As Americans throughout our continent and throughout our world celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you and yours, the very yummiest of days. As a Thanksgiving tradition at our dinner table, we go around the entire table and everyone, young or old, shares with the rest of the family what they are thankful for. It is always a lot of fun - some of our family members' thoughts are very serious and some are very funny. I especially love to hear what the kids have to say.
So today, on the morning of Thanksgiving, I want to say to you all that I am incredibly thankful for all of you out there who encourage me by reading and commenting on my blog. This blog has become a very special part of my life - way more important to me than I every thought it would or could become. You all give me a reason to remain motivated to create new projects, develop new knitting and stitching patterns, and to compile and write books. You all are helping to support our farm and for that my family and I are very grateful. Many of you have participated in our "Getting Stitched On The Farm Classes" which is really a dream come true for me. To put it out there in the universe and to actually have knitters come to our farm is something I never could have imagined would ever happen here when we bought this old farmhouse and abandoned orchard back in 1998.
Through this blog, I have stretched my artistic boundaries. You have encouraged my photography immensely - another thing that I could never have envisioned happening. Never before would I have taken the time to walk around for hours through the fields and along our road capturing the little bits of beauty before me. Never would I have thought so much about how much nature inspires my sense of color - nor documented it so often.
For those of you who often write to me for advice on how to begin a career in knitwear, (or for those who are itching to write but perhaps can't find the time) - all I can say is "just do it." You never know until you try what failure or success you will have -- but you will learn something none the less.
And so Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Our best from all of us at Leyden Glen Farm for a wonderful day!
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.