Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Here's the progress on Vintage Velvet so far....I actually didn't do much over the weekend...I had 5 shows this past weekend (did I mention that I am a part-time actress??), but between today and yesterday...I am making up for lost time. Of course alot of that has to do with the fact that we are having a get together for the recipient of this scarf--and I would like to have it done by then. Are you noticing a theme with my work? Yes, I work much better under a deadline. I guess I like having a specific ending point---hummm what does that say about me? Either I am a terrible procrastinator, or I have some bizarre form of OCD and this is how it manifests itself. I guess I should be grateful...I mean it could be worse. Anyway..this thing feels (I know I've said it before) just luscious. I am feeling the way I did when I made it before, and that is "do I really want to felt this thing?" Will it come out this soft? The answer is no, BUT, the end product is equally beautiful. I will take a wait and see approach with this one.

Have you all seen this magazine? I picked it up the other night while doing some late night shopping--you know the kind where you are there getting everything from milk to feminine stuff (sorry but there it is), and you see this magazine and think--hummm that looks good and before you know it, you've added it to your pile. Well you can imagine my surprise and shock when, as I was paging through it before going to sleep I saw a familiar face.

Yep--that's Ann Shayne ladies and gents. One half the voice behind that great Mason Dixon blog. I did not even hear her mention it in her blog. But there she is looking beautiful I might add, with her essay on her most memorable meal. I have to say I was a bit confused at her selection: "Tang and Saltines", but after reading the essay, it all became much clearer. She really is such a nice person and I for one am so glad that she is such a popular face for knitters everywhere!
I just wish that I lived near her, and could go knit with her whenever I wanted. Wouldn't that be cool.

And last, but certainly not least, is this piece of partially embroidered linen. I frequent local thrift shops and just thrill when I come across a piece like this. But I am also saddened in a way. I can't help but think of the person who started it and I then begin to wonder about what happened to him/her and why it never got finished. To me, they are like orphans...beautiful and just needing a loving hand to take care of them and finish what someone else started. So for all of a dollar, I bought this, the yarn, the hoop, the little silver scissors and a beautiful sheet of directions from "Elsa Williams Needlecraft". I did a google search on her and apparently she was definitely a leading force in women's needle art during the last century. Her parents were living in South Dakota and taught her to do all this incredible stitchery at a very young age. So, for just a dollar, I feel a special connection to this incredible lady and I WILL finish this piece; for her and for the person who lovingly started it.


Anonymous said...

the scarf is coming along...it looks so soft..

I love the idea of you finishing that...makes you wonder about why they stopped...I look forward to seeing it...it's so pretty.

Kathleen said...

Hi "Kathleen Knits" That's for checking out my own "Kathleen Knits" website! I did finally update my site. I enjoy knitting more than I enjoy blogging, but I try to put photos of completed projects up.

I love the embroidery piece. I'm starting to do more of that myself. I'll post pictures of that stuff soon.


Laura said...

I love, love, love the sofness of this scarf. It is so beautiful and vintage.

I happen to have one of those unfinished needlepoint works I started about 15 years ago. I should really finish and can't remember why on earth I ever stopped.