Book Person

This should come as no surprise, but I’m a Book Person.

I LOVE BOOKS!

I mean, I have a stack of them tattooed on my arm ;)

As a librarian, it also benefits me if you love books, too. I don’t care what kind: romance, V.Serious Literature, YA, banned, classic, urban, complete trash, poetry (I only like Shel Silverstein’s) or most likely for people reading a sewing blog, craft related books. If it has words in it (or pictures), and you like ( I hope you love some), I want you to read it. Borrowed from the library or purchased from your favorite store.

To that end, I want to tell you about a Book Person event. One that includes admittance into FIT, a place normally off limits to non-students*.
Total win.  LYL_EVENTS_FINAL_121813

This event in particular should be especially awesome!

LKDay_DrapingFlyerWatching Karolyn drape via video (included with her book) is some kind of magic. Imagine it in person!

I hope I can make it to the event. Alas, a parent’s time is not their own. If some of you make it there, blog about! I’d love to see pictures!

*It is my not-so-secret wish to work in the FIT library/archives, thus combining two of my loves: books and textile arts. It is, quite literally (for I am there often in sleepy-land), my dream job. I got a book on ILL (which is a great way to get books that aren’t in your local library’s collection) from there. I kept telling people where it came from. #booknerd 

Creative Education: Machine Knitting

Mastering a new craft takes time and commitment.
And money!
Tools and materials and patience all come at a premium. For me, they don’t usually arrive all at the same time.

In my case, the money and opportunity to buy a knitting machine came nearly a year ago. The patience, time, and what I like to think of as my capacity to learn, are all coming together, now. I jumped in with both feet when I first brought the machine home, but I often experience blocks when I first try something new and when I return to it I can’t imagine why it ever seemed so difficult.

Does that happen to anyone else?

This foray into machine knitting has been easier and more importantly, it makes sense. I understand what I’m trying doing as opposed to blinding flipping switches and levers. This makes all the difference, for me. This knowledge was hard earned through closely reading the (many, many) manuals that came with machines (I truly got a ton of stuff for what I’m only  just beginning to understand was an outstanding price) viewing many excellent YouTube videos (Roberta Rose Kelley is a genius) and researching and reading machine knitter’s blogs. I immersed myself in learning different methods, in different mediums and from different points of view. And in an unhurried manner. Which is pretty important for learning a new skill, too.

As you can see, things were swimming along. So much so, I hadn’t stopped to think of what I was going to do with the narrow-ish strip of knitting. Impatience was telling me to keep going and figure it out later. Patience reminded me that I don’t need a garment (self-made or otherwise) that I don’t really like. So, off it came.

High on my success, I moved on to the ribber attachment.
Where this happened.

STUCK!!
This was as far as I got, all day. I, literally, spent all day Sunday trying to work this ribbing past the third row. Nothing doing. Some cheer leading and advice via Instagram has me anxious to try again.

But first, I must make dinner. If I eat anymore take out I’ll turn into a big pot of grease and fat. That’s what I feel like when I have tons of outside food.
Gross.

After the ribber, I have intarsia and lace carriages to master and two additional tools, a yarn changer and automatic linker to get stuck into. It must be said, again, the materials and tools are all in amazing condition. I knew they were old, knitting machines of this type are not really manufactured anymore, but check out the date on the receipt.

1984!! And it’s like new. I’m so grateful to the woman who listed this for sale. With no experience with knitting machines I would have no way of knowing if it even worked. The more I investigate (the tools and the price) and the more I play around with it (and note the condition and many extras), the more gratitude I feel.

And, as always, I am grateful for the chance to explore new crafts and expressive my creativity.

I’m a lucky gal :)

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF @ Sown Brooklynon the SHELF: Fashionable SelbyDudes, this book is so stinkin’ beautiful! My goodness! If your mojo needs a kick in the groin (is my mojo is male??) this will more than do the job. If you’re anything like me, you will want to run to the nearest hardware, fabric, craft, stationary every kind of store to stock up on cool tools and supplies.

Just look at all of the cool folks, and their amazing AMAZING workspaces, included in this dense beauty.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

If that wasn’t enough, the foreword is written by one of my fashion faves, Simon Doonan.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

Check out just a hint, a mere hint, of the goodies in this book, below.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

Look at this!! I was not familiar with this designer’s work before reading this book, you can bet she’s on my radar, now!

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

I have a serious jones for tools. And woodcarving is calling me (loudly and I’m so near to succumbing. Even if it’s just a class someplace like this.
You know, when I’ve a spare 500 bucks around ;)

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

I can already jump in with this machine.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

This guy just might be the most beautiful clothing designer I’ve ever seen. Including Tom Ford.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

This silhoutte is calls to me. And I’m not usually one for sternum exposure.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

I really love couples who work together. Isabel and Ruben. Frida and Diego. Carmen and Geoffrey.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

One day, will have walk in fabric storage. My kids will grow up and their rooms will be mine.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

Brooklynites like the last word. Word. :p

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

 Find
Fashionable Selby
Author: Todd Selby
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2014.
at a local library (or bookstore) near you.

More, here.

A Gentleman Exits…

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Mr. Holder, I hope that your passing was easy and that you were surrounded by
love, loved ones, art, music, laughter, dance, performance, excellence, elegance, peace and more.
Your legacy is large. I will share it with all who will listen so that it may carry on.

Wishing his partner in all things, Carmen, endurance and strength.
And his son, Leo, with whom he had his last dance.

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Two Minute Posts: Autumn Leaves

#autumn #leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down. #fall #yellow #red #brown #green #ombre #September in #Brooklyn #leaf #colors #woodland #stroll

A pause to ponder natural beauty.
A childhood wonder held onto into adulthood.
Leaves.
Their changing colors.
Their bright, crinkled texture.
An ombre path from solid to multi-hued.

A mental snapshot around which to center oneself when too many ideas

and duties,

wants,

desires

and dreams threaten

to overwhelm.

One leaf. Two leaves. Three leaves….