Monday, June 3, 2013

Is it Almost Summer Already??

Wow!!! I can hardly believe it's June already! And what a spring it has been! Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of spring is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and this year was no exception! It was an absolute blast!! I took my son and my oldest daughter with me this year, and we all had a fabulous time. 
When I saw that Maggie Casey was teaching a class this year, I decided it was time for me to sign up and dive in. I took a 2-day class, Spinning 101, and the word amazing hardly comes close to describing the experience. First, I was fortunate enough to be in the class with 15 fabulous ladies who each contributed to the fun, learning and laughs. But to learn from Maggie, in person, is an experience not to be missed if you ever have the opportunity. In her soothing, calm voice she was able to guide us from the cleaned, raw fleece on the floor to some beautiful skeins of yarn...the first skeins for some of the students! Even having spun before, I found the lessons and techniques I learned have made me a much better spinner and more importantly, more confident. If you can't get to one of her classes, I highly recommend her DVD (or video download) Start Spinning. It captures the class in a video context, and Is probably the single DVD that I learned from. 
Following right on the heels of MDSW was the LI Fleece and Fiber Fair. I didn't even know we had one out here, let alone that I could purchase home grown fleece!  (some angora, icelandic and alpaca might have come home with me. I ain't sayin') I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to demonstrate spinning, combing and carding at the festival, along with several other members of the Spinning Study Group of LI. And even more fortunate, the flooding rain held off until just after the festival ended on Saturday. (I did feel horrible for the folks who went on Sunday which was just a total washout!)
That Sunday, though, I participated in the annual Knit-a-thon at my LYS The Village Knitter benefitting YAI. I am truly blessed to have this amazing LYS nearby, with the amazing owners and knitters that meet there. The event was a stunning success and raised more that $1400 for the cause. Ann, Kathleen, Karen and Marian put in such incredible effort that surely there is a special place for these knitting/organizing goddesses! And Deirdre...well, you rock woman!! That's all I can say! Deirdre raised an incredible amount of funds for the knit-a-thon, and I personally would like to nominate you for Secretary of Treasury. You'd have this country out of debt (and totally in to yarn!) in no time flat!! :)
Finally, I was sooooo fortunate to snag a last minute spot in this years Super Summer Knitogether in Nashville, TN!!! To say that I'm excited would be a total understatement! So many friends from last years event will be going again this year and I am excited to see everyone again. I'm even willing to fly (yes, I'm going to fly!!) down to the event this year!
Wow!!! I definitely need to blog more often!! LOL But it really has been a pretty amazing spring, and I'm looking forward to a fun (hopefully not too hot!) summer. I'm participating in Camp Loopy this year, so I'll be at camp this summer!!! :)
Here's some pix of some recent work as well as MDSW!
Happy Spring! 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Putting it Out There

Well, it's time to do some spring cleaning, reassess and start putting it out there again. The past year has been full of changes (most good, some not so good) as I suspect it has been for everyone. But, when re-evaluation time rolls around, you start to develop an appreciation of the things that are truly important, as well as a need to let go of the things that are holding you back. 

One of the brightest spots in the past year, has been my knitting friends who have since become extended family. We laugh together, sometimes cry, but always share a bond of friendship that grows deeper by the day. Over the rhythm of our needles, we share not only our patterns and passions for yarn, but pieces of our lives that grow us together as more than just knitters, but friends on every level.  And then there's the laughs...and laughs....and laughs!!! These are the people (and you know who you are!) that will support you through thick and thin, and suddenly everything is more bearable when you know there are those who will not only understand, but help to put things into perspective. If you are fortunate enough to find this, you are luckier than most, and develop a true understanding of the meaning of friendship.

But it does make you realize, that there are those that will constantly try and hold you back. Or put you down or provide drama in proportions that could only be appreciated on the stage or the silver screen. After a time, it not only becomes exhausting, but a drain on your own system and there comes a point where you realize you need to let the drama of another go. You begin to see that perhaps someone is being less than honest with you to hide their own issues or perhaps due to the realization that you are completely on to them. Whichever the reason, there comes a time when you have to just let it go for your own sanity and peace of mind. Let alone, there becomes nothing for you to say that will serve any good purpose since you are no longer willing to indulge in their self inflicted drama. 

So, with a refreshed perspective and enriched focus, I come back to the world of blogging. I know who I am and, more importantly, I'm comfortable with it. I've found some amazing people who accept and appreciate that person. And there is no better motivation to strive to stretch yourself and continue to grow.
Now, coming from a place of joy, my knitting and spinning has taken a new direction. I'm more willing to try new things and experiment, and less afraid of failure--or what I now refer to as deep learning with nothing to show for it! :) I've completed my first sweater with an amazing amount of support and encouragement. And I think it's time my blog reflected the changes. I may not be the most technologically capable blogger, but I'll figure it out. With a little help from my friends. A few of my most recent FO's, and some hints as to upcoming WIP's!
Let go of what is holding on to your coattails, determined to hold you down, and there are no limits to the heights you can soar to! 


Muckle Mitts

Breaking Hearts Socks

Willow Cowl