Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Whatcha building?

The Pavilion at The Lareau Farm Inn

I spent this past weekend in Vermont at a lovely Inn - eating delicious, organic food and fraternizing with delightful family and friends.  Saturday morning found me deep in a comfortable chair by the porch while guests and their children wandered in and out enjoying the perfect weather and the local, scrumptious breakfast.  It was the first time in weeks (months?) that I've had quality knit time.

First Sam-the-innkeeper walked by and asked, "Whatcha building?"  Then later Lisabeth-the-innkeeper asked me the same question.  I'm not sure if others use this terminology, but I had never heard it before.  The idea of building a project (versus making or just plain knitting) is new to me.

I am a knitter, but I balk at other descriptions of myself such as artist or crafter.  "Artist" seems to high-falutin'.  "Crafter" conjures up images of popsicle sticks, glue, and glitter.  [This stuff is my own baggage people, label yourselves as you will.]

I'm lounging on the porch to the right on an extremely comfy couch.

When I knit an object, the act of knitting is usually the most time-consuming part of the process, but it is not the only part.  There is the research for the pattern, the measuring, the swatching, the measuring again, the math, the measuring yet again, the adjustments, and then, finally, the cast on.  Just as one might design plans for a structure, lay a foundation, or measure wood for a piece of furniture.  

George Schenk from American Flatbread and his amazing ovens.

As I looked around me at the many things at the Inn that were made by hand with integrity and authenticity, I was proud that Lisabeth and Sam had invited me into their group of builders.  

What I built:

Pattern:  Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang
Yarn:  Rowan felted tweed 


anne marie in philly said...

knitting reminds me of building a lay the foundation (cast on) first.

then it's one layer of "bricks" (stitches) on top of another layer, on top of another layer, etc.

when you reach the top, you add the roof (cast off).

see...not so far fetched!

pretty mitts, BTW...have a great summer to you and your family!

LaurieM said...

I can go for that... building is a good word.

Sometimes when I knit I'm an artist, I can feel creative expression just flowing through my fingers. When I tackle a technical difficulty or thrill at the skill in my stitches, then I feel I'm a Knitter. I don't think I ever really feel I'm a crafter though. Not even when knitting dishcloths from neon cotton. At those times, I'm in it for the process.

Unknown said...


Great post! I'm Steve and I work at Flatbread. Loved the words and the pictures. Megan, who takes care of our marketing stuff, is a big knitter as well. Drop me a note at if you ever want to catch up...

tiennie said...

It's all so wonderful!

Dorothy said...

Nice expression. The inn looks and sounds beautiful!