This afternoon I’m leaving the farm for a brief 24 or so hours. I’ll be speaking in Topsfield to The Essex County Needlecraft Guild tomorrow which I am really looking forward to. But it is hard to leave this place – even for a day. Besides leaving the physical beauty of the place, there is always the strain it puts on my family and the farm. Julia is over the days of crying for hours before I leave but she still gets quite anxious and can’t tell me enough how much she loves me and will miss me. I cherish every little "I love you Mommy" I get from her 10 - almost 11 - year old mouth. I know when I walk out the door, everything will be fine but it does put a guilt trip on my mama heart.
In the throws of organizing for the talk, I received a call from Mary McClintock, a local writer, who has been asked to do a short article about our lamb business for the local food coop Greenfields Market. To say that the world is small is an understatement. Mary said that my name sounded familiar so she started to dig. It turns out that she is also an "indexer" and she prepared the index for Kristin Knits. How funny is that?
Of course, the conversation turned to knitting and we chatted a bit. She said she knows how to knit and really enjoys the process of knitting. She learned so that she would have something to do when she attends meetings which she evidently does very frequently. And then she told me that she mostly makes squares and then rips them out and re-knits the same yarn into a different square. For Mary, it is the process of knitting that she likes the most. We had a bit of an interesting conversation about this, knitting in general and then knitters. She let me in on this great article she wrote for the Christian Science Monitor. You all will probably really enjoy it.
So let me run off and attend to my crazy multi-tasking life. In the meantime, here's a question for you?
Are you a "process" or "product" knitter, crocheter or stitcher?
And why exactly do you knit, crochet or stitch?
I'll let you in on why I knit when I return later in the week.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.