The author wanted to see a particular garment from an earlier iteration of my website.
She also wondered why I have so little knitting on this one.
looking for the vest she remembered.
Alas, I found not a single pixel.
But I did find plenty of others.
some of which have become 'real,'
the indescribably sensuous feeling of yarn slipping through fingers
wrapping around needles, loop through loop, through loop.
tapestry, needlepoint and paint,
other than actually knitting.
Like breathing, it is something I can't seem to stop doing.
And I don't want to.
Why, then is there so little knitting on this website?
Why a tapestry archive and no knitting one to balance it?
Am I being elitist?
Is the dreaded art/craft hierarchy warping my thinking?
is that my professional life used to be more knitting centric than it is now.
Garments I made in the past ("Kestrels Alight" for Knitting in America, for instance),
garments destined for publication, were likely to be professionally photographed,
both for the magazine or book in question and for my records.
But as tapestry came to dominate the portion of my work that was "out in the world,"
my knitting became private, my sweaters my everyday clothes.
And who wants to see that?
so I stopped writing down the patterns -- or only as jots on fragments of paper.
while the original sweater lives in a pile with all the others).
And there is infinite pleasure in simple garments that I reach for day after day,
year after year.
There are now so many that I have a notebook of when I wash each one
so I don't lose track.
or only as not very good sweater selfies --
hardly fit for a knitting archive.
a collection of garments I've made
all in one place.
One of these fine days, I might actually do it.
Now, however, I'm trying to get a pile of mismatched hand spun leftovers to work together as though I meant it. Stay tuned....