Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Amazing Internet

Good Morning All,

I have said it before and will say it again, it still always amazes me, that the Internet is truly so life enriching . About seven or eight years ago, I joined an on line forum called THE INTERNATIONAL FREE FORM GROUP. Little did I know that, the simple act of joining an on line group would open so many doors for me. I have made lasting friendships, I have traveled to England, Australia and New Zealand, and quite a few states, through contacts made in this group.

One day, I received an e-mail from Mirjam Bruck-Cohen, a then member of the group, and she went on to say that she was "thrilled" to have found me, that I had been her knitting guru for years and that she cherished my first book "One Piece Knits That Fit" and used it as a reference book all the time. Needless to say, I was very flattered. That book was my first, done in 1978, and I was happy that it was still being used.

Mirjam lives in Israel, a fellow fiber artist, museum curator, and friend
so we have never met personally, but have shared a lot. Mirjam invited me to participate in one of her first exhibits of fiber figures. I was out of my element, being a fashion designer, but I tried. I thought my piece was too child like, but Mirjam encouraged me to send it any way, and it became part of the wonderful exhibit. I called it "Connections" in honor of all the world wide friends that I have made through the Internet. You can see the collection at Mirjam's web page, click on Crochet Figures.

Last summer, Mirjam asked me if I could send her a photo of myself knitting, as she wanted to add it to her collection of knitters, little did I know that my photo would be along side some of the most famous knitting paintings and fantastic old photos, that Mirjam has collected through the years. Last week, Mirjam started sending me some of these photos, I was enchanted, and asked Mirjam if I could share them with you.
There are quite a few, and I am packing and getting ready to leave for my family Thanksgiving gathering, but I wanted to share some with you now, and will continue when I return. They range from Historical to whimsical and I know that you will enjoy them as much as I have.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, Thank You Mirjam for sharing your wonderful collection.


Thursday, November 12, 2009


Good Morning All,

I had a very busy weekend, well actually a very busy few days.
On Saturday, I taught a second set of workshops for the Soundview Knitting Guild, on Sunday, I attended the 8th Anniversary Meeting of the Happily Hooked on Crochet Chapter of CGOA. In addition to our anniversary party, with all the goodies etc, Lily Chin was our guest teacher. Lily taught a workshop on Crochet Tips and Tricks from her new book by the same name. As usual, in addition to a great presentation, Lily was lots of fun.

On Monday, I taught my usual Monday morning class, and last night I attended
a "knit/crochet for our troops" night at my local yarn shop. Marie Stewart, owner of the Yarn and Craft Box in Pawling, NY, a very crochet friendly shop, hosted the
night and gave discounts to all who bought yarn to knit, helmet liners, scarves and neck warmers. I forgot my camera, but one of the organizers promised to send me
pictures and more information on their group. I will post about it, when I receive the info.

I took lots more photos, but for some reason they are very dark. First two photos are the HH_CC meeting with Lily. Second two are the Soundview Knitting Guild.

Have a great day,


Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Soundview Knitting Guild

Happy Sunday Everyone,

Yesterday I spent the day in Trumbull, Ct, doing 2 classes for the Soundview Knitting Guild. We did Free Form Knitting and Crochet Combo class, and a Finishing Like a Pro Class.

Great group of enthusiastic students. We had fun, got a lot accomplished, and best of all, I get to go back again next week. Looking forward to it.

My camera gave out on me , so I am waiting for some of the other attendees to send me more photos.

Enjoy your day.