Dreamy Doors, Magic Portals

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My favorite dreamy door in a series taken on my recent trip to Budapest, Austria and Prague. This door in Linz, Austria beckoned, and my inner child is certain that it is a magical portal to another realm. Narnia? Hogwarts, Trollesund?

There were so many magical doorways like this over there, and as I am just days away from turning 50 they led me to reflect on the numerous doors that I have entered, the many that I have not, the doors I have exited and the way life flows from one door to the next. I have been blessed to choose the doorway of a maker. It is an unusual choice for this day and age. A choice of uncertainty regarding material reality. Despite challenges, I remain happy that I entered that portal. My days spent creating allow me a certain calm in the current mixed up story of our world - a way to not be too caught up and a way to see more deeply when I am lucky. 

"The cultivation of focused awareness... cannot be adequately understood as a set of cognitive and affective tranformations alone, because such awareness is also an experience of beauty. As the turmoil of consciousness subsides and we come to rest in a heightened clarity of attention, the natural beauty of the world is vividly enhanced. We marvel at the exquisite tracery of a leaf, the play of light against the bark of a tree, the reflections and ripples in a puddle of water, the deliquescent radiance of a human eye... The same aesthetic vision inspires the imaginative tasks of self- and world-creation. The ennobling truths are not just challenges to act with wisdom and compassion but challenges to act with creativity and aesthetic awareness. Our words, our deeds, our very presence in the world, create and leave impressions in the minds of others... We cannot choose whether to engage with the world, only how to." - Stephen Batchelor "Buddhism Without Beliefs"
 

O'Keefe

As I move closer to celebrating my 49th revolution around the sun I have been studying and listening more in an effort to move toward (or at least get next to sometimes) wisdom.  I recently had the great good fortune of "Walking in Georgia O'Keefe's Footsteps" where she painted at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.  My youngest son and I were both so inspired by the scenery and the O'Keefe sensibility.  What a life.  My heart is often centered and calmed by remembering what she said regarding her own work.  "I have already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain, and I am quite free."  Aaaah - wise woman.  Thank you Ms. O'Keefe.

What's up...

 

 

It's hard to believe 2016 is more than half over.  I feel like I have knit a bazillion of these great crumpled tanks over the summer.  Linen and silk-wrapped stainless steel is a great combination!  I still have a few of these at the studio in chocolate, graphite, saffron, ink and natural.  They are lightweight and very sheer - perfect over a tank or sundress for these last few weeks of sultry summer.  I am just busting out the merino wool and so excited to start knitting fall/winter.  Stay tuned...

Cinematic Inspiration

I don't have cable TV, so I always miss the Oscars.  But for me costumes in the movies hold an irresistible appeal, and I pay attention to these supporting characters, especially the knitwear.  Of course.  Here are a few favorites from the top of my head.  Audrey Hepburn, who was a knitter in real life, knitting that giant red scarf(?) as Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - oh so charming. How do you not fall in love with her? Lyra in "Golden Compass" wearing her gorgeous bulky coat, which looks like it was knit from Noro yarn.  You just know that she will remain safe & warm and retain her innocence in that pink/orange palette.  Trinity exudes the sheer bleakness of her situation in her Skif sweaters in "Matrix." She smolders "Do not F--- with me." Jennifer Beals in those legwarmers and ripped sweatshirt in "Flashdance" was it on a stick as far as I was concerned in the 80's.  There is the goofy holiday sweater scene in "Bridget Jones' Diary" which had me doubled over.  And lately, it seems like I get asked to make the Katniss wrap or some chunky cowl from "Highlander".  Of course, these soft armor pieces are beautiful creations.  I love the boldness, resourcefulness and courage they bring to the strong female characters. Not only can they kick ass, but when they finish up with you, they will go home and whip up their own clothing, thank you very much.   Maybe one day I will see one of my very own sweaters on the silver screen.  A girl can dream, can't she?!