Pathways Show Gallery Opening

There’s a new show up at the Say What? Gallery! It’s based on this Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote:

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

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These are the two new works that I hinted at in the last post. They’re made from unraveled sweaters and yarn scraps knit back together. In drastic contrast to my knit maze, I used small knitting needles. In working on these pieces, I thought about wear this yarn had come from, sometimes from a thrift store sweater, or the back of a friend’s closet, or simply leftovers from a hat project. Some of this yarn has been moving with me, from home to home, for years. Sarah Divi at Say What? Gallery

Once I started playing with smaller needles and scraps of yarn, the process developed as the pattern slowly turned into a landscape, and I changed the yarn colors around to emphasize the rolling hills.

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The show is open until August 18th.

Say What? Contemporary Art Gallery is located at:

6042 Main Street, Tannersville, New York 12485

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Their phone number is (518) 589-7500.

Those Left Behind…

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After the installation of my knit maze at Say What? Gallery, I realized that I had a large picnic basket still packed full of unraveled sweaters and yarn scraps.

By the next morning, I had tied most of the yarn bits together and rolled them into a ball and started knitting with double-pointed needles.

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Here it is several hours later.

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This look wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I sorted my yarn into colors, added in some new and partial skeins from my stash and started over.

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Here’s a peek of what will be seen at the next Say What? Gallery show in July. I hope to see you there!

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Tutorial: Picnic Bunting

picnic buntingI have a confession to make: I’m really loving the bunting trend. I still get excited when I see a blog post with a different twist on the basic triangle garland. In honor of Memorial Day, and with an invitation to a weekend barbecue, I decided to make my own picnic-inspired version.

After this weekend, I’m planning to use this again for the Fourth of July and any other summer event. It reminds me of a picnic spread. I had hoped to photograph the bunting wrapped around and between a few evergreen trees with a picnic basket below, but with the weather as it is…you’ll just have to imagine it for now.

Originally, I was planning to use bandanas, but then I found gingham in several colors and completely changed my plan. With only one evening free to make this, I streamlined as much of the process as possible. No tracing the pattern, no hemming, no pinning. Very quick. The slowest part was sewing on the buttons, but a hot glue gun can be used if you are really pressed for time.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Installation and New Show at Say What? Gallery

05-knitmaze09“We Should Have Just Let Go” is back up! It’s currently installed in the Say What? Gallery in Tannersville, NY. The opening was last night, and the current show, We Live in A Rainbow of Chaos, will be up through May 12th.

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Drill Bits and Knitting Needles

Yesterday, I was back in Tannersville, NY to install the great knit maze. Stay tuned for more progress shots.

20130402-141858.jpgUpdate: The show is now up! See more pictures of “We Should Have Just Let Go”

 

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Some experimenting in my studio….

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Monuments and Freeze-Dried Ice Cream

Nighttime Washington Monument

As I’m sitting and eating the last of our freeze-dried astronaut food from the Smithsonian gift shop (hell yeah Neapolitan ice cream!), I wanted to share the last few pictures from our Washington, D.C. trip.

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Fascinating Fascinators

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Last night, my friends and I met up to make ourselves fascinators. Why? We wanted to go out for high tea and didn’t have the proper headwear, of course! We pooled our supplies, nibbled on cardamon tea cookies, drank some wine, and here is what emerged at the end of the night from the mountain of tulle and sequins. (I have to say, I’m a little jealous of Caline’s tulle collection, it’s awesome. It’s almost as amazing as her giant box of stickers.)

Caline’s The Leaf Garden on the left, complete with faux (Sharpie) stitching. My Tangled Pearl fascinator is on the right. Gwen’s Sea Glass Spray is in the background.

A close up of the Gwen’s beadwork on the Sea Glass Spray. Fun fact: Gwen is one half of Gwam from the Gwam afghan.

The Tangled Pearl

A closer look at Tangled Pearl. So far it includes tulle, felt strips and an old pearl button. It’s not quite done yet, it’s needs some more sequins and sparkle. I needed a warm-up project, so I make two little hair clips before I started my fascinator, and of course, ran out of time. I’ll make sure to finish before our tea date.

Have you made any headwear recently? Or things with sequins? Do you have a favorite tea house, that we should visit while wearing our fascinators? Especially in the Westchester, NY area? Will you join us wearing your own?

Field Trip: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

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Last weekend, we hit the road for a long weekend in Washington, D.C. Our main sightseeing goals? Aeronautics and Julia Child. Since there are two huge museums dedicated to flight and only one room dedicated to Julia, it was a little unbalanced, but I made up for it by spending an hour with my face pressed to the windows of her kitchen.

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Julia Child’s actual kitchen, exactly as she left it in 2001, rebuilt inside the National Museum of American History. They even scanned and reprinted her linoleum floor. There’s a grey pole on the right side of the ceiling, used to hang the lights for the camera crew. There’s a painting of three cats in front of a field of asparagus hanging on the left cabinets. Below that, on the floor, you can see the mortar and pestle Paul gave to Julia. The counters are all built two inches higher than the standard, to accomodate for Julia’s 6’2″ height. This is a direct contrast to my life experience, since for many years I lived with my grandmother, who had her counters built 1-2″ lower than standard height.

And back to the aeronautics….

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