Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Colorwork Meditation #3

Nature morte à la guitare (rideaux rouge), 1938
Still Life with Guitar (red curtains), 1938

"The white canvas -- it is like a layer of dust that covers up the real painting.  It's just a matter of cleaning it.  I have a little brush to clear away the blue, another for the red, and another brush for the green.  And when I've finished cleaning, the picture is all there."  ~  Georges Braque

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Previous Colorwork Meditation: #2 (O'Keeffe)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Some Things I Like

I like knitting lace... even lace swatches.

I like photos of knitted lace with flowers.

The lace... a remnant of old.

The flowers... here for a season.

Both (profoundly) beautiful...

(Some of these bits of lace may be appearing in future posts.)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Colorwork Meditation #2

Petunias, 1925

"Whether the flower or the color is the focus I do not know.  I do know the flower is painted large to convey my experience with the flower - and what is my experience if it is not the color."    ~  Georgia O'Keeffe

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Previous Colorwork Meditation: #1 (Hoffman)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Yesterday Was...

Officially called the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.
It happens every October at the Duchess County Fairgrounds
in Rhinebeck, New York.

My purchases.

My knitting for the day.

A wonderful way to spend a Sunday with many of my knitting friends

 and many thousands of like minded individuals.
How was your weekend?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Colorwork Meditation #1

The Gate, 1959-60

"Colors must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel."   Hans Hoffman

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Monday, October 15, 2012

"Like Eating Candy"

I have been a knitting teacher for some time now.

I have morphed from teaching beginner knitting at my local Michaels Arts & Crafts store to teaching, well, harder stuff, ("whatever you want to teach"), at the very best ever LYS in the Wyoming Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Gosh Yarn It!

This month I am teaching a two-session class on "two-handed stranded colorwork".  It is a lot easier to say "Fair Isle" which is a slight misnomer as you may read about here.  The class project is my own "Equilibrium Cowl" which I originally designed with the idea of teaching a two-session class on this type of colorwork.  Here is a lovely photo taken by Ann for Gosh Yarn It!

© Ann Ross, Gosh Yarn It!

I would say (and I did say it once before on this blog) that colorwork is at the tippy top of my favorite things to teach.  During class last Saturday, one of my students remarked, "I am loving this knitting with color so much!  It's like eating candy!"  She added, "If I did not have an engagement party to go to later, I would sit and do this for the rest of the day."

How very happy that made me!

I also have a favorite comment from an Equilibrium project page on Ravelry.  This is from OPKnitter "There are some patterns that make you smile when you knit them. This is one of those."

How very happy that made me! 

It is fantastic to share my own joy in working stranded colorwork!

© Knitscene, Interweave Press
Though KNITSCENE ACCESSORIES 2012 is no longer available on newsstands, it may still be purchased online.  This page has links for purchasing both the digital (.pdf) and print (back order) issues from the Interweave Store.  "Equilibrium" is just one of thirty-three amazing accessory patterns, any of which would be great for holiday gift knitting.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Also from John

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”
                                                         ~  John Lennon

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Midweek Meditation

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."    
                                                 ~  John Lennon, born October 9, 1940

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Midweek Meditation

Pierre Bonnard - Garden 1935

"The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible."

"Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly." 

                                      ~  Pierre Bonnard, born October 3, 1867

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