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Insta February

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February was a month where Joey and I both found ourselves working hard.  He has spent lots of time working at Redwood Studio- recording music and in the down time finishing some of their last bits of studio construction.  They are putting the final touches on the “apartment” side of the studio, so that out of town musicians can have a place to stay when they record an album there.  They held a grand opening event, with two of the artists they have been working with performing live for a small crowd.  The night had a magical energy about it and it was so good to get to finally share the fruits of our labor with others and see them enjoy it so much.

I’ve been working on drafting patterns for a few of my latest designs and also making a big office move that has sapped lots of my nightly knitting energy.  (Hello, exhausted 9pm bedtimes and doggie snuggles!)  I celebrated a birthday and also celebrated the release of my pattern and article in Pom Pom.  We’ve had some house guests the past week- a good friend from our NYC days who has since moved to CA, and a new friend from England, who are both in town to record at Redwood.

Things are good.  Things are good.

Insta-January

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January was a bit of a whirlwind for me. Knit-wise, I started off by photographing and releasing my hat pattern, Borlänge, and I made some nice progress on a few upcoming designs. Travel-wise, there was a super quick weekend trip to Texas Hill Country to visit with some dear friends and Joey took a weeklong music trip to NYC during the coldest week ever. In our downtime, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner party with good friends that ended with lots of laughs and even a bit of singing and dancing. There was also a nice long Saturday afternoon spent at Redwood studio: me knitting, Joey working on guitar parts for a friend’s record, and Henry lounging around on the cozy shag rug. Unfortunately, January ended on a sad note with the loss of our sweet, sweet Daisy and my parents’ gentle dog Fly. We’ve all been a bit broken hearted this week as we had to unexpectedly say goodbye to these wonderful dogs that brought so much love and happiness to our lives. But as Elizabeth Zimmerman says, “properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit, either.”

and I’ve got some knitting to do….

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New Pattern: Borlänge

Borlänge is a fitted beanie knitted with three sea-inspired shades of Rowan Felted Tweed DK and embellished with a pom pom and an anchor motif.


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Borlänge was inspired by Joey’s travels through Sweden and Norway. During his time there, he was struck by the prevalence of anchors in Scandinavian culture.  The anchor is a strong symbol of hope, stability, and steadfastness, and it was in Borlänge, Sweden where he played the Peace & Love Music Festival that he got a tattoo of an anchor to memorialize his travels and to celebrate the stable and anchored feeling that our love gives him when we are apart.  I knitted my love into this hat, with an anchor of my own to keep us connected when he is away.

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Materials

Three shades of DK or sport weight yarn (Rowan Felted Tweed DK suggested; 191 yards of Clay, 50 yards of Camel, and 2 yards of Seasalter)

1 set of US 4 (3.5 mm) 40″ circular needles for magic loop method

1 set of US 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles or

1 set of US 5 (3.75 mm) 40″ circular needles for magic loop method

tapestry needle

6 stitch markers

Finished Size

One Size; to comfortably fit an adult head of 19-23 inch circumference.  Finished hat has a circumference of 19 inches and a depth of 8.75 inches

BUY NOW or view the pattern page on Ravelry

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Insta-December

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December was a great way to finish off the year.  There were piano serenades, scooter rides with my love, fancy cocktails, dog snuggles, walks in the woods, more music, “fireside” cuddles with Henry, warm chunky-knit sweaters, family time at the ranch, SNOW, a trip to a cabin in the woods with some good friends, a little bit of knitting, and a toast to good things to come.

Happy New Year- 2013 is going to be a good one!

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A Walk in the Woods

Today Joey and I went for a walk at a nature preserve near our house.  It was so amazing walking down a winding trail covered in fallen leaves while looking up at massive trees arching over our heads.  It was just what I needed to make me feel centered again.

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We also took advantage of our beautiful surroundings to take photos for my newest design.  I’m working on the pattern now and having it test knitted.  I can’t wait to share it with you.  Here’s a sneak peek:

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Insta-November

Sharing a few of my favorite instagram snaps from the past month.  Oh that Henry, he sure finds his way in there a whole heck of a lot.   Miss Daisy even makes an appearance as we got to see her when we visited my parents ranch over the Thanksgiving holiday.  She is queen of the ranch and loves it there.

You can follow my instagram antics here.

Redwood Studio

In May, my husband Joey and our good friend McKenzie started renovating an old garage workshop with the plan to turn it into a recording studio. It was the ultimate DIY job- an insane amount of hard work done on a shoestring budget. So much time and work went into the construction of this studio and with the help of some amazing friends and family, Redwood Studio has finally come to be.  I’m excited to share these pics of it with you.

Hill Country Holiday

Joey is recording the new Israel Nash Gripka album so we are out in Texas Hill Country for the week.  There are eight of us holed up in a big ranch house surrounded by tree-covered hills and cacti for miles.

The cathedral-ceilinged living area has been turned into a recording studio, where the music goes late into the night.  Last night I sat in a hammock on the patio and listened to the sounds and watched the moon rise.

I have some knitting- a simple slouchy hat- but like me, this knit is taking it easy this week.  There are good times to be had, pools to swim in, trails to explore, and music to be made.

 

The Crafts of Others

Being back in Texas, I am around lots of crafty ladies that I haven’t seen in a while.  I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the craftiness of others around me.

First up is my mother in law.  She recently started making wreaths and centerpieces that are just stunning.  I was the lucky recipient of this wreath.  She let me pick out the baubles and then she whipped this up in an afternoon:

Next up is my sister in law, who started knitting not too long after I did and has also found her place in the crochet world.  One of her specialties is customized amigurumi, and I once challenged her to make a basset hound (Henry, specifically) and she knocked my socks off with this:

And then there’s my Nana, who inspired the beginning all of my crafty endeavors. After reading my blog post where I talked about her teaching me to embroider when I was young, she was inspired to pick up her embroidery needle again.  She very sweetly gifted me a set of pillowcases that I will treasure always:

My mom was also inspired by that same blog post– she found the piece of embroidery that was my first foray into all things crafty.  The piece of embroidery that I wasn’t sure still existed.  I’m sure glad she saved this for me.

I love having inspiration everywhere, and inspiring others in turn.

Full Circle

The first time I went to the NY Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck was after Joey and I first moved to NYC from Texas over three years ago. We had just made this momentous life change; we had let go of everything that kept us grounded and safe so we could see where life would take us. That day turned out to be so much more than a trip to see some sheep and buy some yarn; the drive up was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had as we listened to music, experienced the changing fall leaves and enjoyed each other’s company. It was one of those iconic days where everything comes together- the sights, the sounds, the smells- and after it’s all over and done with you know that you just experienced a magical day that you will remember forever.

In the years between that trip and now, as October rolled in bringing fall winds and changing leaves, we would try to plan another trip but life would get in the way. “Next year,” we’d say, knowing that it was a trip that we both really wanted to take again. This year as October rolled in, we found ourselves again with life getting in the way. Only this time it’s because we’re on the precipice of another big change; we’re moving back to Texas to follow an opportunity that’s presented itself and we couldn’t be happier. But we also knew that this year would be our last chance to recreate that magical trip.

So it was no surprise to me that this past weekend I found myself getting chills as we drove upstate on those small winding highways once again, as I watched fiery orange and yellow leaves let go of their stable trees and start blowing about in the strong winds, unsure of where they would finally land. And I was left with was a sense of completion, a sense that we’ve come full circle with what we came here to do. The path that we knew we had to follow is finally leading us back home, only now we’re wiser and changed for the better from the journey.