I've finally received my summer yarn shipment, after finding out it has been sitting in the post office in San Miguel de Allende for weeks. I won't go into why that occurred, I'm just very happy it is here now.
And I'm especially happy with the new yarn I ordered. It is always a little dicey ordering yarn online without being able to actually see it or feel it. But, unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to find high quality yarn here in Mexico. If I should discover some, it is priced beyond all practicality. Thank goodness for the internet!
This shipment included Galler's Inca-Eco cotton yarn. I'm thrilled with it! It is amazingly soft and has been spun thick and thin like a handspun yarn, giving it an interesting texture when knit up. I generally have some idea what I want to make when I order a new yarn, but it is not until I have it in my hands and knit up some swatches that I get a clear sense of what I want to do with it.
So I've been busy knitting up swatches and getting filled with ideas and inspiration. I must admit, I've been lacking in inspiration the past couple of months. Just as I sometimes need a new cookbook to regain enthusiasm for cooking, a new yarn can get me excited with possibilities.
Inca-Eco is a 100% organic Peruvian cotton that is dyed with low-impact environmentally-friendly dyes. It
As you may have noticed, I don't post anything here more than once a month. The fact is, I don't feel like I have a lot to say. I'm more of a visual person. Before this site was launched, and when the business was called Hestia Hand-knits, I maintained a Tumblr blog. It was as much about life here on the ranch as it was about the knitting. But now, with the name change and this new website, I've started a new Tumblr blog and it is entirely visual. It is much easier for me to convey my aesthetic and values through pictures than through words. It consists almost entirely of images found across the internet, but this last one is of a detail of my home, taken today.
My only problem with Tumblr is that one has to create an account to view blogs there. I suppose a lot of people may think that they are signing up to create their own blog, but not true. I've found that most of the blogs there are almost entirely of images. Okay, I could be wrong -- there are maybe hundreds of thousands of blogs there and I have only seen the most minute fraction of them, but that is my sense. So the bloggers that I follow are somewhat like curators, pulling together images to tell a story. I can derive a lot of inspiration from some of them.
Here is a screen-shot of a bit of my Tumblr blog:
There is more to see and more images being added all the time. To see it, go here. I hope you enjoy!
So I thought Pinterest was fun and a good marketing tool for me, although a bit of a time-consumer. Well, having heard of Polyvore before, I finally took the time to check it out. For me, it feels like Pinterest on steroids. It allows one to create boards and connect with others, just like Pinterest, but much more fun to create boards, because one can be so much more creative with the layout. I did my first today, but this is only the beginning! After I created the one below, I saw how others are doing theirs and some are exactly like magazine layouts with text and backgrounds and special effects. And it is certainly not just for fashion. You can curate anything you like in a collection. They call Pinterest addictive, but I think my drug of choice now is going to be Polyvore. Its a shopping site, in that you can search for something and it brings up pages and pages of items (although its a good idea to really narrow your search, such as "blue clutch", rather than just "handbag"). And, as with Pinterest, you can collect items from anywhere on the web as well. Oooh, I already feel like I spend much too much time on the computer. Here goes a few more hours!
One of these days I'm going to have to write something about the business of knitting, but today I write to explain why that isn't happening . . . again. The trouble is, it is definitely spring here in central Mexico. And that means the gardening bug has bitten me again. So, although I have several projects going for my spring/summer knitwear collection, I can't seem to get much completed because I am constantly drawn outside. Here is one of the reasons why:
This jasmine vine is growing just outside my kitchen and it is in full, intense bloom. It beckons me to sit outside on the terrace and enjoy its lovely fragrance. And once I'm out there, I realize just how much gardening/landscaping work begs to be done. It is now the dry season here; the rains probably won't come until early summer (although, like everywhere it seems, the weather has been rather unpredictable). Once it starts raining regularly, things, especially weeds, will start shooting up and taking over. And when I say "weeds", I mean plants like tithonia, or Mexican sunflower, which can reach 6 or 7 feet high and branch out to 4 or 5 feet. There's also a wild gourd, that can spread seemingly for miles if let go. Oh, yes, and a kind of wild grape that will cover trees.
So, even if I sit out on the terrace to knit, I'm looking around the property at all that should be done. I see the irises and lavander in bloom and the figs leafing out and I know the seasons won't wait for me to find the time.
But, just to show that there has been some knitting taking place, here is the latest piece now for sale on Etsy:
Now that Christmas is just around the corner, I'm starting to feel festive. One manifestation of that feeling is being in the mood for a special holiday cocktail. I generally just stick to wine, keeping it simple and uncomplicated like all other things in my life, but the holidays call for something special.
I started searching for cocktail recipes and came across this in Food and Wine. Its called the Evergreen Swizzle.
Now, that just sounds really good to me, wintery and fresh and herbal. The problem is, I'm guessing it would be impossible to find pine liqueur here in Mexico.
So . . . my next choice is a French 75, a fizzy, lemony drink, usually made with gin, but this one calls for cognac. Sounds good either way. And, the ingredients aren't hard to come by.
(Recipe: Neal Bodenheimer Image: Paul Costello)
So here's to your Merry Christmas!
I often spend my knitting time outdoors on the covered terrace enjoying the birdsong, the clouds of butterflies, the distant baa-ing of sheep. It is otherwise very quiet out here on the ranch.
Now that the weather is turning cooler I spend more time knitting indoors and while I knit I often listen to podcasts on the laptop. I've received recommendations of things to listen to from various people, but one of my favorites came from another knitter and a good friend. So, I thought I'd pass it on and you can see if you appreciate it as much as I do. The website is onbeing.org. and it is solely interviews with theologians and religious leaders, artists, scientists, and other interesting people on deep topics. Much food for thought. Click on the image for the link to this week's show:
I haven't listened to this particular episode yet, but all past shows are available to listen to as well.
I hope you enjoy it.
This is my first blog post on this site, but here is a link to my tumblr blog, that I started a couple of years ago:
Prior to this website, the name of the business has been Hestia Hand-knits. It came about when brainstorming with a couple of friends and I asked, Who was the goddess of knitting? (I'll let you look it up, if you don't know who Hestia is.) I've never had much affection for the name, but I hadn't come up with anything else that grabbed me. Or, if it did, a small survey of friends showed it didn't impress anyone else. Hence, Connie Powers Knits. Pretty straightforward, right? Rather like me.
So, go ahead and take a look at the tumblr site for a look at the recent past and I'll be back soon with current goings-on.
Connie is a knitter and gardener in love with life on a small ranch in rural Mexico.