Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Flowers most Divine

Dear hearts,

With a heavy sigh I watch the final days of summer wane. At the same time, my soul flutters at the thought of fall and all its glorious color. 

My travels this year have taken me far and wide. In February, I visited the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. The dancers, in their traditional costumes, were enchanting. I was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of one of them and whiled away an afternoon over tea with her. I may have even learned a thing or two. 

May found me in Medellin where their flower festival celebrates the end of slavery in the most beautiful way. Come June, I walked the floral carpets of the Genzano Infiorata Flower Festivals in Italy. I was sorely tempted to pick a bloom, but decorum prevailed.



Next month, I am off to Bloemencorso in Zundert. I am told it is the largest festival of its kind in the world. One can never have enough tulips, can one?

Why, pray tell, am I regaling you with the bits and bobs of my little trips? Well, all the blooms made me positively giddy with the prospect of putting color onto yarn. Our newest offerings are bursting with that excitement, seven brand new colors celebrating the bounty of the bud.

They are in order:

Buttercup
Walking through a field in northwest New York earlier this year, I was taken by the beauty of the buttercup. Did you know that the scientific name of a buttercup is "Ranunculus" originating from the Latin meaning "little frog"? I assume that is because buttercups often inhabit areas near the water, just like small frogs. It certainly isn't from the lovely yellow hues. Although, one does suppose there are yellow frogs somewhere. I will have to see about that.


Foxglove
The dramatic spikes of tubular flowers with speckled throats was the beginning of my inspiration for this lovely colorway. Foxglove blooms in midsummer and I believe add an elegance to a perennial border and woodland areas. Of course, while pink and white are generally the color of Foxglove, I was more intrigued by the notion of a small, well dressed mammal having tea at the corner of a shade garden. Whimsy is the spice of life.


Hosta
Truly one of my favorite perennials. Easy to take care of and elegant in its own way, I see Hosta all over the world. Whether in front of an embassy or in a shade garden behind a close friend's cottage, the Hosta is as ubiquitous as it is beautiful.


Hydrangea
Mother's favorite blossom was the genesis here. I do love the colorful options this dear offers, but I am a simple woman and feel the bright white base allows the other colors to pop right out to a knitter and say, "Yes, dear, I am more than you think I am."


Magnolia
Old, elegant and surprisingly tough, the Magnolia is a flower I come back to time and again. It is said to be an "ancient" plant appearing on Earth even before bees. I like to think that the industrious honey bee created themselves just to help pollinate this blossom.


Pansy
My favorite wildflower, the Pansy, is truly amazing.. Whether in a small annual garden or wildly sticking up through the cracks in a sidewalk, I encounter them at every turn. The name, I do believe, is derived from the French word pensée or thought. Why, I wonder? A little research is in order. 


Tiger Lily
Fondly known as the Ditch Lily, the Tiger Lily can be found in and around ditches in large parts of America. For some that would make it something to stay away from, but for me, the wilder the better.





I do hope you enjoy the beauty of my "flowers" and that they will bring as much inspiration into your life as they have into mine.

Yours Ever,
Mrs. Crosby

Contentedly traveling somewhere over the Pacific.

Friday, July 22, 2016

On Balla Mara with Jen

Designer is Jen Hagan is next up in my Crosby Querstionnaire. She is the lead designer at Figheadh. As it says on the website, "The word itself is Gaelic and means knitting or weaving and is pronounced Fee-yugh."

Her work is an inspiration in color and cables. I caught up with her recently and below is our wonderful conversation.

Read, create, and enjoy.




So, Jen, tell me where were you born?
Langdale, Alabama, a town that no longer exists.

Where do you live now? And for how long?
Tacoma, WA, for the past 13 years

What place that you’ve lived would you call your favorite? And why?
I love the PNW! The climate, the landscape, the culture—it's the best! But who knows where the next adventure will take us?

Do you enjoy travel? Why or why not?
I do enjoy travel, but I love traveling by car the best. I suppose my grandparents instilled a love for road trips in me at a very young age. I have fond memories of roadside picnics with them as we made our way through Georgia and Alabama to visit relatives and attend camp meetings with singings and “dinner on the ground.”

Where have you been that you long to see again? Why?
Washington, DC—the museums! The food! I spent two weeks there once and it wasn't enough.

