Update! Wildflowers Cap is available for individual purchase. Here:
You may have already heard the news, one of my favorite people in the world, Carrie Bostick Hoge, has started a new bi-annual magazine for knitters and makers called Making. In her own words, she describes the impulse for her new endeavor:
“The act of making helps to connect us to the past, knowing that many craft skills were practiced daily out of necessity. We also connect to our present, as we stop to slow down and enjoy the work at hand, leaving behind the stress of our busy days. And, possibly at the heart of our creations, is the future. As the sweater we knit or the blanket we quilt becomes an heirloom for our family to use, enjoy, and pass down to the next generation. Circling back and tying us to the past. All these connections are equally important and help to bring meaning and value to the beauty and utility we make.”
Making future heirlooms, but really who cares if the result is perfect, we’re actually making future memories! Live your making in the moment.
I’m so lucky to have been able to contribute to the first issue, Flora. I made the Wildflowers Cap seen above. The spring comes late in Maine, and the first flowers are little blue ones. I chose a traditional stylized Scandinavian floral motif, one of my favorites. I love how it looks so modern, yet the beauty of the yarn brings the feeling of something you’ve always had in the closet…The yarn is Fancy Tiger Craft’s Heirloom Romney …
There’s a great selection of knitting patterns in the magazine all beautifully photographed by Carrie. I love how she paired my hat with her own Branches and Buds, a yoked pullover.
But besides knitting there’s quilting, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, block printing, needle felting and even flower crown making! We all need a flower crown sometimes!
All of these things take time, and we need to take the time. Even if we just look at the pretty pictures, it’s nice to take the time for ourselves. It makes us more able to take time with others if we’ve relaxed with just our self. This is a lesson I had to learn the hard way!
You can buy individual copies through the new Making website, hurry before they sell out! I heard the first batch will ship very very soon!
FLORA, the Spring issue, includes knit designs by Carrie Bostick Hoge, Susan B. Anderson, Hannah Fettig, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Melissa LaBarre, Cecily Glowik MacDonald, and Dawn Catanzaro.
Other contributions from Kristine Vejar, Carolyn Friedlander, Anna Graham, Alicia Paulson, Cal Patch, Kim Hamlin, Eliza Jane Curtis, Hillary Lang, Beatrice Perron Dahlen, Lori Ann Graham, Nicole Dupuis, David Iovino, and Trey Hughes.
A stellar crew!!!!