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GARDENING: When not knitting, find me in the garden 🌿 zone 5 : NW CT
🐿 I’m late with my update….’just got back from almost two weeks in Ireland ☘️ We traveled with Heather Radl @ Rowan Tree Travel who does small group tours usually with a knitting / textile emphasis, but this time it was more of an Ireland-thru-history sweep. We traveled about 2/3 of the coast line starting in Cork, sweeping around the west coast, over the northern coast, stops in Derry & Belfast (!!) and down to Dublin. About 1,250 miles! We saw so many amazing things - ancient tomb mounds, the spectacular coastline, grand homes, quaint villages. We attended two performances at the Clifton Art Festival; first, the famed Irish singer, Sean Keane, who sang a heart- rendering song about 1840’s famine refugees’ sojourn to Ellis Island; the second night, we were bowled over by Irish fiddler Martin Hayes’ soulful tunes 👉🏼 check him out on Amazon. In Ireland, music can be found just about anywhere after dinner at local bars so we’d slip into one whenever we could. Lots of fun. 🍀
Of course, there was no way I was going to Ireland and not hunt down some Irish wool! I was excited to find a fingering-weight donegal tweed early on and managed to knit a pair of socks while traveling from town to town (see below). I also found a source for donegal tweed made with merino wool (softer than the traditional wool mix but with just as lovely coloring)…so my designer wheels are spinning!
Back home, I am now working on putting together the 5th TickerKnits booklet 🌿 GREEN 🌱…the collection was finished before I left for Ireland, but now I am working on the photos and layout, so hopefully it will be out by the beginning of November….stay tuned.
Lots of ideas & so much to knit, so little time!!
I learned to knit from my Latvian 🇦🇹 grandmother who emigrated from Riga to the USA in 1916 ( 👉🏼 photo on left). My work can be found in numerous knitting magazines, as well as in seven books including best sellers, Hip Knit Hats (2005), Hattitudes (2009), Short Story (2012), Happy Feet (2014), and Cowlgirls 1 & 2 (2010, 2016).
At the moment, I am using stranded knitting to render letters, words and language as design elements under the logo ‘TICKER KNITS’. 😺 However, when time permits, I continue to work on private commissions and for other publications as well.
I split my time between New York City and New Preston, CT where my other love, my garden resides. 🌿 My daughters, Emma & Lydia, are both muses & models. I know I have made something particularly special when they both vie for it at once!