mondays with mrs. crosby: fourteen

http://edacco.org/38866-dtf95305-google-je-cherche.html my friend gave me

a couple of yards of irish wool.

it’s a lovely muted plaid in grey and blue and green and purple.

very much what my irish friends were wearing the year i lived in drogheda.

i am aiming for a pencil skirt

and something knit in this lovely mrs. crosby hat box to go with it.IMG_3592

must knit and sew faster, because i’m ready to wear them both now!

‘wool’ taken from 31:13 of proverbs.

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detailing a current collaboration between mrs. crosby yarns

and me. stay tuned.

mondays with mrs. crosby: eleven

it’s wet and grey.

if there was a choice, i’d be far away.

somewhere like paris, soaking in the ambiance,

and the language, and the food.

but, at least for today, this will have to do.

IMG_3014shall i send you a postcard…?

¬†‘away’ taken from 16:21 of exodus.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: seven

it is cold

and it is still snowing.

as darkness falls my thoughts

are journeying on to plans for warmer places to go

and this knitting will be just the thing to wearIMG_2702sat

wherever there turns out to be.

perhaps a place with elephants and tigers.

oh my.

‘turns’ taken from 1: 6 of ecclesiastes.

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detailing a current collaboration between mrs. crosby yarns

and me. stay tuned.

mondays with mrs. crosby: six

if a thing

is going to fit right

at the end of being made,

then the work has to be put in at the beginning

to design it well, allowing for

key things like the range of final sizes

and the fact that knit fabric has some give,

gorgeous drape, and the tendency to become a bit like

the warm body wearing it.

you know that, right?

my favorite hat

(after being worn weekly for the past 2 winters)

now fits me even better than it did when my friend sharon

first made it for me.

knitting becomes us in so many different ways…

but i’m getting off track here. the point at hand

is that it is time to stop, for a moment,

playing with the hat box

at my fingertips,

and put my muscle

to paper and lead for a while

so that what this yarn is begging to become

is sussed out to be actually possible.

IMG_2321ready? here we go then.

‘begging’ taken from 41:3 of job.

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(to be posted on mondays, of course),

detailing a current collaboration between mrs. crosby yarns

and me. stay tuned.

mondays with mrs. crosby: five

the thing about yarn is that we get to tell it what to do

one stitch at a time.

that is not the way that most of life goes,

at least not my life,

and it feels very, very good when something allows me that much choice

and ultimate control.

along those lines,

this week was all about swatching.

last week i pictured hat box in ‘new leaf’ and this week i’m testing ideas

(mostly gauge related) with a bit in the colorway roasted chestnut,IMG_2536-1but, it’s the same lovely fiber mix of

merino, silk and cashmere

(can i get an excited ‘oooh’ and a happy ‘aahhh’?).

such drape and my fingers

are overjoyed at being ‘forced’ to touch

this lovely yarn over and over again.

‘fingers’ taken from 8:3 of the psalms.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: four

it is cold outside,

and very, very white.

the way that winter can lack color,

is hard for my head to work with at times.

so this week, i jumped into writing a new pattern

¬†with mrs. crosby’s ‘new leaf’ colorway (scroll down to see, it’s the top lefthand colorway).

just holding it makes me feel warm,

ju 1like spring is closer than the calendar suggests.

i’m so happy to be near things

that make me feel like that at this time of year.

‘leaf’ taken from 8:11 in genesis.

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detailing a current collaboration between mrs. crosby yarns

and me. stay tuned.

mondays with mrs. crosby: one

a swatch,

or a feeling that the swatch tries to capture,

or a place or color or memory that the swatch brings to mind…mwmc1these are all ways that something new can begin.

if you take a pinch of all of these

right now,

and mix it with

the rich colors and exotic travels

of mrs. crosby, you’ll begin to get a taste of

my newest project, ‘the voyages of vivian’.

so with this swatch, on this monday,

let’s begin some

once a week fun, from now until the process is done.

i’m ready. are you?

‘ready’ taken from 32:19 of job.

‘mondays with mrs. crosby’

is an ongoing series of posts

(to be posted on mondays, of course),

detailing a current collaboration between mrs. crosby yarns

and me. stay tuned.