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