so…i am moving again…
my fiber path has taken me to this new journey of my life…i feel so good about all of it…
i still have my “thing”….knitting, spinning, weaving….
and now i to share in the saori weaver srq studio…..i am so happy and excited…
i will be in my new location by august 1, 2014…..
the events, workshops, and the creativity in the weaving studio will feed the souls…..
enjoy this path …….this journey……..this weave

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My obsession with knitting ebbs and flows with the seasons. During high season (October-April), when I am insanely busy rehearsing and concertizing with the Sarasota Orchestra, I need to knit as an escape. Because I am a performer, many people automatically assume I am a “people person”. Far from it! I have many friends who find groups and crowds of people energizing; they seem to feed off of the collective energy. I, on the other hand, find it draining to be around people – especially big groups of people – for any length of time over about 20 minutes.

So during season, if I’m not on stage in a rehearsal or concert, I’ll be backstage at Van Wezel or Neel or Symphony Center knitting something. It gives my mind the space I need to recharge while allowing me to socialize one-on-one when a colleague stops by to see what my latest project is. (It also keeps my fingers warmed up while on break!) If I’m home, chances are that I’m on my stationary bike, pedaling away while knitting. (I’ve learned that long scarves are dangerous on the bike – they tend to get caught and wrapped around the pedals if I’m not careful.) My current goal is to “virtually” ride old Route 66 on my bike while knitting – I’m about halfway to the Santa Monica Pier that marks the end of the journey.

Outside of high season, my time belongs much more to me and I sometimes go days without knitting. Then I miss it and end up back at Picasso’s Moon, hanging out and knitting and spinning with whoever else drops by. It is funny, though, how the more I have to do, the more I get done. Somehow, when I feel like I have all the time in the world, I don’t do anything because I know there’s time. That’s why I’m really glad I volunteered to lead some KAL’s and write this blog for the store this summer.

Tell me – where do you knit?

-Anne

That’s what Cheeko said when I tried to explain my latest project – a double-knitted, reversible, Fair Isle bag I designed to hold my writing stuff. It became the project’s nickname: the “my brain hurts” bag.  I admit the knitting was a bit more complicated than anything I’d attempted, especially since I’d never tried Fair Isle knitting, double-knitting, or designing before. But hey, science says to keep the brain active – use it or lose it.

“my brain hurts” bag

I’m inviting you to join me in keeping your brain active and engaged by participating in my first KAL (knit-along). I am hosting a series of KAL’s, each focused on 1 or 2 specific skills. The first one involves reading charts, a bit of lace knitting, and optional beads. (Okay, so that’s technically 3 skills if you do the beads. The charts are small, the lace knitting simple, the beads optional, and I’ll guide your hands as much as you need me to!) I’ll be available in person at Picasso’s Moon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 – 1:30 throughout the summer as well as on this blog and through the Picasso Moon Facebook page. If needed, I’ll also make appointments to meet you at the store outside of the MWF lunch hours.

The first project will be a neckerchief/short scarf. The pattern will be a free pattern from the new Picasso’s Moon Originals collection (more details to follow). I’m moving the starting date by a week, to start on July 23, 2012. This will give me time to put the finishing details on the pattern. Keep watch in the next few days for a list of materials needed!

Let me end here with a thought from Linda Medina, Designer:  “Explore outside the rules, and don’t ever be afraid to try something new or to make mistakes. You never know where they will lead you. After all, it’s only knitting. You can always rip out.”

-Anne

It is almost time to leave for lexi boeger’s “yarnival” in placerville, california.

we had such a great experience last year that we are so happy to be able to go back this year…..making purses with leather and handspun and of course the owls……almost at the 200 count….

we will get to spend time with all our spinning friends and spin under the big pink circus tent……and did i mention we will be surrounded by pear trees at boeger winery….

i will post while we are there and share pictures…..

going to start packing now…..shipping boxes have to go out by tomorrow…..

happy fibering….debra

You may have noticed that there’s been a lack of posting for the past few weeks. Where have I been?

Boo-Boo

I took a week-long trip to NC to visit family and pick up the latest member of my household, Boo-Boo.

The week-and-a-half before leaving, I was frantically knitting a beaded shawl (the Aeolian shawl by Elizabeth Freeman at knitty.com) for my niece. Her favorite color is red, and I promised her a beaded shawl as a present – and I told her that the number of beads on the shawl represent how much I love her!  I was literally knitting all day, every day. Beads are added with a crochet hook. Time was lost when I spilled the 8.0 seed beads in the carpet. Weeks later, I’m still finding them!

More time was lost when I messed up a row and needed to tink. Since the shawl starts at the top and grows towards the bottom, do you think I erred in the beginning?  Of course not. I had to wait until the rows were long and more complicated. Good thing I thrive on deadlines.

Aeolian shawl by Elizabeth Freeman

Aeolian shawl by Elizabeth Freeman

As you can see, I finished it. Blocked it two nights before I left, and was thankful it dried very quickly. There is now a young woman in NC who is very happy!

On the trip itself, I started and finished the project I’m presenting as my first KAL. More on that in an upcoming post, but let me just say it’s a quick little knit that serves as a good introduction to chart-reading and – if you so desire – beaded knitting.

They say the best way to learn is by doing!!

-Anne

I will not spin on a bike.

 I will not spin on a wheel.

 I will not spin a yarn.

 I squeal, I squeal, I squeal.

I was determined NOT to get drawn into spinning.

There are many things I have been determined not to do: quit in the middle of a marathon and hop the bus to the finish, gain back the 100+ pounds I lost on a liquid diet, take in a dog, have more than 1 cat at a time, write a blog, take after my mother … (you can see where this is going, can’t you?)

You’d think I’d have learned that my determination NOT to do something is a challenge to the universe – and that the universe is bigger and it always wins.

I found Picasso’s Moon through a friend who was intrigued by the idea of spinning – on a wheel, not a bike. I’d been knitting for just a little while, and we’d been looking for a LYS where we felt comfortable.

Yes. Picasso’s Moon was it.

Cheeko heard about the store from a friend of Kim Perkins (of Batts in the Belfry and Elysian Fields). We’d just come from the courthouse where her divorce was finalized and she planned the visit as a celebration. I was adamant I was going to stick to just knitting. I didn’t think I could afford the extra expense of roving and a wheel.

I was slowly drafted into it.  I started spinning on a spindle. Cheap and portable.

my wall of art yarn

I ended up with a restored wheel, bought on layaway. Yes, laid away at my house because Debra is that kind of person. She told me she needed the room in the store.

And now? I have a wall in my living room specifically designed for showing off my spun yarn. Art yarn. I wonder what I’ll decide NOT to do next.

-Anne

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