What new place do you dream of seeing? Why?
British Columbia—we live in driving distance but I have yet to go to the mainland. I loved our trips to Vancouver Island and want to see more!

What three things do you never travel without?
My husband, my knitting, and a good book or two

What is your favorite part of a trip away from home?
Exploring, especially seeing the landscape from a car window! That way, you can stop and further explore anytime and anywhere you want.

What do you like least about being away from home?

I am a homebody, so there is no place like home.

How did you come to be entangled in the world of yarn?
Aran sweaters, of course!

Have you any pet peeves or pet joys about the knitting process?
I love working with yarn in natural fibers. It's alive and it will tell you what it wants to be. There is so much to learn that it could keep me happily occupied forever.

What Mrs. Crosby design would you most like to have featured with your questionnaire?
Our Balla Mara Shawl in the Figheadh Yarnworks line.






Tell me something of how this design came to be. Were you responding to a personal need? Inspired by something in your world? Or simply in the mood? Do tell.
When I was tumbling this thing around in my head, I knew the shawl would be great worked up in Mrs. Crosby Satchel, because it is a lofty single fingering and the simple stitch patterns would definitely hold up to some hand-dyed yarn. Mrs. Crosby sent me some of her yarns to play with last year, so I had swatched with this lovely stuff and knew I wanted to use it. I put in a request for some Satchel in Submarine, because why not keep this whole thing about the sea, right? The nice folks at Mrs. Crosby sent me the two skeins I requested and I was off for a lovely time knitting this shawl up. I hope you'll try both my shawl and Mrs. Crosby's yarn Satchel. You won't have a moment of sorry.

So, complimentary. Dear, it was truly my pleasure to chat with you.Thank you so much, darling, for being a part of our big, wide world.

Discover more about the lovely Jen Hagen here: http://www.jenhagan.com and shop for Balla Mara and more here: http://www.figheadh.com

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Spring and Summer and Gustav Mahler

Dear Hearts,

Traveling once more with my old friend "insomnia". Not another soul in the lounge this evening on the Queen Victoria from Ponta Delgada to Southampton save a very talented mixologist named Gustav.


Although skilled in his profession and lovely to gaze upon, his conversational skills could use a polish. He longs to return to his first love, music. Tending to the needs of thirsty travelers seems to be merely a fall back position.

I am reminded, by said steward, of Gustav Mahler who was once quoted as saying, "With the coming of spring, I am calm again." Oh, how I wish I could have said the same dear Gustav.

While not unpleasant, Spring was quite, maybe even overly, eventful. Hence, my lack of keeping you informed of my travels. Trade shows, meetings, seeing and being seen was both exhaustive and exhilarating. More than once I lay abed dreaming of relaxing along the Champs-Elysee knitting gifts for friends, but that was not to be. Spring is a time for the busiest of bees and, all told, busy is good and this year fleeting.

Alas, June is upon us as is The National Needle Arts Summer Market. This year it's being held in Washington, D.C. I do hope to see a few of you there. I know that I am excited to be heading back to the capitol. It has been years since I've walked the mall and smelled the cherry blossoms.

My father was stationed in Washington when I was a child. Mother and he held many a tony party. Black ties, beautiful gowns, and I'm sure more than a little political intrigue were the rage. I would sneak out of my bedroom in the night and listen from atop the staircase to the goings on and dream of being in the middle of it all chatting and laughing.

Now I am to return. Warm feelings abound. I am actually quite excited to see how the city has changed. I hear there are many new museums, but the old ones hold many fond memories for me. I will also be seeing my dear friends Talitha Kuomi and Vivian who will be releasing their new book, "The Voyages of Vivian" at The Market. 


They were kind enough to send me a preview and I think the patterns are just divine. Of course, the yarn is no slouch, but it would be bold of me to say so.



I told her we just must have copies at the booth and we shall.

But for now I must leave dear Gustav and see if I can locate Mr. Sandman. Hopefully I can coax him into sending me to Dreamland for a titch.

Yours Ever,
Mrs. Crosby
Somewhere over the Pacific

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

If I had a Hammersen

Spring has been busy with travel and knitting, but well, here we are again. Welcome to another episode of my series of chats with designers I truly admire.

