The past month has involved quite a bit of hard work preparing for our photography show; the show is opening on December 2nd at Marti's on Main in Albion, New York. When we first decided to do a photography show this December, the idea seemed rather simple and easy to pull off. Of course it could have stayed that way, but the more we worked on it, the bigger our plans became and the more work there was to be done. No regrets about that at all, we are having a good time doing something productive and creative that the entire family enjoys so it is worth any amount of time or financial investment that has gone into it.
This past week my son designed an awesome postcard and poster to promote the event. We have the posters going up in shop windows in the villages around us, and postcards are going out in many directions. I also wrote a press release and submitted it to plenty of media contacts in Western New York; we will be interviewed this Friday for some coverage. If you are a blogger and would be willing to give us some coverage, it would be greatly appreciated.
I listed the poster for sale
in my fine art Etsy shop (FleckensteinFineArt.Etsy.com). Proceeds from the sale of this poster will help cover costs associated with the production of the show. Now through Sunday, I have three special offers for my readers:
1) Buy a One River poster
for $19, get any two knitting pattern downloads
FREE (excludes the Three Scrumptious Christmas Stockings pattern, although you could substitute that one for any other two). To take advantage of this offer, place your order for the poster, and then email me to tell me which two patterns you would like for free. I will send a download link via email, or will gift it to you at Ravelry (Ravelry username required).
2) Buy any Subway Roll Sign, Bus Scroll Print, or reproduction vintage map from my son's online store
and get any three knitting pattern downloads for FREE -- same details as above. (Offer also applies to any custom order placed with him.)
3) Buy any 11 x 17 inch Knitter's Eye Chart
(or Crocheter's), and get any two knitting pattern downloads FREE -- same details as above.
This is all being done to raise money to cover expenses for the photography show. We have printed all of the photographs at a professional lab using Kodak's Endura Metallic paper, they are all matted with black mat board and framed in simple black wooden frames. A limited selection of some of my photographs that are featured in the show are listed in my fine art Etsy store ... if you are interested.
We have titled the show, "One River". It is a show of six decades, five artists, four photographers, three generations, two coasts, and ... One River. The photography began in the late 1940's when my husband's father began shooting beautiful color slides at the family's cottage on the river where we live -- our farm is situated on that same river. There are five artists in the show because it features photography by my now-deceased father-in-law, my husband, my son, and I plus poetry by my father. Three generations -- that should be obvious from who the photographers are. Two coasts -- my son still maintains a home and studio in the Los Angeles area, and then we have the place here in New York. One River. We have all been photographing this one river for the past sixty years, using the range of photographic technology available during that span of time. I think it will be very interesting to people to get a chance to see one river--and the surrounding countryside--captured by three generations of photographers, each bringing their own take on the river into focus.
Even with all of this show related work in progress, I have managed to make a humble start to what I think is going to be a very cool (yet warm) pair of knuckle gloves for myself. I have a hank of Berroco's Ultra Alpaca fingering weight yarn in a gorgeous colorway called "Potting Soil" to make them with on size U.S. 1 knitting needles. I am using a delicate little broken rib pattern for the cuffs and am enjoying the knitting very much. The yarn is dreamy soft and easy to work with. I'm planning on making these knuckle gloves with extra long cuffs so they go way up in my sweaters and jackets to keep my arms warm.
What will be even cooler, I think, is that I will make a pair of coordinating fingerless gloves using the same Berroco Ultra Alpaca worsted weight yarn in Lavender Mix colorway used in my Lavender Hat and Scarf
pattern way back when I first started my blog in 2006. On particularly cold days I will wear the Lavender colored fingerless gloves over the thinner, more delicate knuckle gloves for extra warmth. They are going to look ultra cool, and now that we are pretty much finished putting the photography show together I should be able to get some serious knitting done so the gloves will be ready to wear soon.
Okay people, I am going to head off to get some more work done. I appreciate your continued interest and support.