cones of 3/2 pearl cotton for new card weaving project
I’ve been waiting for this 100th post for long time. In fact, months ago, looking at my blog stats, I couldn’t imagine bringing my blog this far. I’ve admired other bloggers’ cupcakes with candles, celebrating their blogobirthdays. And much to my surprise, right in line with my mantra for ’07:
many baby steps will take me where I want to go, even if it doesn’t feel like progress on a single given day
… a blogger’s milestone has arrived: the 100th blog post! So it was timely that I noticed a backpage essay in the July ’07 issue of Prevention magazine this morning, titled “Creativity and Inspiration”. Author Ardath Rodale’s declaration that “creative energy will help you be healthier and happier” seems a perfect encapsulation of what I’ve tried to project here with my photos and narrative.
In that spirit, it was with eager anticipation that my knitting pal, Fran, and I planned a trek north to Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine. Settling on a common Saturday when more members of our knitting group could join us seemed nearly impossible, so we chose a date, put it in ink our respective calendars and made it a plan. Much to our delight, my hubby offered to drive the 3-1/2 hours each way, freeing us to knit to our hearts’ content! What a treat!
We were practically clicking our heels as we arrived at this fiber-lovers’ mecca that carries books and supplies for everything from spinning & dyeing to knitting, weaving, crochet, tatting, kids’ kits, all sorts of notions and patterns. From handspun, hand-dyed angora to lace-thin silks and mohair. Cotton, bamboo, wool, alpaca … you-name-it. Beautifully organized, too.
With progress well along on the Lizard Ridge afghan, I didn’t want to get sidetracked with thinking about another knitting project, but that didn’t stop me from considering some other fiber frolic.
I haven’t done card weaving since my school days at Haywood Tech. It’s weaving at its most portable and economical. It lends itself to dramatic geometric patterns in bold, contrasting colors. Satisfying in so many ways. So, how could I resist? I couldn’t. But I sure hope that proverbial ice cream dish doesn’t overflow any time soon!
We wrapped up our great day with dinner on the waterfront in Ogunquit and an early evening walk along the incredibly beautiful Marginal Way. Perfection.