This month I chat with Hunter Hammersen. Her books include CurlsThe Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet series (Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III), Ne’er-Do-Well KnitsRabble Rousers, and Silk Road Socks. She also has a lot of individual patterns to tickle your fancy on Ravelry. If you want to keep up with Hunter, you can always visit her blog, Violently Domestic, or join her group on Ravelry. Her book "Fine Things for Plain Occasions" was one of my favorite reads in a long time. I encourage you to discover it and her other books at pantsvillepress.com.

I met with Hunter, over tea, near her home in Cleveland, Ohio.

Read, create, and enjoy.



Good afternoon, dear. Shall we start at the beginning. Where were you born?
Germany.  I'm American, but an army brat, and I grew up overseas.

Where do you live now? And for how long?
Cleveland, Ohio. Somehow, I've lived here for about 18 years.  I'm not quite sure how that's possible, but the math seems solid...

It does. What place that you’ve lived would you call your favorite?
Is it cheating to say the place we go on vacation every year?  We rent a little cabin on the coast of Maine and settle in for a few weeks of gazing at the sea and scampering over rocks. We've been going long enough it's starting to feel like home (and we've started looking for a place of our own out there)!

Do you enjoy travel?
Oh yes! But I find I've moved past the 'we must make a painstakingly precise schedule that will allow us to visit every important cultural landmark and read a never ending stream of historical markers' style of travel that featured prominently in my youth.  I am now much more in favor of setting in somewhere for a while, hitting up the market and cooking a few excellent meals, making a careful survey of the local used book stores, and tracking down the best cocktails in town.  It takes longer, but you come home feeling like you actually saw the place instead of like you got hit on the head with a guidebook.

Where have you been that you long to see again?
I very much want to get back to Croatia. I need to check and make sure the light is every bit as pretty as I remember.

What new place do you dream of seeing?
Iceland is near the top of my 'new places we need to visit' list. I mean of course you've got sheep (and a climate that instills a proper appreciation for the benefits of knitting), but from what I've seen it also looks like the closest I'm going to get to seeing terrain that looks like another planet without actually donning a space suit.

What three things do you never travel without?
Good tea (with a proper tea pot whenever even somewhat feasible, and with at least a suitable in-cup strainer when not), cozy knit slippers (the more structured, shoe-like ones can be hard to tuck in a piece of hand luggage, but knit ones really don't take up much more space than a pair of socks and make all the difference at the end of the day), and a really excellent handbag.

What is your favorite part of a trip away from home?
That first morning, when you've unpacked your suitcase (always unpack your suitcase if you're staying somewhere more than a night, it makes all the difference), you've got a cup of tea in hand, and you're just about to start exploring somewhere new.

What do you like least about being away from home?
 Airports.  I'm not sure how they cram so much gloom into one building. 

How did you come to be entangled in the world of yarn?
Oh, more or less by accident!  I started knitting to keep sane in grad school.  My innate inability to follow instructions meant I was soon working on my own patterns instead of following others.  People were kind enough to say they liked them and encourage me to write them up, so I did. 

Not too long after that, I realized I was struggling to fit my school work in around my design work, thought a bit more about what the life of a history professor would really be like, decided far more people were reading my knitting books than would ever read my dissertation, and fled!  It was absolutely the right move (and I get to indulge my penchant for history more than you might expect). 

Have you any pet peeves or pet joys about the knitting process?
The interminable stretch between 'yes, this idea is fabulous, I have all the details figured out' and 'oh look, the knitting is actually done' is always my undoing.  I am the very furthest thing from a process knitter.  I adore figuring out how things should go together, and I love swatching and getting to know new yarns and stitches, but actually knitting things seems to take far, far too much time.  I always long to be off to the next new idea. 


You recently created "Women are Usually Obstinate". 
Can I tell you how much I adore that name?
Of course!

Tell me something of how this design came to be.
Oh, this one takes a bit of explaining (especially that title)!  You see, I've always had something of a fondness for old etiquette books.  The advice in them is just so delicious.  Not too long ago, I gave into the inevitable and used a group of my favorite quotes to inspire a collection of knitting patterns.  So to truly understand this sock, you have to see the quote that inspired it. It reads: 

"How common is the complaint among young women, especially those of sedentary habits, of chilliness, cold feet, and other symptoms of deficient circulation! And yet how impossible would it often be—for women are usually obstinate on this head—to induce them to exchange the thin silk stocking for a warm merino one, or to substitute a proper walking shoe for the paper-like articles which they designate by that name!"

