Saturday, May 9, 2020

Diva at Home

Home since March 10th, when an order by the governor closed all non essential businesses. We do not think yarn and fiber shops are non essential businesses but who am I or we to argue?
I immediately thought, upon hearing this order, of all the time I could spend knitting and crocheting and a zillion other crafty, arty, homey
things I wanted to do.

Needlepoint! Yes! I took out my supplies, things I had not looked at in 25 years, and finished one needlepoint and began two more. Of course, I need more yarn! I used to sell handpainted needlepoint canvases and taught classes in this fine old craft too. These were the days BK. Before kids. The rythem came right back to my hands and the more I danced with thread across the canvas; the more I loved the stitching I was doing!

I also found on my over crowded book shelves in the studio, my favorite how to book on needlecraft, The Readers Digest Guide. What a treasure! It literally has everything I could want to know in it with clear, concise directions and pictures. The pictures may be dated but the information is spot on. Nothing fancy, just an excellent guide! If you ever get a chance to get a copy of this book, and I think they are out of print now, you should definitely do it! I have not been disappointed ever. Plus used bookstores are a great adventure in themselves and worth a few hours of browsing time.
I refreshed my memory how to's and from this book made granny squares! 
I finished ( finished, me! ) A couple of projects and many swatches for the shop. I love to knit and crochet but my baskets of unfinished projects can certainly haunt me. Having this extended time off, and I use that word, off,  loosely, has enabled me to finish things! 

Crocheted shoulder wrap in cotton by Cascade Yarn. My favorite pattern, WAVE.

Finally, something knit and finished too. A hat in a fair isle free form pattern in Swans Island wool. My own hat pattern, in my favorite knitting technique, Fairisle.
Shown with flowers from a dear friend!        
Soon, we will be back in Diva, the store and staff regaling you with knitting stories from our days of the pandemic quarantine. My best advice to you on all of this? Always buy yarn when you can and ALWAYS buy extra!! 

Be safe. Be well. Know we count you among our very best of friends. XO
       










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