But first and foremost I want to thank you all again for your comments and the nice things you said about Katariina. Thank you to you also who are coming to read.
When did I start to embroider?
Again as in so many times before, it was my Mother who gave me my first canvas - maybe at the age of 6 or something. I have been embroidering ever since occasionally but never concentrating on it only. My parents were very busy when I was a child but Mother always had time to take me to the local LYS whenever I wanted to and Father never was too busy to point out beauty whether in nature or designing or art. He made me to look at the stars in the black sky or feel for the softness of a finished wood. Later on I was lucky to to be an exchange student in the US in the late 70's and there got an opportunity to watch and learn from a master embroiderer and a dear friend Chris. It was fascinating to follow her work and see pictures come to life on canvas with the help of floss and needles.
(While I remember:
How does Katariina feel when worn? Hmmm... She is very thick. And the wool is a bit scratchy so she needs something underneath. But otherwise she is fine. At the moment I'm a bit tired of her and probably am not going to wear her that much - yet. When I knit my previous twined sweater, it was a few years ago, I sort of exhausted myself there as well, but I have used her this winter and truly and honestly enjoy her now. So I'm sure Katariina will have her journeys one day but maybe not this winter. - I really like the idea of a sweater taking on a journey. When you look at the old pieces in museums or in your own wardrobe, just think about the stories they could tell.
Why twined knitting?
I'm not sure if I have ever explained why I'm so drawn to this technique. But all comes together for me in this.
It is knitting - this meditating and calming way of breathing.
one UFO - she is missing her mate...
There aren't many patterns for twined knitting. I get to wander along my own paths without too many distractions and make my own.
I was talking on the phone with my dear friend the other day and she asked what was I knitting at the moment. I replied that I have a feeling that I will never ever knit another stitch in my entire life again. Maybe Katariina is my very last knit because frankly I do not feel like knitting...
I have bought both of Anne's beautiful lace patterns, Casino and Moth. And one of my daughters wants to have a shawl. We chose the yarn Silvia (silk/wool) from Wetterhoff, I chose the needles and watched myself cast on again. I have had no problems, I have been able to put my brain on the auto pilot on Anne's instructions which are very clear and easy to follow. Just what I need.
And guess what? The joy of knitting is back.
I hope you find your joy on whatever you are up to today!