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Sunday, May 12, 2013

I AM

I am a hand knitter.

Sometimes I feel I should call myself a Fibre Artist because it sounds more important than knitter. I do other fiber arts.  I rug hook, Embroider, crochet, sew... But the craft I feel most at home doing is knitting.
I love the way the yarn slips through my fingers and become a fabric that is most often utilitarian.  I love the creation of the utilitarian beauty of knit fabric.
I know you can get the same kind of result with sewing. But I don't enjoy it the same way.  Possibly the reason I enjoy embroidery is the hands on feel of fabric and thread.

Hand  knitting and hand embroidery and rug hooking for that matter are all slow crafts. I can feel and watch the colours grow and come into being.  It is almost as if my hands are magic and I can make them create a vision that was once only in my head.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Candle Cozies

Can't wait to try this at night on the deck. I think I should plan a summer party don't you?

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Spring Outing

On May 2nd DH, DD and I did a morning outing to a local stand of woods called Thickson Woods.  It is a spring ritual to go down there and have a look at the current year's baby owls. 
I didn't manage to get a photo of them with my basic camera.
My DDaughter though brought her big ass lens and got a fairly good shot of one of them.  I am always in awe of my daughter's photographic skills.

I think this is the shot I got of the owl....hmmm....Nope..... Nice foliage though!
I did get a few shots I like.  Usually what I am attracted to is the textures of nature.  I am always trying to figure out how to translate the textures into knitting.
 As you can guess I am usually looking down at the forest floor while everyone is peering up into the trees.
These look like little shells on the moss but they are actually little paper wasp nests. 
Every year the Fern Fiddle Heads fascinate me.
 On occasion I do look up.  What an amazing Spring sky!
And what amazing company!

I am just so glad Spring has finally arrived!