Inspiring Women and A New Project, Colorwork

There are those in live life that influence you and then there are those that inspire.  My favorite poem was recently read my someone who inspires me both visually and verbally.  That someone is Lori Graham, also known as Lori Times Five on Instagram.  Lori recently posted a beautiful collection of her photos from recent trips meshed with gorgeous music and my all time favorite poem by Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree. 

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. 
 And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings; There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, And evening full of the linnet’s wings. 
 I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Because of Lori’s posts on Instagram I have been visually transported to Ireland, Scotland, Shetland, Finland and Norway.  Her photos capture the pure essence and beauty of these countries, and the photos of people, sheep and knitting make me want to go to these places too and see through my eyes where my very own ancestors came from, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  These places have always called to my heart and at times I feel the reason Kentucky pulls at my heart strings as in some ways the terrain often reminds me of Scotland.  Some day I will go to these places but meantime I can journey there through inspiring photos and books.

There is someone else who inspired me to learn new things, especially spinning.  Her name was Elseline and I met her online through Ravelry in a group hosted by Clara Parkes. 

Elseline was so incredibly talented and so very inspiring.  Her spinning was so beautiful, her weaving was phenomenal and her English paper piecing(fussy cutting ) was amazing.  She was an avid knitter who created gorgeous sweaters out of her own handspun and finished projects so fast I often found I couldn’t keep up.  She often reminded me she had much more time being retired than I did and to be patient, one day I would have loads of time to do all the things I loved.  

I lost my dear friend quite suddenly a few months after loosing my mom.  I learned so much from this woman.  I never met her but our friendship will always be remembered and treasured.  I often think we meet people in our journey through life for various reasons, to inspire and be inspired, to give and never take.  To simple touch lives in ways we may never fully understand or to even imagine the impact w might have on others.

I regret that I did not join her in knitting a Sheep Heid hat out of handspun as we both bought Shetland samplers in natural colors and spun together and thought it would be fun to have almost matching hats.  As I sit here today reminiscing,  I am thinking about casting on my first colorwork project, a Sheep Heid Hat to honor the memory of my sweet friend Els.  It’s also small way for me to get back to my “roots”, dream of traveling to the Shetland Isles and Scotland, and a way to use my own finished  handspun that I spun with my dear friend.   I will have to order a bit more Shetland wool to spin so that I will have what is need for this awesome hat and I can’t wait!

Courtesy of KDDandco – Kate Davies
This tam features jolly sheep around the brim, and horned rams atop the crown. It uses all 9 sheepy shades of Shetland Supreme jumper weight, showcasing the variety of fleece colours in this marvelous yarn.  The tam takes about 190 yards in total, and you’ll need 25 yards or less of each of the 9 shades of Shetland Supreme. – Kate Davies

Once my hat is finished, I will be casting on Harriet’s Head Band, which is not only simple and beautiful, but the pattern proceeds supports a wonderful cause.  For more information on the MRI Makers Project, please visit them online here.

Courtesy of the MRI Makers

Thank you so much for letting me share with you today.  I hope in some small way I have inspired you to remember treasured memories and to do what you love.

Until next time, be creative.

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