Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sketches before the Storm

I prepared for Hurricane Irene by going to Kripalu for the day on Saturday. After Danny Arguetty's excellent workshop on twists, followed by a session with Heidi Spears on "yoga breaks" (mostly breathing techniques, or pranayama, that you can do in spare moments throughout your day), I felt truly relaxed and ready for whatever Sunday might bring. As it turned out, at my condo we were fortunate--less than an inch of water in the basement and a few fallen branches. We never lost our power.

While I was at Kripalu, the rain held off until late afternoon, so I was able to walk the beautiful labyrinth and sketch both indoors and out. It felt like the perfect bookend to the summer, which began with sketching at Squam Lake in New Hampshire.

Kripalu Lawn View
Kripalu Second-Floor View_1
Kripalu Second-Floor View_2
Kripalu Bunny

If you were Irene's path, how did you fare? I feel incredibly lucky, compared to others here in New England. Today's post by Kristin Nicholas at Getting Stitched on the Farm has links to videos of flooding in Shelburne Falls and Brattleboro. My heart goes out to everyone in these towns, which have long been two of my favorite day-trip destinations.

OK, let's move on to happier topics! Number one, I'll be releasing a new pattern very soon. Details forthcoming in the next few days; for now, here's a little teaser:

LoT_Thumb Detail

Number two, work continues on both the sample knitting and pattern writing for Pomegranate, and all's going well. I keep expecting something to not work out, but so far, there have been no surprises or rip-backs at all:

Pomegranate in Progress

Last, a few odds and ends:

***Rebecca is offering free shipping until Labor Day on her embroidery samplers and other good stuff, including the exuberantly colorful Paisley.

***Kristin's slowly but surely knitting up a most gorgeous fingering-weight blanket. And not a baby blanket, but a full-scale blanket big enough to cover a queen-size bed. I think I'll be sad when she's done, because there won't be any more great posts from her about it, such as this, this, and this.

***Plenty of artists are inspired by shells and stones found at the beach (me included). Something else caught the eye of New Zealander Paul Hutchinson. The resulting painting is absolutely perfect.

***My Squash Blossom Bookmark pattern is in another Etsy treasury today. Check out Sylvana Vintage Designs for details. The treasury includes some squash-colored hand-dyed yarns.


KnitNana said...

Can't wait to see your new projects, and thank you for the links...I'm devastated by the catastrophe in Vermont, but thankfully my family is safe.

adrienne *+*(^_^) +*+ said...

Going to Kripalu right before the hurricane sounded like a good idea. Seems like a wonderful place. I love all your drawings. They reflect your suroundings and glad to hear you didn't get any damage from the storm.

KPiep said...

Well aren't you sweet!thanks for the compliments and the links to my blanket. It truly is oneofmy favorite things.

And I am very excited about your sweater. I'll edit from the first, and cant wait for the finished pattern!

Jenny said...

Lovely post, Bonnie. Naturally I'm partial to the rabbits of Kripalu sketch. But your note about Rebecca R's embroidery sent me over to her Etsy store.

Evelyn said...

Your sketches are stunningly beautiful. Thanks for sharing them ... and I can't wait to see how your Pomegranate comes out.

Tierney Barden said...

Pomegranate looks fabulous, even under construction! Bonnie, I'm very anxious for its completion and pattern release. Surely another Blue Peninsula gem to knit and wear. Your sketchbook is so lovely to look at. Bunnies always bring a smile.