Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pick Up Stitches

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to share my passion for photography with a new friend, Karen, who is mastering her digital SLR camera.  We practiced camera settings and composition while laughing and learning side by side.  We both love handcrafted items, so these photos that highlight knitting were just right for our subjects.  Just this week, I downloaded some free Photoshop Actions from Pioneer Woman and tried out the Soft and Faded effect on these pictures.  I'm including one of my favorite poems, The Kinship of Women with this post - a perfect companion to the photos and a celebration of friendship.


Any woman who sews or knits, or weaves,
blends colors in a tapestry or creates a patchwork quilt,
knows by the feel that a single thread is weak,
but the weaving, the blending,
the intertwining with many others makes it strong.
Any woman alone without friends to sustain her,
to nurture and support, to hold with loving arms,
like a single thread, is weak.
But the weaving, the loving, the nurturing of others,
the network of friendship makes her strong.
- "Barbara" 1994 The Kinship of Women


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