I’ve always known that knitting brings all kinds of wonderful. When I was little it was a sweater, hats, mittens and the best Cabbage Patch and Barbie clothes knit by my grandmother and her friends that none of classmates/friends had. Now that I’m older its the projects I make myself or friends make for me like cozy socks on my feet, a cowl around my neck, and still the fabulous hats and mittens.
When my family and I went on a Maine Knitting Cruise last year it was more of the same wonderful this time with several faces I didn’t know. I was bummed (and happy) to know that this year the June and September knitting cruises are already full and only space on the July remains open. I’m bummed because it means I won’t get to sail on another knitting cruise this year (I expect the July trip will fill soon) but happy that there are so many knitters out there who will get to experience this incredible trip.
Last week I got a call out of the blue from a writer for the Huffington Post. She was doing a story on knitting trips and wanted to include information on the J&ERiggin‘s knitting cruises. As we were talking she asked my name so she could quote me. When I told her she stumbled over her words a little finally asking “Do you have a blog? You do don’t you?” Turns out in her research she had found the post I did last year on the knitting trip and loved the photos I had shared. She asked if I had more and would I allow her to use them for the article. But you can’t guess what my answer was?! Needless to say, I sent her a link to my Flickr page where I had 7 pages of photos from the knitting trip. She choose 12 of them.
This is the second publication in short time that has run a story on the knitting trips. The first was in a state paper in late February (that one used one of my photos too!) and then of course the one today. See, I told you, knitting attracts all kinds of wonderful.
Even after its petals have dropped a sunflower still has something to give. Seeds to the birds and the memory of sun on your face and the fragrance that comes from the garden on a warm September day. It won’t be too much longer before we’ll have blooming flowers again – especially if Maine’s weather stays warm like this.
I couldn’t tell you when I first started to love making photographs. I’m not one of those ‘I’ve been taking photos since I was a kid’ kind of stories. It’s been gradual; less than 10 years that I’ve really enjoyed the art. I find the more I shoot the more particular I get about the who, what, when and where of my shots and the more I develop my own style and preferences. Seven plus years ago I really started to make photos that I was proud of. Looking back at those now I can’t stand most of them….funny how that works. It was only a few years ago that my daughter started to enjoy taking photos too. She love to follow me around and photograph what I’m photographing, especially at the Farmer’s Markets and Botanical Gardens.
A couple of weeks ago she and I went out for a photo journey with the theme ‘Christmas in Rockland’ in mind. This was our first photo walk and we’ve since decided that once a month or so we will go somewhere in Maine with a theme in mind and just take photos then come home and look at them together. I love this for two reasons. One - it gives us time together which I adore and two – it is a great hobby for her to have and perhaps it will develop into more as she learns and grows.
Here are some shots from our photo journey around Rockland.
Is anyone else feeling like there has been a lack of photography on here lately? I sure have. Since I’m the publisher that means its up to me to do something about it….so I am.
I made these photos a couple of years ago on a fall foliage drive we took to Moxie Falls (Maine). They aren’t from the falls, though I could share those if you’d like, but somewhere along the drive where I yelled out “STOP” and scared the bejezus out of my husband (he thought there was something in the road – whoops). Hey – ya gotta take advantage of a photo-op when you see one, right?!