Thursday, November 8, 2007

I Love My Blog

Yes, ma'am. I love my blog and do you know why? Because I put my favorite links on it and now, no matter what computer I am on, I can go to my blog and hop on over to my favorite sites.

I can visit Marguerite in southwestern MI. Stitches of Violet I know what town she lives in, but I won't say, as I am not sure she has it on her blog and that is up to her if she doesn't want folks to know exactly where she lives. I met Marguerite through the Opal Chatters list that was headed by Soxie. Anyway, Marguerite (isn't that a great name?) writes a blog that I enjoy reading. Plus she has free patterns and I am knitting a free sock pattern one right now for my mother's birthday (that was last June. See? I am not a fast knitter.) Plus I love her title "Stitches of Violet." I like violets. I had them in my bouquet for my wedding and they were in the woods at the end of the street while I was growing up.

I like the Zimmermaniacs site as it shows me what others are knitting from Elizabeth. Elizabeth is my hero. I want to be like her when I grow up. I was very fortunate to go to a knitting camp last May that was run by her daughter Meg Swanson, Amy Deitjen, and Joyce Williams. I met wonderful women who loved knitting. And I learned a lot. And I still talk to the other knitters. In fact, I am on a Yahoo group that is made up of others who have been to the Knitting Camps. The camps have been running since 1974 or 1975. I finally went because I did not want to be on my death bed, if I get a death bed, and have to ask myself why I never went. I read Elizabeth's books and I am in awe. I am knitting the Bea Arthur version on her ribwarmer and I am knitting the Pi Are Square Shawl. Elizabeth is teaching me to think about what I am knitting. I do not want to have to have a pattern to knit an item. I want to be able to see something I like, then come home and figure out how I can knit it. And Elizabeth is showing me how to do that. She also has a helper. Her name is Susan.

Susan comes to the shoppe and sits in a chair and helps everyone. She is patient. Much more patient than I will ever be. I want to knit like Susan when I grow up. I want to be able to make patterns and teach others and turn out beautiful garments. I really first met Susan several years ago when I was knitting a shawl for my mother. The shawl snagged and there was a terrible hole and this long piece of yarn hanging from the hole and it was about half way down from where I was. I wanted to cry. I really did not want to tear my shawl out, all that way back. I like to knit, but not that much. So I went to Jill and she took my shawl to Susan. And Susan fixed my shawl. In fact, she was so good that she found a couple of other spots where I had goofed up and fixed those. And she refused to let me pay her. So I brought her homemade bread.

Susan is a knitter.
These are just two of the many, many, many items she knits. See why we are lucky to have her?

Susan also exposed me to another blogger, brooklyntweed. Check out this guy. I like him as he also appreciates Elizabeth Zimmermann.

With my blog I am able to give you folks updates on what is happening at the shoppe. And with the pictures and my journaling, I can remember what we have done. Not that I don't remember.

So now you can see why I like my blog.