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I Traveled to Argentina

Thu 21 May 2015 05:05pm

Joji, MJ & Ale on the Patio

Joji, me and Ale on the new patio!

I traveled to Argentina to see my friends! And to meet new friends while serving as a group leader for Behind the Scenes Adventures Knitter’s Argentina and Uruguay.

The Family!!

A delicious meal with the family!

I arrived a few days before the group so I could spend time with Joji Locatelli. A knitwear designer extraordinaire and Buenos Aires native, Joji was my city guide, translator, mate instructor, taxi driver, knitting consultant, gaucho pants finder, inspiration and so much more! What an amazing lady…what an amazing friend…I can’t even begin…and her FAMILY!!!! The best, the sweetest!  I felt so welcome and loved that I didn’t want to leave and I can’t wait to return. I also can’t wait to return the favor – I want to show them my Maine!

Patio Planting

Joji’s patio plantings

I was away for over a month. Before heading below the equator, I flew to the west coast of the US to teach a Vogue Knitting Live. Upon my return I briefly visited friends in New York City and then taught at Kent Needle Arts Retreat in Connecticut. I’m still a little travel-charged – and words, particularly written words are not coming out as … poetically…as I might hope. So lets just look at some pretty pictures for the next few days!

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Vogue Knitting Pasadena

Sat 02 May 2015 09:05pm

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Vogue Knitting Live Pasadena – palm trees, swimming pools and knitting. What perfect combination. A special treat, especially after the winter we had in the East.

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Gorgeous student work – Beautiful location – Superb organization – Thank You Vogue Knitting!

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Great energy – I made fantastic new friends and reunited with dear old friends.

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I was especially lucky to be able to visit my friend Kat Coyle’s yarn shop The Little Knittery – a hive activity and creativity. Not only knitting and crochet, Kat offers basic weaving and macrame too.

Next time I’m in California, I stay longer – get a van…a van tricked out with a little salon for knitting, just like yarn rep Mona has – Then I’ll take a road-trip-knitting-tour of the Western States!

PS: Right now I’m in Argentina with Cynthia LeCount Samake’s Behind the Scenes Adventures “Knitter’s Argentina”. I’ll be posting as best I can, though I’m having computer problems…the new “Photos” program keeps crashing. Till I get that sorted out you can follow our trip on my Instagram feed, and also on facebook.

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Knitting Concentric Circles

Mon 06 Apr 2015 02:04pm

Concentric Circles

With National Poetry month on the brain, I started knitting concentric circles after reading a poem by Clifford Franklin Gessler. I started from the center on all of them. The stockinette yellow one began like an Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi Shawl, doubling the number of stitches every fouth round. For the stockinette stitch blue one I was compelled to add spokes so I made paired yarn over increases each side of a single stitch at 7 evenly spaced points. With the garter stitch ones I increased every other round, after every garter ridge. Which is on the first round of a new color for the stripey ones. The first increase round  (k1 , m1) all the way around. For the second increase round  (k2, m1) and so on – one more stitch between make ones on each new increase round. I used a backward loop for the make one, so it would be the correct color and be kind of sneaky. I should have broken the yarn each time I introduced a new color and woven the ends in to make the garter ridges look more concentric. But I was lazy…and in real life they don’t look so bad…though they could all use a little more blocking. And funny thing I just noticed – the light blue one with the spokes, I have an extra yarn over in the second fancy increase round.

Concentric Circles

Cracks in broken windows
Thread out likes spokes from the center where a pebble,
or a bullet struck.
Cross and recross, and spread to the edge of the pane.
Ripples in still water or running water race out in concentric circles from the place where a stone or a body is thrown in.
Ice forms on pools in long thin slivers that knit slowly and close up the gaps till a hard, brittle floor is formed.
Fissures in stones spread slowly, and widen and deepen with the prying of frost.

Thoughts are like all these things

Clifford Franklin Gessler, from Poetry Magazine June 1921
found at PoetryFoundation.org

Yesterday I visited Scarborough beach and watched the beautiful crescent waves.

I brought a little picnic and some knitting, and I stayed a while.

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Knitting Poetry

Wed 01 Apr 2015 04:04pm

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April is National Poetry Month. Inspired by a favorite poem, I knit a little coaster to celebrate the season. I used motif No.52 from my book 150 Scandinavian Motifs. Instead of knitting it stranded, I tried my hand at intarsia. I’m a little rusty and just off the needles it’s a bit bumpy, but I think it will calm down with a nice blocking.

I actually saw a cardinal today, sitting on a branch just outside my window, sweetly singing. The birds are different here in my new home in the city. I am making new friends and learning new songs.

Spring
Pablo Neruda

The bird has come
to give the light:
from each trill of his
water is born.

And between water and light that unroll the air
now the spring is inaugurated,
now the seed knows that it has grown,
the root is portrayed in the corolla,
at last the eye lids of the pollen unclose.

All this was done by a simple bird
from a green branch.

 

La Primavera
Pablo Neruda

El párajo ha venido
a dar la luz:
de cada trino suyo
nace el agua

Y entre agua y luz que el aire desarrollan
ya está la primavera inaugurada,
ya sabe la semilla que ha crecido,
la raíz se retrata en la corola,
se abren por fin los párpados del polen.

Todo lo hizo un pájaro sencillo
desde una rama verde.

What’s your favorite spring poem?

You want this book! 
Full Woman, Fleshy Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Harper Collins
ISBN 0-06-092877-8

For the coaster I used Quince & Co. Lark yarn. In egret, delft and leek. More specs on my Ravelry  page.

 

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