 The Ladies' Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness:
A Complete Hand Book for the use of the Lady in Polite Society
by Florence Hartley, 1873
With that quote in mind, the socks were easy.  They had to be pretty enough to tempt you if you were thinking of reaching for beautiful but impractical things (and I think the lovely little scallop pattern accomplishes that nicely), and they had to be made with a yarn that would be both warm and practical (which the lovely Train Case certainly accomplishes). 



How was your experience of the yarn?
The yarn was delightful!  Given the quote I was working with, I needed something that had some merino and would be warm, and something that would let me really show off some fancy stitch work.  Train Case is a classic sock weight (skinny enough to give you lots of stitches to work with, not so tiny you lose all hope of finishing) with beautiful stitch definition and wonderful soft colors.  For this project I needed just the right color palette (sort of muted, chalky colors...not faded or sepia toned, just delicate),  and this was perfect. 


All the photos from the book were taken by Zoë Lonergan.

Thank you so much, darling, for being a part of our big, wide world.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

A word with Ms. Laura Nelkin

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to another episode of my series of chats with designers I truly admire. But first, allow me to apologize for not getting this chat up earlier, I must confess that distractions, such as knitting and something I'm starting to explore, weaving, can be a bugaboo. But enough about me.


This month I chat with Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs. She recently launched another of her delightful Mystery Knit Alongs featuring her considerable talents and my newest entry to the yarn world, Reticule. The first hint went out, oh, pooh, March 29th. Mea culpa, mea culpa. If you're on Ravelry you can find it here: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/nelkin-designs/3403095/1-25

I met with Laura near her home in upstate New York.

Read, create, and enjoy.


Hello Dear. Please let me say you look wonderful. That is quite the smart top. But I digress, let us find out who is Laura Nelkin?

Where were you born?
Westchester County outside of New York City

And where do you live now?
Trumansburg, NY which is outside of Ithaca…. I’ve been here since 1991, so 25 years. (How did that happen?)

I love to travel. Please, tell me what place, anywhere in the world, would you call your favorite?
And why?
I’m going to have to say home… despite the cold and grey, this area fits my lifestyle perfectly. The food, community, music, outdoor activities, and general spirit make it the best place to live day to day. When I am not traveling I am a homebody, and I LOVE living somewhere simple. It is easy to get around, procure what we need and not battle crowds and traffic. Some people say it is 10 square miles surrounded by reality, I just call it Gorges!

Do you enjoy travel?
OH MY GOODNESS YESSSSSSS!

Where have you been that you long to see again? Why do you miss it?
I absolutely loved Copenhagen, I could happily live there for a few months. The design, aesthetic, architecture, coffee and pastries made me feel right at home. We live quite rurally and it is a city I could find myself at home in!

And are there new places you dream of seeing?
I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about going to Spain and then the Canary Islands… this will happen in the next few years for sure! Oh, and also Panama!

What three things do you never travel without?
1. My aeropress, handgrinder and Gimme! Coffee
2. A whiskey flask
3.
Emergen-C and Wellness Formula

This is my kit for travel success!





What is your favorite part of a trip away from home?
I sleep with my knitting! At home I never take my knitting to the bedroom (it’s work for me you see)… when I travel alone it is like a treat! Especially if I leave my family at home, then it is my companion!

As a counterpoint what do you like least about being away from home?
I miss my family (if they aren’t with me) and my spazzy standard poodle, Noche and freaky kitty Buffy!

How did you come to be entangled in the lovely world of yarn?
A little fate, a little luck and A LOT of hard work! (It helped that Schaefer Yarn was 6 miles from my house on back roads!)


Have you any pet peeves or joys about the knitting process?
I wish I wasn’t such a perfectionist sometimes…. The more I knit the more I know how good something can be. This means I rip out and reknit WAY more than I used to!


