the fallow way

 I’ll learn to love the fallow way
When all my colors fade to white
And flying birds fold back their wings
Upon my anxious wonderings
The sun has slanted all her rays
Across the vast and harvest plains
My memories mingle in the dawn
I dream a joyful vagabonds

The crystal times the silence times
I’ll learn to love their quietness
When deep beneath the glistening snow
The black earth dreams in of violets
I’ll learn to love the fallow times
No drummer comes across the plains
To tell of triumph or of pain
No word far off battle’s cry
To draw me out or draw me nigh
I’ll learn to love the fallow way

I’ll learn to love the fallow way
And gather in the patient fruits
And after autumns blaze and burn
I’ll know the full still, deep roots
That nothing seem to know or need
That crack the ice in frozen ponds
And slumbering in winter’s folds
Have dreams of green and blue and gold
I’ll learn to love the fallow way
And listening for blossoming
Of my own heart once more in spring

As sure as time, as sure as snow
As sure as moonlight, wind and stars
The fallow time will fall away
The sun will bring an April day
And I will yield to Summer’s way

The Fallow Way  by Judy Collins

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Chill Has Set In!

Well the chill has definitely set in and things have been busy busy around our house.
I have a few new designs off the needles that bring some gorgeous and fun drama!
I've been working a lot with gorgeous Malabrigo yarns lately and have been working quite a bit with the chunkiest of them! 
I think that chunky yarns don't get enough exposure in garment wear.  I find that if knit at the appropriate gauge and with the appropriate shaping, they can be quite flattering, not to mention snuggly warm and quick to knit up!

Fresh off my needles and currently in the test knit/ tech edit phase of it's little life is Wilde and it's mini version Wilde Child.   Both use the glorious Malabrigo Rasta and get only 1.5 stitches to the inch!   Dramatic, fairytale like and functional are key!

Another chunky themed, quick knit is Selkie, which I created using Malabrigo Chunky yarns.  Again, another high impact piece with function and folklore at it's core.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Just a Saturday

It's been the most beautiful day today and I'm sitting here having a cocktail with the husband listening to the amazing Alison Krauss.  I am always transported by this haunting song.  Music like this paints pictures in my head and often times is the backdrop for my artwork and even knitting.

 This song is included on a playlist that I made today for the next bonfire we'll be having out on the farm where I grew up.  Every month, my brothers, sister, husband, friends and I try to get together for a night out in the country, watching the stars, listening to good's pure perfection.

In the meantime, today I knit up a little hat I'm calling Falling Stars because the stitch pattern of the brim reminds me of twinkling stars...the kind we lay out on the hay wagon and watch.


I've also been working on a comfortable design for my wee one.   She needed something for the fall and I wanted something that is a little en vogue right now, so chose a comfy "grandpa" sweater with a shawl collar.  The design is simple with straight lines and an easy knit, but I included a bit of short row shaping  and a fun little detail at the back to give in an "English Storybook" feel and I am really pleased with the overall outcome. 

She let me take these cute little photos of her, then we came inside on the chilly day to make some yummy oatmeal cookies.  Sometimes it's a bit of a disaster to let your kids be creative in the kitchen, there are eggshells on the floor and mess to clean up afterwards, but this photo captures every reason why I let my children be as creative as they want.....because they are learning and they are creating..something my parents always let me do.  As a "housewife" it's easy for me to get wrapped up in cleanliness sometimes, but as a mom, I always try to remember that it these aren't just messes....they are moments......

  And as always, I've been spinning my little heart out.  This time, I've been spinning something for a fellow Ravelry friend.  I love spinning for myself, but there is something that is just so satisfying about spinning something and gifting it to someone.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

School Days

Well, it's that time of year again and my girl has started first grade.  She's so excited to be back at school and this year she clearly has no jitters. 

While she's been away, I've been trying to wrap up the last few designs of the year so that I can take my fall and winter off with the hopes of potty training my tiny dancer.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Few New Things

It's been quite awhile since I last posted.  This summer has been just full of fun and activity with my little girls, looking for bugs, running through the sprinkler and trying to stay cool during this hot, hot summer.

I've been working on a few new things.  Here are a few of them

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Silk Dyeing

This past weekend I was down in IL visiting family and I had the pleasure of taking a silk dyeing class at a lovely little shop called Esther's Place

I am very happy with the way my 2 scarves turned out.  I gifted one to a friend and plan to use the other tied up around my ponytail this summer!

Dandelions!  =)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

My Flowers

I just thought I'd post a few pictures of some of the flowers I have planted around my house.  Random, I know, but it's hard to have them all popping up around me and not want to share!

My youngest has an obsession with the scent of peonies!

She just can't stop smelling them!