Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"We Shall Be Knit Together"

As many of you know, the last year has been a rough one.

It's been a year of finding my footing again after experiencing a devastating loss. A year of navigating a world without my best friend and life partner. A year of profound change.

Through it all (and through much of the preceding time during his illness), one constant source of support and comfort has been that of friends - in particular, the group with whom I gather every Thursday evening at The Lancaster Yarn Shop, in the words of shop proprietor and all around Yarn Whisperer, Wendy Ellis, to "knit and natter"...


From the beginning, sharing nothing more than a love for this beautiful hand work we do, these women welcomed me, as they have countless others.

We're a diverse group - some young, some middle aged, some older. Some mommies, some not. Some financially comfortable, some struggling. Some heavy, some thin. Some working outside the home, some not, some retired. Some liberal, some conservative. But we have this love of knitting in common. It stitches us together as surely as the projects on our needles are stitched.

In a world of crazy schedules and electronic communication, these Thursday nights provide grounding, and a real connection. As it has been throughout history, knitting together is an act of friendship and community. It's done in a space devoid of judgement or criticism, where we can be ourselves, and receive encouragement. A place of safety and support.

I wanted to do something to honor this, and the painting above is the result. Some of the women are loosely based on the women in my group (some more than others, lol), and some are not. The scene in the background is loosely based on The Lancaster Yarn Shop, in Intercourse, PA - but perhaps also your own LYS (local yarn shop?)

I'm thrilled and honored that the original will hang there in the shop - my happy place and home away from home. :)

And if you'd like to give it a place in your own home, prints are now available in the Etsy shop. The printer will drop-ship in the US and Canada, which saves a bit of time (European orders may take a little longer, as they have to come here first).

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my latest work, and please do leave a comment. I'll be back very soon with another piece to share.

In the meantime, be well, and keep knitting. ;)

♥ Carolee








Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Prints Available!

Prints are now available. Click HERE. :)


Thanks for your support, your kind comments, and your shares crediting me with the original work.

♥ Carolee

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Nevertheless, She Persisted"

A rallying cry if ever we heard one, eh? ;)

It's been a rough couple of months since my last post, both personally and well, globally...

Like many, I've been alternating between shock and heartbreak for the insanity that seems to have taken over our country on so many levels, and I've been spending time doing as the late Carrie Fisher said, by taking my broken heart and making it into art...


I began in December by knitting several pussyhats to donate to women participating in the March on Washington, and have been gathering with others determined to resist, making posters, making calls, sending emails, postcards and so on...Then as soon as we all heard about Elizabeth Warren being silenced on the Senate floor - and the words spoken by the man who silenced her - it was inspiration for a piece of art.

I called on women friends (via Facebook) to share their own stories about every "warning", and every "explanation" they'd ever heard, from childhood on up. The idea was to make this "our" piece - something to which every woman could contribute and relate. Something universal and empowering. Something for the Resistance. 

So here it is, a 10" x 20" canvas, done in acrylic and micron pen.

It was cathartic, and maybe even a little empowering to paint, and if it inspires one women, or one young girl to persist - and resist - the patriarchy, it will have done its job.

As of typing this, the piece is available in my Etsy shop.

Finally, "Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” ~ HRC

Until next time, stay strong, and #resist

♥ Carolee






Sunday, December 4, 2016

♥ Hygge ~ A Holiday Open Housewarming ♥

It's been about four months since the big move to smaller quarters, and we're settling in despite waves of missing John terribly. He would have liked this little cottage, and I think he'd be pleased with the idea of all our friends gathering here to infuse the place with warmth and good cheer as winter approaches.


 The housewarming is aptly titled "Hygge" (pronounced "hue-geh") the Danish word, which (while there is really no direct English definition that does it justice), loosely translates to the concept of coziness and camaraderie; the sense of feeling connected, and of taking pleasure and appreciating the everyday things that stir our senses and warm our hearts. The best description I've found so far is here.

So the little retro kitchen will be busy over the next couple of weeks, as cookies are baked and soups are set to simmer, narrowing down the buffet style menu (which so far consists of both cocktail meatballs and vegetarian meatballs, a pasta salad or two, buffalo chicken dip with baguettes, a pomegranate salsa with chips, and assorted cookies and sweets)...


Unfortunately, the piano hasn't been tuned since the move, but I do hope we can find a guitarist or two among the guests, and maybe even sing a few carols (Christmas carols = instant hygge). ;)


So many friends are scattered far, far away, and geography prevents them from attending, but I know they'll be here in spirit, and perhaps even visit one day. And those who are here - I look forward to seeing you!

In the meantime, I'm holding everyone close in my heart, and wishing you all a season filled with all this warmth and friendship and hygge, and joy in simple pleasures wherever you find them.

Love and light,
♥ Carolee

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My New Front Door...

This is what happens when an artist buys a new cottage...



Next up: the dining room table and a piano bench.

Stay tuned. ;)

♥ Carolee

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Congratulations...

...Laura!

You've won my little giveaway. :)

I'll look forward to hearing from you, and in the meantime, anyone who'd like to participate in future giveaways, please visit and follow my Facebook page...

Back very soon!

♥ Carolee

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sometimes a Little Madness and a Little Giveaway...

....And a tumble down the Rabbit Hole...


 Is exactly what one needs to make the world not so topsy-turvy anymore. ♥

Do come in, and grab a cup of your favorite brew (mine is currently this lovely lemon chiffon!)...


And choose one of these yummy cookies (actually a birthday surprise a while back from a very special friend and Alice collector!) This picture, and her thoughtfulness always make me smile. :)

To be honest, my world has been turned completely upside down recently, and in the most devastating way, so I'm afraid I haven't had time for really proper tea party preparations. But with the help of my friends, both real-life and online, I'm picking up the pieces and forging ahead with a new chapter...

  
In the midst of all these changes, I'm back in the studio, and working on - what else? - a new Alice inspired piece...


(A hint - there will be a very LARGE White Rabbit involved.)

Anywho..

I'm sorry this is so short, and probably less than super imaginative....But I thank you ever so much for visiting, and if you leave a comment, I will draw a name in a few days (say next Saturday?) and the winner can choose their favorite print from my Etsy shop. I think Alice tumbling down the Rabbit Hole may even be there, but you can have your pick!

Much love, and Happy Tea Partying...

xoxo,
~ Carolee