Let's chat about your newest Mystery KAL. Tell me how this design came to be. Were you responding to a personal need? Inspired by something in your world? Do tell.
Even though I am telling knitters that this Mystery KAL (MKAL) is a shawl I always like knitters to think that they are making a thong… so every MKAL I do is inspired by different ways a thong can be constructed. Synthesis is no exception to this rule!Except there is so much purple yarn involved it is clearly a thong for Barney this time!

That is delicious. How was your experience of the yarn?
Reticule is stunning, its drape is superb and thought the fibers are smooth they aren’t too slippery making it not too difficult to work with. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it as they sink their needles into this new and scrumptious yarn!

Thank you dear. It was wonderful to find out a little bit more about you than I knew before. We must do this again in, let's say, Copenhagen?
Haha, it's a date. 

There she is dear Hearts, Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs. Do join her Mystery KAL. It sounds like a lovely project with, if I may say so myself, a wonderful new yarn called Reticule.

To learn more about Laura, her amazing work, and her delightful mystery knit along club, The M Club, please visit her website NelkinDesigns.com.

As for me I'm off to find a hand grinder and some that delicious Gimme Coffee.

Ciao Darlings.



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Crosby Questionnaire: Jen Hagan

And now, dear hearts, the second installment of The Crosby Questionnaire. This time I sent it 'round to Jen Hagan, whose Balla Mara shawl (you'll see it below) for the Figheadh Yarnworks line so surprised me at first sight that I almost fell out of my berth on the tramp steamer to Shanghai.

A person capable of such originality is a person I wish to learn more about. And so...

Where were you born?

Langdale, Alabama–a town that no longer exists.

Where do you live now? And for how long?

Tacoma, Washington, for the past thirteen years.

What place that you’ve lived would you call your favorite? And why?

I love the Pacific Northwest! The climate, the landscape, the culture—it's the best! But who knows where the next adventure will take us?

Do you enjoy travel?

I do, but I love traveling by car the best. I suppose my grandparents instilled a love for road trips in me at a very young age. I have fond memories of roadside picnics with them as we made our way through Georgia and Alabama to visit relatives and attend camp meetings with singings and “dinner on the ground.”

Where have you been that you long to see again? Why?

Washington, DC—the museums! The food! I spent two weeks there once and it wasn't enough.

What new place do you dream of seeing? Why?

British Columbia—we live in driving distance but I have yet to go to the mainland. I loved our trips to Vancouver Island and want to see more!

What is your favorite part of a trip away from home?

Exploring, especially seeing the landscape from a car window. That way, you can stop and further explore anytime and anywhere you want.

What do you like least about being away from home?

I am a homebody, so there is no place like home.

How did you come to be entangled in the world of yarn?

Aran sweaters, of course!

Have you any pet joys in the knitting process?

I love working with yarn in natural fibers. It's alive and it will tell you what it wants to be. There is so much to learn that it could keep me happily occupied forever.

Your Balla Mara shawl, designed with our own Satchel yarn, is remarkably original piece of work. What can you tell us about it?

It began with an image in a dream–which ultimately led to a scarf pattern. From that to the finished shawl was a long journey, with lots (lots!) of charting and tape. It's probably too much to relate here, but I did record the process in detail in my blog.

After reading that, I had to retreat to the loggia with a cold cloth and a bundle of lavender. Amazing, dear Jen. Thank you for being a part of our big, wide world.

To learn more about Jen Hagan, I encourage you to visit her web site; and you may view her prolific and varied designs at Figheadh Yarnworks.


Monday, October 26, 2015

The Crosby Questionnaire: Tanis Gray

But enough about me, dear hearts. So many wonderful designers have been taking up our yarns that I feel it's time to talk more about them. Therefore, please settle back in your armchair, sedan chair, hammock, ricksha, deck chair, barstool, canoe, or camp bunk and enjoy The Crosby Questionnaire.

Our first guest is Tanis Gray, the celebrated author of such books as Knit Local: Celebrating America's Homegrown Yarns and Capitol Knits. She has published more than 350 knitting designs, appears regularly with Vickie Howell on "Knitting Daily TV," and is the proprietress of tanisknits.com. It exhausts one merely to think of it.

I am frantically grateful that she was able to spare a few moments to chat.

Where were you born?

New Jersey.

Where do you live now? And for how long?

The Washington, DC metro area, for six years.


What place that you’ve lived would you call your favorite? 


