Friday, June 10, 2011
P Is for Pekinese
The coolest, loopiest stitch I learned in Rebecca Ringquist's Stitch Dictionary class at Squam Art Workshops was Pekinese. It makes me so happy, I got carried away and embellished the letter "P" on my sampler with it.
Please don't look too closely at my outline stitch on that sampler! I just couldn't get it right at first and I was going to rip out what I'd done. But when I asked Rebecca to come look at it, she said, "Oh, that's pretty! I like it!" I looked down at my sampler in surprise. Pretty? Really? Rebecca advised me to just keep going. What a nice lesson about regarding your less-than-perfect efforts with patience and kindness.
When I finish this sampler, I'm going to do Rebecca's 2010 Stitch Dictionary sampler, which I got at the Squam Art Fair, prettily tied up in a green ribbon:
Queen Anne's lace done with French knots! How cool is that?
In knitting news: I'm almost done with the tank top I've been designing. The pattern is going to a tech editor next week and will be available soon. I had hoped to finish in time to wear it at Squam, but that wasn't really realistic. It was much too cool to wear it there, anyway. Here's a sneak peek at the top in progress:
If you live in the Pioneer Valley and are looking for something fun to do, check out the Northampton Camera Club show at River Valley Market. My Mount Holyoke friend and colleague MJ Maccardini, whose sense of humor and eye for the strangeness of even the most ordinary things never fail to delight, is in the show. It opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8 pm and runs through June 30.