Friday, July 30, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
New head scarves in chenille...they don't slip and come in rich fall colors.
Irish wool yarns, new old stock, discontinued treasures to crochet retro berets.
More Irish wool, my "pathfinder" tam, inspired by J.F. Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales.
It;'s a good time to leave the beaten paths and let imagination guide me to broaden my merchandize palette.
As always, made with passion:)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Often it just takes a memory, a picture or in this case, a great yarn deal, to trigger a creative rush.
It had started with knitting ponchos, in a variety of textures and colors, and I wanted to add even more of an artisan feel to them in the future. Basically I was captured by my former fascination of anything Bohemian when I was in my teens.
I never shied away from ruffles as long as I could pair them with old levi's and I valued my hand knitted sweater. Up to this day I love long flowing skirts and I don't worry about any pattern being too wild.
My little research brought me to wikipedia as usual, and while boho chic is attributed to some young 2000'ish movie stars and starlettes, I found some more intriguing figures from the past when Bohemian was introduced and associated with the lifestyle
"Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits, with few permanent ties. Bohemians can be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.
"The Bombshell Manual of Style author, Laren Stover, breaks down the Bohemian into five distinct mind-sets/styles in Bohemian Manifesto: a Field Guide to Living on the Edge. The Bohemian is "not easily classified like species of birds," writes Stover, noting that there are crossovers and hybrids. The five types are:
- Nouveau: bohemians with money who attempt to join traditional bohemianism with contemporary culture
- Gypsy: drifters, neo-hippies, and others with nostalgia for previous, romanticized eras
- Beat: also drifters, but non-materialist and art-focused
- Zen: "post-beat," focus on spirituality rather than art
- Dandy: no money, but try to appear as if they have it by expensive or rare items - such as brands of alcohol"
The "Dorelia" look
Karlovy Vary Czech Republik, heart of Bohemia
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Evil descends in one night.
As Berlin burns, Karl's family waits in New Church for the Nazis to come. The Wallich family hides in a nearby apartment. Lucy Strasburg, girlfriend of a Nazi officer, watches with horror, realizing what the "glory of the Reich" really means...and wondering what, if anything, she can do.
After this tragic plot I reached for "Emerald O'Brien makes a killer cup of tea", the first in the series of "Ghost of a chance".
I enjoy this rather light-hearted mystery witch novel by Yasemine Galenorn.
Emerald O'Brien is the owner of the Chintz 'n China Tea Room where guests are served the perfect blend of tea and tarot reading. She never set out to be a detective, but once word gets out that she can communicate with the dead, there's no turning back...
I have a tall stack of more reading choices on my nightstand. I would love to hear what others have on their lists and a short personal review.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I am right there with the retailers, well maybe a step or 2 behind, but way better prepared to stock up on autumn inventory than any other year in the past.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Hi everyone, happy 4th of July.