Monday, June 29, 2015

Artsy & Antsy


I finished my latest large project. A gift that will outlive me. Most artsy stuff does though. I was pleased to see a nephew post a project of mine from quite a while back - still in excellent condition draping a couch. I love it when men appreciate knitting. I remember sitting in a pub on Sherkin Island, knitting away and it was all the men who came over and petted my work and talked of their grannies and the dying art of needlework. My father taught me when I was knee high. He had five older knitting sisters and as my mother was ankle deep in toddlers he was given the job. He was always embarrassed when I referred to it. Even though knitting is all about mathematics. Seriously. Always counting and calculating, needle size, weight of wool, amount of wool, circular vs straight needles, how much to increase for twisting and cabling the work, how much to decrease for borders.

The painting of house interior is getting there. Johnny my painter is a genius. And lordy so reasonable. I am thoroughly exhausted from moving, trashing, reconfiguring, dragging. My hoarding floodlit. My garage is taking a beating. I aspire to Zen. It will happen. or close to it anyway.

Meanwhile I'm going to vanish to Fogo Island for an R&R. I went there last with Grandgirl and we adored it. It does seem like everywhere I love is only accessible by ferry.

Here is a wee film of it. It is an extraordinary place and houses one of the four corners of the flat earth.




11 comments:

  1. Hope you enjoy the quiet of Fogo - we were there for a few days 2 years ago and lived it.
    Funny how Maths wasn't my favourite subject at school but it come to the fore when I'm knitting. I was only telling someone the other day I think knitting is one way to keep the grey cells working, what with all the counting and 'working out' we do.

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  2. So true Cathy, often quite unconsciously. I'm so looking forward to the Fogo interlude. I can't get enough of the place. My friend who's coming with me has never been.

    Just the word "away" turns me on at the moment :)
    XO
    WWW

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  3. Oh, good. Fogo Island sure looks pretty. Hope to get up your way some day.

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  4. I envy your knitting, just never learned, love the afghan
    and use to crochet but need some instruction and no one available. Can I also envy your get away - I probably need this but do not want to leave home and no one available to go with me - I may be crazy for not leaving...
    Take care of your, enjoy your newly painted home and your get away...

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  5. Hattie, from an island to an island. We could trade stays - you stay here and I stay there, though the journey would be so very looooong. Pacific to Atlantic.
    XO
    WWW

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  6. OWJ -I've never managed crochet, the best have tried to teach me including a very painstaking video from my beloved Grannymar. My tension is the problem well suited to knitting. Often home is the best getaway. I truly love being home but sometimes a friend needs a break and this is the case here. Thanks for your lovely wishes my friend :)
    XO
    WWW.

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  7. Enjoy the open spaces and refreshing air! Travel safely.

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