Thank You


Thank you all so much for your kind thougths and comments following my last post; it’s meant a lot to me to read them. We’ve done ok since – we think of her often but life is going on.

In the meantime, I’ve been hard at work on a couple of long term projects. There’s not much I can say about it for now, so that leaves me high and dry regarding blog topics. What do others do when blog block strikes? Much as I’d like to, I really don’t have anything personal on the needles and I’m guessing that most won’t be exactly fascinated by my quest for the perfect loaf of whole grain bread…

Ah – there is one thing: I really, really feel like sewing again and even ordered a book from yesasia. I don’t know if I’ll actually have time to sew anything but at least I played with my half scale dress form: what’s pictured here is a ‘toile’; it isn’t draped but is actually a mock up in inexpensive fabric of a pattern. The pattern in question will be knit, but this little exercise allowed me to refine the neckline and visualize the bands. I had thought I’d make it slightly a-line but decided against it in favor of a slightly indented waist and side slits.

So, that’s my story for today. If anyone has ideas on how to break blogger’s block, please leave me a note in the comments.

  • patty

    blogging you could do.

    What is outside your window and how it translates to your designs.

    What shapes are you working on and how it fits a multiple of sizes.

    Color work, what you are doing, experimenting with and thinking of in the summer months ahead.

    Do you have a garden?

    Your favorite designers, how have they influenced your designs.

    Places you have visited recently. Seen any good movies? read any good books?

  • Kate

    Actually, the perfect loaf of whole wheat bread is a quest worthy of blogging. I’d like to find a decent whole wheat breadmaker loaf recipe that doesn’t taste overwhelmingly of molasses….

  • I agree with Kate.

    I would also love to read about your design process in general. Do you see an existing garment and take inspiration from that or does it just spring from your imagination? Do you still encounter stumbling blocks? What’s your first step? Do you use stitch dictionaries or do you just swatch combinations and see how they turn out?

    And please share more of your sewing. I love it too.

  • I don’t have any hints on care and feeding of a blog. (my own exists mostly in my mind, never makes it to the computer). However, I must comment on your jar of needles on the piano. A much nicer arrangement than my old canning jar full that sits on the tank of my toilet! It’s nice to see that I’m not he only one who uses old straight needles for decorating.

  • Naomi

    Blogging ideas:
    * Photos of your world
    * Your thoughts on color and how to use color in knitting
    * Photos of your yarn stash
    * UFOs lurking in your stash
    * Projects by others that you’ve admired lately
    * Books you like

    Thanks for your wonderful work!

  • Hmmm
    This is my dilemma: do I actually do something: knit, watercolour, photograph or…
    talk about it.
    Rather do it !!
    So my blog has been useless for a long time now AND I keep filing on Ravelry. What can a girl do ?

  • KT

    are you baking the whole grain bread yourself? If so, I’m interested!

  • A little something “off-topic” never hurts. . . .
    Like others have said above: a photo of something that you find visually inspiring (I recently posted about the geranium in my window) or humorous; a poem; your bread quest (I once had some success adding applesauce); a painting; a landscape or bird or people in your neighborhood. . . .

  • In the winter, I struggle with what to write on my blog. In the other months, it’s easy. If I ever run out of something to say, I just talk about my garden.
    It’s made more difficult if you can’t blog about your current knitting projects and you spend every moment of your day working on those projects.
    If cooking is your thing, take pictures and talk about it. Who doesn’t love home baked bread?

  • Grace

    I too am interested in hearing about the perfect loaf of whole grain bread since I’ve been trying to bake one without too much luck (unless you are wondering where to buy). Please share! If you are looking for where to purchase one, and are ever visiting southern Vancouver Island, just yell and I’ll tell you where it can be found.

  • Blog about the goats. Oh wait. Their mine, not yours. Hmm. You need hamsters.

  • Katie

    I would love, LOVE to know how you became a self-taught designer; although, that may be too much for a blog post.
    I don’t have a blog so anything I say about blog block is going to be a crock.
    I will say that I love your blog.
    Best wishes I am sure your blog block will pass.

  • Veronik, I know how difficult it is to move forward after such a loss. These small creatures are so central to the meaning and process of our daily lives that everything has to settle back into a new order when the sad time comes and they depart.

    Looking at the toile, I would suggest that you do some blogging about the manner in which sewing and knitting coincide. As a lifelong sewer, I’ve often felt I had an advantage in knowing the details of fitting and pattern construction that you must know to sew well. I often read questions and comments from knitters who do not sew that knowing how to sew would have answered for them.

    Your garments always show a wonderful command of fitting elements in their designs. You could make a real contribution in providing insight along those lines.

    Best Wishes,


  • AliP in the Qc

    Baby, have I got a recipe for YOU. How whole grain do you like your whole grain bread? I used to call mine Weeds n’ Seeds bread and sold it to a few people in my neighborhood back in NS. It is NOT bread machine friendly in its original state…makes 3 or 4 loaves at a time. If i can find the concise scribble of directions, I will get it to you.

  • Blog Block can be hard but I find if I’ve really got nothing to say then the best thing is to go out for a walk, making sure I take the camera, and I usually come home with something in mind.

  • Sarah

    My husband and I are also in search of the perfect whole grain/whole wheat loaf. He is particularly enamoured lately with Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor. It is quite technical but that should not be a problem for someone who can design such wonderful knitwear!

  • So sorry about your cat. We lost our own dear kitty two weeks ago. So sad.

    As for the whole wheat bread… My favorite recipe is 1 tblspn black strap molasses, 1 tblspn honey, 1 tspn salt, 1 1/4 cups water, 1 cup bread flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat, 1 cup spelt flour, 1/4 cup gluten, 1 1/2 tspns yeast. If you use a bread maker you add ingredients in this order. Sooo yummy and rich! 🙂