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I have been reading other peoples posts about knitting in the past few weeks. Some are very interesting explorations of the art of knitting, some are more like personal journals, and a couple are nonsense. This one will probably be a bit like a journal for me. Noticed there are no Irish Dance dressmaker blogs…maybe others will start. This also a way to share what I am doing with my family – Mom is in California as is Bernie & Tom, & Katie is in Louisiana. Friends are all over the US…even my husband’s family, while they are here in VA we don’t see each other that often. Part of that is I am so busy now with the dresses.

The whole family has been sick ALL week, so no sewing this week. Did finally start Molly’s new sweater. Rockstar Cardigan by Alchemy http://www.alchemyyarns.com/designs.html with alpaca and silk yarn from Knitpicks.

Last week I finished the first set of school dresses for the new Dudney School of Irish Dance http://www.dudneyirishdance.com/ here in Northern VA. The design and pattern were developed by Susan Gowin of FeisDress http://feisdress.com/. Could not have finished without Susan’s help. The dresses look incredible. I will post pics of the dress soon.

Also have a new account with the Boyle School of Irish Dance http://boyleschool.com/ which is where my daughters dance. I’ve helped them for the past couple of years with the pattern and doing alterations… so when they needed a new dressmaker they came to me. I’m glad as I really care about the school. As soon as the embroiderer is ready we will be able to get started.

PLUS, Susan and I have 3 solo dresses to get done over the next 2-3 months. We have done 2 together already. I learned so much working with her. (For some reason the pics won’t show…)

I also did my daughter’s by myself before I met Susan. The design was by Alison Young. I digitized it and did the whole thing on my Bernina 200E. Lots of re-hooping, but I never learn as well as when I have to figure it all out by myself. Whopping vertical learning curve!

Which brings me to why I do this…I don’t just love it, I need it. My mother was talking about an article she read about Twyla Tharp. Tharp said something about how creativity is like breathing for some people…we need it to survive. Mom pointed out that since I have retired and can no longer teach or choreograph, that I have always found projects for myself whether it was painting a wall in a wild way, planting a garden, sewing Halloween costumes, working on 6 knitting projects at once…I find a way back into my creative chaos. I can’t help it.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ERlady
    Jun 03, 2006 @ 19:23:00

    STUNNING!!!! Each dress was prettier than the next. I actually gasped in amazement! The socks are shabby either! You are wonderfully talented! Thanks for sharing the pics.
    ERlady

  2. Anonymous
    Jun 04, 2006 @ 13:50:00

    Wow! Creativity at its finest!
    Liz T

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