I learned to knit from my Latvian 🇦🇹 grandmother who emigrated from Riga to the USA in 1916 (photo below). 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.
What Nana would say about censorship on ravelry.com…
She would be totally baffled by the Left’s fascist impulses in the USA today (see ‘thoughts’ header). After all, she and her family fled Latvia for political reasons, leaving everything behind, the family’s land & business (potato milling) without recompense. She was eternally grateful for the opportunities the USA presented to her. (She became a nurse and a fabulous one at that!). Nana knew full well the terrors of fascism and oppression; Both Germany & Russia occupied Latvia, hence Nana spoke both German and Russian fluently, as well as four other languages. Nana would not be pleased by the Leftist hijinks today.
…it’s in the air 🍂
The cool air is back - knitting weather - but then again who ever stops knitting because of the weather?
I spent a good part of the summer yarn ‘stash diving’ - which is a great ‘imagination stretcher’, i.e. what can be made of x-y-z?
As a kid, I used to roam the house, primarily the basement, for materials to make things, anything really. Often, the search would be prompted by McCall’s Needlecraft magazine. I loved it’s oversized format and spent hours flipping through it. Our basement held treasures, such as empty coffee cans, jars, wooden spools, old magazines and hardware of all sorts. I can remember folding the pages of Reader’s Digest magazines inward to create a base for what eventually would be an angel figure; spray painted gold and topped with a styrofoam head - it was instant Christmas decor. Once I knitted a cover for an empty can, which became a humpty-dumpty type-of-figure that would sit on the shelf.
Yarn ‘stash diving’ excites because it brings up the same feeling of possibility, that trolling through the basement did eons ago.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” - Audrey Hepburn
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