Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time to knit

When the air turn a bit colder and the leaves start to change color, my hands want to knit.

Either I pull out a project that has been in hibernation over the warm summer months or I contemplate casting on something new.  My yarn stash comes down from the shelf, a book or two comes out of the cabinet and needles are pulled from storage.

My mind fills with wonderful knitting possibilities.  A fresh tote is pulled from my overflowing collection, perfect for the start of fall and winter knitting.  This year it is a canvas book bag from my daughter's Bat Mitzvah. Printed on it's front, in purple, is a retro bowling girl.

Sometimes skeins need to be wound.  Though I own a winder and swift, I often choose to sit on the couch and slowly wind the yarn into a tight round ball.  One that will torment me for the entire project as it rolls across the floor and under the couch, unfurling along the way. Frustrated, I'll chase it down, wind again and keep knitting.

When the weather turns very cold, I'll knit every night.  My fingers staying warm with the completion of each stitch.  The click, click of my needles will be the ambient playlist of winter.

I may or may not finish this project by April, when the air turns warmer and the sun shines bright.  The project will be then be packed up, hopefully with notes, to be continued later that year.

And so, the cycle continues with thread that runs from one season to the next.

xoxo.  happy stitching.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Promise Me One Thing

Pink, Orange, Hobnail.  Perfect.
Recently Mitch and I spent a day in NYC.  We walked the streets and took in the sights and sounds of one of my favorite places on Earth.  Seriously.  I'm not exaggerating.  I absolutely love NYC.

After an amazing meal at a little restaurant on the Lower East Side, we realized we needed chocolate.  So we hopped out of the Lyft and made our way to a convenience store across the street from our hotel.

The options were amazing.  Far more than you would ever find in a Wawa or CVS.  Again, this is why I love NYC.

Anyway, I made my choice based on the color of the wrapping.  It was Pink.  I couldn't resist.

Ritter Sport.  Quite Tasty.
We went back out into the city heat and waited to cross the street.  As we were crossing, Mitch turned to me and said,

"Promise me one thing.  Always be yourself."

"What?" I asked, a bit surprised.

"Always be you.  Don't try to be someone else.  Just be Marisa."

All the LOVE for Heather Ross.

Monday, July 02, 2018

EPP Community Love

One of the great joys of my life has been the discovery of the English Paper Piecing community.  Many many years ago I decided to teach myself the technique but without a group of like-minded stitchers, my interest quickly faded.

It wasn't until I spotted Willyne Hamerstein's book Millefiori at Alewives in Damariscotta, ME that I again decided to give EPP a try.  With a bit of investigation I found blog posts, youtube videos and lots and lots of Instagram photos to get me started.

Over 2 years ago the EPP Club at Pennington Quilt Works was born.  Many of the original members still join me each month to share their progress, offer support to other stitchers and enjoy the company of other creative women (so far we have no men).

The block above is the Brimfield Block, a quilt pattern designed by the talented duo of Brimfield Awakening.  It was a treat to sew with my Liberty fabric stash - many more projects are on the horizon.

Happy Stitching!