The Mountain View Knitting Guild in Fryeburg, Maine asked me to speak last week. I do a talk on "Stories of Knitting". One member, a woman who had grown up in Austria, brought this adorable child's sweater to show. All Austrian woman are taught to knit in school, and when they have children, they knit this sweater for them. I love this sweater. It is well-worn and well-loved. It the epitome of a hand-knitted garment: simple, beautiful, loved, humble.
Many of the ladies of this guild had hand-knit name tags!
They meet in a church basement.
Fryeburg, Maine is a three and a half hour drive so guild member Linda Sorensen kindly offered me hospitality for the night. She is a jeweler as well as a knitter. Below are some beautiful lapis lazuli and silver necklaces being made in her studio/workshop.
Linda is knitting a vest with the "Knit One Below" method. It creates a beautiful and dense fabric.
And Linda makes pysanky, Ukranian Easter eggs.
Her eggs are breathtaking.
I was entranced.
Linda's husband David keeps bees. This is something my husband and I would love to do.
David is a horticulturalist and he grows acres of raspberries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries and fruit trees for a "pick your own" garden called Berry Knoll Farm. They live in Eaton, NH and I am going to bring my family and go pick berries there this summer.
And when I do I will take photos of the garden for the blog. Because on this visit I only had eyes for pysanky!
Thank you Mountain View Knitters and thank you Linda and David!