Squam Notebook

Has it really been 2 months? 2 months since Squam? hard to believe the summer is just flying by. So many eloquent, talented people, have already said much about this magical place. Here are just a few more words.

Path, Squam art workshop
growing yarn bombs
Lake textures
Majestic Moth

Squam is a dream camp: surrounded by all that natural magic, and the magic that comes from being around so many lovely, thoughtful makers, I also had the privilege to take 2 classes from talented teachers: Pattern play with Cal Patch and Heirloom Boats with Ann Wood. (in a future post, I’ll share the 2 garments based on the patterns I created in class since returning home…)

Process, heirloom boats
Supplies, heirloom boats

my little red white and blue boat even made it into Ann’s blog! Within minutes of returning home, that fragile pine cone garland was destroyed by curious little hands. The boat has since been moved to a safer perch, a small reminder of the lake, new friends, and all that taking a little time to stop, reflect, and make, can bring.

Squam lake, dusk

New Year Wishes

For 2011, I’ve decided to break with my no resolution habit, and pick a few wishes for the new year.
1. Make and take more! no more lists, more finished projects. and more pictures.
2. Spend more time here.
3. Eat less animal products. Our vegetarian family eats a lot of dairy and eggs. While I could never be a vegan, I think we could use a little less animal products in our diet.
4. learn to crochet! I love knitting, but find that with 2 small boys, it’s often hard to finish a row. crochet seems like the way to go since you can drop and pick up at any point without worry your project will get holes or unravel. I got the jump on this one as soon a Yvonne posted about her new pattern. Been admiring those pillows of hers for a long time. And as 2010 wound to a close, I was able to finish all the circles. More on ravelry.
5. less is more! in 2010 we downsized into a space we love. I’d like to continue to let go of things that are weighing us down, material and otherwise.