I grew up in Boston and I loved living there. The sense of American history and being by the ocean is a wonderful combination. The seasons are so beautiful there – the leaves changing, the snow, the sunshine. Washington, DC is similar in temperament and the feeling of historic importance, so I feel very at home here.


Do you enjoy travel? 

Definitely! It’s so important to see how other cultures and people live, what they eat, and how the light changes in different parts of the world. Local customs are fascinating, and it makes you appreciate so many things you may never have known about otherwise.

Where have you been that you long to see again?

I spent a semester in New Mexico when I attended RISD studying art and spirituality of the southwest. Once a year you took a shortened semester to study something that had nothing to do with your major (in my case, Animation), so that’s where I decided to go. There’s a place called Plaza Blanca, or “White Place” in Abiquiu, near where Georgia O’Keeffe had her studio. It’s otherworldly–giant white rocks that look like frozen, dripping sand contrasted against bright blue skies… It defied time and any sense of self, I can’t describe it. Simply beautiful. I’d love to go back someday.

What new place do you dream of seeing?

Number one on my travel bucket list is to stand in the snow and watch the Northern Lights, knitting in one hand, a mug of hot chocolate in the other.  I love the idea of this more desolate part of the world having this incredible light show in their skies. I have lived in a city almost my whole life – I long for skies with no light pollution, stars winking back at me and nature putting on a good show.

What three things do you never travel without?

Like most knitters, I always pack my knitting first. Generally I pack too much and would never be able to finish all that I bring, but better too much than too little. I would go crazy without! I also always pack floss and my Kindle.

What is your favorite part of a trip away from home?

If I’m traveling without my son and husband, coming home is always great. I always appreciate what I have when I have my guys waiting for me with hugs and kisses when I get back. If we’re going as a family, I love the anticipation of the adventures we’ll have, straying from our plans to do something unexpected and learning and seeing new things. We camp and road trip a lot and always roll back home having learned so much.

What do you like least about being away from home?

I have had a sleep disorder my entire life, so being away from my bed, my pillow and my white noise machine is tricky.

How did you come to be entangled in the world of yarn?

I started knitting when I was eight and never looked back. After freelancing at Martha Stewart and working in film and television in the art department for years, I worked at Vogue Knitting for four years before we left New York City for DC. I started teaching frequently, started my own independent pattern line, writing knitting books, being on "Knitting Daily TV" and managing social media for a few yarn companies. I enjoy being involved in so many different facets of our knitting community!

Have you any pet peeves or pet joys about the knitting process?

Sometimes I start off a design with perfectly laid out plans. I’ve sketched, I’ve swatched, I’ve done my math, written my pattern, and drawn my chart. Then suddenly when I start knitting, something happens and I have a whole new design on my hands.

Sometimes it’s a great thing, sometimes it needs to be frogged and started again, sometimes I’m happier than I would have been if I stuck to my original plan and sometimes I just go with it and see where the yarn takes me. I suppose that can be both a pet peeve and a pet joy.

Occasionally my ancient pug, Mercury, gets stuck in my yarn and that always makes for an interesting untangling process.

You designed a wildly successful cowl, Bad Kitty, using our yarn. I feel there must be a story behind this pattern. Spill it, my dear.

I was hanging out with a friend recently, binge-watching Outlander with her as she was cat-sitting for her parents. It’s been a while since my cat Igby passed away, and I haven’t had to fight the (always losing) battle between woman, cat, and yarn for years. After leaving her house and spending the next few days picking cat hair out of my yarn, the idea for the Bad Kitty cowl was hatched.

The colors are inspired by Delftware, the traditional blue and white pottery commonly seen coming out of Holland since the seventeenth century. I liked the contrast of hard, cold and very old pottery against the super softness of the silk and superwash merino blend, the slight halo and sheen provided by the yarn and the tongue-in-cheek image of a bad kitty.

I’ve worked with Carpet Bag before and it knits up beautifully, creating an ideal drape and warmth. As soon as I finished working with it the last time, I knew I wanted to work with it again.

Thank you for being a part of our big, wide world, Tanis.

Dear readers, to see more work by Tanis Gray and read her simply marvelous blog, visit tanisknits.com. And do please join us again the next time we present The Crosby Questionnaire.